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2018 Virtuosi Summer Music Festival at Tunxis College

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Friday, August 10 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT RECITAL: Beethoven: Sonatas no. 4, 5, 6 Brunilda Myftaraj, violin, Blake Hansen, piano Tuesday, August 14 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT OPERA YAP RECITAL Wednesday, August 15 – 7pm Tunxis Community College 271 Scott Swamp…

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2018 Virtuosi Summer Music Institute

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www.institute.thevirtuosi.org Welcome to 2018 Summer Music Institute Institute Program is open to instrumental students ages 8-21. Opera Institute is open to young opera singers.  This year’s focus is on music of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Handel.

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Highlights from 2018 Greve Opera Academy

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GREVE 2018 L’orchestra barocca in Inghilterra e in Germania

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Chamber Orchestral music from England & Germany: Music of Purcell & J. S. Bach

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Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra Concludes Concert Season With “An American Dream”

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By Ethan Sadoian – The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will close out its 2017-2018 concert season on the first weekend of June with “An American Dream,” a concert of music by American composers. – A featured highlight of the program will be Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium,” for violin soloist and orchestra. “Unfortunately, this…

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Conversation with Stage Director Jan Mason

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Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions.

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Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions. He has performed on concert stages across Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Denmark, Austria), and frequently plays in the USA. Rafael Lewandowski graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. In 1995 he won a scholarship to attend a master-class…

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone ​represents the complete package of an artistically satisfying performer. Hailed for his “robust” singing with “great emotional depth” he has made his mark with some of opera’s most celebrated roles. Fredericks’ impressive repertory spans all styles and represents his versatility as a performer. From favorite Puccini roles, Colline and Timur, to the…

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Galina Ivannikova, contralto

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Galina Ivannikova is critically acclaimed for her rich, lustrous voice as much as passionate dramatic portrayals. Bruce Michael Gelbert of the NY Art Review raved about her “ her timbre ruby in color, her chest register aptly gusty and her emotional pitch perfect”, “big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition.” Her signature role…

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky returns to CLO

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky has been praised for the beautiful quality of his bass voice as well as for his impeccable technique. Here in the 2017 -2018 season Stefan will make his debut with the Virginia Opera Company singing the role of The Old Hebrew in their production of Samson and Delilah. Stefan returns to the…

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Jurate Svedaite, soprano from Lithuania

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Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jūratė Švedaitė, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva,” and…

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Belgian‐Israeli soprano Frederique Bosz

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The Belgian‐Israeli soprano FREDERIQUE BOSZ first studied piano for 5 years at the conservatory of Antwerp. She began her singing and opera education at the conservatory of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and interrupted this study to work with the Hungarian mezzo‐soprano Ibolya Palatinus in Germany and with Iris Adami‐Corradetti in Padova, Italy. Next she studied for…

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CT Virtuosi Orchestra Presents Bach Concert with CCSU University Singers

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CT Virtuosi Orchestra Presents Bach Concert with CCSU University Singers By Ethan Sadoian – The theme for the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season is “Reincarnations,” the transformation and reincarnation of musical ideas across the different periods of music history. This idea might not be readily apparent in a concert featuring three works by the same…

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CT Virtuosi Orchestra Returns for a Season of ‘Reincarnations’

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By Ethan Sadoian October 20th and 21st sees the commencement of another season of music-making in Connecticut by the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. – Jim Forgey, the Virtuosi’s principal clarinetist, will be the featured soloist for the performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major at these concerts. Forgey’s association with the Orchestra goes back…

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21st Concert Season Poster

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Feb. 23, 24 “FRENCH IMPRESSIONS”

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CHOPIN: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante DEBUSSY: Petite Suite RAVEL: “Le Tombeau de Couperin” – Rafael Lewandowski, piano Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions. He has performed on concert stages across Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Denmark, Austria), and frequently plays in the USA. Rafael Lewandowski graduated…

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Feb. 24 5:30 pm PRE-CONCERT reception at Hartford Club

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Feb 24 / 5:30 – 7 PM – Yacht Room at the Hartford Club Pre-concert reception with the pianist Rafael Lewandowski. Also, you will enjoy the menu of Hors D’oeuvres from the Club: Mozzarella and Tomato Skewer with Basil and Balsamic Glaze, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Asian Chicken Potstickers, with Ginger Jus, Artisan Cheese Display, Sliced Fresh Fruit and Seasonal Berries, Beer and Wine Bar. ___________ To…

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March 3 7:30pm VIOLIN & PIANO RECITAL | Adrian Sylveen & Rafael Lewandowski

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   In Program: Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A – major, Op. 100 Alicia Jonas: Suites for piano No. 2 & 3 A graduate from the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, Alicia Jonas trained at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music in New York City. Alicia Jonas has lectured, performed and published…

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March 16, 17 BACH Concert with CCSU University Singers

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Choral Concert with CCSU University Singers Music by Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 Jill Maurer Davis – flute, Adrian Sylveen – violin, Michael Korman- harpsichord – Kaffeekantate: “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht”, BWV 211 Kate Callahan-Hardman – soprano, Steven Fredericks – bass, Alexander O’Neil – tenor –…

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May 11, 13, 18, 19 AIDA (Verdi)

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The Italian opera Aida is considered the “grandest “of Verdi’s many operatic masterpieces. Set in Ancient Egypt it was commissioned to open at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House in 1871. Amid much pageantry, unbelievably beautiful expansive music, and a deep emotional impact Aida was a great success and has continued to be a favorite all-time opera…

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