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ONEGIN – International Cast Leads The Opening Weekend

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Connecticut Lyric Opera Presents “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky By Ethan Sadoian

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Fanfare interview with Brunilda Myftaraj

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Luca Rinaldi (Dec. 9, 10 2016)

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Italian violinist LUCA RINALDI is a winner of several important competitions: International Competition of Stresa, International Competition of Capri, European Competition of Moncalieri, a National Competition of Macerata, National Competition of Meda, National Competition of Savona, National Competition of Genoa, and others. As a soloist and violinist has performed many concerts in Italy and Germany,…

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MENDELSSOHN HAYDN Oct 21 & 23

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Concert Program: Overture to The Creatures Of Prometheus…….Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64…….Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) Eckart Lorenzen, violin Allegro molto appassionato Andante Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace intermission Symphony No.104 in D major, Hob.I:104…….Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) Adagio – Allegro Andante Menuetto and Trio: Allegro Finale: Spiritoso October…

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OPERA: ONEGIN Nov 4, 6, 13, 19

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Trinity-on-Main Arts Center, New Britain Wordsworth Atheneum Museum of Art MHS Arts Center, Middletown Garde Arts Center, New London

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Eckart Lorenzen (Oct. 21 & 23, 2016)

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Eckart Lorenzen has served as Concertmaster of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the resident orchestra of the Israeli Opera, for over nineteen years. Previously, he served as Concertmaster of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin, Italy, the Arturo Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, Italy (under Lorin Maazel), the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He was…

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Thoughts on the 20th anniversary season…

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Dear Friends, On May 30, 1997, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra gave its first performance at the First Church of Christ in New Britain. It is amazing to think that the Virtuosi are approaching 20 years as an organization, and we are now preparing to begin our 20th anniversary season. Since its inception in 1997,…

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Brunilda Myftaraj (Feb. 24 & 25 , 2017)

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A graduate with the highest honors from the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Tirana, award-winning Albanian-American violinist Brunilda Myftaraj is currently conccertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Lyric Opera, and the International Greve Opera Academy in Italy. She is also the director of the Virtuosi Music Academy and the Summer Music Institute…

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Dmitri Novgorodsky (Feb. 24 & 25 , 2017)

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Dmitri Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odessa, the former USSR. He began to play the piano at age five and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. After graduating from the studio of Victor Merzhanov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors, Novgorodsky immigrated to…

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2016 – 2017 SEASON

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2016-2017 | 20th Anniversary Season

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2016 Virtuosi Institute Orchestra to focus on “Harmonic Inspiration” of Vivaldi’s music

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The focus of the orchestral program of the festival will be on music by Antonio Vivaldi. In particular we will study and perform concertos from the collection of the 12 compositions op. 3 titled “L’estro armonico” This title translates as “Harmonic Inspiration” and the set was “perhaps the most influential collection of instrumental music to…

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SAT: Aug. 27, 2016 at 7:30pm: “ORFEO ED EURIDICE” by C.W. Gluck

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Our “Orfeo ed Euridice” by C.W. Gluck presented by Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation at JEWISH FEDERATION AUDITORIUM on SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 2016 at 7:30 pm 444 Main St N, Southbury, CT 06488 for Tickets Click Here>>>

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AMERICAN PREMIERE OF WELLS ORGAN CONCERTO

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Saturday, May 7, 7:00 pm – Emanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester Sunday, May 8, 4:00 pm – South Church, New Britain Program: John Wells: Organ Concerto (American premiere) Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor Woosug Kang, organ     Organist Woosug Kang will join forces with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra…

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A JESTER’S GESTURES: A Review of Rigoletto

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Special to Town Times by Larry Kellum Verdi’s dark, but ever so beloved “Rigoletto” closed the CT Lyric Opera/CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season on April 22 when it premiered at New Britain’s Trinity-on-Main. The production will also appear on May 1 at Hartford’s Infinity Hall and culminate at MHS Arts Center in Middletown on…

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Virtuosi Concertmaster in Recital

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Virtuosi Concertmaster Brunilda Myftaraj in recital On Saturday, April 9 in Manchester CT. Enjoy the chemistry of two talented musicians who will present works by American composers — Gershwin, Bernstein, Ives and others.

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Annual Concert with the New Britain Chorale

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New Britain Chorale and the members of the Connecticut Virtuosi chamber orchestra present Schubert’s Mass no. 5, in A-flat Major Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm First Lutheran Church of Reformation 77 Franklin Sq., New Britain Come and listen to this beautiful music for the soul!

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Romanticism Is Not Dead!
Interview with Jorge Antonio Pita

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By Larry Kellum An internationally acclaimed Cuban-American tenor is coming to Connecticut on March 11 and 13 to appear in concert with the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and CT Lyric Opera during this season of Lent. His full name is Jorge Pita Carreras. No, he is NOT related to the legendary superstar Jose Carreras, though…

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Faustian Legend Gets Modern Twist in CT Lyric Opera’s Production of “Faust”

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By Ethan Sadoian Bookended by last fall’s production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and an upcoming production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in April and May, the Connecticut Lyric Opera and Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra continue their 2015-2016 season by teaming up once again to stage a production of Charles Gounod’s grand opera masterpiece “Faust.” Gounod’s opera,…

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Virtuosi @ New Britain Schools:

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We were at the Smilley Academy and Jefferson School today, and at DiLoretto School yesterday, performed Brandenburg concerti for the 2-5th grades of the New Britain Schools!! The purpose of our Concerts at the New Britain Schools Program is to introduce classical music to children. These concerts are an important part of our community outreach….

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CT Virtuosi Brings Bach to Hartford

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Click to hear the excerpt from the rehearsal…   Article by Ethan Sadoian: “It is a very special thing. Each one has different keys, different moods, different combinations of instruments—to me that makes it fascinating, because nobody had written concerti with such different groups of instruments until Bach. They are wonderful, wonderful pieces of music,” says…

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