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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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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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VERDI REQUIEM in Review

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Giuseppe Verdi’s colossal, monumental “Requiem Mass”, composed in 1874 as a tribute to the great Italian poet/novelist Manzoni, was the oratorio chosen by the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the CT Lyric Opera to celebrate several anniversaries on March 23 at the Holy Cross Church in New Britain — Verdi’s own BiCentennial, the Virtuosi’s 15th…

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Der Fliegende Holländer Review

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‘Flying Dutchman’ opera at Garde was worth the wait By Milton Moore Publication: The Day New London – The Connecticut Lyric Opera gave New London its first taste of a fully staged Richard Wagner opera Saturday night – and it was delicious. On this bicentennial of Wagner’s birth, the CLO opened its 11th season here…

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08/17/13 Review of performance with Carl Tanner

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Special to Town Times by Larry Kellum On August 17th, the pink, late-summer skies over Middlebury, Ct were aglow with a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” of a concert featuring the CT Lyric Opera and the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, in conjunction with the 2 year old CT Summer Opera Foundation, who all collaborated to bring celebrated Metropolitan…

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SO MANY WOMEN, SO LITTLE TIME……………

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Special to Town Times by LARRY KELLUM On Friday, May 3, the CT Lyric Opera closed its all-too-short 10th anniversary season with a well sung production of Mozart’s classic “Don Giovanni”, which will make its way to Middletown High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 11 at 730 pm. As always, opening night is…

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About The Virtuosi

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~ by Larry Kellum ~ What is considered by most classical music aficionados to be the premiere orchestra of choice in Connecticut, the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, is proudly celebrating its 15th anniversary in grand style, with a magnificent gala concert and dinner on Sunday Feb.10 at 4 p.m. at Central CT State University. The…

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REVIEW: A dramatic triumph for CLO’s ‘Otello’…

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By Milton Moore Publication: The Day Published 05/08/2012 Nowhere in Italian opera does the music serve the drama quite as it does in Verdi’s “Otello.” Through-composed like a Wagner epic, stripped of the set-piece arias and duets that end with sturdy cadences to cue the applause, “Otello” succeeds when four key principals succeed. Sunday evening…

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Music Triumphs over Nature at Trinity-On-Main

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Opera review by Lawrence James Kellum | Entertainment Correspondent / November 11, 2011 On Nov.4, Offenbach’s final, greatest, and most serious opera ‘TALES OF HOFFMANN’ miraculously came to fruition at Trinity-on-Main after a devastating week of October snow and subsequent power failures and cast changes that plagued rehearsal schedules for this opening production from the…

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10/4/2011 – Re: The New Beginning – Concert – Welte Hall, CCSU New Britain

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Dear Maestro Sylveen: My being from Dutchess County in the state of New York I’d never heard of the New Britain Symphony. Of course, THAT was before the EXCEPTIONAL performance I thoroughly enjoyed last Sunday afternoon. I attended this performance in the company of Connecticut friends, loyal NBS supporters. I attended this performance in the…

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Oct 3, 2011

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Patriot wrote on Oct 3, 2011 8:26 AM: ” The music was absolutely awesome. Congratulations to Nancy Judd and all of those responsible for the merger of these two orchestras. It was a powerful performance that brought tears to my eyes. Bravo! “

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10/3/2011 – Re: The New Beginning – Concert – Welte Hall, CCSU New Britain

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The performance yesterday was spectacular. We were awestruck by Brunilda’s brilliant solo on the violin concerto, and the magnificent Sibelius literally took our breaths away. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making sure that we will have performances of beautiful music here in CT for a long,long time. Whether it be chamber music, symphony,…

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Symphony, Virtuosi make beautiful music together

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 By Liz Newberg, Staff Writer – New Britain Herald With shouts of “bravo” and a standing ovation, the New Britain Symphony made quite a comeback after nearly having to close its doors for good last year. In collaboration with The Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, their inaugural concert Sunday brought Welte Hall to…

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Conductor’s Musings – March 28, 2011

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Dear Friends; I do believe that, as we are approaching the collaboration between the Virtuosi and the Britain Symphony, we will succeed in creating a new, exciting, and inspiring musical environment in our community. I intend to work very hard to create an institution which will succeed financially artistically in the present, relatively difficult economical situation. I do believe however that this can…

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