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CT Virtuosi Gala Concert Celebrates 20 Years of Music

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By Ethan Sadoian On June 2nd and June 4th, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will celebrate 20 years of making music in Connecticut with a commemorative Gala Concert, the finale of the Orchestra’s concert season this year. Dr. Cathryn Addy has been involved with the Virtuosi for nearly all of those 20 years, serving as…

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When in Rome, do NOT do as these Romans do! Interview with Steve Frederiks

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By LARRY KELLUM Puccini’s 3rd most popular opera, the violent but gorgeous “TOSCA” returns to Connecticut in May when the CT Lyric Opera and the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra present a new production of the masterpiece in its usual four venues throughout the state. Composed in 1900 and based on the famous French Sardou play…

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CT Virtuosi Orchestra Presents “Music of J.S. Bach”

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~ By Ethan Sadoian ~ The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with concerts in New Britain and Hartford next week featuring three of his works. Italian harpsichordist Giacomo Benedetti will be the featured soloist in a performance of Bach’s ‘Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor, BWV 1052.’ Benedetti has…

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Violinist Luca Rinaldi joins CT Virtuosi Orchestra for Concert of Italian Masterworks

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By Ethan Sadoian Italian violinist Luca Rinaldi will join the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for two concerts on December 9th and 10th, featuring Italian masterworks by Arcangelo Corelli and Ottorino Respighi. Luca Rinaldi’s acclaimed career has seen him perform as a soloist and violinist throughout Europe, and win international competitions and receive awards as a…

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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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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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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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NATIVE AVON GIRL, RENOWNED CELLIST TO PERFORM DVORAK’S CONCERTO

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by Larry Kellum On Oct. 23 at Central CT State Univ. in New Britain, and on the 25th at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, an interesting and unique program called “Slavic Masterpieces” will be presented by the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra offering music by Antonin Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. Highlight of the event will…

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Bravi Tutti! Cosi’ Fan Tutte An Outstanding Success In Woodbury !

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Over 200 ticketholders were enthralled and bedazzled by tonight’s performance of Mozart’s Cosi’ fan tutte, at Old Town Hall, in Woodbury, Connecticut. This was another sold-out performance by the Connecticut Summer Music Institute and Virtuosi Orchestra and the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation (CSOF). Sopranos Allison Lindsay (Dorabella) and Kerry Lynn Slominski (Fiordiligi) were outstanding in…

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CT Virtuosi, Opera bring back stories from Italy

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Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera perform in the Italian city of Greve-In-Chianti. Faculty and students of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, whose headquarters are at Trinity-on-Main, and the New London-based Connecticut Lyric Opera returned this week from the inaugural Greve Opera Festival in Italy. The three-week festival was a joint endeavor…

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“CLO’s ‘Rosenkavalier’ lets the heavens open up” – Review from The New London Day

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Mirror, mirror on the wall… An interview with Kathleen Callahan-Hardman

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by Larry Kellum Like a good Scotch and a fine wine, classical music and beautiful women should, and often do, get better with age and the passage of time. Such will be the case proven when the CT Lyric Opera and the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra present the Connecticut premiere (believe it or not!) of…

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Review of Madama Butterfly

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CLO’s “Madama Butterfly” flies on the wings of Svedaite’s title role By Milton Moore Published May 17. 2014 4:00AM   Updated May 17. 2014 5:47PM New London — Of the Big Three Puccini operas — “Tosca,” “La Boheme” and “Madama Butterfly” — “Butterfly” is the most perilous and the least performed, despite its wonderful score….

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Opera performance of the year: Connecticut Lyric Opera, November 2013

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December 2013 “To start its eleventh season, the Connecticut Lyric Opera stepped up, moving past the standard repertoire of Donizetti, Mozart and Puccini to play with one of the big boys: Wagner. The company’s November production of “The Flying Dutchman” was more than a fine evening at the opera, it was a rite of passage….

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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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