Oct 3, 2013
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Arts & Entertainment

Tuned Up

Tuned Up

Piano virtuoso Vijay Venkatesh performs with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 26.

      Listening to music on an iPod has its place but it’s no substitution for listening live, especially to symphonic music. In Connecticut, the abundance of live, high-caliber classical music performances is staggering. This month the season kicks off for several local orchestras, and they’re pulling out all the stops. Treat yourself to a front row seat and experience the excitement. Here’s a preview:
      Violin virtuoso Chad Hoopes, 19, joins the New Haven Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor William Boughton in “Tchaikovsky Triumphant” on Oct. 3. Hoopes began playing violin at 4 and has performed around the world. The same program will also be presented at the Norwalk Concert Hall on Oct. 5. And the NHSO’s Pop Series opens with “The Great American Songbook” with Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte and conductor Todd Ellison on Oct. 19 and 20. (203/865-0831 x10, newhavensymphony.org)
      The Stamford Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Beethoven program for its opening night gala at the Palace Theatre on Oct. 5 and also on Oct. 6. Alon Goldstein is the featured pianist. (203/325-4466,
stamfordsymphony.org)
      The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra starts with its fundraiser, “Modern Cabaret,” on Oct. 5 and debuts a new chamber music series at Western Connecticut State University’s Ives Concert Hall on Oct. 26. (203/438-3889, ridgefieldsymphony.org)
      The Hartford Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Leading up to opening night, the HSO will partner with the Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for its “Bachtoberfest.” Free concerts and events will take place at the Austin Organ Factory, Cathedral of Saint Joseph and Congregation Beth Israel, among other venues. Carolyn Kuan conducts the Opening Night Concert on Oct. 11 and 12, featuring Saint Saëns’ Organ Symphony and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor; The Connecticut Youth Symphony of The Hartt School Community Division joins in. Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performs a contemporary concerto and then gives a solo performance on Oct. 12, which includes pre- and post-concert receptions. (860/244-2999, hartfordsymphony.org)

      The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by music director Toshiyuki Shimada begins its 67th season on Oct. 26 at the Garde Arts Center in New London. Piano virtuoso Vijay Venkatesh will be the featured guest artist and will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23. The concert begins with Paul Dukas symphonic poem, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and ends with Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (Inextinguishable). A conversation with Toshi Shimada and Vijay Venkatesh will precede the concert; the audience will also be invited to a post-concert reception. (860/444-7373, ext. 1, gardearts.org)
 

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