WWUH 91.3 FM Newsletter

Program Guide June 2024

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From The General Manager

We wrapped up our spring drive with over $46,000 in pledges, an outstanding achievement considering our goal was $30,000! Thanks to all who helped make the drive such a huge success.

This July will mark the 80th anniversary of the Hartford Circuit Fire and on Friday, July 5th at 12 noon we will rebroadcast the incredible, 90 minute documentary on the tragedy produced by WWUH volunteer Brandon Kampe.

I'm thrilled to announce that we will once again be broadcasting the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz concerts from Hartford's Bushnell Park live on the air starting on Monday, July 8th at 6pm.

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Amazing Tales From Off and On Connecticut's Beaten Path

We encourage you to tune in to our newest program, Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut’s Beaten Path which airs Sunday afternoons at 4:30 right after the Opera.

Amazing Tales uses a story-telling format to focus on historically significant people, places, and events from Connecticut’s past. Host Mike Allen interviews subject matter experts on a variety of historical topics.

Host Mike Allen specializes in bringing local history to life, by using his journalism and story-telling skills with podcasting and public speaking. For 15 years, Mike worked as a radio journalist, both at NPR’s Boston affiliate WBUR and as News Director at i-95 (WRKI-FM) in western Connecticut. He subsequently worked in government and corporate before retiring and starting his podcast. As a resident of Connecticut for more than 50 years, Mike also makes public appearances throughout the state, speaking on topics of local history



Sundays, 4:30pm. 

June 2nd

Oldest Newspaper

There are many newspapers in the U.S. that have a legitimate claim to an impressive publishing longevity. None, however, matches the record of the Hartford Courant. The paper has been publishing continuously for nearly 260 years, making it the longest running newspaper in the entire United States.

June 9th

The Old CT Path

There’s a nearly forgotten, 100-mile-long trail that brought the founders of Hartford from the Massachusetts Bay Colony nearly 400 years ago. The gorgeous and rustic Old Connecticut Path runs through northeast Connecticut’s so-called “forgotten corner” and much of it remains in its original state.

June 16th

Clock Making

Among Connecticut’s “firsts” was clockmaking. Plymouth, Bristol and Waterbury led the U.S. in clock manufacturing for a century. Eli Terry invented a breakthrough approach to mass producing clocks that was copied by other businesses as the industrial revolution grew. Among his pupils: Seth Thomas.

June 23d

Mad Hatters

It was an explosive labor issue in the early 1900s – and it involved the union that represented the workers who made Danbury the hat capital of the world. At issue: were unions monopolizing workers? Could they therefore be sued under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act? The Supreme Court had to settle the matter.

June 30th

U.S.S. Nautilus

In the 1950s, Connecticut built the first nuclear-powered submarine – the Nautilus. The vessel completely changed military strategies because it could stay under water undetected so much longer. It was the first sea vessel to travel beneath the Arctic ice cap and played an important role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
The WWUH Archive!
We are very excited to announce that our archive has been completely upgraded so that it is usable on most if not all devices. The archive allows you to listen to any WWUH program aired in the last two weeks on-demand using the "Program Archive" link on our home page.

Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz

The 57th Paul Brown Monday night jazz festival is coming up. Scheduled for July 8th through August 12th, consecutive Mondays, it is one of the most popular and well attended musical events in the summer with great performances by great jazz players. The musical acts will soon be announced and will be listed in this guide online and by the Hartford Jazz Society website, Hartfordjazzsociety.com.

Again, WWUH will provide live coverage every night, so stay tuned!

WWUH Classical Programming

June 2024

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Sundays 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Evening Classics… Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 8:00 pm

Drake’s Village Brass Band… Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm

(Opera Highlights Below)

Sunday 2d

Donizetti, L'Elisir d"Amore

Monday 3d

Host's Choice

Tuesday 4th

Reale: Concerto for Cello, Strings and Percussion ‘Live Free or Die”; Creston Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra; Zemlinksy: Lyric Symphony; Adams: City Noir

Drake’s Village Brass Band

Wednesday 5th

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Anacréon (orchestral suite); Michel de la Barre: Pièces pour la flûte traversiere, Book 2: Suite No. 9 in G major; Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 1, No. 1; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata for the 1st Sunday after Trinity, "Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot" BWV 39; Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"; Caroline Schleicher-Krämer: Clarinet Sonatina; Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82;

Paul Hindemith: Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt"; Guillaume Dufay: Sacred and secular songs.

Thursday 6th

Persichetti.: Symphony for Band, Op. 69; Servais: Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 5; Dvorak: Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104; Siegfried Wagner: Glück (symphonic poem); Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite; Gayaneh: Sabre Dance; Stainer: I Saw the Lord.

Friday 7th

Connecticut Summerfest 2024 - an interview and some new music

Sunday 9th

Massenet, Cherubin

Monday 10th

Host’s choice

Tuesday 11th

Silvestrov: Symphony for Violin and Orchestra “Widmung” (Dedication); Maskovsky: Symphony #6; Ives 114 Songs Project Volume 6

Drake’s Village Brass Band Outrageous Fortune – Brett Baker Trombone

Wednesday 12th

 Franz Joseph Haydn: Il ritorno di Tobia: Overture, Hob.Ia:2; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 271k / K. 314;  Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga: Médée: Hymen, viens dissiper une vaine rayeur; Muzio Clementi: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, WoO 32 (completed by Alfredo Casella, 1938); Michael William Balfe: Le puits d'amour: Overture; Michael William Balfe: Le Puits d'amour: Rves d'amour, rves de gloire;  Francesco Cilea: Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 38;   Josef Bohuslav Foerster: Wind Quintet in D Major, Op. 95; Vincenzo Bellini: Il pirata, Act I Scene 7: Aria: Si vencemmo; Giulio Ricordi: Impressions de route: No. 1. Romance poudrée;   Paul Viardot: 3 Petites Pièces for Violin and Piano;   Johannes Brahms:4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119;  Louise Bertin: Fausto: verture;  Dorothy Howell: Piano Concerto in D Minor;  Florence Beatrice Price: Songs of the Oak, Tone Poem; Amy Beach: Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32, "Gaelic";  Mélanie Bonis: Salome, Op. 100 (version for orchestra).

Thursday 13th

Wranitzky: String Sextet in G Major; Eberl: Symphony in E Flat Major Op. 33; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major Op. 55 ‘Eroica’; Chávez: Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horse Power Suite); Bernstein: Candide: Make Our Garden Grow; Falla: Noches en los jardines de España; Grainger: Country Gardens; Ketèlbey: In a Monastery Garden

Friday 14th

For 3 pence, you can meet “The Knife” and other unsavory characters

Sunday 16th

Dibdin, The Ephesian Matron, The Brickdust Man, The Grenadier, The Jane Austen Songbooks

Monday 17th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 18th

Copland 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson; Schickele: A Year in the Catskills: Schmidt: Symphony #3; Satie: Mercure Ballet

Drake’s Village Brass Band – Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The Brass Band Music of Johan De Meij

Wednesday 19th

Host's Choice

Thursday 20th

Kraus: Symphony in c minor, VB 142; Offenbach: Cello Concerto in G Major ‘Concerto-Rondo’; Orphée aux Enfers Overture, Le Voyage dans la lune Overture; Whiting: Bagatelles.

Friday 21st

It’s Summertime, Summertime – Sum-Sum Summertime!

Sunday 23d

Strauss, Intermezzo

Monday 24th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 25th

Tuesday Night at the Movies … Schickele: Silent Running; John Mauceri – The Genuis of Film Music Hollywood Blockbusters 1960-1990

Drake’s Village Brass Band – Broughton: Horn Concerto; Williams: Trumpet Concerto; Rota: Trombone Concerto

Wednesday 26th

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Abaris ou les Boréades (orchestral suite); John Dowland: Farewell; Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantata for the Feast of Nativity of St John the Baptist, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe", BWV 167; Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F# minor, Hob.I:45, "Farewell";

Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 44, "The Farewell";

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"; Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 9 in A-flat major, Op. 69, No. 1, "L'adieu"; Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, No. 6, "Der Abschied";

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Songs of Farewell; David Schonfeld: Ki Telekh;

Thursday 27th

Coste: Rondeau de concert avec introduction, Op. 12; Walker: Lyric for Strings; Went: Partita in d-sharp minor; New Additions to the WWUH Library.

Friday 28th

If you don’t know what the “B Side” is, ask Wild Wayne. [Music of Mason Bates]

Sunday 30th

Laminsky, As One, Offenbach, The Island of Tulipatan



your "lyric theater" program

with Keith Brown

Programming for the month of June 2024

SUNDAY JUNE 2ND Donizetti, L'Elisir d'Amore Gaetano Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (1832) is a classic of the bel canto era. Equally popular in the same period was a French comic opera by Auber, Le Philtre (1831), which parallels L'Elisir in every way: melodious and passionate music set to an almost identical libretto. Yet Le Philtre is forgotten today, while L'Elisir continues to hold the stage. If even for one glorious melody alone,"Una Furtiva Lagrima," the fame of Donizetti's opera would be forever ensured. Against the advice of his librettist Donizetti insisted on inserting this sad, sweet song into the second act. Only once before have I featured the Donizetti "Love Potion" lyric comedy. That was on Sunday, July 7, 1996. After so long an absence from the airwaves of WWUH it finally gets your audition again today in a classic 1971 taping of the work for Decca/London. Richard Bonynge directs the English Chamber Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Bonynge's wife, soprano Joan Sutherland is heard as Adina, and joining the diva as the country bumpkin Nemorino is the late great tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Decca reissued the vintage recording on compact disc in 1985. 

SUNDAY JUNE 9TH Massenet, Cherubin Imagine a French romantic comedy that picks up where Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" leaves off with the character of the horny teenager Cherubino. That's the premise of Jules Massenet's seventeenth opera Cherubin (1903), where the boy has now matured somewhat into a rather charming and more sophisticated seventeen year old. He's still pretty silly, and a tender and harmless, non-macho character after all- one who might appeal to opera-going audiences. The playwright Francis de Croisset granted Massenet the rights to render his sentimental stage comedy into operatic form. It premiered, appropriately for a romantic opera, on Valentine's Day. Not much of the novelist Beaumarchais' original story has survived in this adaptation, but Massenet's music is delightful and deserves to be better known. Mezzo Frederica von Stade took on Cherubin as a "breeches role" in the 1991 recording of Massenet's opera, made in the studios of Radio Bavaria, Munich. She had essayed the role previously in 1984 in a semi-staged production at Carnegie Hall, and she made Mozart's Cherubino her own, too. Baritone Samuel Ramey was with her then, singing the part of Cherubin's worldly-wise tutor, dubbed "The Philosopher." He rejoins her in this recording. The love interest here is L'Ensoleillad, the role sung by soprano June Anderson. Pinchas Steinberg directs the Munich Radio Orchestra and Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera. Reviewing the 1992 BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal release on silver disc. Fanfare magazine's critic Anthony D. Coggi has pronounced it "Recommended."

SUNDAY JUNE 16TH Dibdin, The Ephesian Matron, The Brickdust Man, The Grenadier, The Jane Austen Songbooks Sure, Vienna was the music capital of the Western World in the latter eighteenth century. This was the era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, after all. But London was an even greater international capital, and after the death of Handel continued to have a burgeoning scene for all manner of musicmaking, and lyric theater,too. Active in London's music theater culture then was Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), who wrote short comic operatic works for Covent Garden and Drury Lane and lesser venues as well. These English language works were tuneful pleasantries: by turns silly, witty, satirical, amorous and sentimental singing sitcoms. Baroque specialist Peter Holman and his Opera Restor'd singers and players staged and recorded reconstructions of Dibdin's oeurve for the British Hyperion label. Chief among these is the comic serenata The Ephesian Woman (1769),plus two more slender musical dialogues, The Brickdust Man (1772) and The Grenadier (1773). Hear all three today as presented on a single 1992 Hyperion CD release.

  England's famous female novelist of this period, Jane Austen (1775-1807) was a considerable amateur musician. She played piano quite well and copied out for her own use in provincial home musicmaking sessions a quantity of short vocal pieces which would have remained popular in London into Napoleonic times. Dibdin's songs were among these pieces. Handel, Gluck and Ignace Pleyel were also represented in chamber arrangements, along with tunes by a score of now obscure English musical figures. Austen seems to have had good musical taste as witnessed in these preserved handwritten songbooks. Generous recorded excerpts from them have been issued in two compact disc compilations, Jane's Hand (Vox,1996) and Jane Austen Entertains (Classical Communications,Ltd., 2007). Various vocal soloists are accompanied on harpsichord or pianoforte, with baroque violin or wooden flute obbligato parts in some cases, giving the sound of it all a true "period' quality.

SUNDAY JUNE 23RD Strauss, Intermezzo In baroque opera the intermezzo was a brief, small-scale contemporary domestic comedy in music inserted between the acts of a full-length Italian opera seria to provide "comic relief" from a serious subject out of ancient classical lore. Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (1734) is the classic example of the genre, which would morph into the Italian opera buffa we know from Rossini. Richard Strauss remembered the intermezzo genre when he composed his own work by that name. Strauss' Intermezzo (1924) does not have a libretto by his usual collaborator Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who declined the project. After having dealt with serious classical subjects, as in his Ariadne (1912, rev. 1916), he wanted to create, in his own words, "a completely modern, absolutely realistic psychological comedy." What he came up with, this time collaborating with Hermann Bahr, was "a little marriage opera," a mannered bourgeois comedy set in Vienna and environs, dealing with a conductor at the Vienna Opera and his wife. Her accusations of infidelity are quashed by means of a simple spelling error. Intermezzo makes use of Strauss' latest advances in his style of lyric theater composition, but his usual big orchestral sound has been subdued here. Allowance is made for spoken-word melodram. Intermezzo was recorded for EMI in 1980 in cooperation with Radio Bavaria, Munich. Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is heard as the Hofkapellmeister, opposite soprano Lucia Popp as his wife, aka Kleine Franzl. Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio. EMI reissued the recording on compact disc in 1988.

SUNDAY JUNE 30TH Kaminsky, As One, Offenbach, The Island of Tulipatan I like to designate the last Sunday in June as Stonewall Sunday, referring to the Stonewall Inn gay bar and the gay riot that took place in Greenwich Village on the last weekend in June,1969. The Stonewall Rebellion in New York City gave birth to the gay liberation movement in the United States and worldwide, and to so much of the history of the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights that would follow. On Stonewall Sunday I like to program lyric theater music by LGBT or queer composers or performers or on some gay-related theme. This Stonewall Sunday of 2024 I present back-to-back two short operas that deal with the trans part of the equation, the first one serious in nature, the second one a gender-bending comedy. First comes Laura Kaminsky's As One (2014), a chamber opera for two singers, male and female, who are "as one" in one human personality named Hannah. Baritone Kelly Markgraf is Hannah before transition, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is Hannah after her transition into her new gender identity. The string players of the Fry Street Quartet back the singers in a three-part cycle of fifteen song sequences. As One traces Hannah's progression from her youth in a small Midwestern town to her college years on the West Coast and finally to the Arctic coast of Norway, where she experiences a revelation about herself. As One  was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects. American composer Laura Kaminsky (b.1956) has served on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and is in a same-sex marriage relationship. Along with its top-reviewed 2019 CD recording for Bright Shiny Things, Kaminsky's chamber opera is one of the most performed works of its kind worldwide. Many new productions of it are now very much non-binary when it comes to the singers. There are precedents in Western music history for a "trans opera." On Sunday, June 18, 2000 I presented a Swedish Sterling Records CD recording of excerpts from Wilhelm Stenhammar's Tirfing (1898), which has a leading character who could be described as female-to-male transgender- and a Viking swordsman at that! Jacques Offenbach's The Island of Tulipatan (1868) is a gay little burlesque of a French operetta in one act. It received its first English language recording by LOONY, or Light Opera of New York, made live-in-performance at New York City's Theater 80 in 2017. The translation of the French libretto is in entirely idiomatic modern American English. On the nonexistent island of the title a prince becomes a princess and a princess turns into a prince. This Offenbach comic rarity is an absolute hoot! Tyson Deaton conducts the little pit orchestra and a cast of five singers. Albany Records released The Island of Tulipatan on a single compact disc. I last presented it on Stonewall Sunday, June 24, 2018.             


Boomer's Paradise

Monday's 1-4 PM with your host, The Turtle Man

We're reaching the halfway point in the calendar and June is always a pivotal month in any year and this year is no exception. So, let's celebrate the start of summer with something that will quench your heart and soul, music.

We start the month with a listen to tracks from albums released in June of 1974, a time of musical transition as well as tunes with song titles that reference "give" and "take" in some manner.

We move on to alphabet rock with a nice mix of tempo and substance.

Next we're back to the wonderful world of riffs, some great torch songs and a spin of the digital jukebox dial for good measure.

We end the month diving back into the gems of Billboard Top 40 One Hit Wonders, more music from Steve Winwood and being summer, song with titles that reference color to brighten your day.

All this and more each Monday from 1-4 PM on Boomers Paradise with your host,The Turtle Man here at WWUH 91.3 FM or wwuh.org where public alternative radio rules the airwaves.

Tune in on the radio (91.3 FM) or streaming online at wwuh.org.

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Real Alternative News
For over 54 years WWUH has aired a variety of unique community affairs programs.

Here is our current schedule:

Monday: Noon–1 p.m. Alternative Radio
8 p.m.–9 p.m. Radio  Radio Ecoshock
Tuesday: Noon–12:30 p.m.  51 Percent
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. Counterspin
8 p.m.–9 p.m. Exploration
Wednesday: Noon–12:30 p.m. Perspective
12:30–1 Sea Change Radio
8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Building Bridges
8:30 p.m.–9:00 pm Got Science
Thursday: Noon–1 p.m. Project Censored
7:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Making Contact
8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. This Way Out
8:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Gay Spirit
Friday: Noon–12:30 p,m. Nutmeg Chatter
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. TUC Radio
Do you have an idea for a radio program?
If you have an idea for a radio program and are available to volunteer late at night, please let us know.

We may have some midnight and/or 3am slots available later this year. Email station manager John Ramsey to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity for the right person.

Qualified candidates will have access to the full WWUH programmer orientation program so no experience is necessary. He/she will also need to attend the monthly WWUH staff meetings (held on Tuesday or Sunday evenings) and do behind the scenes volunteer work from time to time. This is a volunteer position.

After completing this process, we will review the candidate's assets and accomplishments and they will be considered for any open slots in our schedule.
The WWUH Scholarship Fund
In 2003 WWUH alums Steve Berian, Charles Horwitz and Clark Smidt helped create the WWUH Scholarship Fund to provide an annual grant to a UH student who is either on the station's volunteer Executive Committee or who is in a similar leadership position at the station. The grant amount each year will be one half of the revenue of the preceding year. 

To make a tax deductible donation
either send a check to:

WWUH Scholarship Fund
c/o John Ramsey
Univ. of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
W. Hartford, CT 06117 

Or call John at 860.768.4703 to arrange for a one-time
or on-going donation via charge card.

If you would like more information please contact us at wwuh@hartford.edu

CT Blues Society

Founded in 1993, the Connecticut Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Blues music in our state. CTBS is an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, a worldwide network of 185 affiliates with an international membership in 12 countries.

Here is a link to CT Blues Society with events and venues.
Hartford Jazz Society
The longest continuously operating jazz society in the country
Founded in 1960, this all-volunteer organization produces jazz concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists as well as up and coming jazz musicians. Our mission is to cultivate a wider audience of jazz enthusiasts by offering concerts, workshops and educational programs to the Greater Hartford region. The area’s most complete and up-to-date calendar of Jazz concerts and events.

Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is to provide opportunities for advanced musicians and emerging professionals to perform a high level of repertoire while engaging and collaborating with diverse communities in mutual growth through the joy

of making music.

Coming Up

 Tales from Afar

Join the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at the Theater of the Performing Arts, 359 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106. Under the baton of esteemed conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada, this captivating concert promises a journey through mesmerizing musical landscapes, featuring the world premiere of Ali Sadeqi’s “Lullaby” and “Isma’a” by Leanne Darling. The highlight of the afternoon will be the legendary “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with violin solo by the talented Sayumi Takahashi Harb, concertmaster. For tickets, details, and directions to the theater, visit: connecticutsymphony.org

Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra

In collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community.

Richard Chiarappa, Music Director 860-521-4362

Visit www.whso.org for tickets and Covid protocols.


The Musical Club of Hartford

The Musical Club of Hartford is a non-profit organization founded in 1891. Membership is open to performers or to those who simply enjoy classical music, providing a network for musicians from the Greater Hartford area. Club events take place normally on selected Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m, Fall through Spring. The usual location is the sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT (between Ridgewood and Mountain Avenues). Information on time and location is given at the bottom of each event description.


Connecticut Lyric Opera

Connecticut Lyric Opera is the state’s leading opera company, performing to thousands in Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, and New London. We have earned the reputation as an innovative company that is renowned for our world-class singers, phenomenal concert-quality orchestra and programming choices that go beyond the well-loved standards of the repertoire to include lesser-performed yet equally compelling works.

Coming Up

Madama Butterfly

Join Connecticut Lyric Opera for an unforgettable operatic experience as they bring Madama Butterfly to life. Madama Butterfly is one of opera’s most enduring and poignant tales of unrequited love. Composed by Giacomo Puccini, this tragic masterpiece unfolds against the backdrop of early 20th-century Japan.

Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30 pm

Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center

200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT


Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is the state’s premier professional chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting both traditional and contemporary classical chamber works to the public. The Orchestra, led by Founder and Artistic Director Adrian Sylveen, continues to grow in size and repertoire, presenting approximately 35 times a year in many major performing arts centers throughout Connecticut and New York.


The Hartford Choral

The Hartford Choralehttp://www.hartfordchorale.org/The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that presents, on a symphonic scale, masterpieces of great choral art throughout southern New England and beyond, serving as the primary symphonic chorus for the Greater Hartford community. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Hartford Chorale engages the widest possible audiences with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, providing talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level.

Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

Bringing Music to our Community for 60 Years! The Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings quality orchestral and choral music to the community, provides performance opportunities for its members, and provides education and performance opportunities for young musicians in partnership with Manchester schools and other Connecticut schools and colleges.

Beth El Temple Music & Art


WHERE ELSE COULD MUSIC BE THIS HEAVENLY? Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the direction of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music. The BEMA committee helps conceive and produce musical performances of all genres, while supporting the commemoration of Jewish celebrations and prayer services.



Founded in 2006 by Mark Singleton, Artistic Director, and Tom Cooke, President, Voce has grown to become New England’s premier chamber choral ensemble. With a mission to Serve Harmony, Voce is best known for its unique sound; for bringing new works to a wide range of audiences; and for collaborating with middle school, high school and collegiate ensembles to instill the values of living and singing in harmony, further developing the next generation of choral artists.


Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra

Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra is one of Connecticut’s premier community orchestras dedicated to promoting musical excellence. We believe that classical music provides a magical experience that inspires, delights, and brings our community together.

Founded in 1981, the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra performs 6-7 concerts each season with a variety of classical, romantic and popular holiday favorites. The orchestra serves Farmington, Canton, Avon, Simsbury, Burlington, Bloomfield, West Hartford & Hartford, as well as Greater Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley. We are your local, civic orchestra and look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!

Coming Up

FVSO Lawn Concert - "A Tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein"

Saturday, June 1, 6 pm, Grounds of First Church, Farmington

The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra's annual Lawn Concert, Saturday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of First Church, 75 Main St., Farmington will offer "A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein" conducted by FVSO Music Director Jonathan Colby. Among the memorable selections to be presented from the American Musical Theater's greatest duo will be excerpts from "The Sound of Music," "The King and I," "Carousel," "State Fair" and "Oklahoma." The program will open with "The National Anthem" and conclude with "America the Beautiful.

Festivities will begin with picnicking at 5:00. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and picnic supplies. Parking is available off Church Street at the Barney Library, adjacent to the church.

Further information is available at FVSO.org or by calling 800-975-FVSO.


South Windsor Cultural Arts

For information, call (860)-416-6920


The New Britain Symphony Orchestra


The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra which presents several concerts each season in the Greater New Britain area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. In addition to its full orchestra concerts under the direction of Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada, including a free concert for children, members of the orchestra perform in various free chamber music concerts during the concert season.



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