The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2017-2018 season with Hungarian Legends, a concert celebrating the great composers, stories, and traditional folk music of the most beautiful country in the world. The program will include "Mazeppa" by Franz Liszt, "Summer Evening" by Zoltán Kodály, and "Concerto for Orchestra" by Béla Bartók.
"Mazeppa" is Liszt’s symphonic poem based on the traditional story of Ivan Mazepa as told in Victor Hugo’s Les Orientales. "Summer Evening" was “conceived on summer evenings, amid harvested cornfields, by the ripples of the Adriatic”; the melodic, pastoral piece reflects Kodály’s love of his country and of its traditional music. "The Concerto for Orchestra", with its haunting echoes of Hungarian folk music, was Bartók’s first major work after the start of WWII, his final completed piece and a lasting testament to his deep feelings for his native country.
The New Britain Symphony Orchestra, which is currently in its 69th season, is a 70-piece orchestra under the baton of Ertan Seyyar Sener. Besides main stage concerts throughout the year, the Symphony also performs a free Young People’s Concert in April for 1,700 fifth-grade students as the culmination of a cooperative effort with the music and art teachers in the school systems of New Britain, Berlin, Plainville, and Newington, CT.
Hungarian Legends will be performed at 3 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Welte Auditorium, CCSU, New Britain, CT. Tickets are $20 (free for students) and may be purchased online at www.newbritainsymphony.org, by phone at 860 826-6344, or at the door. Mention the word “Magyar” to receive a 10% discount at the door.