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Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: The Carnival of the Animals

March 29 EDT

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is presenting a family-friendly concert as part of its subscription series on Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., at NVCC Fine Arts Center. The program is a balanced classical experience for all to enjoy. The program’s center piece is The Carnival of Animals, a masterful and fun introduction to the orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns. The work will be narrated by WATR radio personality Tom Chute. The afternoon will begin with fun activities in the Lobby before the concert like face painting and an instrument “petting zoo” designed to introduce music to young listeners.

Keeping with the animal theme, the WSO will perform a Baroque gem, with Vivaldi’s delightful Goldfinch Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. The soloist will be Jisun Oh, an acclaimed young flutist who made her orchestral debut in 2014, with the Boston Pops. Staying in the Baroque era, we will also present J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor. These two works, the Saint-Saëns and Bach, call for two pianists. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming to our stage two of the finest pianists in our midst for a rare side-by-side appearance: Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen.

These two names are synonymous not only with piano virtuosity, but music education at the highest level. Chen recently appeared with the WSO on a sold-out concert as part of our Music in Great Spaces series. He currently serves as the Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music, and the Artistic Director of the Norfolk Festival. His colleague, Robert Blocker, is a legendary performer and arts administrator, and the long-time Dean of the Yale School of Music.


March 29
1:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Naugatuck Valley Community College – Fine Arts Center
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708 United States
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