April 5, 2020

ECSO Continues 73rd Season with “Spring Strings” Featuring Grammy-winning Guitarist, Jason Vieaux, March 28

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform at the upcoming ECSO concert, March 28. Photo by Tyler Boyd.

NEW LONDON — The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s (ECSO) 19-20 season continues  Saturday, March 28, at The Garde in New London with an exciting program that features a Grammy Award winner along with classic compositions.

Edward Elgar’s concert overture In the South opens the program with an exuberant theme re-purposed from another work, that expresses his experiences with his family in Italy.

The soloist for the evening is Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. Vieaux, who NPR describes as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,”  and Gramophone says is, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists,” performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s well known Concierto de Aranjuez. Rodrigo was blinded at a very young age, but this challenge did not hinder him from composing his acclaimed guitar concerto, inspired by the sounds and fragrances of the Royal Gardens of Aranjuez, Spain.

Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 finishes out the evening. Written not long after his first symphony, at the inspiring backdrop of a vacation in Pörtschach, Austria, Brahms let the environment influence his  joyful symphony.

Prior to the evening’s concert that starts at 7:30 p.m., all attendees are invited to a free pre-concert chat with Toshiyuki Shimada starting at 6:30 p.m. All attendees are also invited to meet and greet with fellow concertgoers and ECSO musicians at the complimentary post-concert reception in the upper lobby of the Garde Arts Center.

This concert is generously sponsored by Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Single tickets ($35 – $65) for the ECSO’s 2019-20 season are now on sale to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at gardearts.org, by calling the Garde Arts Center Box Office at 860-444-7373 x 1, calling the Symphony office at 860-443-2876, or in person at the ECSO office at 289 State Street, New London, CT. Subscription packages, which offer ticket exchange, savings, and other benefits are still available. Discounts available for senior citizens and $12 tickets available for anyone Under 40 and active or retired military members.

For more information on Jason Vieaux, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.

Editor’s Note: Founded in 1946, the mission of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate, and connect our communities through live orchestral music. Visit www.ectsymphony.com for more information on the ECSO and follow the orchestra on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) @ectsymphony



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