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Connecticut's Musical Spice

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra providing classical music concerts and musical services for Connecticut communities.

The orchestra collaborates with local schools and school systems to strengthen school music programs through performance.

The musicians are an integral part of musical life in Connecticut, performing with many other Connecticut orchestras and chamber music groups.

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NSO 2023 Concert Schedule

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:30pm

Wind Dectet Concert

Hooray!
We are back performing after our summer break!
Please join us to enjoy an evening of free live music….

Featuring Tyler Gauruder, viola
Our Program:
Paul Hindemith – arr. Homann, excerpts from Ludas Tonalis
Ronald Roseman, Double Quintet for Woodwinds and Brass
Roger Goeb, Concertante for Viola with Double Wind and Brass Quintets
Alfred Reed, Double Wind Quintet
The Hindemith pieces will be the world premier of Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra oboist Oliver Homann’s arrangement!
Through the generosity of a NWCT Arts Council grant and the sponsorship of Region 10 School District, NSO will be performing a free wind dectet (double woodwind and brass quintets) with viola soloist Tyler Gauruder.

Donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Lewis S. Mills High School Auditorium
26 Lyons Road, Burlington, CT

Program subject to change

Previous 2023 Concerts

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:30pm

NSO Spring Concert – Tchaikovsky Spectacular

featuring Lillian Yim, cello, First Prize 2019 and 2020 NSO Young Artists Competition

Lewis S. Mills High School Auditorium
26 Lyons Road, Burlington, CT

Program
Tchaikovsky, Symphony #4
Tchaikovsky, Variations of a Rococo Theme
Duffy, Overture 1776
Program subject to change

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 7:30pm

Collaborative Concert with the Bristol Eastern High School Concert Choir, Michael Coderre, Director

Cynthia Knotts & Dongbin Shin, violins

Zhanna Alkhazova, soprano – Sarah Armstrong, alto

Jack Pott, tenor – Chai-lun Yueh, bass 

Bristol Eastern High School Auditorium
632 King Street, Bristol, CT

Program
Mozart, Coronation Mass and Exsultate Jubilate
J S Bach, Concerto in D for 2 Violins and Orchestra
Haydn, Symphony 26, Lamentations

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:30pm

American Band Classics
Side by Side Concert – NSO musicians perform side by side with high school musicians from these schools

Region 10 – Lewis Mills, Region 7 – Northwestern Regional, Torrington, Litchfield, Bristol Eastern

Lewis S. Mills High School Auditorium
26 Lyons Road, Burlington, CT

Snow Date: Friday, February 17, 2023

Program
Giannini, Symphony #3
Hanson, Chorale and Alleluia
Del Borgo, Adagio for Winds
Holsinger, Abram’s Pursuit

Program subject to change

FREE Concert Tickets

This year the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra will be providing FREE admission to our concerts!
While tickets are free, if you would like to contribute to a specific concert, please use the link below.

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Making a Donation

Won’t you consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra to further our efforts to strengthen school music programs through performance? Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra concerts often involve students in performance with the orchestra and we support the creative efforts of Connecticut composers.

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What we do

Servicing Our Community

School Music

The orchestra collaborates with local schools and school systems to strengthen school music programs through performance. Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra concerts often involve students in performance with the orchestra.

Local Composers

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra supports the creative efforts of Connecticut based composers. In recent years the orchestra has performed the world or Connecticut premiers of works by Stephen Gryc, Larry Alan Smith, Robert Carl, Thomas Duffy, Neely Bruce and Joseph Russo.

Educational Concert

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra performs annual educational concerts at Lewis Mills High School serving approximately 1,400 third graders from local school systems. The orchestra’s purposes in performing these concerts are to stimulate an intellectual curiosity in music and to encourage participation in school music programs.

Music Director

Music Director and Conductor Marshall Brown is a faculty member of the Hartt School Community Division and is a trombonist with the Waterbury and Wallingford Symphony Orchestras. His principal conducting teachers include Harold Farberman and Charles Bruck. He has degrees from the Hartt School and the University of Michigan and is the founding conductor of the Montgomery (AL) Symphony Orchestra.

OUR MISSION

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, through the power of music, energizes, inspires and educates our communities.

VISION STATEMENT

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra broadens the love of symphonic music by building the orchestra of the future.

ARTISTIC VISION

The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the communities it serves. It energizes these communities through collaborations with other musical, educational, and non-musical organizations.

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Upcoming Events

Please see Concerts tab for previously recorded concerts.

Wind Band Side by Side Concert

Thanks to a grant from the Thomaston Savings Foundation

Winter 2023 – Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:30pm

Lewis Mills High School

NSO Concert in collaboration with Bristol Eastern High School

Spring 2023 – Saturday, April 1, 2023, 7:30pm

NSO Young Artist Competition Winner Concert

May 2023 – Saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:30pm

Lewis Mills High School

NSO Children's Concert

May 2023 – Closed Concert, Children & Staff Only

Lewis Mills High School

Learn

Through the power of music we energize, inspire and educate our communities

Bringing Music To Your Town

  • We are a lively professional music ensemble, performing regularly in the communities of Bristol, Farmington Valley and Torrington.

  • Our orchestra has collaborated with Waterbury Chorale, Joyful Noise, Bristol Choral Society, Trinity Church Chorus (Hartford), Farmington High School Choir, Central Connecticut State University Chorus, Bristol Eastern High School Madrigal Singers and Chorus, the Reunion Jazz Band, and area high school musicians in side by side presentations on its subscription concert programs.

  • The orchestra includes music by living Connecticut composers in performance.

Bringing Music To Your Children

  • Educational children’s concerts are designed to stimulate an intellectual curiosity in music and to encourage participation in school music programs.

  • Annually over 1400 elementary students attend our concerts and we partner with high school and other choruses for local performances.

  • The orchestra provides an annual Young Artists Competition for eligible high school musicians.

  • Compelled by the need to build the next generation of music lovers, Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra plans to expand the Children’s Music Program over the next few years.

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