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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.
The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is unique among Connecticut orchestras. The orchestra specializes in collaborative ventures with local schools and includes performances of music by living Connecticut composers in its repertoire.
The orchestra is collaborating with local schools for upcoming concerts. These concerts include a side by side wind concert featuring local high school band musicians and a performance of Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Bristol Eastern High School Chorus. The first prize winner of the 2020 Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition will appear with the orchestra in May 2021.
There is a particular need for these collaborative concerts at this time. In USA Today, August 8, 2020, Jennifer Rothman of the National Alliance on Mental Illness speaks about the increase of anxiety and depression in youth as a result of covid-19. Many teachers I know, too, have observed varying degrees of depression and grief felt by students as a result of covid-19 challenges.
Participating student musicians need the opportunity provided by these concerts. In addition to musical benefits, the programs represent an antidote to psychological stress and depression and provide an intergenerational social and work experience.
As neurologist Oliver Sachs writes in Musicophillia, “Music can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to the power of its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than does language – humans are a musical species. “
All of these performances, of course, are dependent on governmental approval related to covid-19 concerns. Should the concerts not be able to be presented as scheduled, the projects WILL take place, but at a future date. In the meantime, the orchestra will produce a series of small internet concerts which will provide some limited income to at least a few musicians.
A contribution of $1,000.00 or more can be designated to help sponsor one of the collaborative concerts. A contribution of $500.00 or more can be used to help sponsor an internet chamber music concert.
On behalf of the musicians, audiences, board members, volunteers and patrons of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, please accept my deep appreciation for your support!
What we do
Servicing Our Community
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.
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.
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 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.
The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, through the power of music, energizes, inspires and educates our communities.
The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra broadens the love of symphonic music by building the orchestra of the future.
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.
Want to bring more music to your community?
Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra is looking for supporters who love music and want to help make sure it is a vibrant part of their lives.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are holding monthly ONLINE CONCERTS.
Please see Concerts tab at the top of the page for previously recorded concerts.
NSO Online Concert