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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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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

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

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.

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NSO Online Concert 

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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.