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Thanks to all who generously supported our Fall Fund Drive!!
 Our thanks goes out to all who helped us with a successful fund drive. Because of you we surpassed our goal of $60,000 and can now purchase a new transmitter and perform needed transmitter site upgrades on Avon Mountain.  And...thanks to all the volunteers who handled the phones during the drive.
 
WWUH 91.3 FM
Program Guide
December, 2019
In This Issue
Flashback: 1970
How To Listen
WWUH Archive Now Online
Be On The Radio
Classical Listing
Scholarship Fund Update
Community Affairs on 91.3
Composer Birthdays
Join Our List
 
Notes from the G.M.

W e are constantly amazed by the generosity of our listeners.  Our Fall Drive was a resounding success thanks to close to 800 individuals who chose to support this unique experiment in FM Broadcasting which is now in it's 60th decade!

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Thanks!

John Ramsey
General Manager

 
Flash Back: 1970
 
March saw a ten-day, 240 hour broadcast marathon which raised $1300 to keep the station on for the summer. Program Director Charles Horwitz was quoted in a press release: "We are offering something for everyone.  We are the only college station operating this summer in the Greater Hartford area. We are portable for beach parties and surf-side rituals".  The Release goes on to say that Monday through Friday WWUH signs on at 9 an and goes to bed at 4 am.  On Saturday the schedule runs from 10 am to 4 am and on Sunday the broadcast day is from 10 am to 2 am. 

New features in 1970 include newscasts almost ever hour on the hour with the help of WWUH's affiliation with the Mutual Broadasting System. 

Summer features include "Poppy Fields," a weekday 10 am folk-rock program, "Soul Sensation" at 8pm on Friday with Maceo Woods and "American Legacy Bonanza" three hours of folk music with Brian Lord.  Weekdays at 5 pm WWUH airs three hours of Classical Music with the following hosts:  Tibor Banlaki, Charles Horwitz, Sherman Novoson and Louis Gagnon. 

In addition to operating the FM station, the staff continued to run WWUH-AM, which operated without an FCC license by broadcasting through the wiring in the dorms.   Because WWUH-AM did not need a license, there were no restrictions as to the airing of commercials, and WWUH-AM started selling airtime to businesses that wanted to reach the student population.   They money raised was to be used to help fund the FM station.   A commission schedule was finalized by the ECOM where 15% went to sales people (with no other reimbursement for expenses), 5% for Sales Manager (limited to 10% if he sells the ad), 2% for the business Manager and 1% for the traffic director who scheduled the spots. The station simulcast its programming on both FM and AM, and while a PSA ran on the FM a spot would run on the AM.

Programming on WWUH-AM included the live broadcast of Student Association meetings (at the request of the S.A.) and UH football games from the athletic field.
 
An April press release described the station programming this way. "WWUH is now on the air from 2p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends. In general, programming involves "easy listening" in the afternoon, classical programs in the early evening and college-oriented music until sign-off.

John Labella announces the "easy listening" hours which includes the music of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and The Moody Blues.

A special feature on Friday at 5 p.m. is a folk music program directed by Brian Lord, a Navy veteran who hails from N.J. Lord, a liberal arts student, has evoked widespread interest with his droll, offbeat comments.
How To Listen To WWUH
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In Central CT and Western MA, WWUH can be heard at 91.3 on the FM dial.  Our programs are also carried on:
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You can also access on demand any WWUH program which has aired in the last two weeks using our newly improved Program Archive feature:  Archive

    
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Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
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We are very excited to announce  that our archive has been completely upgraded so that it is usable on most if not all devices.  The archive allows you to listen to any WWUH program aired in the last two weeks on-demand 
using 
the "Program Archive" link   on our home page,  
 
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA
FOR A RADIO PROGRAM?
If you have an idea for a radio program and are available to volunteer late at night, please let us know.

We may have some midnight and/or 3am slots available later this year. Email station manager John Ramsey to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity for the right person.

Qualified candidates will have access to the full WWUH programmer orientation program so no experience is necessary. He/she will also need to attend the monthly WWUH staff meetings (held on Tuesday or Sunday evenings) and do behind the scenes volunteer work from time to time. This is a volunteer position.

After completing this process, we will review the candidate's assets and accomplishments and they will be considered for any open slots in our schedule.
Classical Music's Home in Hartford



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WWUH Classical Programming 
December 2019
 
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
Sun, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
 
Evening Classics
Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 8:00 pm
 
Drake's Village Brass Band
Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm

December
Sun
1
Handel: Hercules
Mon
2
1919 - Milhaud: Les Choephores (The Libation Bearers); Debussy: La boite a joujoux (The Toy Shop); Elgar: Cellos Concerto; Griffes: Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, The White Peacock, Poem for Flute and Orchestra
Drake's Village Brass Band - London Symphonic Concert Band - Elgar and His Peers
Tue
3
Judith Bailey: Havas - A Period of Summer, Op. 44;
Weinberg: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Cello, Op. 72; Schieferdecker: Musical Concert No. 13 in C minor;
J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 27th Sunday after Trinity, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", BWV 140; Gouvy: Symphony No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 87; Weinberg: Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 58; Richard Strauss: 4 Last Songs
Wed
4
Martinu: Symphony #5; Toensing: Responaria; Kkenessy:Shades of Darkness; Howells: Requiem; Kozeluch: Keyboard Sonata; Kaska: Organ arrangements
Thu
5
On Beyond Bach : Vejvanovsky: Sonatas and Veracini: Overture No. 5 in B Flat;  Geminiani : Concerto Grosso after Corelli, No. 12 in d minor 'La Folia'; Novak: In the Tatra Mountains Op. 26; Golijov: The Man Who Cried: Close Your Eyes; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 1
Fri
6
Celebrating Brubeck's 99th as Ron tries to drive the train
Sun
8
Isouard: Cenrillon; Viardot: Le Dernier Sorcier
Mon
9
1919 or 1969 - Shostakovich: Symphony #14; D'Indy: Symphony brevis de bello gallico (#3); Nielsen: Alladin Suite; Fauré: Ballade for Piano and Orchestra; Crumb: Night of the Four Moons
Drake's Village Brass Band - Locke Brass Consort - Contrasts in Brass Volume 1
Tue
10
Bax: November Woods; Tull: Variations on an Advent Hymn; Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op 34; Mosonyi: Sextet in c
Wed
11
Hosts's Choice
Thu
12
On Beyond Bach :  Vitali: Capricci and Walther: Suite No. 9 in c; Schulz-Evler: Arabesques on themes from 'The Beautiful Blue Danube', Russian Rhapsody Op. 14; Atterberg: Suite No. 3 Op. 19 No. 1; Douglas: Cantilena; Canning: Fantasy on a Hymn of Justin Morgan; Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C.
Fri
13
Music new to the WWUH library
Sun
15
Ruders: The Thirteenth Child; Picker: The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mon
16
Monday Night at the Movies - The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata, Lt. Kijie; The Film Music of Miklos Rozsa
Drake's Village Brass Band - Locke Brass Consrt - Contrast in Brass Volume 2
Tue
17
Moeran: Lonely Waters; Poulenc: Sonate; Rosetti: Concerto in E for 2 Horns & Orchestra; Mozart: String Quintet #6 in E , K. 614
Wed
18
Corette: Symphonie des Noels; DeVitry: Hymns; DeBeriot: Concerto in e minor; Rachmaninov: Fantasie;Tableaux; Chapi et al: Zarzuela selections
Thu
19
On Beyond Bach : Werner: Musical Instrumental Calendar - December and Zach: Oboe Concerto in B Flat;  Clerambault: Suite for harpsichord No. 2 in c; Giordani: Caro mio ben; Bristow: Symphony in f-sharp minor, Op. 26; Braunfels: Carnival Overture Op. 22; Dessau: Kinderstucke; Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30.
Fri
20
Celebrating Dave Brubeck's 99th - a week late
Sun
22
Eybler: Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem
Mon
23
Host's Choice
Tue
24
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suite: Christmas Eve; Bax: Christmas Eve; Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9; Zelenka: Missa Nativitatis Domini in D major ZWV8; J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Part 1, "Jauchzet, frolocket, auf, preiset die Tage", BWV 248; Seventeenth Century Christmas Eve (selections); Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain - An Irish-Appalachian Celebration (selections)
Wed
25
Host's Choice
Thu
26
On Beyond Bach : Zani: Concerto in D Op. 4 No. 1 and Zavateri: Concerto No. 12 in G 'Tempesta di Mare'; Handel: Concerto a due cori No. 2; Vivaldi: Concerto 'Il riposo - per il Santissimo Natale' RV 270;  Rosier: Suite for 3 Violins; Pisendel: Violin Concerto in D; Haydn: String Quartet in d, Op. 76 No. 2 'Fifths'.
Fri
27
Some of our favorite recordings received in 2019
Sun
29
Lehar: Der Graf von Luxemburg; Kalman: Ein Herbstmanover
Mon
30
Host's Choice
Tue
31
Vorisek: Introduction et Rondeau Brillant for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 22; Berwald: Grand Septet in B ; Massenet: Suite No 5: Scènes Napolitaines; Hummel: Piano Quintet in E , Op. 87

 
 
Opera on WWUH

















SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA
your "lyric theater" program
with Keith Brown
programming selections for the month of 
December 2019

SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST   Handel, Hercules  George Frideric Handel turned to writing oratorios in English language in the 1740's only after it became clear that Italian opera seria was no longer fashionable in London. Oratorios were cheaper to produce than operas because they required no elaborate staging or costuming, and the stories from the King James Bible which Handel depicted in music were familiar to middle class Londoners who knew no Italian. Handel also composed a number of hybrid works: odes or secular oratorios like l'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1740), Semele (1744) and Hercules (1745), which he designated a "musical drama." Hercules, like Semele, is closer to baroque opera in that its story is taken from classical mythology. Hercules here is a tragic hero, and his wife Dejanira is likewise a tragic figure. She tortures her hero husband to death. The role of Dejanira is a study in jealousy, guilt and remorse. Musically and dramatically Hercules is Handel at his very best. Yet the oratorio was a failure. It has only occasionally been recorded. There's an excellent 1982 recording for DGG Archiv with John Eliot Gardiner leading the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir. I presented it in CD reissue on Sunday, November 15, 1992. Hercules was recorded again in 2006, live in concert performance at Kloster Eberbach, Rheingau, Germany. Joachim Carlos Martini directs the Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra and the Junge Kantorei chorus. Dejanira is the Scottish mezzo Nicola Wemyss. Naxos released this newer Hercules on three compact discs in 2008.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH  Isouard, Cendrillon, Viardot, Le Dernier Sorcier  The Christmas season, it is said, is for the children, or also perhaps those of us who are forever young at heart. It's at this magical season that I like to program fairytale operas, or any fantastical and lighthearted lyric theaterpiece. I have four such works in mind for broadcast, two of them on this Advent Sunday and two to follow next Sunday. Both of the works featured this Sunday are nineteenth century operas. Nicolo Isouard (1755-1818) was Maltese by national origin, but he lived for much of his life in Paris and composed many works in the genre of the French opera comique. Cendrillon (1810) was the most successful of them all. This opera comique is the first treatment of the Cinderella fairy tale in the operatic literature. It achieved international popularity and its great success prompted the young Rossini to compose his own Italian operatic treatment La Cenerentola (1817).I have broadcast recordings of Rossini's La Cenerentola on three occasions in 1984, 1998 and 2016. Jules Massenet also composed a Cendrillon opera among so many of his other contributions to the nineteenth century French operatic repertoire. A recording of his Cendrillon (1899) I aired on Sundays in 1989 and 1995. Isouard's Cendrillon was released to the public through the American Albany Records label in 2018. It documents a live staged performance of this delightful "Fairy Opera" made in NYC in 2017 at the Manhattan School of Music. This is a student production, to be sure, but entirely professional in quality. Internationally renowned French conductor Pierre Vallet leads the singing cast and pit orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater. The opera comique has a lot of spoken dialogue in French language. For the Manhattan School production the dialogue was all translated into English. The musical numbers were sung in the original French libretto. Albany Records did not include any of the dialogue in its two-CD release. 
     Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel could be considered Germany's leading female pianist/composer of the mid nineteenth century. In France her counterpart might well be Pauline Viardot (1821-1910). She was one of the finest mezzos on the operatic stage in her time- a diva, in point of fact. She studied piano with Liszt and composed, too. She consorted with all the  important artistic, musical and literary figures in Europe. One of them, the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, collaborated with her as an opera librettist. One of several operas they created together was the fanciful chamber opera Le Dernier Sorcier (1867). It has two brief acts and is scored for solo voices, a small chorus of treble voices and piano. Turgenev provided a libretto in French that sets forth an original fairy tale- one with a socially progressive message. You could say, as does singer Camille Zamora, who translated the spoken-word narration into English for the world premiere recording of "The Last Sorcerer," that it is "a feminist eco-fable in operatic form." It was intended for salon 
performance. Turgenev arranged for its premiere. It was performed a couple of times thereafter badly in German language, then disappeared, and its score was only very recently recovered by Harvard University. Trudy Styler is the narrator, joined by eight singing soloists and the Manhattan Girls Chorus. As in the Albany records recording of Cendrillon, the musical numbers are sung in the original French. (By the way, Pauline Viardot composed her own Cendrillon opera much later on in 1904.) Bridge Records fit Le Dernier Sorcier complete with narration onto one compact disc for release in 2018.  

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15TH 
Ruders, The Thirteenth Child, Picker, Fantastic Mr. Fox  The two fantasy operas featured on this third Advent Sunday are creations of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The Thirteenth Child (2016) by the Danish composer Poul Ruders (b.1949) is an operatic takeoff on one of the more obscure tales from the Brothers Grimm known as The Twelve Brothers. This is Ruders' fifth opera, one of his previous works being the dystopic fantasy The Handmaid's Tale (1998). In The Thirteenth Child Ruders collaborated with the American husband and wife librettists Becky and David Starobin. Also brought into the project was the symphony orchestra of Odense, a provincial city in Denmark and the birthplace of the famed fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. This opera was jointly commissioned by the Odense Symfoniorkester and the Santa Fe Opera here in the US. The "Thirteenth Child" of the title is the beautiful young sister of twelve princely brothers. She is indeed a fairytale princess named Lyra. We can thank the American Bridge Records label for bringing before the public world premiere recordings like that of Pauline Viardot's fairytale opera, also works of contemporary lyric theater music such as Ruders' The Thirteenth Child. An American, Benjamin Shwartz conducts the Danish orchestra, with an international cast of vocal soloists. The opera is sung in English.
    Tobias Picker (b. 1954) is one of the most distinguished names in contemporary American classical music. He writes music in all the classical genre forms, and has made a name for himself in the field of opera as well. On Sunday, November 17, 2002 I aired the world premiere recording for the British Chandos label of his Therese Raquin (2001), which is an adaptation for the lyric stage of a tragic tale of murder by the nineteenth century French author Emile Zola. Picker has written a comic opera for children based on a story by Roald Dahl. He likes to think of Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998) as a "family opera," in that adults and children alike will find it charming and find their own levels of meaning in it. Following its premiere by LA Opera it has been occasionally produced: in London a couple of times, then by Opera San Antonio in 2013 and then again by Odyssey Opera of Boston in 2014. A movie was made of it, released in 2009. It was also recorded after the Odyssey staging for release on silver disc through BMOP Sound. Conductor Gil Rose, who was in charge musically for the Odyssey production, led his own Boston Modern Orchestra Project in a studio retake of Fantastic Mr. Fox at Fraser Hall for Boston's public radio station WGBH. The Boston Children's Chorus took part in the proceedings.  
 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND
 Eibler, Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem  The time of the birth of Jesus draws nigh, and since it's "the reason for the season," a nativity oratorio would surely be in order. Joseph Leopold Eybler (1766-1846) was a student and close friend of Mozart. He was even of physical assistance to the musical genius in his final illness as he worked on his Requiem. Mozart entrusted the task of completing the Requiem to Eybler, and Mozart's widow seconded her husband's dying request. Eybler felt inadequate to the task and turned down the offer. But he was a significant composer in his own right, witness his wonderful Christmas oratorio Die Hirten bei ber Krippe zu Bethlehem ("The Shepherds at the Manger in Bethlehem," 1794). If you like Haydn's "Creation" you'll love Eybler's work. The score of the Christmas oratorio is to be found in the Austrian National Library. Conductor Wolfgang Helbich took it up, preparing it for modern performance with instrumental parts he had to compose himself for the missing ones in the closing choral number. Helbich leads the period instrument ensemble I Febrarmonici and the choir of Bremen Cathedral, the Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble and vocal soloists. The Eybler Christmas oratorio was recorded in 1999 for the German cpo label in coproduction with Radio Bremen. I last broadcast Die Hirten bei der Krippe on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Christmas seasonal music will follow.
 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 29TH 
Lehar, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Kalman, Ein Herbstmanover  Near the end of his career as a composer of Viennese operetta the Hungarian Franz Lehar (1870-1948) wrote a series of sentimental bittersweet works like "The Land of Smiles" (1929), all of which were designed as vehicles for the voice of his star tenor Richard Tauber. Lehar's earlier style of operetta was more comedic and sprightly and produced hits that made him famous. "The Merry Widow" (1905) was his breakthough work in that line. Following Die Lustige Witwe came Der Graf von Luxemburg in 1909. The setting of this operetta is Paris in La Belle Epoque. The story revolves around whether to marry for love or money. Why not marry somebody who's filthy rich and has a noble title! The tunes from "The Count of Luxemburg" were so popular that in 1910 something like an "original cast album" was made on a series of 78rpm acoustic discs. There's a modern musically complete cast recording available since 2017 on two Oehms Classics compact discs. It presents a 2015 staged revival by Frankfurt Opera, and documents a live performance, although Oehms has eliminated the spoken dialogue between the musical numbers. Eun Sun Kim conducts the Museum Orchestra of Frankfurt Opera and the Frankfurt Opera Chorus. 
     At roughly the same time that Der Graf von Luxemburg was wowing audiences in Vienna, another operetta composer from Hungary, Emmerich or Imre Kalman (1882-1953) was beginning his career in Budapest with the 
production of his first successful work, originally titled Tatarjaras in Hungarian. It premiered in Vienna on New Year's Day, 1909, where it was sung in German and retitled Ein Herbstmanover or "An Autumn Maneuver." A subsequent production in New York gave it yet another title in English language: The Gay Hussars. By the looks of photos of the 2018 staging by Giessen State Theater Ein Herbstmanover does indeed have a "gay' sensibility. Michael Hofstetter conducts the Giessen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of the Giessen State Theater. Writing for Fanfare magazine (Sept/Oct 2019 issue) reviewer Ken Meltzer says, "Ein Herbstmanover is a work deserving of a first-rate performance, and that is what it receives in a recording on the Oehms Classics label... For the recording, the dialogue is pared to a minimum... All of the principals sing with rich, attractive voices, taste and a keen affinity for Kalman's rich and elegant score... Hofstetter leads a sparkling performance that never drags, but likewise savors the beauty of Kalman's orchestral and vocal writing. The subsidiary roles, including spoken parts, are expertly performed as well." 









The WWUH Scholarship Fund


   

 In 2003 WWUH alums Steve Berian, Charles Horwitz and Clark Smidt helped create the WWUH Scholarship Fund to provide an annual grant to a UH student who is either on the station's volunteer Executive Committee or who is in a similar leadership position at the station. The grant amount each year will be one half of the revenue of the preceeding year.

To make a tax deductable donation either send a check to: WWUH Scholarship Fund
c/o John Ramsey
Univ. of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
W. Hartford, CT 06117 

Or call John at 860-768-4703 to arrange for a one-time or on-going donation via charge card.

If you would like more information please contact us at  wwuh@hartford.edu


Real Alternative News
For over 50 years WWUH has aired a variety of unique community affairs programs.


Here is our current schedule:
Monday: Noon - 1pm  Alternative Radio
8:00 - 9:00 pm Radio   Radio Ecoshock
Tuesday: Noon - 12:30 pm  New World Notes
12:30 - 1:00 pm  Counterspin
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Black Agenda Report
Wednesday: Noon - 12:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
12:30 - 1:00 pm  Building Bridges
8:00 - 8:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
8:30 - 9:00 pm  New World Notes
Thursday: Noon - 1:00 pm  Project Censored
7:30 - 8:00 pm  Making Contact
8:00 - 8:30 pm  This Way Out
8:30 - 9:00 pm Gay Spirit
Friday: 12:00 - 12:30 pm Nutmeg Chatter
12:30 - 1:00 pm  TUC Radio
Sunday: 4:30 - 5:00 pm  Nutmeg Chatter
 Composer Birthdays

 
Thursday Evening Classics 
December



 
December 5
1687 (bapt) Francesco Geminiani
1870 Vitezslav Novak
1960 Osvaldo Golijov
 
December 12
1852 Andrey Schulz-Evler
1887 Kurt Atterberg
1907 Roy Douglas
1911 Thomas Canning
 
December 19
1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault
1745 Giuseppe Giordani
1825 George Frederick Bristow
1882 Walter Braunfels
1894 Paul Dessau
 
December 26
1640 Carl (de) Rosier
1687 Johann Georg Pisendel
1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch


Hartford Symphony Orchestra 
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Our Mission:  To enrich lives and community through great music. Our Vision: HSO will be widely known for and unrivaled in its ability to: Openly engage our community and its diverse people Foster joy for music and an appreciation...

In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community
 
West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director

whso.org    (860) 521-4362


Upcoming Concert
 
2019 Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00 PM
 
Join WHSO at the West Hartford Town Hall for our Annual Holiday Concert featuring seasonal favorites.


Help WHSO kick off the 2019-2020 Concert Season at the Roberts Theater on the Kingswood Oxford Campus in West Hartford.


Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra

Great music and great musicians! Food for the soul! Affordable prices! The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra offers these benefits to all of you in the greater Hartford Community.

The CVSO has been operating for 88 years. Our musicians, serious amateurs and music educators, range from teenagers to seniors, and have a fabulous 2018-2019 season of classical, romantic and modern music lined up for your listening pleasure. 

 
Concerts are Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at  Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.
 

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The West Hartford 
Symphony Orchestra

In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community

Upcoming Concert
 
2019 Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00 PM
 
Join WHSO at the West Hartford Town Hall for our Annual Holiday Concert featuring seasonal favorites.


West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director
whso.org
(860) 521-4362


The Musical Club of Hartford
The Musical Club of Hartford is a non-profit organization founded in 1891. Membership is open to performers or to those who simply enjoy classical music, providing a network for musicians from the Greater Hartford area.
 
Club events take place normally on selected Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m, Fall through Spring. The usual location is the sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT (between Ridgewood and Mountain Avenues). Information on time and location is given at the bottom of each event description.

Program - Thursday, December 12- 10:00am Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT Program:  Meditation and Processional, composed in 1951 by Ernest Bloch, will be performed by Virginia Allen, viola, and Linda MacGougan, piano.  Virginia and Linda will also perform Evening at the Village and Slovak Peasant's Dance, transcribed piano solos by Bartók.   Susan Mardinly, soprano, with Lean-Cheng Tan, piano, will sing Ravel's Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques, folk songs from the Greek island of Chios off the coast of Turkey. These will be followed by Armenian Songs, by Komitas Vardapet.   Connie Hegarty, piano, explores the development of the nocturne in her performance of Nocturne in B-flat Major by John Field, Nocturne in C# Minor (Posthumous) by Chopin, and Nocturne, Op. 33 (Homage to John Field) by Samuel Barber.    Finishing the program, Burak Göçer will present 3 flute solos:  Sonata Appassionata, Op. 14 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Pièce pour flûte seul by Jacques Ibert, and Image for flute solo by Eugène Bozza.


 
musicalclubhartford.org

The Hartford Choral


Hartford Chorale 2019-2020 Season
 
Christmas in the Americas

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 4 pm
Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford
 
The Hartford Chorale's 2019 Christmas in the Americas concert is a multicultural celebration of a holiday marked by good will, gift-giving, and boundless cheer. Included will be music from North, Central, and South America, including the Caribbean. Joining the 140-voice chorus will be a three-member percussion ensemble, plus harp, piano, and organ, making full use of the historic and thrilling Austin pipe organ at Immanuel Congregational Church.

hartfordchorale.org

The Manchester Symphony
Orchestra and  Choral

Bringing Music to our Community for 59 Years!
 
 
The Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings quality orchestral and choral music to the community, provides performance opportunities for its members, and provides education and performance opportunities for young musicians in partnership with Manchester schools and other Connecticut schools and colleges.
 

Temple Beth El

Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the aegis of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music.
 
Open to the Public. Plenty of FREE Parking.
Beth El Temple
2626 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 233-9696




Serve Harmony: 
Voce's 2019-2020
 Concert Season

A Voce Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT, 06070
 
Voce's holiday program will feature carols and anthems of the holiday season and Primi Voci, the premier ensemble of the Connecticut Children's Chorus. Join Voce in a celebration of the harmonies of Christmas in a concert that has become a holiday tradition!
 
Voce, Mark Singleton, Artistic Director
 
www.voceinc.org                                                              
Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern, Jr

 
            Harold Mabern, sadly, passed away on September 17th. Self taught, he leaves a rich and treasured legacy of music, mentoring and musical innovation. Thankfully, for the magic of recording and through the many students he taught, we can enjoy his music forever.
 
Born in Memphis in 1936, Mabern began playing drums, but switched to piano when his father saved up enough money to purchase one. He attended college in Chicago, but soon ran out of money because of a change in his parent's financial circumstances, and had to start gigging to support himself. He eventually found his way to NYC, auditioned for Harry "Sweets" Edison and soon replaced pianist Tommy Flanagan who went who left to pursue other opportunities. He steadily developed a great reputation in NYC as a sideman and had his debut as a leader on recording with Prestige in 1968. He had a total of 20 albums as leader throughout his lifetime. 
 
            He was a professor of Jazz Piano at William Paterson University in New Jersey for 39 years. It was announced that the university has set up an endowed scholarship in his name and is scheduling a concert in his name in the Spring of 2020.


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