WWUH 91.3 FM Newsletter

Program Guide February 2024

Broadcasting as a Community Service of

The University of Hartford.

From The General Manager

Some early WWUH history:

Many affectionately call Clark Smidt (Class of 70) the “father” of WWUH. His ideas, dedication, and leadership made WWUH a reality and shaped its policies for many years.

As one of the largest college radio stations of its time and the first in New England educational station to broadcast in stereo 24-hours a day, WWUH went on to become more than a college radio station, serving the greater Hartford area with Public Alternative radio, producing over a thousand concerts and a dozen CD and launching the careers of most who crossed its path.

WWUH continues to offer the community different types of music, from Americana to Zydeco, in a non-commercial environment while providing the University of Hartford with a voice; and serving as a training ground for future broadcasters.

When Clark first developed the idea of starting a radio station at the University of Hartford, his love of and commitment to radio was already apparent with his part-time job at WBIS, a small AM station in Bristol, CT. Years later, Clark would work as Program Director of WEEI and WBZ-FM, both in Boston, before starting his own broadcast consulting firm and later becoming licensee of WNNR-FM in Concord, NH, which, like WWUH, he started from scratch.

Here, in Clark’s own words, (with thanks to Bob Paiva and the "The Program Director's Handbook") is the story of WWUH in Clark’s own words:

"From day one of freshman orientation, I started to ask about a radio station. I was told that people had thought about it before but that nobody had ever followed through. There was an open frequency at 91.3, and WTIC in Hartford had even agreed to donate a 1,000-watt FM transmitter and $2,000.

“I ran all over the school drumming up support for the project, and at the close of my freshman year, I was given the go-ahead to put together the University of Hartford radio station. I was still doing weekends at WBIS in Bristol, so I was considered a "professional" and appointed the station’s general manager with responsibilities for the station’s programming. Support from the University community came from many sources: the Operations Department helped with the technical set-up, engineering students were involved with station’s technical operations, and various professors contributed programming material. The late William Teso, a professor at the engineering school, and Harold Dorschug, Chief Engineer at WTIC, was instrumental in properly completing the technical part of the FCC application and training the students.

“It took nine months to get the application through the FCC and on July 15, 1968, we signed on the station with 1800 watts of effective radiated power and the call letters ‘WWUH.’ It was later pointed out that once you mastered saying “WWUH” you could work anywhere.

“Although we couldn't accept paid commercials, we got a few donations and pulled some fast deals for acknowledged donations. We convinced Lipman Motors to lease a 1967 Rambler station wagon to the station for $1 a year for use as a news car. We announced on-air that the news was compiled through United Press International wire services and the 'mobile team in the Lipman Motors UH news wagon.' The white vehicle with red WWUH NEWS lettering and license plates, equipped with lights on top, was stolen only months later.

“Prior to 1968, Louis K. Roth, a generous Regent of the University, had told the President of the University of Hartfordt that he would finance the radio station. Mr. Roth passed away before we got things rolling, but his family still came to us with a check for $40,000. While serious consideration was given to changing the station’s call letters to WLKR, we instead renamed the radio station the Louis K. Roth Memorial radio station, and by the time I graduated in 1970, we had built a complete stereo radio station and still had $14,000 of Mr. Roth's grant left over.

“In the beginning, we were on the air from 6 pm to 1:30 am. We had an "easy listening" program for 45 minutes, 15 minutes of news, and a feature called, "Hartford Tonight," where we recapped things that were happening around town. We programmed information from 7-7:30, jazz from 7:30 to 10, and progressive rock from 10 pm through sign-off. We ran opera on Sunday when we started broadcasting on weekends.

“For the first three weeks I had to run the control board for every show in order to train people, but within a year we were broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The response from the community was tremendous.”

Robert Skinner was the station’s first engineer, and is credited by Clark with “making it all happen, from putting up the walls to filling out the FCC applications to installing the wiring and the transmitter, it would not have happened without Bob’s expertise. He practically lived at the station the first year.”

John Ramsey


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Amazing Tales From Off and On Connecticut's Beaten Path

We encourage you to tune in to our newest program, Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut’s Beaten Path which airs Sunday afternoons at 4:30 right after the Opera.

Amazing Tales uses a story-telling format to focus on historically significant people, places, and events from Connecticut’s past. Host Mike Allen interviews subject matter experts on a variety of historical topics.

Host Mike Allen specializes in bringing local history to life, by using his journalism and story-telling skills with podcasting and public speaking. For 15 years, Mike worked as a radio journalist, both at NPR’s Boston affiliate WBUR and as News Director at i-95 (WRKI-FM) in western Connecticut. He subsequently worked in government and corporate before retiring and starting his podcast. As a resident of Connecticut for more than 50 years, Mike also makes public appearances throughout the state, speaking on topics of local history



Sundays, 4:30pm. 

Sunday February 4th, 2024

Hiding in Plain Sight

They’re there – if you can find them. Stone mile markers used to be the way that horseback riders and stagecoach operators knew how far they had to go to get to the County seat. At one time, there were 600 stone mile markers along CT’s dirt turnpikes. Now, not so many. These intriguing relics of a bygone era.


Sunday February 11th, 2024

CT’s Valley Forge

It’s called Connecticut’s Valley Forge – Putnam Park in Redding. 3,000 Continental soldiers spent the harsh Revolutionary War winter of 1778 there, providing protection from the Hudson River to Long Island Sound. Low pay + insufficient food and clothing a mutiny action and desertions. CT’s first state park

 Sunday February 18th, 2024

CT Owned Cleveland  

Connecticut once land all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Most was given to federal government after the Revolutionary War – except for 3 million acres in Ohio (the so-called Western Reserve) – in those days, the “wild west.” Settlers pushed Native Americans off their land with distasteful tactics


Sunday February 25th, 2024

Bell Town

Bells … on Good Humor trucks; signaling the rounds between Mohammed Ali’s boxing matches; giving Clarence his wings in It’s a Wonderful Life; and opening and closing trading on the New York Stock Exchange. They were all made in East Hampton, CT. Hear (literally) why they call it “Bell Town


Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
The WWUH Archive!
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.

WWUH Classical Programming

Febuary 2024

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Sundays 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Evening Classics… Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 8:00 pm

Drake’s Village Brass Band… Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm

(Opera Highlights Below)

Thursday 1st

Veracini: Overture No. 2 in F Major; Agrell: Flute Concerto in D Major; Krufft: Sonata in F Major for Horn and Piano; Lindblad: Symphony No. 2 in D Major; Herbert: Cello Concerto No. 2 in e minor, Op. 30; Conus: Violin Concerto in e minor; Camargo Guarnieri: Três Danças para Orquestra; Dunhill: Friendship’s Garland-A Suite of Five Miniatures.

Friday 2d

Celebrating Black History Month with Wynton Marsalis, William Grant Still, Zenobia Powell Perry and Duke Ellington

Sunday 4th

Monteverdi, L'Orfeo

Monday 5th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 6th

Emerson String Quartet – Infinite Voyage; Singleton: Time Past, Time Future; Penderecki: Symphony #12 “Lieder der Vergänglichkeit” (Songs of Transience)

Drake’s Village Brass Band Black Dyke Band Music of Peter Graham: Force of Nature

Wednesday 7th

Georg Philipp Telemann: Overture-Suite in E major, TWV 55:E2;

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493;

Johann Sebastian Bach: Wedding Cantata, "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten", BWV 202;

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No 2 for Orchestra in A major, Op. Op. 16;

Ethel Smyth: "What if I were young again" from Act I of The Boatswain's Mate;

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Suite of instrumental music extracted from the opera Armide;

Bela Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3;

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F major, RV 568 for violin, 2 horns, 2 oboes, and bassoon;

Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120.

Thursday 8th

Praetorius: Up! Awake! From Highest Steeple, Quam pulchra es, Veni in hortum meum; Gretry: Céphale et Procris: Suite; Burgmuller: Duo for clarinet and piano, Op. 15; Williams: Film Music; New Additions to the WWUH Library.

Friday 9th

Celebrating Black History Month with Florence Beatrice Price, Robert Nathaniel Dett , Undine Smith Moore, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Duke Ellington

Sunday 11th

Lewis, Afterward

Monday 12th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 13th

Birth of Rhapsody in Blue Feb 12, 1924 – Recreation of Paul Whiteman’s Experiment in Modern Music Concert; M. l. Williams: Zodiac Suite

Drake’s Village Brass Band Onxy Noir – Jazz Works for Brass Quintet – Onyx Brass

Wednesday 14th

Fromental Halévy: Les mousquetaires de la reine: Overture; Act III: Enfin un jour plus doux se lève; Henri Vieuxtemps: Old England, Op. 42 (version for violin and orchestra); Edmond Dédé: Chicago (Grande valse a l'Americaine); Charles Gounod: Symphony No. 1 in D Major; Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (Extended excerpts): Prelude; Act II: Sur mes genoux, fils du soleil; Act IV: Pays merveilleux … O paradis… Conduisez-moi vers ce navire; Act IV: Marche indienne (Indian March); Richard Strauss: Serenade in E-Flat Major, Op. 7, TrV 106; Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (Concert Overture); R. Nathaniel Dett: 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 3. As His Own Soul; Nadia Boulanger: Four Songs; Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19; Friedrich von Flotow: Rübezahl: Overture; Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26; R. Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38, "Spring" (re-orchestrated by G. Mahler)

Thursday 15th

Auric: Wind Trio; M. Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, In dulci jubilo, Dances from Terpsichore; Fesca: Cantemire, Op. 19: Overture, String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 3; Fuchs: Serenade No. 2 in C Major, Op. 14; Arlen: Songs; Langlais: Sonatine for Trumpet, 2 Chorale Preludes; Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Nixon in China: The Chairman Dances; Rouse: Rapture.

Friday 16th

Celebrating Black History Month with George Walker and Wynton Marsalis

Sunday 18th

Dvorak, Mass in D Minor, Stabat Mater

Monday 19th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 20th

Ives: Song Project 114 Songs 2, Violin Sonata @1; Glass: Philip Glass Solo; Pärt: Tractus selections from the New Album;

Harrison: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano

Drake’s Village Brass Band -A Lindberg Extravaganza – Christian Lindberg Trombone

Wednesday 21st

Host's Choice

Thursday 22d

Gade: Echoes of Ossian Overture, Op. 1; Bowen: Sonata for Flute & Piano Op. 120; Zabel: Harp Concerto in c minor, Op. 35; Eggert: Svante Sture; Carvalho: Overtures.

Friday 23d

Celebrating Black History Month with David Robertson, Wynton Marsalis and Max Roach

Sunday 25th

Vivaldi, Juditha Triomphans

Monday 26th

Host's Choice

Tuesday 27th

Tuesday Night at the Movies – Joseph Bologne Chevalier and Kris Bowers: Chevalier; J. Williams: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata

Drake’s Village Brass Band The Sun is Free to Flow With the Sea – Onyx Brass

Wednesday 28th

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Zaïs (Orchestral suite);

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain: Suite in E minor, Op. 2, No. 5, for Flute and B.c.;

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes: Sonata No. 5 in E minor and No. 9 in B-flat major;

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sacrarum cantionum liber primus (1603) (Selections);

Giuseppe Verdi: Quattro Pezzi Sacri;

Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 59 in E-Flat Major, Hob.XVI:49;

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in G major, Op.2 No.1;

Early French Romantic Music for Oboe and Piano (Selections);

Emil Hartmann: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 10;

Norman Dello Joio: Variations, Chaconne and Finale.

Thursday 29th

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Overture, Una voce poco fa, Sonata a Quattro No. 1 in G Major, William Tell Overture and Ballet Music, Introduction Theme and Variations, La Gazza Ladra Overture, Semiramide Overture; Respighi: Rossiniana; Paganini: Introduction & Variations on 'Dal tuo stellato soglio' from Rossini's 'Mosé in Egitto'.




your "lyric theater" program

with Keith Brown

Programming for the month of February 2024

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH Monteverdi, L'Orfeo Thinking of last Sunday's Shakespeare presentation, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1644), the founding father of opera as a genre, was a contemporary of the Bard, and his L'Orfeo (1607), the world's first true opera,dates from right around the same time period as King Lear. The two earlier works by Peri and Caccini dealing with the same tragic story about Orpheus and Euridice did not fully express the classical ideal of structural symmetry achieved in Monteverdi's composition. The last time I presented L'Orfeo was on Sunday, September 10, 2000 when I aired the Nigel Rogers/Chiaroscuro recording in CD reissue through EMI/Reflexe of what was the latest thinking circa 1984 of how to properly interpret this masterpiece from the dawn of the baroque. Prior to that, back on Sunday, April 21, 1996 came the Concerto Vocale recording for Harmonia Mundi, directed by Rene Jacobs, a countertenor singer himself with expertise in baroque vocal style. Now you get to audition a somewhat more recent and thoroughly historically-informed interpretation recorded in 2003. Emmanuelle Haim plays keyboard accompagnato and leads the Le Concert d'Astree instrumentalists, Les Sacqueboutiers brass ensemble and the European Voices, Starring as Orfeo is English tenor Ian Bostridge, opposite soprano Patrizia Ciofi as his beloved Euridice. This L'Orfeo was released in 2004 on a pair of Virgin/Veritas compact discs.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11TH Lewis, Afterward Since February is Black History Month across the nation, an opera dealing with the Black American experience is called for. Gerorge Lewis' Afterward (2015) is his first opera. The composer (b. 1952) has an international reputation, and among many honors, he's a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Afterward is a backward look at a similar arts organization, the AACM, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1965. Lewis himself is a member and authored a book about the AACM: A Power Stronger Than Itself (2008). The AACM has survived through several historical periods- the Great Migration from the South and the civil rights movement come to mind. Afterward's libretto is drawn from historical accounts, but the singers don't portray specific individuals in the AACM's past. Like avatars they personify the whole body of creative musicians involved over the years. Time is handled in this opera rather in the telescoping fashion of the work of Toni Morrison. Afterward was recorded live in performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and comes to us on a pair of New Focus/Tundra compact discs. The International Contemporary Ensemble (seven instrumentalists) backs the three vocal soloists. The conductor is David Fulmer.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH Dvorak, Mass in D Minor, Stabat Mater I have presented recordings of several of the thirteen operas of Antonin Dvorak, who also wrote a quantity of religious choral music. Now is the time to sample this body of work, beginning with a 1971 Czech Supraphon recording of his Mass in D Minor (1892), with Vaclav Smetacek conducting the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir and vocal soloists. You'll be hearing more religious choral music in the Judeo-Christian tradition over the next upcoming Sundays now that it's Lent, which is the traditional period of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter. In old Catholic Europe and in Protestant lands, too the opera houses were closed for the entire forty-day penitential period, which this year began on Ash Wednesday, February 14. That Supraphon recording of the Mass in D Minor was reissued on CD only last year. It's a setting of the Roman Catholic liturgy in the ancient Latin text. Also in the Latin language is a Catholic devotional poem from the Middle Ages, the Stabat Mater, describing the anguish Mary the Mother of Jesus felt as she witnessed the Crucifixion of her Son, Many composers have set this sorrowful narrative to music. For Dvorak the sorrow was heartfelt in composing his Stabat Mater in 1877, since his own daughter had just died in infancy. Dvorak's Stabat Mater is his best known choral work; it has been much performed for Good Friday observances and frequently recorded. The Dvorak Stabat Mater was the last thing famed choral director Robert Shaw recorded shortly before his death in 1999 at the age of eighty two. Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with four vocal soloists. Keep listening for an NPR broadcast interview with Robert Shaw about the Stabat Mater. This is an additional track in the 1999 two-CD Telarc release.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25TH Vivaldi, Juditha Triumphans In addition to hundreds of concertos and dozens of operas Antonio Vivaldi seems also to have written several oratorios. Juditha Triumphans (1716) is the only one of them to have come down to us intact. It has a Latin libretto by Jacopo Cassetti, who describes it as a "Sacred Military Oratorio." The story he took from the Old Testament Apocrypha. The beautiful Judith saves her native city Betulia from capture by the Assyrian invaders. She first charms and then assassinates their general Holofernes. Juditha Triumphans is in essence a Venetian-style Italian opera without staging. Vivaldi's scoring calls for some unusual instrumentation very like that for his concertos. Hungaroton, the onetime Hungarian state record label, issued two recordings of this oratorio. The older one went over the air on this program on Sunday, April 18, 1990. That same year Hungaroton came out with a new, better, more historically-informed recorded interpretation. Baroque specialist conductor Nicolas McGegan leads the Hungarian period instrument ensemble Capella Savaria. This later, improved Juditha I last featured on Sunday, February 18, 1996. 


Boomer's Paradise

Monday's 1-4 PM with your host, The Turtle Man

February is a difficult month, midway through winter, shorter in duration than all other months (even though this will be a leap month in 2024) and weather-wise typically unpleasant for most of us. However, here at Boomers Paradise with your host, The Turtle Man it is indeed a paradise of warmth, music wise, to soothe your soul.  

We start the month looking back to February 1974 to hear tracks from albums released this month, another edition of Billboard's Top 40 One Hit Wonders and a listen to music of Steve Winwood.

In otherwise dreary surroundings we next explore songs with titles featuring colors and songs with wind(s), breeze(y), storm(y), etc in the titles.

We move on to music in the years 1964-1966 and song titles featuring numbers and then we finish the month with a new theme of song titles that speak,spoke(n),talk(s),talking, tell and communicate and then some random digital jukebox thrown in to warm things up some more.

It's all here each Monday from 1-4pm here on WWUH 91.3 FM and wwuh.org.

Tune in on the radio (91.3 FM) or streaming online at wwuh.org.

Listening to WWUH
Real Alternative News
For over 54 years WWUH has aired a variety of unique community affairs programs.

Here is our current schedule:

Monday: Noon–1 p.m. Alternative Radio
8 p.m.–9 p.m. Radio  Radio Ecoshock
Tuesday: Noon–12:30 p.m.  51 Percent
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. Counterspin
8 p.m.–9 p.m. Exploration
Wednesday: Noon–12:30 p.m. Perspective
12:30–1 Sea Change Radio
8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Building Bridges
8:30 p.m.–9:00 pm Got Science
Thursday: Noon–1 p.m. Project Censored
7:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Making Contact
8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. This Way Out
8:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Gay Spirit
Friday: Noon–12:30 p,m. Nutmeg Chatter
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. TUC Radio
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.
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 preceding year. 

To make a tax deductible 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

CT Blues Society

Founded in 1993, the Connecticut Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Blues music in our state. CTBS is an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, a worldwide network of 185 affiliates with an international membership in 12 countries.

Here is a link to CT Blues Society with events and venues.
Hartford Jazz Society
The longest continuously operating jazz society in the country
Founded in 1960, this all-volunteer organization produces jazz concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists as well as up and coming jazz musicians. Our mission is to cultivate a wider audience of jazz enthusiasts by offering concerts, workshops and educational programs to the Greater Hartford region. The area’s most complete and up-to-date calendar of Jazz concerts and events.

Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is to provide opportunities for advanced musicians and emerging professionals to perform a high level of repertoire while engaging and collaborating with diverse communities in mutual growth through the joy of making music.

Coming Up

Connecticut Symphony Orchestra: Serenades and a Symphony, too!

Treat your Valentine! The Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Mark Vickers, will perform on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 3 pm. The program will feature the CSO wind section playing movements from Serenade in C minor by Mozart and the CSO strings playing the waltz and finale from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Following a brief intermission, the entire orchestra will present Symphony No 2 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven. Concertgoers are invited to a reception of Valentine delicacies following the concert! The concert will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT. For tickets and directions go to the orchestra’s website: www.connecticutsymphony.org.

Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

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.

Richard Chiarappa, Music Director 860-521-4362

Visit www.whso.org for tickets and Covid protocols.


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.

Visit www.musicalclubhartford.org for updated program information


Connecticut Lyric Opera
Connecticut Lyric Opera is the state’s leading opera company, performing to thousands in Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, and New London. We have earned the reputation as an innovative company that is renowned for our world-class singers, phenomenal concert-quality orchestra and programming choices that go beyond the well-loved standards of the repertoire to include lesser-performed yet equally compelling works.


Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is the state’s premier professional chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting both traditional and contemporary classical chamber works to the public. The Orchestra, led by Founder and Artistic Director Adrian Sylveen, continues to grow in size and repertoire, presenting approximately 35 times a year in many major performing arts centers throughout Connecticut and New York.

Coming Up

Connecticut Virtuosi: “American Influencers”

Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Maestro Adrian Sylveen, presents the seventh installment of the orchestra's ongoing “We the People” series of concerts celebrating the American Immigrant experience. The We the People VII: American Influencers concert program featuring works Hindemith, Schoenberg and Brahms will be performed at the intimate First Presbyterian Church (136 Capitol Avenue) in conjunction with The Bushnell in Hartford on Sunday, February 4 at 3pm and at the New Britain Museum of American Art on Sunday, February 11 at 3pm. The performances will feature the music of legendary and influential German and Austrian composers that helped establish 20th-century American musical heritage: Hindemith by teaching at Yale University, and Schoenberg at universities in California. The concert includes Paul Hindemith’s “Trauermusik” and Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht”. Also on the program is Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring Zachary Sears, principal cellist of the Virtuosi in his debut as a soloist, and Maestro Sylveen on violin. http://thevirtuosi.org/


The Hartford Choral

The Hartford Choralehttp://www.hartfordchorale.org/The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that presents, on a symphonic scale, masterpieces of great choral art throughout southern New England and beyond, serving as the primary symphonic chorus for the Greater Hartford community. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Hartford Chorale engages the widest possible audiences with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, providing talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level.

Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

Bringing Music to our Community for 60 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.

Beth El Temple Music & Art


WHERE ELSE COULD MUSIC BE THIS HEAVENLY? Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the direction of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music. The BEMA committee helps conceive and produce musical performances of all genres, while supporting the commemoration of Jewish celebrations and prayer services.



Founded in 2006 by Mark Singleton, Artistic Director, and Tom Cooke, President, Voce has grown to become New England’s premier chamber choral ensemble. With a mission to Serve Harmony, Voce is best known for its unique sound; for bringing new works to a wide range of audiences; and for collaborating with middle school, high school and collegiate ensembles to instill the values of living and singing in harmony, further developing the next generation of choral artists.


Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra

Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra is one of Connecticut’s premier community orchestras dedicated to promoting musical excellence. We believe that classical music provides a magical experience that inspires, delights, and brings our community together.

Founded in 1981, the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra performs 6-7 concerts each season with a variety of classical, romantic and popular holiday favorites. The orchestra serves Farmington, Canton, Avon, Simsbury, Burlington, Bloomfield, West Hartford & Hartford, as well as Greater Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley. We are your local, civic orchestra and look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!

Coming Up

The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Maestro Jonathan Colby's tenure as Music Director in a special concert conducted by Colby on Saturday, Feb. 10, 3:00 pm at Hartford's historic Christ Church Cathedral, 995 Main St., corner of Church St. The program will feature the Hartford Chorale in the "Te Deum" by Dvorak, and Organist Scott Lamlein in the Symphony No. 3, "Organ," by Saint Saens. The concert will also present "Fanfare No. 5 for the Uncommon Woman" by Joan Tower, commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival for the opening of the Harris Concert Hall in 1993. FVSO trumpet players Valerie Chisholm, Daniel Luddy, Scott Neilson and Brian Perchal will be featured. Further information is available at www.fvso.org or by calling 800-975-FVSO. Snow date will be Feb. 11.

Further information is available at FVSO.org or by calling 800-975-FVSO.


South Windsor Cultural Arts

Coming Up

SOUTH WINDSOR CULTURAL ARTS Presents Pianist Liana Paniyeva on February 25

Pianist Liana Paniyeva will return to the South Windsor Cultural Arts concert series on Sunday February 25th. The program will include César Franck’s “Prélude, Choral and Fugue”; Johannes Brahms’ “2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79”; Boris Lyatoshynsky’s “Preludes, Op. 44”; and Frédéric Chopin’s “Sonata No. 3, Op. 58”. Hailed by the New York Concert Review as "a wonderful pianist", and one with "tender regard for the music, a captivating inwardness" by Fanfare Magazine, Ms. Paniyeva has performed at festivals in Norway, Hungary, Austria, Canada, England, Italy, Syria, South Africa, Spain and Israel. Her recitals have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Worcester's Mechanics Hall, the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Merkin Hall in NYC to note highlights. She has been a prizewinner in several international competitions: The George Gershwin International Competition in 2019, Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition in NYC in 2012, awarded the Cargill Foundation Prize in the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, winner of The American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) in NYC in 2012, and awarded the Grand Prize at the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Puigcerda, Spain in 2023. Ms. Paniyeva has also been featured on various broadcasts and recordings and is a founder and artistic director of the Young Stars International Piano Competition.

The concert starts at 2:00 pm at Evergreen Crossings Retirement Community, 900 Hemlock Ave, South Windsor, CT. Seating begins at 1:30 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The concert is FREE and donations are welcomed. A reception with the artist will follow the concert hosted by Evergreen Crossings Retirement Community.

For information, call (860)-416-6920

For information, call (860)-416-6920


The New Britain Symphony Orchestra


The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra which presents several concerts each season in the Greater New Britain area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. In addition to its full orchestra concerts under the direction of Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada, including a free concert for children, members of the orchestra perform in various free chamber music concerts during the concert season.



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