NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, will present an All Brahms Festival on the 184th anniversary of his birth, May 7.
According to organizers, the program, which is the final concert of the Symphony’s 69th season, will include the lighthearted and boisterous Academic Festival Overture, Brahms’ personal favorite Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and the dramatic Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68.
The event also commemorates the 120th anniversary of the composer’s April 1897 death.
The New Britain Symphony was organized in 1948 after several faculty members at what is now Central Connecticut State University connected to develop a symphony orchestra.
In 1952, the New Britain Symphony Society was organized by Helen Kilduff, supervisor of music in the New Britain school system, and was incorporated the following year.
The New Britain Symphony Society since then has worked to fulfill its mission to continue the tradition of live symphonic music in the greater New Britain area.
As part of this mission, the symphony performs an annual free concert for fifth grade students, which this year was attended by 1,800 students from New Britain, Berlin, Newington and Plainville.
The All Brahms Festival will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Welte Hall on the campus of CCSU, 1615 Stanley St. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, free for children and students.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance by contacting the New Britain Symphony office at 860-826-6344 or online at newbritainsymphony.org.