NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will begin its 69th season Oct. 18 with â€śPolka Ensemble,â€ť a free mini-concert at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. The performance, the first of a series of free, monthly mini-concerts, will celebrate the polka: its history, traditions and place in American music.
Performers will be Walter Mamlok on clarinet, Michale Schiano on accordion, David Schweitzer on tuba and David Edricks on percussion.
New Britain Symphony President Sylvia Oâ€™Reilly, said the orchestra is â€śdelighted to be celebrating the polka and its strong ties to New Britain.â€ť
â€śThe Polish community is such a vital and vibrant part of our community,â€ť said Oâ€™Reilly. â€śWe are thrilled to be presenting a program of its most popular music.â€ť
The program will include the Beer Barrel Polka, Clarinet Polka, Helena Polka, Liechtensteiner Polka, Pennsylvania Polka and Domino Polka along with other pieces such as the Woodpecker Song (an Italian polka), the Laughing Polka and a few waltzes.
The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is at 234 Kensington Road, Berlin.
The New Britain Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948 by several faculty members at what was then the Teachers College and is now Central Connecticut State University. Cynthia Carlson, one of the directors of the orchestra, said that the group is now an 80-piece orchestra.
â€śWeâ€™re excited for this show. itâ€™s an opportunity to play for an audience that we havenâ€™t reached before,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™re one of New Britainâ€™s best kept secrets.â€ť
The mission of The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is â€śto perpetuate the rich tradition of live symphonic music by presenting concerts of a high caliber performed by a professional orchestra, and to provide related education and enrichment activities, thereby contributing to the quality of life for people of all ages and ethnicity in Central Connecticut.â€ť
For more information, contact the NBSO office at 860-826-6344, or visit www.newbritainsymphony.org .
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.