Wallingford Symphony Orchestra opens 45th season in new setting

Wallingford Symphony Orchestra opens 45th season in new setting



WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will launch its forty-fifth season on Sunday  with a family concert of Disney Magic and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the new Ann and George Colony Hall on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus.

The new hall, located to the east of the Paul Mellon Arts Center, will provide better access for the handicapped and improved acoustics. Some additional parking is available nearby but most patrons will be served by shuttle buses picking them up at remote parking lots on campus or at Moses Y. Beach School, 340 N. Main St.

Copland’s Lincoln Portrait takes its inspiration from Lincoln’s own words and includes sketches of American folk music. The narration will be performed by Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.

 Disney Magic is a suite of five of the most beloved songs from Disney classic movies. The orchestra, under the baton of Music Director and Founder Philip T. Ventre, will also play What’s Up at the Symphony? – a distillation of the music from Bugs Bunny features. Music from Fantasia, Disney’s animated film incorporating Modest Mossorgsky ‘s Night on Bare Mountain and Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria, will also be featured.

Hannah Schneider, conductor of the Oxford, England Symphony, will take the baton to lead two of the selections in Fantasia. Also on the program is Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March, familiar to audiences from commencements and other ceremonies.

Ticket information is available on the Wallingford Symphony website and at the Gallagher Travel Shoppe, 369 Center St.


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