music interview

On Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day, the Norwalk Youth Symphony presents its last concert of the season as a send-off for the graduating members, as well as a "thank you" for all their family support. This summer, the symphony will embark on a tour to three of Europe's music capitals, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg. Kate Remington talked with Jonathan Yates, conductor of the Youth Symphony, about the experience the orchestra provides for these talented kids.

On Sunday, May 1, in Trumbull, CT, the Connecticut Chamber Choir will present the U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser's choral arrangement of Elgar's beloved "Sea Pictures." Kate Remington talked with the choir's artistic director and conductor, Constance Chase, about this exciting concert, which also includes audience participation.


Pianist Frederic Chiu never imagined that his dream to record the haunting music of early 20th century spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff and his disciple Thomas de Hartmann would evolve into a 17-year project, requiring so many years for just the right alignment of artistry and technology. Kate Remington talks with Chiu about how his new recording, "Hymns and Dervishes," finally got released.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's epic Symphony No. 5, Saturday, March 12th at the Klein in Bridgeport. Kate Remington talked with conductor Eric Jacobsen about why this is the right time to bring back Mahler's Fifth.

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra's conductor, Eckart Preu, says "You can never have enough Mozart in your life!" And that was the reasoning behind the "Mainly Mozart" concerts the orchestra presents on Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Palace Theater in Stamford.

Kate Remington talked with Preu about the pieces on the program, which include the Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Benjamin Beilman.