NEW LONDON, Conn. - Leap into your seat for this Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) Leap Day concert featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, and pieces and performers from Turkey, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m., at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. in New London. Throughout his career, Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada has visited Turkey to conduct many of the country’s leading orchestras. These collaborations have connected Toshi with some of the country’s most gifted artists. The evening opens with the orchestra performing Esintiler (Inspirations) a work by one of Turkey’s most beloved composers Ferit Tüzün. Soloists for the evening are Çağatay Akyol, harpist, and Bülent Evcil, flutist.
The duo will be featured on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Harp and Flute.” This is Mozart’s only concerto for harp, and the pairing of flute and harp was seen as an unusual combination at the time. Following intermission, Toshi and the orchestra perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” one of the composer’s most popular works. Music from this symphony has been used in many television shows and movies such as “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The King’s Speech,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and “Cosmos.” In Beethoven’s time, the 2nd movement was so well liked by the audience that it was encored at the work’s debut in 1813.
Prior to the evening’s concert, all attendees are invited to a free pre-concert chat with Toshiyuki Shimada starting at 6:30 p.m. All attendees are also invited to meet and greet with fellow concertgoers and ECSO musicians at the complimentary post-concert reception in the upper lobby of the Garde Arts Center.
Single tickets ($35 – $65) for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season are now on sale to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at gardearts.org, by calling the Garde Arts Center Box Office at (860) 444-7373, Ext. 1, calling the Symphony office at (860) 443-2876, or in person at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony office at 289 State St. in New London. Subscription packages, which offer ticket exchange, savings, and other benefits are still available. Discounts available for senior citizens and $12 tickets available for anyone Under 40 and active or retired military members.