NEW LONDON, Conn. - Join the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra for the continuation of its popular family concert offering, as we explore the excitement of orchestral music, May 5 at 2 p.m., in Connecticut College’s Palmer Auditorium. The concert opens with a thrilling overture titled "Los esclavos felices" by Juan Arriaga. Next, "South of the Border Mexican Medley" by John Philips helps celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an arrangement of familiar melodies. The concert will come to a satisfying conclusion with one of the most well-loved pieces in the orchestral repertoire by listeners of all ages, Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf." This piece will feature a narrator and dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet to tell its whimsical story, which uses distinctive musical themes to highlight instruments of the orchestra in a fascinating way. Arrive at the venue at 1 p.m. for pre-concert activities in the lobby, including a photobooth, musical petting zoo hosted by Stewart’s Music and ECSO musicians, and many other activities. This concert is generously sponsored by the Chelsea Groton Foundation.

Thanks to a new grant program from the State of Connecticut, titled "ARTE-accesible", the ECSO has received funding to make its concerts more accessible to the local community with Spanish translations. This concert will feature live translation from Resurrección Espinosa-Frink, a native Spanish speaker, and will have supertitles displayed above the stage showing the translation for the text of Peter and the Wolf. Marketing materials were also translated and mailed to the Spanish-speaking community, and children’s program books will be available at the event in Spanish.

This event is general admission, and tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased online at or through the Connecticut College box office by calling (860) 439-2787 between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Connecticut Media Group