GBS:  THE SOUND ON THE SOUND

New Season Announced!

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2022-23 will be a season of change, full of exciting possibilities.

After eight glorious seasons, our beloved music director Eric Jacobsen has announced his retirement from GBS at the end of next season.  He will conduct the first and last concerts of the season, and has recommended three amazing conductors, one of whom, we hope, will be selected to be our new Music Director next April.

The season is themed TURN, TURN, TURN -- and indeed you, the audience will participate in each of the three conductors having a turn conducting for you in November, December and March.  Through surveys and focus groups, you'll be able to assist GBS in forming our future!

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For Beethoven, Dvorak, Schubert, Mahler and Bruckner, "The 9th" represents the culminating artistic achievement of their lives. Here in Bridgeport, we celebrate "The 9th" with the start of Eric Jacobsen's ninth season as conductor - the capstone of his profound time with GBS since 2014.  Eric reprises Dvorak 8, brings die Fledermaus to our stage, and showcases the talents of pianist Ying Li on Rachmaninoff's 4th Piano Concerto 

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THREE CONDUCTORS:  WITNESS THE FUTURE OF GBS!

Eric Jacobsen’s final concert as Principal Conductor will feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, plus a concerto yet to be determined, which he promises will be “very special.” Be sure to be with us as we wish Eric hail and farewell, on this night when we celebrate his years with GBS.

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SUBSCRIBE TO ALL FIVE CONCERTS NOW!
DON'T MISS A MINUTE OF THIS MOMENTOUS SEASON!

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JULY CONCERTS TAKE GBS

BEYOND THE MOON!

On July 8 and 9, GBS took our audience on a tour of The Planets with Dance Heginbotham, right on the stage of Paier College's Mertens Theater.  It was a magical merging of orchestra and dance, presented four times over two nights.  A special arrangement of Holst's masterwork was commissioned by GBS for this event.

The audience delighted in modern dance interpretations of Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, with a special solo dance for Saturn.  This immersive experience was a first for GBS.

Concerts from Season 76:

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Need help?  Call (203) 576-0263 or email mark@GBS.org

Did you miss any concerts this season?
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BRING THE FAMILY!
GBS offers special discounts for families with kids under 19.
All schoolchildren get seats for $10, anywhere in the house, and
accompanying adults get 15% off their ticket price.
Available only by phone sale -- (203)576-0263

 

THE GBS ALBUM IS HERE!

A great gift:  order by calling (203)576-0263.

GBS with SANDEEP DAS, KAYHAN KALHOR, MATHIAS KUNZLI, KAREN OUZOUNIAN and MARIO GOTOH

NOVEMBER 12, 2021 - see news and video here!

GBS with TIFFANY POON

Spring 2022

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

77th Season is on sale now!

After a marvelous live season

at home at The Klein in 2021-22,

GBS is kicking out those Covid blues.

Come join us for five concerts

this season as we look to

our future --

choosing a successor to

our great Maestro Eric --

and bid Eric hail and 

farewell.

It all begins on September 10!

Don't miss a beat!

ERIC JACOBSEN will be back

for his ninth season!

A spectacular season is in store!

Concerts will be LIVE!

THE MUSIC LIVES ON AT GBS!

We look forward to seeing you again

when the time is right for you,

and in the meantime

we wish you and

your families

good health

and warm regards. 

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A special message from Eric Jacobsen

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Our music director, Eric Jacobsen, sends his best wishes to all GBS fans, along with this special performance.

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Recording Session: Aaj Ki Raat and Atashgah

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Watch an amazing recording session with conductor Eric Jacobsen, Silkroad artists Sandeep Das, Kayhan Kalhor, Karen Ouzounian, Mathias Kunzli, and Shawn Conley perform with the GBS at Just Right Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Put on your headphones, turn up the sound and enjoy our mini-performance of music from the 2019 season opener.  
ALBUM ON SALE NOW!  CONTACT GBS.org

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The Lark Ascending at the Palace

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Watch this masterful convergence of music and place as the Jacobsen brothers perform Ralph Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the long- abandoned Palace Theatre in Bridgeport, CT. Directed by Vitor Hirtsch, this magical video is the first of “The Bridgeport Sets” showcasing the GBS performing in iconic Bridgeport settings.

COMPETITIONS

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The Covid crisis placed the 2020 Young Instrumentalist and 2020 Emerging Composers Competitions on hold.  GBS will continue these competitions, which were well underway, as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Just before the shutdown, finalists for both competitions were chosen.  The final round will take place as soon as the judges can be gathered.

In the meantime, we invite you to preview the entries of the six Young Instrumentalists' Competition finalists.  Click here to sample the amazing talent of Connecticut's youth!

We hope to post similar videos soon of the Emerging Composer Competition finalists.

OUR MAESTRO   ERIC JACOBSEN

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