GBS: THE SOUND ON THE SOUND
It's GBS' first event of the season!
We're live under Bridgeport's Big Top on Labor Day weekend with the music of Sondheim, Rodgers, Williams, Webber and Rossini, Strauss, Bernstein, Bizet and more!
5000 tickets will be FREE through Ticketmaster shortly.
We'll also have reserved seating ($25/$40) and VIP Reception tickets with reserved seats and VIP parking ($125/$150). We've got something for everyone!
Sponsored by the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Foundation, Rotair Aerospace Corporation, Greenwich Investment Management, Mr. & Mrs. Roger Pocock, and Mr. & Mrs. Richard Cerrato Esq.
What a season!
GBS thanks all of you who subscribed to our at home series.
We are planning a full season - live! - beginning October 16.
October 16, 2021: Pianist Andrew Armstrong/Rachmaninoff Piano Concderto #1, and Dvorak Symphony #9 "From the New World"
November 13, 2021: Beethoven Symphony #5
December 18, 2021: No Place Like Home for the Holidays (especially this year!)
March 10-11-12, 2022: Holst's The Planets merges with dance!
April 9, 2022: Passion Flows! Bach's St. John Passion on the eve of Passion Sunday,
with the Connecticut Chamber Choir
All concerts at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport
except March (at the Mertens Theater, Paier College/U.B.)
We'll also continue our eSubscription program, so that you can experience GBS wherever you are.
"The eSubscription is fantastic!"
"What a wonderful way to enjoy the symphony! Best seats in the house!"
"It was beautiful -
a true light in the darkness."
At GBS, we know that music transcends difficult times. We had imagined our 75th season, 2020-21 quite differently, with gala events to celebrate three-quarters of a century of great music in Bridgeport, but fate had other ideas. We were proud to present four full concerts for at-home viewing, and the people that took eSubscriptions came not only from our local area, but from all over the country! To see what we offered, please see below. We hope to see you, in person and in your living rooms, next season for
COMING TOGETHER AGAIN.
The four concerts below were available all season long.
watch this page for updates
week of july 26
Albums to be released soon!
Watch this page for news of two upcoming GBS albums!
GBS with TIFFANY POON
GBS with SANDEEP DAS, KAYHAN KALHOR, MATHIAS KUNZLI, KAREN OUZOUNIAN and MARIO GOTOH
2020-21: the year you may not want
to remember, but will never forget.
Our 75th Season was quite different
from what anyone suspected it would be,
but with your support
(and a lot of hard work and faith in each other),
this became our bravest year . . .
and perhaps our best yet.
At the beginning of the 2020-21 season,
we promised you a Crescendo:
a growth in size and strength,
as allowed by health regulations,
that would bring music to you,
even when you could not come
to us. Through the pandemic,
GBS did things almost no other
orchestra even tried: a live outdoor
concert on Labor Day and
a full season of concerts, presented
in a way that 18 months ago would
have seemed impossible.
Next year, we’ll be an even greater
Greater Bridgeport Symphony!
Kudos to our family of performers and
their leader – who has become a friend
in our own homes –
conductor Eric Jacobsen.
ERIC JACOBSEN is back
for his eighth season!
An exciting season is about to be announced.
Concerts will be LIVE and available by video.
Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Holst and many more await you at GBS.
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.
A special message from Eric Jacobsen
Our music director, Eric Jacobsen, sends his best wishes to all GBS fans, along with this special performance.
Recording Session: Aaj Ki Raat and Atashgah
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 last season’s opener.
ALBUM TO BE RELEASED SOON!
The Lark Ascending at the Palace
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.
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
Eric Jacobsen, a world-renowned cellist, was only 32 years old when he took the podium in September 2014 as Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Hailed by the New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative programming. Eric is also conductor of The Knights and serves as the Music Director for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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