music by the pool

An evening of Classical music at poolside with GBS' own musicians was hosted by Board Chair Doris Harrington and her husband Herb.  About 50 friends gathered, exemplifying GBS' 2021-22 season theme "COMING TOGETHER AGAIN."

Enjoy a sumptuous brunch with friends old and new at the beautiful Fairfield County Hunt Club.  Omelet bar, carving stations, and open bar.  Silent auction, too!

Brunch at the
fairfield county hunt club

sun. july 18, 11 am- 2 pm

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.
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."

two summer events


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 


The four concerts below were available all season long.

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Albums to be released soon!

Watch this page for news of two upcoming GBS albums!


Spring 2021


Summer 2021

2020-21:  the year you may not want

to remember, but will never forget.

Our 75th Season was planned to be a year of

celebration, filled with music and camaraderie.  

Fate had other ideas, though; we were not able

to have receptions and galas that honored three-

quarters of a century of culture in Bridgeport,

and even meeting each other at concerts was

banned.  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 

this season, we promised you a Crescendo:  

a growth in size and strength,

as permitted by health regulations,

that would bring music to you,

even when you could not come to

see us.  Over the last eleven months,

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 im-

possible. Even now, we are in the process

of expanding our outreach into schools.

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. 

. . .  and we will be back in 2021-2022!

GBS is deep into planning dates and programs for five concerts next season.  While we hope to be in the concert hall again, we now have the capability to present concerts remotely.


We look forward to seeing you again

when the time is right,

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.  


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.

Young Instrumentalists' Competition 2020

Auditions for six incredibly talented finalists was scheduled with Maestro Jacobsen for an opportunity to solo with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony during the 2020-2021 concert season.  

Emerging Composers Competition 2020

Enter this national competition for the opportunity to premiere your composition during a concert conducted by Maestro Jacobsen during the 2020-2021 concert season.


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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