At GBS, we know that no pandemic can stop the music.  In fact, we think it's more important than ever to keep the music alive during these difficult times.   eSubscriptions -- four concerts for home viewing, conducted by Eric Jacobsen. with extra features, will be available on this site soon.  Only $70 (plus $6 processing charge) for the whole season!  A very limited number of DVD subscriptions also available by special request -- call GBS for details.  WATCH THIS PAGE . . .

CLICK HERE to read about our concerts this season!

LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!

GBS outdoor concert on September 5 proves safe, popular, and "much needed."

"FROM START TO FINISH, A SMASHING SUCCESS!"

Live music, big time!  The Greater Bridgeport Symphony brought live orchestral music to Indian Ledge Park in Trumbull over Labor Day weekend.  Thirty-eight GBS musicians performed “Roots of Broadway” under the baton of guest conductor Chelsea Tipton, with vocals provided by local favorite Maureen Hamill, Raissa Katona Bennett and Gary Harger.  Four hundred fifty people attended this evening event, and the reaction was electric, on-stage and off.

 

The full-orchestra concert was the first of its kind in the state, and other orchestras have taken notice.  “This is a time like no other in our 75 years,” said GBS Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “We are constantly subject to changing conditions, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that our organization exists to bring music to the public.  We need to be bold and safe at the same time.”

 

Covid safeguards were evident throughout the venue.  Face masks were required for all, including those on stage.  Musicians were socially-distant, and every group of concertgoers was separated from each other.  Everyone entering, including musicians, had their temperature scanned – happily, no one had to be turned away – and sanitization stations were provided, among many other precautions.  

 

Said one happy concertgoer,“We were thrilled to attend the concert.  It made us feel hopeful and encouraged for the future of live music, that you will be back!” 

 

From all of us at GBS:   INDEED WE WILL!

To our friends:


We at GBS are working hard

to bring our music back to you

as soon as it is safe.
 

GBS is about to announce an exciting new at-home subscription program, which will allow us to share our music with you even when we can't all gather in one space.
 
We thank you for

your patience and

understanding

through this

unprecedented

crisis.  We ask you

now, more than ever,

to be generous

to GBS as we face

new unknowns,

day to day. 
 

Click to see

donation options.

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. 

VIDEO CONCERTS

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.

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 last season’s opener.  

ALBUM TO BE RELEASED SOON!

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.

COMPETITION

GBS Announces Young Instrumentalist and Emerging Composers Competitions in 2020

Young Instrumentalists

Audition with Maestro Jacobsen for an opportunity to solo with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony during the 2020-2021 concert season.

Emerging Composers

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

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.

SUPPORT

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Greater Bridgeport Symphony

A gift to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony is a gift to the Community.

Your financial support enables us to celebrate, educate, inspire and provide excellence in musical programming in the Greater Bridgeport Community.

 

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Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters

The Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation

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GBS at Indian Ledge

Who were those masked men? [. . . and women?] That's GBS President Jean Moffitt in the middle with her brothers, former First Selectman Ken Halaby (R) and Sam Halaby, GBS Treasurer Bob Flemming (L), Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro, and GBS Exec. Director Mark Halstead (2nd from L)