So what’s new at the Greater Bridgeport Symphony? A lot.
The GBS opens its 68th season tonight (Saturday, Sept. 28) at a new time: 7:30 p.m.
And without Maestro Gustav Meier at the helm.
Following Meier’s retirement in April, the orchestra set about to find a new music director/principal conductor. More than 150 conductors applied from around the world. From that pool, five finalists have been chosen — and each will conduct a concert this season. It’s an on-the-podium audition to determine if he’s an audience pleaser and is able to connect with the musicians.
First up is Constantine Kitsopoulos, who last week made his very successful debut with the New York Philharmonic, in front of a packed house (that included a Bridgeport contingent) at Lincoln Center.
Following the performance, the audience will be asked to offer their opinions on the evening using a short survey. Kitsopoulos will also take questions from the audience immediately following tonight’s concert, which features Fairfield phenom teen pianist Alex Beyer, a Harvard University freshman, on Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto.
The orchestra performs at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport. A free municipal parking lot is across the street. For info: www.gbs.org.
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