About Us

The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit Community Orchestra.

We have changed our name from chamber to symphony orchestra, which  more accurately reflects the music that we perform.   We are now officially

The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra

We present four concerts each season in the Greater Hartford area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. The members of Hartford’s only community orchestra are serious amateurs who come from a broad spectrum of occupations.

Join Us! The CVSO always welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, or would like any other information, click here to Contact the CVSO, or feel free to speak to any member after a concert. The CVSO offers the opportunity for a unique musical experience.

Upcoming Concert: April 12 – An afternoon at the Opera

Join us for an afternoon at the Opera.  The program includes  Verdi’s  Prelude to La Traviata, Mascagni’s  Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Wagner’s  Prelude to the Meistersinger and all of Act III of Puccini’s La Boheme.

Shannon 1Lyric soprano Shannon Jennings, praised for her effervescence and glittering high notes, is a graduate of the Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program. She’s held summer residencies at Wolf Trap Opera and Ash Lawn Opera. Other engagements this season include Mimì in La Bohème with the DC Public Opera. Originally from Orlando, FL, she is a graduate of Florida State University. She currently studies with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop.

BlakeLyric tenor Blake Friedman has a silken and strong voice, reaching climactic high notes with ease. Equally at home performing opera or on the concert stage, he has performed as Rodolfo in La Bohème (Ash Lawn Opera and Bronx Opera) and as a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall and The Walter Bruno Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Bridgette_Gan HSBridgette Gan, soprano, has”the kind of lovely and flexible voice that can navigate intricate coloratura one minute and deliver a subtle put-down the next.” She has a Masters in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio. She was a prize winner in the 2013 Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and the 2013 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition.  She has performed with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival,  Palm Beach Opera,  Santa Fe Opera, and Central City Opera.

thumbnailBaritone Gideon Dabi continues to receive great acclaim, delivering “powerfully felt, beautifully performed and articulated” performances. He was a soloist for Naxos’ Grammy Award-winning Anthology of Jewish-American Composers recordings. He has performed with the Ash Lawn Opera Company, the Merola Opera Company, and the Chautauqua Opera and Symphony.

For a description of our entire season and for concert dates, please  go to the Concerts page.

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