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OUR CONCERT SEASON!
The WSO is conducted by Mr. Philip Ventre, Music Department Chair at Choate Rosemary Hall and one of the orchestra's founders. The players required for each concert are contracted from among excellent professional musicians throughout Connecticut. Between 250-300 subscriptions to our concert series are annually purchased and additional tickets to individual concerts can be purchased weeks in advance at several locales and at the Mellon Arts Center the day of the event. Tickets also available at the door an hour before the start of the concert.
The WSO advertises its performances through public media in the central Connecticut area. Our funding is achieved through ticket sales, individual and corporate donations, grants and various fund raising events. The operation of the orchestra is overseen by a board of directors that meets monthly to monitor the budget, plan and approve the concert season and organize fund raising.
The WSO annually presents 3-4 concerts during the fall-spring period; the initial concert is generally held in October or early November followed by a Holiday concert in late November or early December and the final one or two concerts are scheduled for February-April of the following year. The concerts are presented in the 780-seat music hall of the Paul Mellon Arts Center on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus in Wallingford and are held on Saturday evenings except for the Holiday concert, which is held on a Sunday afternoon. The programs of the first and final one or two concerts of each season include presentations of the symphonies and concertos of the classical masters (Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, etc.) as well as the works of more contemporary composers.
In addition a number of the orchestra's performances have featured pops, music from Broadway plays and Hollywood films and light jazz. The annual Holiday concert is a presentation of sacred and secular music of the Yuletide season. Numerous invited instrumental and vocal soloists and choral groups, some having international reputations, have performed with the WSO and a number of them are listed below. Besides the spring-fall concert schedule, the WSO plays summer outdoor concerts in Wallingford and several other Connecticut towns. The summer concerts of pops and patriotic music are subsidized by the communities in which they are held and are free to the public. The WSO also presents Uria & Johanna Fishbein Memorial Children's Concert in the spring of each year. These concerts are attended by elementary school students in Wallingford and are intended to provide the children with an appreciation and understanding of fine music. The WSO also coordinates an annual competition for young string players that is sponsored by the Polly Shulga Noonan Fund.
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