Top Spots To Get Your Classical Music Fix In Connecticut

June 24, 2013 8:00 AM

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No matter how many types of recordings there are of great classical music, nothing beats the experience of actually being in an audience and listening to a full orchestra or enjoying a live classical concert. When one attends a live performance, one not only hears the music and watches the musicians, but quite literally feels the music. The vibrations of the timpani resound throughout your entire being, a clarinet solo can set you swooning or you may want to cry with sweetness of a sad violin. Best of all, when you attend a live classical music performance,  your experience is shared not only with the others in the audience, but with the musicians as well. It’s a collaborative, sensual joy.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
100 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 246-8742

Classical music lovers who are in the mood for summer romance need to head out to the Performing Arts Center at Simbsbury Meadows to enjoy a thoroughly romantic evening of “Mozart in the Moonlight.” The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor of the Boston Classical Orchestra, Steven Lipsitt, comes to life with a Mozart program including the “Overture to Don Giovanni” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 31, also known as the “Paris” concerto. These and other pieces will delight audiences on June 28 with a rain date of June 29. Fireworks conclude the program and light up the summer sky.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra
105 Court St., Suite 302
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-0831

Fans of classical music who want their Connecticut July hot will mark their calendars for July 20. That’s when the “Dueling Divas” will heat up the New Haven Green as they perform arias from “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Carmen” and “Don Giovanni.” This is a great opportunity for the entire family. Spread out a blanket, pack up a picnic and enjoy the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s “Dueling Divas” on the New Haven Green, July 20.

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Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Battell Recital Hall
97 Battell Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-3000

The Ellen Battell Shoeckel Estate is the perfect setting for chamber music. A true chamber music aficionado, Shoeckel left her estate with the condition that it be used by Yale University’s summer music school. Therefore, “Music in Context” will take place in the Battell Recital Hall on July 3, with Robert R. Holzer and “Late Quartets.” On July 4, you can catch a Young Artists’ Performance at the Music Shed and on July 5, “Music from Vienna” will be presented at the Music Shed.

The Hart School
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 768-4454

The Hart School is almost synonymous with music. Longtime Connecticut residents think of this conservatory as the Hart School of Music. No matter what it is called, the key word here is music and this school provides some of the best classical musicians. Therefore, it’s not surprising that you’ll find plenty of beautiful music this summer at the school’s Alfred C. Fuller Music Center F Berkman Recital Hall. Included in the programming this summer is “Hausmann Quartet” on August 6 and “David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar Final Performance” on August 10.

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Ives Concert Park
43 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 837-TIXX

Located on the west campus of Western Connecticut State University, the Ives Concert Park takes its name from Connecticut’s classical composer Charles Ives. This is a gorgeous outdoor venue that thrills audiences all summer long with many types of concerts. The Ives Festival Orchestra will perform on August 21. Conducted by Fernando Jimenez, a stand-alone evening concert will be presented for the very first time.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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