GBS begins selection process for new conductor

Bridgeport, Connecticut – After a spectacular first season concert on September 10, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (GBS) begins the process of auditioning a successor to replace the beloved musical director Eric Jacobsonwho will leave his role with GBS at the end of its ninth season, the April 8, 2023.

By the end of the season, three concerts will feature conductors hand-picked by Jacobsen to succeed him. The genesis of the GBS seasonal theme Turn, turn, turn will become apparent when Benjamin Hochmann takes the helm but also solos on November 12, 2022 at the Klein in Bridgeport with the First round. He will proceed by Schumann lush “Symphony #2,” often cited as a testimony of triumph over difficult times. Hochman is also a gifted pianist, and will play solo himself, while conducting “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Beethoven which he calls “a work that combines virtuosity, lyricism, charm and humour”. A very special addition to the program is a modern piece, Sinfonietta No. 2, “Generations”: II. Alla sarabande by an African-American composer, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinsonwritten in 1996.

The New York Timeswho has been writing about Hochman for years, says he plays with “…stylistic insight, elegance and brilliance…” while theboston globe says he has a “…flowing style and a disarmingly natural grace.” Hochman is an exceptionally versatile musician who regularly appears in multiple forms as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In recent years he has ventured into the orchestral repertoire as a conductor. Her wide range of partners and projects goes hand in hand with her curiosity, her focus and her ability to communicate deeply with the public. From his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, Hochman has enjoyed a successful career as an international performer. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Hochman is “excited to be making music in November with the musicians of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. I’ve heard wonderful things about the orchestra, including from Eric Jacobsen. It’s always meaningful to work with an orchestra for the first time, especially with such an inspired music program. I’m thrilled to bring to Bridgeport my passion for music, as well as my curiosity and openness to new and inspired collaboration.

Turn, turn, turn keep on going December 17 when Chelsea Gallo host an evening Tchaikovsky. Then on March 18, Chelsea Tipton II will return to GBS after two summer concerts to conduct by Beethoven Symphony #7 and the Dvorak Conc. celloerto with soloist Sterling Elliot. The conductor is also in the running Eduardo Leandrowho performed Beethoven Symphony #5 with GBS in November 2021.

“It’s been a bittersweet year for GBS, saying goodbye to Eric and hello to a new conductor, but we’re all excited about the choices and possibilities before us,” the manager said. executive. Marc Halstead. “Eric leaves big shoes to fill, but we’re confident that one of these four candidates can pick up where Eric leaves off.” A committee has been formed and surveys of musicians and spectators will be conducted. “Musicality is the key”, says the chairman of the committee Dr. Gary Hermanlyn. Whatever the outcome, the season will be filled with variety and style.

Tickets are available now ($65 – $54 – $43 – $32 – $18) while partial subscriptions are still available at 20% off the price of admission ($208 – $173 – $138 – 102 $-$58 for four concerts). For those who have purchased single tickets for the opening concert, their purchase can be credited towards a full year Gold Membership, which entitles the holder to one free ticket (per seat purchased) that can be used at any what a concert this season. Tickets are on sale at or by calling (203) 576-0263.

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