The past weeks have made all of us pause and once again reflect. The FVSO joins arts, cultural and community organizations across the state and country in standing in solidarity with the black community. We add our voice with our fellow institutions to the role music can play in bringing about change and tackling injustices in our lives and society. Music is a powerful tool that brings us courage, strength and comfort, as well as inspiration.
Now, more than ever, we ask our audience, musicians and community to explore and expand their musical boundaries of musicians and composers of color as well as women and the LGBTQ+ community. As we look towards the future, the FVSO, being a local and civic organization, will make every effort to be more engaging to the broader ranges of the community we represent by actively extending beyond what is immediately available within our reach.
When we are able to perform again, we look forward to giving the Greater Hartford premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 which was originally scheduled for a March 23rd performance but was canceled due to Covid-19. It saddened all of us to not present this work by Florence Price and her importance in the development of American music and as a pioneer, being the first woman of color whose symphony was debuted by a major US symphony orchestra in 1933. This is a work and a composer that needs to be programmed and has been absent from our halls, along with many other composers from the black community for too long.
Please take the time to listen to the recording linked below and enjoy this dynamic work of the orchestral literature.
Michael Galluzzo, President, FVSO Board of Directors
Jonathan Brennand, Music Director, FVSO
The members of the FVSO mourn the passing of dear friend and colleague Janet Fantozzi, who has been a valued member of the second violin section, former board member and volunteer. Please join us in honoring Janet’s legacy and her incredible influence on the Farmington Valley community.
Founded in 1981, the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra performs 6-7 concerts each season with a variety of classical, romantic and popular holiday favorites. The orchestra serves Farmington, Canton, Avon, Simsbury, Burlington, Bloomfield, West Hartford & Hartford, as well as Greater Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley. We are your local, civic orchestra and look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!
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- Lou Russo Photography
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at Morgan Stanley