3/5/2006 - Works of Faure, Walton and Sibelius by The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra to Perform Works of Fauré, Walton and Sibelius,

March 5th

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland will present a performance on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at 3:00 PM at the Fine Arts Center at Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Maestro Bjaland will present an informative look at the afternoon’s program in a pre-concert lecture at 2:30 PM. The performance is sponsored by American Savings Foundation and Jack Brownstein with support from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

The March 5th concert features an interesting and appealing program that is infused with European culture. The Suite from Pelias and Melisande by Gabriel Fauré demonstrates the epitome of French grace and refinement with its beautiful seductive melodies. The bittersweet folk music of the British Isles provides the inspiration for Sir William Walton’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Exciting young cellist Christopher Pegis will be the featured soloist for the Walton. In his towering Fifth Symphony Jean Sibelius evokes the spirit of his Finnish homeland, from dense forest to icy Arctic plain.

Christopher Pegis is principal cellist of the Florida West Coast Symphony and cellist with the Florida String Quartet. Born in Rochester New York, Mr. Pegis attended both the Eastman School of Music and the Hartt School of music. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including "Concert Atlantique International Debut", (Geneva Switzerland), Mcgraw Hill Young Artist Showcase in New York, and first prize in the Music Teachers National Association competition.

Mr. Pegis is Artistic Director and founder of Amici Chamber Players, which gained national attention recently for a performance on NPR's "Performance Today" of chamber music by Soulima Stravinsky. Amici Chamber Players released two CD's on the Elfin Label which were distributed worldwide, and in 2004 Amici Chamber Players released a new CD on Albany Records called "Zoo of Dreams" which features music of mostly living American composers.

Ticket Options

Single tickets for the March 5th concert are priced at $40 for Preferred Seating and $25 for Reserved Seating. A special discounted student ticket is available for only $5. Tickets may be purchased online at www.waterburysymphony.org, by calling the WSO Office at (203) 574-4283 or at the box office on the afternoon of the concert.

For further information call the Waterbury Symphony at (203) 574-4283 or visit www.waterburysymphony.org.