2015-2016 Concert Series

On behalf of the Friends of Music at Emanuel, I am very pleased to announce the artists and performance dates of our fifth annual concert series. The seven concerts planned for this series represent an enormous diversity of musical expression, featuring music both old and new from many different cultures and parts of the world, and with instruments including the voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, winds, brass, strings. The artists that have been selected are dynamic, engaging performers, recognized for their mastery throughout the region and in many cases, internationally.

Your support allows the Friends of Music to offer these concerts to the community free of admission charge. For information about how to contribute, visit here. I invite you to be a part of this musical journey and look forward to seeing you in 2015-2016!

– Matthew Burry, artistic director

Luiz de Moura Castro, pianist

  • 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Luiz high resolution

The internationally recognized Brazilian “elder statesman of the piano,” and Hartt School professor of piano returns to Emanuel to open the 2015-2016 series and showcase Emanuel’s brilliant 1893 Steinway D piano. www.luizdemouracastro.com


 Voce Concitato

  • 7:00 pm, Saturday, November 7, 2015


Up and coming Connecticut based early music vocal ensemble Voce Concitato performs with harpsichord in a program featuring works by Monteverdi and more. http://voceconcitato.wix.com/voceconcitato


American Brass Quintet

  • 4:00 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Hailed as “positively breathtaking”, by the New York Times, and “of all the brass quintets, this country’s most distinguished” by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet has clearly defined itself among the elite chamber music ensembles of our time. http://www.americanbrassquintet.org/


Pandora Duo

Chris Ladd, guitar, Janet Arms, flute

  • 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 6* postponed from January 23, 2016 due to a winter storm

The Pandora Duo features the exciting duo of guitarist Christopher Ladd and flutist Janet Arms. Both musicians are Hartt School faculty members and internationally acclaimed performers.


New England Chamber Choir

  • 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016

The New England Chamber Choir, which over 35 years has become a beloved Connecticut institution, will present their popular annual concert High Notes and High Tea. http://newenglandchamberchoir.org/

Brunilda Myftaraj, violin

  • 7:00 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016

Accompanied by pianist Laura Garritson, the dazzling Albanian violinist Brunilda Myftaraj will present a program of works by American composers including Gershwin, Bernstein, Ives and more. https://brunildamyftaraj.wordpress.com/


Woosug Kang, organ, with the CT Virtuosi Orchestra

  • 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016

Organist Woosug Kang, FME’s founder and current music director of the nation’s largest Episcopal parish in Tucson, AZ, returns to Connecticut to celebrate FME’s fifth anniversary with the monumental American premiere of New Zealand composer John Wells’ Organ Concerto, in addition to Poulenc’s beloved Organ Concerto. Featuring the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adrian Sylveen.  http://www.thevirtuosi.org

To view last season’s concerts go here.

One comment

  1. Sounds wonderful–quite an accomplishment to have such a fine list of concerts! Thank you so much–I will try to spread the word!

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