Orchestra New England is Celebrating 50 Years!


Fifty years and over 800 concerts! We’ve arrived at an historic moment in the magnificent journey of Orchestra New England. And we have a most exciting season of concerts scheduled for you.

On November 25 we revisit Ye Olde Tymes with Colonial Concert XLIV. This year’s fare includes Mozart’s charming Symphony No. 29 and a brilliant choral finale—Handel rocks! (United Church on the Green, 8:00 p.m.) Our popular Colonial Dinner buffet at Elm City (Graduate) Club is available once again, just across the street from the concert (6:00 p.m.).

On March 9 we will celebrate our 50th birthday by revisiting our very first “Yale Theatre Orchestra” concert from March 1974. It’s a hugely entertaining concert of the music of Charles Ives for whom 2024 is the sesquicentennial of his birth. The excitement and special reception afterwards will draw back to New Haven many former managers, board members, and musicians. And it’s at our original home, Sprague Hall (Yale) at 7:30 p.m.

On May 4, O.N.E.’s celebration continues with two works newly-composed especially for us: Late Autumn—First Snow by renowned biographer and composer Jan Swafford, and Symphony No. 5 by ever-popular O.N.E. bassist Joseph Russo. The concert closes with Beethoven’s profound orchestral showpiece Leonore Overture No. 3. (Battell Chapel, 7:30 P.M.) O.N.E. has premiered seventy-eight works in its first 49 years!


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O.N.E. Announces the Release of a New Naxos Charles Ives Recording

On June 9, 2023, Naxos Records released the world premier recording of the Complete Sets for Chamber Orchestra, recorded by Orchestra New England in March of 2022 under the baton of Maestro James Sinclair.
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Though Charles Ives wrote large-scale works, he also thrived on miniatures. Ives’ Sets for Chamber Orchestra are largely based on his songs, and display a panoply of style and technique that proves to be among the most colorful and creative of his entire compositional life. The Sets are rife with allusions and borrowings, notably hymn tunes, and reuse several pieces in slightly altered treatments. Set 9 includes The Unanswered Question in its original form. Ives was willing to embrace substitution of instruments, and this recording contains premiere recordings of new realizations and editions.

According to Maestro Sinclair, a world-renowned Ives scholar, "This album is a demonstration of, and tribute to, the remarkable breadth of Charles Ives’ imagination. A composer of wide-ranging orchestral works, he was also a  master of miniatures. Well-focused, short ideas were a perfect fit for Ives’ busy double life as an insurance  executive and weekend composer. Many of his songs are strikingly brief (for example At Sea and Luck and Work) – their average length is barely a minute-and-a half. And it is on his songs that the Sets for Chamber Orchestra are largely based. The Sets vary in their brevity from No. 3’s three-movement two-and-a-half-minutes to No. 1’s six-movement nine minutes. But in those brief spans, Ives creates a breath-taking panoply of style and technique. As a whole, these Sets may be the greatest showcase of his kaleidoscopic creativity, and the most colorful outings
in all of his output."

Click here for more information about this CD and the recording process.

Click here for more information about Charles Ives' Complete Sets for Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro James Sinclair records two Joe Russo symphonies in Spain 

Maestro James Sinclair has just returned from Pamplona, Spain (think the "Running of the Bulls" and Hemingway) where he worked with Perry So's excellent Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra to make the premiere recordings of longtime O.N.E. bassist Joe Russo's First and Second Symphonies. Orchestra New England will premiere Russo's Fifth Symphony this spring as part of O.N.E.'s 50th anniversary season.
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The American Prize Independence Day HONORS, 2023: Conductor & Ives Scholar

Renowned American conductor and Charles Ives scholar JAMES SINCLAIR has been selected as the 2023 winner of The American Prize National Arts Award, honoring a lifetime of Ives scholarship, the first of several Ives commemorations The American Prize will make in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Charles Ives birth year in 2024. (The American Prize is based in Ives' hometown of Danbury, Connecticut.)

The American Prize National Arts Award is a new category of recognition limited to a very few artists or organizations whose philosophy and/or professional accomplishments evidence "sustained artistic excellence" over an extended period of time. Presented by The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing ArtsThe American Prize National Arts Award recipients receive a beautifully framed certificate and a cash award, presented in memory of, and made possible by, an endowment gift from the estate of Abraham and Margaret (Volosin) Katz. Maestro Sinclair's award was announced as part of The American Prize annual Independence Day Honors, July 4, 2023.


Orchestra New England Celebrates the Holidays in Style

Orchestra New England rang the holiday season, with two fun and festive holiday concerts on December 10th and 14th.

On the 10th we played at the Whitney center in Hamden before going to North Branford to perform at Evergreen Woods on the 14th.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the end of another great year. Happy holidays from all of us at Orchestra New England!

If you haven't already made your contribution to O.N.E.'s Annual Appeal, please be generous as we celebrate our 50th anniversary!

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Orchestra New England is Delighted to be Performing with GMChorale on Sunday, November 12th, at 4:00 p.m.

Music Director Joseph D'Eugenio has selected a lovely program of "Festive Music for Chorus and Orchestra." GMChorale, joined by their professional chamber chorus Alchemy (who will be singing on O.N.E.'s Colonial Concert), and the Elm City Girls Choir, present a concert of musical favorites from the Renaissance and 1700s.

Music from the Renaissance (Alchemy)

Handel's "Zadok the Priest Coronation Anthem," HWV 258

Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243

Purcell's Jubilate Deo in D Major

Handel Choruses "Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite"
and "Hallelujah"

The concert will be performed at the Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School at 4:00 p.m.

Come join O.N.E. as we explore some wonderful music from the 17th and 18th centuries - one of O.N.E.'s specialties. And you can listen to Joseph D'Eugenio talk about the concert on WMNR at 8 p.m. this evening (Sunday).



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