Norwalk Symphony offers orchestral bouquet for Valentine’s Day
Instead of flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra suggests spending a musical night on the town full of “fun and romance.”
“Looking for something different for Valentine’s Day? ... Come hear your favorite love songs from the musical stage,” said the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in its invitation. “Everything from early 20th century ballads to Sondheim, and beyond.”
The NSO, under the baton of Jonathan Yates, is offering its holiday concert, “Love Songs from Broadway and Beyond!” on Saturday evening, Feb. 10, at the Norwalk Concert Hall.
In an email, Maestro Yates said: “One of the most important priorities of the NSO has been to constantly find inventive and enjoyable ways to reach out to new audiences —and, for me, musical theater is the great American art form. We’ve put together a program with two outstanding Broadway soloists and three great local choruses in which we take the audience on a tour of the great love songs from Broadway. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!”
Soloists will be Maria Failla and Trevor Martin. Failla has appeared on Broadway in “Cats” and has toured with “Sound of Music,” “Evita” and in “West Side Story,” where she starred as Maria. Martin’s repertoire spans both operas and musicals. Roles have included King Arthur in “Camelot” and Bernardo in “West Side Story,” and Count Almaviva in “Figaro” and the Major General in “Pirates of Penzance.”
Participating choruses are the Norwalk Community College Choir, under the direction of Christine Mangone, and The Fairfield University Glee Club and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, both under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, the NSO said.
From the program: “The first half of the evening takes us from the 1920s with ‘Make Believe’ from Jerome Kern’s ‘Showboat,’ through the 30s with ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ from Cole Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’ and from ‘It Never Was You’ by Kurt Weill. From the 40s, we hear ‘Younger than Springtime’ from Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ and ‘People will Say We’re in Love’ from ‘Oklahoma.’ And as an orchestra treat, we get the Overture from ‘The King and I.’
“The second takes us through the second half of 20th century and into the 21st. It kicks off with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to ‘West Side Story.’ Also from that show is ‘Somewhere’ with its heart wrenching lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim’s music is featured with ‘Finishing the Hat’ from ‘Sunday in the Park with George.’ We will also hear ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from Lerner and Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘Unexpected Song’ from Webber and Black’s ‘Song and Dance’ and the ‘The Next Ten Minutes’ from Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years.’ We round out the evening with Bernstein with ‘Make Your Garden Grow’ from ‘Candide.’ ”
Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. $50-$10 students. 203 956-6771.