Community Connections, The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming series of three concerts, all feature compositions by living Connecticut composers and include collaborations with two public school music departments.
The first concert, “Warm Winds of Winter,” will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 at First Church in Farmington and features the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra’s virtuosic woodwind section performing three selections from the double woodwind quintet repertoire. Richard Rodney Bennett’s colorful “Reflections on a 16th Century Tune” is based on a French popular song. Farmington composer Stephen Gryc’s “Six Romances after Mendelssohn” is inspired by Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. Retired from the University of Hartford musical composition faculty, Gryc is a well known composer, having written commissioned concertos for members of the New York Philharmonic. Joachim Raff’s beautifully moving “Sinfonietta” concludes the program.