Enjoy the sounds of the season

The Journal Inquirer
Thursday, December 16, 2021

MANCHESTER — Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale continues its 62nd season with works by Tchaikovsky and Coleridge-Taylor in a Sunday afternoon concert. Manchester Symphony Young Artist Amy Goto will be cello soloist.

Amy Goto
Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Amy Goto will be cello soloist at the Manchester Symphony Orchestra concert Sunday afternoon.

Music Director Luca Antonucci will conduct the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 5 and his Variations on a Rococo Theme and in Samuel Taylor-Coleridge’s Ballade in A major.

Cellist Goto, who has performed internationally and on the National Public Radio show “From the Top” in 2018, will join Antonucci in a preconcert program at 2:15 p.m. This will be a question-and-answer session with the soloist and a presentation by the conductor about the three works in the 3 p.m. concert. The preconcert talk is limited to concert ticket holders.

Coleridge-Taylor lived and was trained as a musician in England, but was profoundly inspired by African and African-American music and poetry.

His mother was English, and his father was a descendant of enslaved Africans in the American colonies who were freed by the British during the War of Independence and eventually settled in Sierra Leone.

Coleridge-Taylor was collaborating with his African-American contemporaries when he died in 1912 at the age of 37.

Sunday’s concert will take place in Bailey Auditorium at Manchester High School. 134 E. Middle Turnpike.

Tickets may be purchased at the door (cash or check only). Prices are $18, $15 for seniors, and free for youth younger than 18, students of any age, and military personnel.

Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will continue its concert series in February, featuring violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv as soloist, who will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

For information, call 860-646-0047, e-mail MusicSix(at)cox.net, visit the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale on its Facebook page, or go to: