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Danbury Symphony Orchestra To Perform A One-Hour Young People’s Concert

Soloist Alina Shuyun Xiao Photo Credit: Submitted
Danbury Symphony Orchestra conductor Ariel Rudiakov Photo Credit: Submitted

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ariel Rudiakov, will perform a one-hour Young People’s Concert Sunday at Western Connecticut State University’s Veronica Hagan Concert Hall in Danbury.

The program is geared toward the young at heart; audience members of all ages will enjoy this terrific free performance.

Pianist Alina Shuyun Xiao won the Danbury Symphony Orchestra concerto competition in November, and she will play the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Symphony. Xiao is a student of Margarita Nuller at Kent School.

Danbury Symphony Orchestra will also play selections from Herbert Baumann’s ballet, “Alice in Wonderland.” This exciting music is sure to capture the imagination, as it illustrates scenes from Lewis Carroll’s famous tales.

The afternoon’s concert will begin with a brief performance by the Danbury Preparatory String Orchestra, conducted by Glen Lebetkin.

The Danbury Preparatory String Orchestra, which features young and adult musicians from throughout the greater Danbury area, will perform selections from the popular Disney movie "Frozen" as well as a “Celtic Canon,” accompanied by Irish step dancers.

Lebetkin and his orchestra invite “all princes and princesses” to come to the concert in costume, and to join the orchestra onstage to experience the music up-close.

Danbury Symphony Orchestra and Danbury Preparatory String Orchestra are both part of Danbury Music Centre, a classical music organization that has been a part of Main Street, Danbury since 1935.

Don’t miss this exciting Young People’s Concert, which is a part of Danbury Music Centre’s 80th anniversary season.

For more information, contact the Danbury Music Centre: (203) 748-1716 or

Connecticut State University’s Veronica Hagman Concert Hall is a part of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the westside campus at 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury.

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