New Britain Symphony to celebrate polka at Berlin mini-concert

Published on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:48

Staff writer

NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will begin its 69th season Oct. 18 with “Polka Ensemble,” a free mini-concert at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.

The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. The performance, the first of a series of free, monthly mini-concerts, will celebrate the polka: its history, traditions and place in American music.

Performers will be Walter Mamlok on clarinet, Michale Schiano on accordion, David Schweitzer on tuba and David Edricks on percussion.

New Britain Symphony President Sylvia O’Reilly, said the orchestra is “delighted to be celebrating the polka and its strong ties to New Britain.”

“The Polish community is such a vital and vibrant part of our community,” said O’Reilly. “We are thrilled to be presenting a program of its most popular music.”

The program will include the Beer Barrel Polka, Clarinet Polka, Helena Polka, Liechtensteiner Polka, Pennsylvania Polka and Domino Polka along with other pieces such as the Woodpecker Song (an Italian polka), the Laughing Polka and a few waltzes.

The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is at 234 Kensington Road, Berlin.

The New Britain Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948 by several faculty members at what was then the Teachers College and is now Central Connecticut State University. Cynthia Carlson, one of the directors of the orchestra, said that the group is now an 80-piece orchestra.

“We’re excited for this show. it’s an opportunity to play for an audience that we haven’t reached before,” she said. “We’re one of New Britain’s best kept secrets.”

The mission of The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is “to perpetuate the rich tradition of live symphonic music by presenting concerts of a high caliber performed by a professional orchestra, and to provide related education and enrichment activities, thereby contributing to the quality of life for people of all ages and ethnicity in Central Connecticut.”

For more information, contact the NBSO office at 860-826-6344, or visit .

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, General News on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:48. Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:50.