West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to Present Choral Concert

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The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO), under the direction of Richard Chiarappa, presents a concert of choral music on Sunday, March 3, 3:00 pm at Roberts Theatre on the campus of Kingswood Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford.

On the program is Sir William Walton’s Crown Imperial, Johannes Brahm’s Symphony No. 1, (4th Movement), Alexander Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, and Gabriel Faure’s Pavane. The high point of the performance will be Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, featuring the 70-member Eastern Connecticut State University Concert Chorale, directed by David Belles. Eric Oullette, a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, is the featured pianist.

“We are half way through our eleventh season,” said Ron Reisner, president of the WHSO Board of Directors. “And we are pleased to present this exciting collaboration with the ECSU Concert Choral, fulfilling our mission to ‘bring people together through music’ .”

Doors open at 2:15 pm. All tickets are $15.00 and children under 12 are admitted without charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling the WHSO office at 860-521-4362, or securely online at www.whso.org. Parking for our handicapped and mobility-impaired patrons will be available via Outlook Avenue off of Farmington Avenue, inside the Kingswood Oxford main gate. Regular parking may be had via Kingswood Oxford’s Trout Brook Drive entrance.

Refreshments by Fleming’s Steakhouse.

For more information about the ECSU Concert Chorale see http://www.easternct.edu/performingarts/concertChorale.html

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Eric Ouellette Biography

Eric Ouellette was born and raised in Willimantic and began studying piano at age twelve with the late Sylvia Zeidenbergs, and two years later landed his first position as organist at the Latvian Lutheran Church in Manchester. After graduating from Windham High School he attended Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he studied piano performance and accompanying. Eric has been an Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Willimantic, Canterbury Congregational, First Congregational church of Willimantic, Westfield Congregational in Danielson and has been a sub for Woodstock and East Woodstock Congregational Churches and most recently was the interim Minister of music at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford. Eric has been an accompanist for more than twenty five years playing and music directing for The Windham Theatre Guild, Little Theater of Manchester, Colchester Community Theater and was the staff music director and pianist for The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich. Eric is a frequent accompanist for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and many high schools including Windham High, Coventry High, Glastonbury High and Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford. He has also accompanied Eastern Region Music Festivals, All-State Music Festivals, The New England Music Festival and North Central Connecticut Conference Music Festivals. Eric has been the staff accompanist at Eastern Connecticut State University for ten years and recently made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2011.



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