Remember 1939? Neither do I.
I do know it was the year World War II began in Europe; the year of the New York World’s Fair, and the year both “Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind” were released.
I did not know 1939 was the year the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra played its first concert.
But that makes sense, considering this is the venerable organization’s 70th anniversary. To celebrate, they kick off their 2009-10 season with a special concert this Saturday (8 p.m., Norwalk Concert Hall). Included are two pieces from their 1st-ever performance (Gliere’s Russian Sailor’s Dance and Beethoven’s First Symphony), and — in honor of 1959’s ground-breaking all-Charles Ives concert — the Connecticut composer’s The Unannounced Question.
Three Westporters perform with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra: bassoonist Richard Epstein, and violinists Elaine Arnow and Marjorie Freilich-Den.
In addition, Westporters Winston Allen, Lee Greenberg, Phil Nourie, Steve Nevas, Ken Olson and Allen Raymond serve on the NSO board.
(For further information, including tickets, click here or call 203-847-8844. The concert is preceded by a free lecture, at 7 p.m.)