About Us

The Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit Community Orchestra.

We are in the process of changing our name to one that more accurately reflects the music that we perform.  Stay tuned as we change into

The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra

The Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra presents numerous concerts in the Greater Hartford area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. The members of Hartford’s only community orchestra are serious amateurs who come from a broad spectrum of occupations. Besides commissioning and performing new works, the CVCO has made concert tours to Romania, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Poland under the sponsorship of organizations such as the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.

Join Us! The CVCO always welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, or would like any other information, click here to Contact the CVCO, or feel free to speak to any member after a concert. The CVCO offers the opportunity for a unique musical experience.

Third Concert: April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014 – “Variations Through the Ages”

The third concert of our season is a great concert for children to attend.  In our “Variations Through the Ages,” we will explore pieces that employ a theme-and-variation style of composition and trace them throughout history.  We will begin with Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue, originally written for organ and later orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski.  Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme will follow, featuring cellist Mihai Tetel, a faculty member of the Hartt School of Music.  In Ives’ Variations on ‘America,’ listeners will recognize the familiar “America” theme (which Ives twists and contorts), and we may stretch your ears with Ernst Toch’s Big Ben Variations Fantasy, where the famous “clock” theme is ever-present underneath the experimental sounds of the 1930s.

Mihai Tetel's photo

Mihai Tetel began his musical studies in his native Romania and has degrees from the University of Toronto, the Juilliard School, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes School.  He was the winner of a number of competitions including the Artists International Competition, First Prize in the Koussevitsky Competition, Montreal Symphony Competition, Canadian Music Competition, and the Toronto Symphony Concerto Competition.  He has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras and as a recitalist and chamber musician, both here and abroad.  He is presently on the faculty at the Hartt School of Music.  Tetel is also director and founder of the ARIA International Summer Academy, a highly successful program which offers intensive, professional training to young musicians from all over the world.

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