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The Greater Bridgeport Symphony celebrates its 74th season in 2019-2020. A professional orchestra serving the historic Connecticut port city’s metropolitan population of approximately 200,000 the orchestra has been under the artistic direction of brooklyn-based conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen since 2014.
Mr. Jacobsen is a member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and is conductor and co-artistic director with his brother Colin, of the orchestra The Knights. Eric is Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic and will enjoy guest conducting appearances with the Westchester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Arkansas Symphony and Virginia Symphony during 2019-2020.
Founded during the Great Depression as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony has had its ups and downs over the decades as has the community of Bridgeport, Connecticut. In recent years, especially since the appointment of Eric Jacobsen as Music Director, the Greater Bridgeport community has recognized and become more engaged in the orchestra’s growth.
Executive Director Mark Halstead is excited by the personal commitment and energy Eric Jacobsen has brought to the Bridgeport community. World-class guest artists, outreach to young musicians and above all, service to great music has inspired musicians and audience alike throughout the region.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra’s bottom line is about making music at the highest possible level of artistic and intellectual excellence. With Eric Jacobsen at the helm the artistic growth of the orchestra and its audience is assured.
Daniel Kepl | Performing Arts Review