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Sunday Music Series | Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The NBMAA’s longstanding monthly concert series features local & regional performances from a variety of musical genres.

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Presenting the music of legendary German & Austrian composers who left a legacy on both continents. They became influential in establishing 20th-century American musical heritage: Hindemith by teaching at Yale, and Schoenberg at Universities in California. The concert will include Paul Hindemith’s “TrauerMusik” and Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht.” Also in the program is Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. The concert will feature the principal cellist of the Virtuosi, Zack Sears, in his debut as a soloist with the Virtuosi.

Zachary Sears, a recent graduate of DePaul University and The Hartt School of Music, has studied and performed across the United States and Europe. He is a cellist with the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Graz, Austria; a Principal cellist at the 2018 Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas; and a chamber music fellow at the 2017 Duxbury Chamber Music Festival. Zachary has also performed with the York Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and UConn Symphony, and he has served as principal cellist for the Hartt Orchestra.

He is the winner of the 2020 Moshe Paranov Concerto Competition and Chamber Music competition at the Hartt School, where he studied with Mihai Tetel. Zachary is also passionate about teaching and has worked as a private instructor, coach, and mentor in New England and Chicago.

At DePaul University, he held the Teaching Artist position, working with young Chicago Public school musicians. Zachary began his cello studies at age six at the UConn Community Music School, and his early teachers include Boris Kogan and Astrid Schween. In 2019, he completed an M.M. at Depaul University with former CSO cellist Stephen Balderston.


“Members Sit First” at select music programs, including this one! Members, please have your Membership card handy at the entrance to the performance space. Once Members are seated, the doors will open for the general public, and seating will be first come, first served. Seating capacity is limited to 120.

Concert attendees must register at the Front Desk upon arrival. Museum Members are free, and Museum guests are welcome with purchase of a Museum admission ticket.

All shows begin at 3 p.m.; doors to event space will open at 2:30 p.m.

Please note: Library Passes are not valid for programs, classes, or musical performances.



New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052 United States
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(860) 229-0257
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February 11
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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New Britain Museum of American Art
(860) 229-0257
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