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New Britain Symphony Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary With The Clock Museum

The New Britain Symphony celebrates its 65th anniversary with a full symphonic concert on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in Welte Hall at Central Connecticut State University. Titled “On Time,” the concert is presented in collaboration with the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol and features music inspired by time and timepieces.

The program includes “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams ,”The Unanswered Question,” by Charles Ives, and “The Syncopated Clock” by Connecticut’s own Leroy Anderson, as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (“The Clock”) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener serves as guest conductor and music director for the concert, which includes a special presentation by Kurt Anderson, son of the late composer, who also will conduct his father’s piece.

Before the concert and during intermission, audience members will have a chance to meet professional clock winders and see a display of antique and unusual clocks from the museum’s collection. Complimentary cheese, wine, and other beverages will be served during intermission.

“We are pleased to mark our 65th anniversary with a very special mainstage concert,” said Symphony President Nancy Judd. “We have tried to create a uniquely Connecticut event, and the collaboration with the Clock Museum and the involvement of Kurt Anderson, who lives and works here, have helped to achieve this goal. We hope everyone will come out to celebrate this happy occasion with us.”

Tickets to “On Time” are available at the door for $20 per adult. College students are free with a student ID. Teens and children ages 18 and under also are free. For more information about this and other NBSO events, including bus trips and mini-concerts in the community, call the Symphony office at 860-826-6344, or visit the organization’s website at

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