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On Sunday, March 17th, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Norwalk Youth Symphony will present a concert for kids big and small, which features a performance by 12-year-old piano prodigy Hudson Ragins, as well as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.  Kate Remington talks with conductor Jonathan Yates about this special concert in which members of the Youth Symphony play alongside their adult mentors.

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Michael Stern is the guest conductor for the Stamford Symphony's concert The Path to Jupiter on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th.

Kate Remington talked with Michael about the interlocking nature of the program, which includes Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, the Symphony No. 5 by Schubert, and Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.

On Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th, the American Classical Orchestra kicks off a three-year cycle showcasing the fortepiano, a precursor to the modern pianos we so often hear in performance. Kate Remington talks with the ACO's music director and founder, Thomas Crawford, about the cycle, which includes an international competition and performances featuring legendary fortepianists Malcolm Bilson and Steven Lubin.

On Saturday, February 23, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's classical musical, "West Side Story." Kate Remington talked with conductor Jonathan Yates about what makes this such an iconic work of American music.

The Norwalk Symphony's production is presented in collaboration with New Paradigm Theatre; Kristin Huffman, producing partner; and Shakespeare on the Sound's Claire Kelly, stage director.

Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras' Concerto Competition was recently presented at WSHU's Broadcast Center. Every soloist who performed was outstanding, but violinist Gerald Kim was selected as the winner! He'll be the soloist at GBYO's spring concert in May. Kate Remington talked with Gerald and with Director Christopher Hisey about the competition and the music.