The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will present a side –by-side concert with local area orchestra students on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7 PM in Litchfield Intermediate School in Litchfield, CT.  Featured repertoire will include Hoe Down by Aaron Copland, traditional South American music, and the first movements of Mozart’s Divertimento, K156 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, op. 48.

The twenty students who will perform alongside the professional musicians of the WSO are high school musicians throughout northwest Connecticut who are participants in the ten-week “Inter-district

Strings Project” – an annual collaboration between the WSO and ASAP (After School Arts Program) of Washington, CT.  Under the direction of three WSO teaching artists, students receive weekly individual and group instruction in musicianship, performance and ensemble skills. The side-by-side orchestra will also present three school-day concerts for all Litchfield Public School students earlier in the week.

Featured guest artists are the acclaimed Alturas Duo, recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar, and in doing so, creating passionate music that moves at ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for them.

Alturas Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and throughout the US and Puerto Rico. The Duo took First Prize at the 2006 New England International Chamber Music Competition, and won the 2009 CMA / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.  Sponsors for the concert include The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, After School Arts Program, and the Leever Foundation. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $5 for all students. They may be purchased at the door, online at or by calling the

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra at (203)574-4283.