Aternus on a magnificent day in Southern New England

The musicians of Aternus arrived at the Hotchkiss School for the afternoon rehearsal yesterday, and the weather and the setting could not have been more beautiful!


The rehearsal:

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The performance:



Leonid Sigal, violin

Eric Dahlin, cello

Fabio Witkowski, piano

Aternus Chamber Orchestra

Larry Alan Smith, conductor

Aternus Chamber Orchestra returns to the Hotchkiss School

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the Aternus Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT where the 7:00 pm concert will be free and open to the public. Larry Alan Smith, the Artistic Director of Aternus, will conduct the program. This will be the ensemble’s second appearance at Hotchkiss. In March of 2013, Aternus gave its inaugural performance at the School.

Leonid Sigal Eric Dahlin Fabio Witkowski

The program will consist of Johann Christian Bach’s Sinfonia in D Major (Op. 18, No. 1), Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Larry Alan Smith’s Aurora (2013) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56. Commonly known as the “Triple Concerto,” the soloists will be violinist Leonid Sigal, cellist Eric Dahlin and pianist Fabio Witkowski.

The Smith work, written for the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese in L’Aquila, Italy will receive its first performance in the United States. It is dedicated to Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology, who each morning flies across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun.

Aternus is the Latin name for the Aterno River in the Abruzzo Region of East-Central Italy. The river forms high in the mountains and eventually empties into the Adriatic Sea. It symbolizes the continuum of human existence, as well as the unlimited possibilities that lie before us.

Aternus is an “arts cooperative” consisting of accomplished and recognized creative and performing artists who seek a 21st-Century paradigm for public performance based upon transparency, fairness and a commitment to each other. We believe that art comes before self, and we stand together to promote and nurture the classical arts. As a primary means of human expression, we believe that the performing arts are integral to a society that values beauty and civility.

Click here for more information regarding the concert at the Hotchkiss School.

Aternus Chamber Orchestra to debut on March 28 and 30, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the first performances of the Aternus Chamber Orchestra will take place at the end of March.  On Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm, Aternus will appear at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, and on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 pm, the orchestra will give a concert at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.  These concerts will honor the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.


Aternus Chamber Orchestra

Gaetano Di Bacco, saxophone

Larry Alan Smith, conductor

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Katherine M. Elfers Hall – The Esther Eastman Music Center

The Hotchkiss School – 11 Interlaken Road – Lakeville, CT

Free Admission

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main Street – Hartford, CT

(Enter at the side entrance on Atheneum Square North)

Adults: $25/University of Hartford Employees or Students: $10/Students: $10 

Click here to purchase your online tickets.


Giuseppe Tartini: Sinfonia in La Maggiore (Date unknown)

Vincent Persichetti: Introit, Op. 96 (1964)

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Serenade (ca. 1893)

Michael White: Elegia (2011) – U.S. Premiere

Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla (Arranged by Gaetano Di Bacco): Saxtango: Suite for Saxophone and String Orchestra (2007) – The suite includes Milonga del Angel, Muerte del Angel, Oblivion and Libertango.

Gaetano Di Bacco

Gaetano Di Bacco

Click here to visit Gaetano Di Bacco’s website.

Larry Alan Smith

Larry Alan Smith

Click here to visit Larry Alan Smith’s website.

Click here to see the poster for the Aternus Chamber Orchestra Concerts in Lakeville, CT and Hartford, CT

For additional information, write to us at or phone (860) 675-1609.