William Henry Fry’s Santa Claus Symphony


William Henry Fry

On Thursday, December 17, the Barney Library in Farmington will host music historian Jeffrey Engel for a discussion of William Henry Fry and his Santa Claus symphony. This program will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Barney Library at 71 Main Street.

William Henry Fry was an important figure in American history (or at least he thought so!). He was the first native born American to write large scale orchestral works, the first to write a grand opera and have it performed, the first music critic of a major American newspaper and the only composer of a Santa Claus symphony. Despite such achievements he remains one of America’s least remembered musicians. A fair fate? Come and listen to decide for yourself.

Jeffrey Engel is a music historian who teaches at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. In 2010 he was selected by “Litchfield Magazine” as one of the fifty most influential people in Litchfield County.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for this program by calling the library at 860-673-6791, using the online registration form, or visiting the Information Services desk. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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