The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra (CVSO) is now in its 88th season and performs four concerts at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford each season. The orchestra is comprised of 60 musicians from 29 Connecticut towns, ranging in age from 20 to 80 years old. The members are serious amateurs who come from a broad spectrum of occupations, diverse cultural backgrounds and share a love of music. The orchestra is led by conductor Paul McShee, who was recently named Music Director. CVSO concerts are open to the public with an audience composed of residents from Hartford and the surrounding towns. The concert series regularly includes local professional artists as guest soloists. Our mission is to provide live orchestral music to a wide range of constituents, with reduced priced tickets for students and senior citizens and free admission to those under 18. Our goal is to inspire and encourage appreciation of a wide variety of orchestral music through exciting and engaging musical experiences. As a Hartford-based group, opportunities exist for community outreach and increasing expansion of our audience.