Behind the Baton

Why come to the concert early for a lecture?

"After attending Behind the Baton lectures the music is fuller and demystified."
— Symphony audience member

You are never too old to learn! Each Stamford Symphony concert is paired with an opportunity to learn more about music.

Behind the Baton pre-concert lectures take place onstage one hour prior to each Orchestra Classics concert performance at the Palace Theatre. Music Director, Eckart Preu, guest soloists, and members of the Stamford Symphony play musical examples, share stories about the composers, and set the program in historical context.

Each concert program book contains detailed notes about the pieces the Symphony will be playing. Arrive at the concert early to enjoy the notes, or read them online. You can also sign up for a free Symphony newsletter that contains Maestro Preu's insights on the program, biographies of our guest artists, program notes, and other news. The newsletter is emailed about once a month and always arrives in time for audiences to read and enjoy before a concert.

When attending Stamford Symphony concerts, stop in the lobby and visit our gift kiosk, "The Music Stand". You'll find a selection of CDs featuring the music being performed as well as musical gift items for children and adults.

The Stamford Symphony's Music Director, Eckart Preu, loves to talk about music and he often appears as a speaker in the Stamford community. If you belong to an organization that would like to invite Maestro Preu to speak, please send your request to

Behind the Baton is generously sponsored by:
Thomson Reuters Deloitte