“Connecticut orchestras are beginning their seasons this weekend. For many concertgoers, it’ll be the first time they’ve heard a symphony since COVID hit,” writes Christopher Arnott in Thursday’s (9/30) Hartford Courant (CT). “COVID guidelines are in force, onstage and in the audience. The Hartford Symphony’s concert Oct. 1-3 at The Bushnell is the first full indoor orchestra show the HSO has given in over 16 months, not to mention the first show the Bushnell itself has produced since COVID…. The Hartford Symphony returns to The Bushnell [with] Rossini’s … ‘William Tell’ Overture … Beethoven’s … Symphony No. 7 … and [Clarice Asssad’s] ‘É Gol! For Orchestra and Audience Members,’ which is a tribute to Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva.… Assad herself leads the audience participation segments…. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra [will perform Beethoven’s] fifth symphony, plus … Valerie Coleman’s Fanfare for Uncommon Times, which had its world premiere in June. Florence Price’s 1932 composition ‘Ethiopia’s Shadow in America’ is also on the program, as is Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, with guest soloist Tai Murray.” Also covered are season openings in October by the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.