February – April 2013 Concerts

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SUNDAY SERENADES: MYTH AND FANTASY
with Leonid Sigal, artistic director & HSO Concertmaster; Michael Wheeler, HSO Principal Viola; Margreet Francis, HSO Principal Piano
Sunday, February 3, 2013?2:00 p.m.?Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
This program takes its inspiration from the Mannerist style fountain of Venus in Avery Court, exploring themes of myth and fantasy. The colossal sculpture by Pietro Francavilla was one of a series of mythological works commissioned for a villa near Florence. Venus rises from the sea, a symbol of love and desire, encircled by a playful nymph and satyr. The dynamic, mischievous composition is echoed in works by Tartini, Migot, Szymanowski, and Schumann.

JAZZ & STRINGS: FUSION! WES MONTGOMERY WITH STRINGS
with Mike Stern, guitar; Gene Bozzi, artistic director & drums; Rick Rozie, HSO Principal bass; Walter Gwardyak, arranger and piano; members of the HSO string section
Friday, February 8, 2013?8:00 p.m.?Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor
A tribute to the 1963 album Fusion! – Wes Montgomery’s first recording with a string section. The concert will feature an onstage jam session with soloist Mike Stern and some of Hartford’s most promising young jazz guitarists from local high school jazz programs.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
with Carolyn Kuan, music director & conductor; Alexandra Arrieche, guest conductor, 2011 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow; Alexander Kobrin, piano
Thursday, February 14, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 ? 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
This second program of romantic themes will feature Mahler’s “Adagietto,” a tender musical love letter to his beloved Alma, alongside selections from Georges Bizet’s Carmen suites, the seductress Carmen’s warning of the perils of romance, and Rachmaninoff’s compelling and complex Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Russian pianist Alexander Kobrin, gold medalist of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

POPS SERIES: CELEBRATING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: 50 YEARS OF GOODSPEED MUSICALS
with Michael O’Flaherty, conductor; Sarah Uriarte Berry, Quentin Darrington, James Snyder, featured vocalists; Performers from The Hartt School Musical Theatre Department
Saturday, February 23, 2013? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
HSO and Goodspeed Musicals join to celebrate the golden anniversary of the home of the American Musical.  This special collaboration features selections from Goodspeed originals that moved to Broadway, including Annie and Man of La Mancha, plus audience favorites from dozens of shows like Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow and No, No Nanette.

JAZZ & STRINGS: LADY IN SATIN: A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
with Rosena Hill-Jackson, vocalist; Gene Bozzi, artistic director & drums; Rick Rozie, HSO Principal bass; Walter Gwardyak, arranger and piano; members of the HSO string section
Friday, March 8, 2013?8:00 p.m.?Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor
Just before her untimely death in 1959, legendary singer Billie Holiday recorded one final album with a full orchestra behind her.  The HSO joins Rosena Hill-Jackson and jazz students from Hall High School’s fabled jazz program in tribute to the music of Rodgers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, and many others.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: THE GENIUS OF MOZART
with Leonid Sigal, conductor and violin; Curt Blood, clarinet
Thursday, March 14, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 ? 4:30 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Experience Mozart – from his very first symphony written at the age of eight – to his last, composed at 32, along with concerti written early and later in his career. This all-Mozart program celebrates the genius of a prodigy and the remarkable talents of HSO’s principal players.

POPS SERIES: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
with Robert Thompson, conductor
Saturday, April 6, 2013? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
It’s opening day and a great way to treat the family to a baseball inspired musical match-up. This World Series symphonic event will include more than 2,000 archival images and video from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, synchronized to Casey at the Bat, the soundtracks to Field of Dreams and The Natural, and more! Dress in your favorite team gear and enjoy sing-alongs, plus games with the New Britain Rock Cats and their mascot Rocky!

SUNDAY SERENADES: BAROQUE AND BEYOND
with Leonid Sigal, artistic director & violin
Sunday, April 7, 2013?2:00 p.m.?Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Experience the Baroque era and its influence in art and music. The exhibition, Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy, is devoted to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the impact that his revolutionary style had on art in Italy and throughout Europe. Burst of Light presents paintings from major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the National Gallery of London.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: ROMAN HOLIDAY
with Rossen Milanov, guest conductor; Clancy Newman, cello
Thursday, April 18, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 ? 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
German composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote to his parents while on European tour, “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought to be the supreme joy in life.” Enjoy an inspired and tantalizing musical feast of Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Rossen Milanov, recognized for his “strong interpretive concept” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

SPECIAL EVENT: LIFE: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
with Carolyn Kuan, music director & conductor; Frans Lanting, photography
Saturday, April 27, 2013?7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
A multimedia extravaganza for the senses, LIFE: A Journey Through Time features breathtaking photographs from National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. His six-year journey to discover new insights about life on Earth is musically choreographed with an elegant composition from Philip Glass. This whimsically lyrical interpretation of Earth’s diversity is followed by an onstage conversation about conservation and our environment.

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Ticket Information:  To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860)244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org
-Single tickets to the 2012-2013 Masterworks Series range in price from $35.50-$70.50.
-Single tickets to the 2012-2013 Pops Series range in price from $20-$67.50.
-Single tickets to the 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Series are $30 ($25 for HSO Subscribers and Atheneum members). Ticket price includes general admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum on the days of the concerts.
-Single tickets to the 2012-2013 Jazz and Strings Series are $40 for center orchestra seating and $20 for general orchestra seating.
-Tickets to LIFE: A Journey Through Time are $35 or $20.
-A limited number of $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under at the Masterworks and Pops Series’ Saturday performances.
-Student tickets, available for Masterworks, Pops, and Jazz and Strings concerts, as well as LIFE: A Journey Through Time are $10.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. The 2012-2013 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Cigna, Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust, and The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company. The HSO 2012-2013 Pops Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation, with additional concert support from Hartford Hospital and Prudential Retirement. The 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Series is sponsored in part by The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. LIFE: A Journey Through Time is sponsored by The Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.