Former Hartford Symphony Orchestra Principal POPS! Conductor Richard Hayman Passes Away at Age 93

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Legendary POPS! Conductor and Arranger Led the HSO POPS! Series from 1977-1985

HARTFORD – February 6, 2014 – Former Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Principal POPS! Conductor Richard Hayman has died of natural causes at the age of 93 in New York on February 5, 2014.

Hayman led the HSO as Principal POPS! conductor from 1977-1985, and although he brought in such big name guest artists as Gloria Parker and Stan Getz, his concerts highlighted the sound of the orchestra through his own arrangements of popular Broadway, Movie and Big Band music . The HSO preformed many of its popular concerts at the Hartford Jai Alai Fronton under Hayman’s leadership.

Mr. Hayman went to Hollywood to work at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in the early 1940s. He made arrangements for such movies as “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Girl Crazy,” and vehicles for the likes of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. Returning to Boston, he wrote for a big band; he met Arthur Fiedler in 1949 and started arranging for the Boston Pops, which he did until the age of 90. In addition to his work with the Hartford Symphony and Boston Pops, Hayman conducted and wrote arrangements for the St. Louis, Grand Rapids and Florida Sunshine Pops Symphony Orchestras later in his career.

Marking its 70th Season in 2013–2014, the Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever expanding audiences, and to increase, through its educational programs, the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents in Connecticut. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Carolyn Kuan, the HSO plays to audiences numbering more than 110,000 at more than 200 concerts annually.  For more information about the HSO, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.