Hartford Symphony Events at a Glance: January – March

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MASTERWORKS SERIES: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
January 9-12, 2014
Thursday 7:30pm | Friday & Saturday 8:00 p.m. | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Darko Tresnjak, Hartford Stage, artistic director
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Stage Company will join during our respective 70th and 50th anniversary seasons to present a new concert staging of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, combining a theatrical performance of Shakespeare’s timeless story with Mendelssohn’s incidental music.
Concert Sponsor: Legrand

SUNDAY SERENADES SERIES: PICASSO & PROKOFIEV
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Program: Erwin Schulhoff: Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass; Manuel de Falla: Concerto for Harpsichord & Chamber Ensemble; Igor Stravinsky: Pour Pablo Picasso; Sergei Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39
Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s special exhibitions and permanent collections. Concerts take place in the museum galleries and feature Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: WEST SIDE STORY
February 13-16 , 2014
Thursday 7:30pm | Friday & Saturday 8:00 p.m. | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Mariangela Vacatello, piano
Program: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite; Rachmaninoff:  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
This romantic Valentine features several moving love stories told through music, including Richard Strauss’ comic opera, Rachmaninoff’s poetic variations, and Bernstein’s theatrical retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
The Tina Mahar McNally and Alexander Campbell McNally Memorial Concert
Concert Benefactor: BNY Mellon
Guest artist sponsored by Ron and Nancy Compton
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POPS! SERIES: THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL & MORE
Saturday, March 8, 2014| 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Michael Cavanaugh, guest artist
Hand-picked by Billy Joel for the show’s starring role in the hit Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh won the hearts of audiences and critics night after night. His accolades included both Tony and Grammy award nominations. Catch this rising star performing the hits of the “Piano Man,” plus rock ‘n’ roll classics from the 1950s through the current day, such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Who and Elton John.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: MICHAEL LANKESTER CONDUCTS ENIGMA VARIATIONS
March 20-23, 2014
Thursday 7:30pm | Friday & Saturday 8:00 p.m. | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Michael Lankester, guest conductor, HSO music director from 1985-2000
Program: Elgar: Enigma Variations; Bruckner: Symphony No. 3
Michael Lankester makes a triumphant return to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra to lead two pieces of expressive personality.  Lankester’s fellow Englishman Edward Elgar dedicated his Enigma Variations to “my friends pictured within” – and made each variation an affectionate portrayal.  This is followed by Bruckner’s grand, dramatic, and brassy Third Symphony.
Concert Benefactor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

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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 .
-Tickets to the 2013-2014 Masterworks Series range in price from $35.50-$70.50.
-Tickets to the 2013-2014 POPS! Series range in price from $20-$67.50.
-Tickets to the 2013-2014 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.
-A limited number of $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under at the Masterworks and POPS! Series’ Saturday performances.
-Student and children tickets, available for Masterworks and POPS! concerts, are $10.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The 2013-2014 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust, Legrand, The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Fuss & O’Neill and The Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming. The HSO 2013-2014 POPS! Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation, with additional concert support from Hartford Hospital, Prudential Retirement, and The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 2013-2014 Sunday Serenades Series is sponsored in part by the Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.