Hartford Symphony Events at a Glance: March – May 2013

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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 vocal students from the Greater Hartford Arts Academy in a 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 BALL GAME
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 and violin; Lisa Rautenberg,HSO associate concertmaster; Michael Wheeler, HSO Principal viola; Eric Dahlin, HSO assistant principal cello; Margreet Francis, HSO Principal piano
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 elegant music from Philip Glass. This lyrical interpretation of Earth’s diversity is preceded by an onstage conversation about conservation and our environment. Panelists for the discussion prior to the concert will include Dan Esty, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection; Dr. Frogard Ryan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut; and Frans Lanting, Photographer, LIFE: A Journey Through Time.

MASTERWORKS SERIES: RHAPSODY IN BLUE
with Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Anderson & Roe Piano Duo – Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe
Thursday, May 9, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 ? 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
The dazzling Anderson & Roe Piano Duo joins the HSO in a Gershwin revue that also features the duo’s original arrangement of Piazzolla’s Libertango and other four-hand piano encores. Plus, you’ll hear the HSO premiere of Vaughan Williams’ jazzy and thought-provoking Sixth Symphony.

POPS SERIES: PLAYING WITH FOOD!
with Carolyn Kuan, conductor; chefs and special guests from Salute, Max Downtown, Firebox, Peppercorns, and the Pond House and Pond House Grille
Saturday, May 18, 2013? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
If spaghetti were a symphony, what would that sound like? Is Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik a comforting tomato soup or a juicy hamburger? What does the William Tell Overture taste like? You’ll find out when great music and fantastic cuisine come together in this special event. Join Carolyn Kuan and Hartford’s great chefs to learn more about your favorite food, the secrets behind their unique dishes, cooking tips and, of course, the exciting music that inspired them. Watch the whisks and the baton fly!

MASTERWORKS SERIES: UNEXPECTED SOUNDS: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
with Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Wu Wei, sheng; Dancers from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and The Hartt School
Thursday, May 30, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 ? 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
From bright imaginations sprang vivid new colors. Hear The Rite of Spring performed on the 100th anniversary of its debut. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake transformed the role of music in the ballet from a grand decorative gesture into an essential component of the drama on stage. Contemporary composer Huang Ruo created a new concerto for sheng, an ancient Chinese mouth organ known for its exotic sound.