Hartford Symphony Orchestra Announces Bachtoberfest, A New Bach and Organ Music Festival

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HSO to Support and Present Community Performances of Bach and Organ Music October 4-12

HARTFORD, CT- August 22, 2013 – To kick off the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary Season, they are presenting Bachtoberfest, a new music festival featuring music by Bach and music written for organ October 4-12, 2013. The Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is the primary community partner for the festival; their members will be featured prominently on many of the performances and events. The festival will culminate with the Hartford Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Opening Night Concerts at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on October 11 & 12.

The festival includes free concerts and events at the Austin Organ Factory, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Congregation Beth Israel, Hartford Public Library, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick St. Anthony, St. Brigid’s Church, First Church of Christ, United Methodist of West Hartford, and Central Baptist Church, amongst others. The public is welcome to suggest performances for the festival; event ideas can be submitted to events@www.hartfordsymphony.org. To qualify, events must include a work by Bach and/or for organ, and take place between October 4-12.

HSO President & CEO Carrie Hammond says, “The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to fostering musical performances and inspiring others to present community-minded concerts. Bachtoberfest celebrates the uniquely rich musical offerings that are available in this area throughout the year. Hartford possesses a hidden gem in the Austin Organ Company, which has produced organs since 1893. Scattered throughout this region, including The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, are these world renowned instruments and performers who are drawn to this area to play them. We are thrilled to present this weeklong series of events with the Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.”

BACHTOBERFEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS (as of August 21, 2013):
Austin Organ Factory Tour
Friday, October 4- 11:00 a.m.
A behind the scenes tour of the history Austin Organ Company and factory.
Closed event for HSO subscribers; Email events@www.hartfordsymphony.org for more information.

Organ Tour: United Methodist Church
Cheryl Wadsworth, organ
Saturday, October 5- 10:00 a.m.
West Hartford

Organ Recital: Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, organ
Sunday, October 6- 10:00 a.m.
Hartford

Bach Postlude: Christ Church Cathedral
Sunday, October 6- 10:00 a.m.
Hartford

Bach Postlude: First Church of Christ, Congregational
Edward Clark, organ
Sunday, October 6- 10:00 a.m.
Farmington
Hartford Symphony organist Edward Clark will perform Bach’s Chorale Prelude on “An Wasserflüssen Babylon,” BWV 653 on his morning service. Get a sneak peak of the talent that will be featured on the HSO’s Opening Night Performances October 11 & 12!

Bach Prelude and Postlude: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church
Sunday, October 6- 10:00 a.m.
Hartford

Choral Sing-Along: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church
Sunday, October 6- 6:20 p.m.
West Hartford
Join the St. Brigid choir and soloists Kelly and David Boudreaux for this public sing along of Bach’s choral works.

HSO Musical Dialogues Series: Bach’s Lunch
Hartford Symphony Orchestra String Quartet
Monday, October 7- 12noon
Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch
HSO Musicians will discuss and perform works by Bach at this free lunchtime concert. Repertoire will include Bach’s Contrapunctus I, IV, & IX from The Art of the Fugue, Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, and Aria & Variations 1-8 from Goldberg Variations, plus Robert Schumann’s Fugues No. 3 & 5 from “Six Fugues on B-A-C-H” and Clara Schumann’s  Three Fugues on Themes of J.S. Bach.

Organ Recital: Happy Recollections at Congregation Beth Israel
Natasha Ulyanovsky, organ; Peter Dzialo, cello
Tuesday, October 8- 1:00 p.m.
West Hartford
Program to include Toccata by Theodore Dubois, Happy Recollections by David Popper; Sonata in D Major by J.S.Bach; Strange Meadow Lark by Dave Brubeck; La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli; and Peacherine Rag by Scott Joplin.

Organ Recital: Midday Music at Central Baptist Church
Kari Miller and Jason Roberts, organists
Thursday, October 10- 12noon
Hartford
Program to include Bach’s Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (‘Savior of the Heathen, Come’), BWV 659 and Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (‘All Glory Be to God on High’), BWV 662, plus Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593

HSO Masterworks Series & Special Event: 70th Anniversary Opening Night!
October 11 & 12, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Mortensen Hall? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Edward Clark, organ; Connecticut Youth Symphony, Daniel D’Addio, music director; Wu Man, pipa
We’re rolling out the red carpet for Opening Night!  Two of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, Saint-Saëns’ massive Symphony No. 3 and Bach’s glorious Toccata and Fugue in D minor, will be played on The Bushnell’s historic, Hartford-made Austin pipe organ with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets: Tickets range in price from $35.50-$70.50; student tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hartfordsymphony.org or call (860)244-2999 .
To mark this special season opener, the HSO will host a special opening night celebration before the concert, including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and food stations; a dessert reception with Carolyn Kuan and the guest artists will conclude the evening following the concert. Tickets for the Opening Night Celebration are $170 per person for subscribers and $225 for non-subscribers, which include preferred concert seating. Call (860)246-8742 ext. 326  for more information and to purchase tickets.

For the latest updates to the Bachtoberfest calendar of events, please visit www.hartfordsymphony.org. For more information about any Bachtoberfest event, please contact events@www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Marking its 70th Anniversary Season in 2013–2014, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is Connecticut’s premier musical organization. The Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Under the musical direction of Carolyn Kuan, the HSO presents more than 100 concerts to over 120,000 people each year. For more information on the HSO, please visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.