Hartford Symphony to Perform New England Premiere of LIFE: A Journey Through Time April 27

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Carolyn Kuan to Lead Multimedia Performance with Music of Philip Glass and Photographs by National Geographic Photographer Frans Lanting

Concert to Open with Environmental Panel Discussion with Daniel C. Esty, Dr. Frogard Ryan, and Frans Lanting

Hartford Public Library Art Walk to Exhibit Lanting’s Photographs in Free Exhibit April 8-May 4

HSO to Host Amateur Photography Contest and Student Art Contest

HARTFORD, February 6, 2013 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present the New England premiere of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, a multimedia extravaganza for the senses featuring breathtaking photographs from National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting and original music by Philip Glass on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:30p.m. at Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, who has premiered LIFE with orchestras around the world, the program will open with a 30-minute panel discussion on arts and the environment; panelists will include Daniel C. Esty (Commissioner, CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection), Dr. Frogard Ryan (Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in CT), and photographer Frans Lanting.

LIFE: A Journey Through Time is an original multimedia orchestral performance that chronicles the story of life on Earth through the imagery of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting and the music of American composer Philip Glass, who is best known for his Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning movie soundtracks to The Hours, The Truman Show, and Kundun. LIFE aims to bridge the gap between nature and science, and is realized through the integration of photography with the performing arts and the world of life and earth sciences.

The HSO will take the audience through seven stages of the Earth’s evolution: Elements, Beginnings, Out of the Sea, On Land, Into the Air, Out of the Dark, and Planet of Life through 60-minutes of continuous music and projected photographs.

The photographs used in the performance will be drawn from Frans Lanting’s remarkable LIFE Project and book, his breathtaking visual timeline of our planet’s evolution. For more than two decades Lanting has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about life. In conjunction with the Hartford Symphony’s performance, Hartford Public Library will display 40 of Lanting’s LIFE photographs at their free Art Walk Exhibit space in the main HPL branch on Main Street in Downtown Hartford from April 8-May 3. Hartford Public Library will host an opening event for the exhibit on Friday, April 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a free lecture by Frans Lanting on his LIFE Project on Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts will display more than a dozen of Lanting’s works in their Promenade Gallery from April 8 – May 3.

For more information on Frans Lanting’s LIFE Project, visit www.lifethroughtime.com.

As part of LIFE, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will host an amateur nature photography contest and a student art contest. Amateur photographers from the state of Connecticut will be able to submit digital photographs that feature and celebrate Connecticut’s natural beauty.  Using facebook, twitter, and the HSO’s Blog, “Cadenza” (hartfordsymphonyblog.com ), submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges representing the HSO, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and a Greater Hartford-based professional photographer.  The judges’ favorite photographs will be featured on the HSO’s website and social media sites, and the winning photographers will receive prizes. Rules, restrictions and entry forms for the amateur photography concert will become available on the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s website starting March 1.

Additionally, more than 150 schools have been invited to participate in the LIFE student art contest; information and entry forms for the student art contest can be found here: www.hartfordsymphony.org/education/student-opportunities.

LIFE: A Journey Through Time is presented by Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts. This performance receives support from the following LIFE Community Sponsors: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Connecticut Forest & Park Association; Riverfront Recapture; The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut; KNOX, Inc.; Connecticut River Watershed Council; and Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. The HSO gives a special thanks to The Saunders Foundation for their support of innovative programming.

Calendar Listing:
HSO SPECIAL EVENT:
LIFE: A Journey Through Time
Featuring Carolyn Kuan, music director & conductor; Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Panelists Daniel C. Esty, Dr. Frogard Ryan, and Frans Lanting
Saturday, April 27, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Philip Glass: LIFE: A Journey Through Time preceded by panel discussion
Ticket Information: Tickets to LIFE are available for $20.50 or $35. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org .

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from 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.