HSO To Perform Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony at Roman Holiday April 18-21

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Walter W. Naumburg International Competition Winner, Cellist Clancy Newman, to Perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto

HARTFORD, April 8, 2013 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will take a musical voyage to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the magnificent ruins of Rome at Roman Holiday on Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Led by the internationally revered guest conductor Rossen Milanov, this program will feature Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, which was inspired by a trip through the country, and iconic Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s overture to his opera, Semiramide. The concert also will include cellist Clancy Newman’s debut performance with the HSO, playing Edward Elgar’s emotional Concerto for Violoncello, which Elgar said mirrors “a man’s attitude to life.”

Making his debut performance with the HSO, Rossen Milanov is the newly appointed Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain. He also serves as the Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra as well as the nationally recognized training orchestra — Symphony in C. Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneva, Komische Oper Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Luzern Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony, National Symphony of Latvia, Orquesta Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, Orquesta Simfonica del Estado de Sao Paulo, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. On his regular tours to the Far East, he has appeared with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony.

In 2001, cellist Clancy Newman won the coveted first prize of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and was presented in recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a performance that garnered enormous critical acclaim. Named the recipient of the 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was featured on A & E’s “Breakfast with the Arts.” As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Bloomington Camerata, and ProMusica, among many others. He has appeared in recital from coast to coast, including engagements at Lincoln Center and Strathmore Hall.  This will be his premiere performance with the HSO.

Calendar Listing:
HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: ROMAN HOLIDAY
Featuring 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 ? 3:30 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian;” Edward Elgar: Concerto for Violoncello; Gioachino Rossini: Overture to Semiramide
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$70.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, April 20, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org <http://hartfordsymphony.org> .

The 2012-2013 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Bank of America, Cigna, The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by 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.