Wadsworth Caravaggio Exhibit to Inspire HSO Sunday Serenades Concert April 7

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Concert to Feature Performances by HSO Musicians: Leonid Sigal, Lisa Rautenberg, Michael Wheeler, Eric Dahlin and Margreet Francis

HARTFORD, March 28, 2013 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present Baroque and Beyond, the final concert of the 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  This program is inspired by the exhibition, Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy and will feature performances of works by Stravinsky, Respighi, Puccini, Dallapiccola, and Valentini by Sunday Serenades Artistic Director and HSO Concertmaster (principal violinist) Leonid Sigal,  HSO Associate Concertmaster Lisa Rautenberg, HSO Principal Violist Michael Wheeler, HSO Assistant Principal Cellist Eric Dahlin and HSO Principal Keyboardist Margreet Francis.

Experience the Baroque era and its influence in both art and music. The exhibition, Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy, on view now through June 16, is devoted to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the impact of his revolutionary style on art in Italy and throughout Europe. Caravaggio’s paintings combined a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a genuine spirituality and theatrical use of space and light. They attracted a large artistic following during the first third of the seventeenth century. The exhibition brings together works from all periods of Caravaggio’s career, and also thirty paintings by twenty-one artists whose work was indelibly marked by his innovative style. 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. Inspired by this exhibition, Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal has created an intimate chamber music program featuring Giuseppe Valentini’s Sette Idee per Camera, Sonata No.2 in G Major; Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne; Luigi Dallapiccola’s Tartiniana Seconda, Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi, and Ottorino Respighi’s Piano Quintet.

HSO Concertmaster and Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader.  Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age five. He moved to the US in 1995 when he was awarded a prestigious fellowship with the New World Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Sigal frequently appears with the Miami Friends of Chamber Music and the Avery Ensemble, and has served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony.

In addition to her role as Fanfare Consort Leader,  HSO Associate Concertmaster Lisa Rautenberg performs as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.  She gave her New York City solo concerto debut with Concert Royale at the Mostly Mozart festival in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She performed her New York City recital debut in Merkin Hall playing virtuoso masters for the baroque violin. The recital included the first modern-day performances on original instruments of works by Paganini.  Ms. Rautenberg can be heard on over 100 recordings on labels such as SONY Classical, Virgin Classics, Newport Classics, MCA, Decca, Nonesuch, Telarc, Champignon International and Deutsche Grammophone,

Michael Wheeler, currently the HSO Principal Viola, has performed with the New World Symphony, Portland Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and  San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Wheeler has been a recitalist and chamber music player throughout New England performing with the Island Chamber Players and Karas String Quartet. He is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division and lives in West Hartford with his wife, pianist, Ruriko Kagiyama, and their three daughters.

Eric Dahlin, assistant principal cellist of the HSO, has performed extensively in the US and Europe.
Locally, he can be heard playing with Hop River Chamber Players, Wall Street Chamber Players, and  Island Chamber Players. He performs frequently on the Trinity College Summer Series and Sundays at the Parlor on Park with pianist Gary Chapman. Eric spent five summers at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. Mr. Dahlin lives in Tariffville with his girlfriend, Katie (also a cellist), two sons, Martin and Elias, and dog, Max.

Margreet Francis is a member of the Hartford Symphony where she plays piano, harpsichord, and celesta.  Her performances have been recorded for the Centaur label and regularly broadcast over radio and T.V. Ms. Francis performs on a regular basis with members of the Miami String Quartet and the Hartford Symphony. She also spent several years playing piano with the New World Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music Plus, the Soni Fidelis Woodwind Quintet and Trio ARIOSO.

CALENDAR LISTING:
HSO SUNDAY SERENADES SERIES: BAROQUE AND BEYOND
with Leonid Sigal, artistic director and violin; Lisa Rautenberg, HSO associate concertmaster; Michael Wheeler, viola; Eric Dahlin, HSO principal cello; Margreet Francis, HSO principal keyboard
Sunday, April 7, 2013 ? 2:00 p.m.? Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Program: Giuseppe Valentini (Arr. Respighi): Sette Idee per Camera, Sonata No.2 in G Major; Igor Stravinsky: Suite Italienne; Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi; Luigi Dallapiccola: Tartiniana Seconda; Ottorino Respighi: Piano Quintet
Ticket Information: Tickets are $30 ($25 for HSO Subscribers and Atheneum Members). Ticket price includes general admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum on the days of the concerts. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org

The HSO 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Series is sponsored in part by the Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. 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.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main St. in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Museum is open Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org for more information.