Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center Announce New Five Year Contract

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HARTFORD, CT (October 22, 2015) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center have signed a new, five year agreement to host the Talcott Mountain Music Festival at Simsbury Meadows through 2020.

 The 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival was the most successful and well-attended in its 20-year history, including a capacity audience for the annual Celebrate America concert, which has become a summer holiday tradition for families all across Connecticut.

 “Not only is the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center a beautiful facility with an exceptional staff, but the entire Town of Simsbury has made us feel like family.  There is no better place for the Talcott Mountain Music Festival to call home and we are honored to be a partner through 2020,” said Steve Collins, Director of Artistic Operations and Administration for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

 “We are delighted that Simsbury will be the summer home of the Hartford Symphony through a quarter century,” said Dave Ryan, President of the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors. “The Symphony’s summer program and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center have grown up together. From a modest beginning 20 years ago, to an audience of 10,000 at this year’s Fourth of July concert, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival is healthy and vibrant, poised for an exciting future at Simsbury Meadows.”

 The 2016 Talcott Mountain Music Festival program will be announced early next year.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Marking its 72nd Season in 2015-2016, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra 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. We believe passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. To that end, the mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences and to increase, through its educational programs, the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents of Connecticut. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. She began her tenure with the HSO in the fall of 2011. The HSO presents more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, Pops! Series, Sunday Serenades, Jazz & Strings, Lincoln Financial Discovery Concerts, Symphony in the Schools, Neighborhood Concerts, Musical Dialogues, Musical Connections, and more. In addition, the HSO presents the popular summer series, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival in Simsbury.

HSO programs are funded in part 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.