Hartford Symphony Orchestra to host naturalization ceremony for 11 Connecticut residents on October 7

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HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan to take oath of citizenship

A naturalization ceremony, where 11 Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place on Saturday, October 7 at 6:30 pm in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford, prior to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks concert, Beethoven’s Eroica. HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, a native of Taiwan, will be one of the candidates taking the oath. Robert A. Richardson, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut, will preside.

This event is open to all Saturday, October 7 concert ticket holders. The naturalization ceremony is sponsored by Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP.

“Over the years, Hartford and the HSO community has become one of the dearest parts of my family,” Kuan said. “I am grateful to be able to share this once in a lifetime moment with so many who have meant so much to me, and at a time we are reminded that immigrants are a vital part of America.”

Community is embedded in the DNA of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and is part of its mission statement:  “enriching lives and community through great music.”  The HSO strives to create a diverse, inclusive community, with musicians from multiple countries of origin – uniting strangers across cultural, ethnic or other perceived boundaries.  More than any other art form, music speaks to each of us in deeply personal and emotional ways. It touches that innermost part of us that makes us human.

“We are honored to be a part of this important moment in the lives of our newest citizens, including our beloved Music Director, Carolyn Kuan,” said Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Steve Collins.  “Music is not only a universal language, but also a universal tool to build community, demonstrate acceptance, pledge support, and connect one another with transformative power.  The entire evening will be a joyful celebration of freedom, beauty, and optimism for the future.”

Media outlets interested in attending the event should contact Amanda Savio at  asavio@hartfordsymphony.org or 860-760-7317 by Friday, October 6.

HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, 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.