The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorák’s Eighth March 13-15

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorák’s Eighth March 13-15

HARTFORD, CT (February 12, 2020) – Join the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for Dvorák’s Eighth Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by guest conductor Julius Williams and feature HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal on violin. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit harfordsymphony.org.

This program features Coleridge-Taylor’s Danse Nègre, No. 4, Op. 35Williams’ Meditation, Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163.

Composed at his summer retreat in 1889, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 takes inspiration from Czech folk music, and has a cheer and optimism that was unusual for the composer and the time period. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which was written for violinist Pablo de Sarasate, is sultry and colorful.

Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Julius Williams one hour prior to curtain of each performance.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Dvorák’s Eighth
Friday – Sunday, March 13-15, 2020
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Coleridge-Taylor Danse N
ègre, No. 4, Op. 35
Williams Meditation
Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Dvorák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163

Julius Williams conductor
Leonid Sigal violin

Ticket Information: Tickets begin at $35. Student tickets are $10 for all performances and $25 tickets are available on Saturday evening for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org

About Julius Williams

Julius Penson Williams is an award-winning conductor, composer, recording artist, educator, author and pianist. His career has taken him from his native New York to musical venues around the globe, and has involved virtually every musical genre. Since Maestro Williams’ Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1987, he has conducted orchestras across the United States and Europe. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of the Trilogy: An Opera Company, and serves as President of the Conductors Guild. Williams has previously served as Music Director of the Washington Symphony, Artistic Director of the music festival of Costa del Sol (Spain), and Artistic Director of the School of Choral Studies of New York State Summer School of the Arts.

Williams recently conducted a tour for the Oberlin Conservatory Opera and the Cleveland Opera Theater, receiving rave reviews for performances of Harriett Tubman. Last summer he was a guest conductor with the OneWorld Festival Orchestra, and on Labor Day, he conducted a gala performance with the Dallas Symphony at the Black Academy Third Annual Riverfest in Dallas, Texas. Maestro Williams also formerly served as Assistant Conductor to the late Maestro Lucas Foss with Brooklyn Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra and he served as a cover conductor for the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

In Europe, Williams has performed and recorded with Prague Radio Symphony, Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Principal Military Orchestra of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, Dvo?ák Symphony Orchestra, Volvodanksa Symphony (Serbia), Dubrovnik Symphony (Croatia), The Brno State Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and Bohuslav Martin? Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic).

A prolific composer, Maestro Williams has created works for virtually every genre of contemporary classical performance, and his music has been performed by countless symphony orchestras including New York, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, and Boston. He has served as conductor-composer of the Connecticut Arts Award for Public Television. His film score for Lifetime TV’s “Fighting for our Future” won the Gracie Allen Documentary Award in 2003. He is a composer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra “Composer in Residence Project” and is a cover conductor to the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Maestro Williams is the recipient of numerous awards for musical and academic achievement including Finalist for The American Prize for Professional Orchestra Conducting and The American Prize in Composition, the Detroit Symphony “Emerging Composer Award”, The Distinguished Medal of Artistic Achievement of the Ecuador Youth Symphony Orchestra Foundation, The Honorary Distinguished Alumnus Award of Langston University, Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, and the National Culture of the Arts Award of the Association of Foreign Language Teachers of New York.  He has also received multiple ASCAP Awards in Composition over the past 25 years.

In addition to his conducting and composing careers, Williams is a dedicated educator.  He has served on the faculties of Wesleyan University, The University of Hartford, and The University of Vermont. He is presently Professor of Composition and Conducting at Berklee College of Music. In 2009, Maestro Williams was selected as the Faculty Marshall and gave the first faculty address at commencement in Berklee’s history, and in 2006 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Williams has also been featured as an artist profiled on the nationally televised program CBS News Sunday Morning.


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