Be Transformed: Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2015-2016 POPS! Series

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Carolyn Kuan, Music Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Photographer: Jane Shauck). Guest artist photos available upon request.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra President & CEO David Fay and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are pleased to announce the programming for the HSO’s 2015-2016 POPS! Series that will be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT.

“Next season, you’ll spy Sheena Easton performing ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and all the James Bond hits, you’ll sing along as Goodspeed Musicals and the HSO celebrate the best of Broadway, you’ll soar with the classic rock harmonies of The Music of the Eagles, and be amazed by ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro,” said Fay. “Plus, we are thrilled to announce the return of HSO’s rave-reviewed Playing with Food event and Hartford’s most festive family tradition, the HSO Holiday Cirque Spectacular.”

Ticket Information: Current POPS! subscribers will receive their renewal information in May. New subscriptions will be available in June. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call 860-987-5900.  More information about subscribing is available at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

All artists, dates, and locations are subject to change.

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA POPS! SERIES 2015-16

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME WITH SHEENA EASTON
October 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
The name is Bond…James Bond. Dashing and debonair, his movie themes evoke international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Two-time Grammy® Award-winner Sheena Easton, the featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack For Your Eyes Only, will enchant, entice and seduce you into the world of Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker, plus “spy” songs from Mission Impossible, Get Smart, Austin Powers, and more.  So, how do you like your martini?

HOLIDAY CIRQUE SPECTACULAR
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
Hartford’s holiday concert classic just keeps getting more “Cirque-tacular!”  Bring the entire family to enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck.  Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza!
 
HSO & GOODSPEED CELEBRATE THE BEST OF BROADWAY
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
Come on along and listen to the lullabies of Broadway! Connecticut’s own Goodspeed Musicals is known the world over as the home of the American musical.  Join the HSO, Goodspeed Resident Music Director and Conductor Michael O’Flaherty, and special guests as they celebrate 70 years of Tony® Award-winning music.  This one-night-only, blockbuster performance will spotlight the best of Broadway through the years.

THE MUSIC OF THE EAGLES
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
With their ground-breaking sound, The Eagles flew up the charts with five number one singles, six number one albums, five American Music Awards® and six Grammys®, and created a legacy of timeless music.  Popular guest conductor Brent Havens returns with a full rock band to join the orchestra and “Take it to the Limit” – capturing The Eagles’ impeccable riffs and timeless vocal harmonies on the classic hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Hotel California.”

JAKE SHIMABUKURO’S UKE NATION
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England!  “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan!

PLAYING WITH FOOD 4
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall
The HSO’s rave-reviewed, foodie fan-favorite event returns for a fourth season!  Take a mix of great music, add some fabulous food, and blend! Special guest chefs representing a variety of global cuisines will share entertaining stories and demonstrate the cooking techniques behind their unique dishes, while Carolyn Kuan and the orchestra perform a delectable menu of music that inspires culinary creativity. Watch the whisks and the baton fly, as we whet your appetite for food tastings at intermission and after the show.  Then…enjoy…mangia…bon appétit!


Sponsors:

POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies

Hartford Symphony Orchestra 2014-2015 Season Sponsor: Travelers

Masterworks Series Sponsors: MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

HSO programs are funded in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.