Hartford Symphony Orchestra cancels upcoming performances in response to ban on large public gatherings

Hartford Symphony Orchestra cancels upcoming performances in response to ban on large public gatherings 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will be rescheduled 

Hartford, CT (March 12, 2020) In response to the escalating threat of COVID-19 in Connecticut and  Governor Ned Lamont’s ban on public gatherings of 250 people or more through April, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is cancelling this weekend’s performances of Dvorak’s Eighth (March 13-15), the Discovery Concert Series performance of Exploring Emotions on March 18, and the HSO Family Series event at Farmington Public Library on March 22. The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert performances on March 28 will be rescheduled. Cancelled April performances include the Discovery Concert Series Link Up: The Orchestra Moves performance on April 8, and Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky April 17-19.

Patrons who have tickets to Dvorak’s Eighth or Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky should contact the Box Office at 860-244-2999 to exchange into any remaining HSO performance in the 2019-2020 season, receive a credit for HSO tickets, donate tickets back to the HSO, or get a refund. Patrons who have tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will be contacted shortly about a rescheduled date, and tickets for the March 28 performances will be valid on the new date.

“The safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, and we are working closely with city, state, and federal agencies ensure we are following all safety recommendations in response to this evolving situation,” said Steve Collins, Executive Director of the HSO.

Any further programming updates will be shared on hartfordsymphony.org.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-2021 Masterworks Series  

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-2021 Masterworks Series

 Celebrating Carolyn Kuan’s 10th season!

HARTFORD, CT (March 9, 2020) – Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are thrilled to announce the HSO’s 2020-2021 Masterworks Series, which will be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Concerts will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm in the Belding Theater.

“I am thrilled to be celebrating my 10th season with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra – and my 10th season with our wonderful HSO community! YOU have been such an important part of my journey with the HSO, and I programmed this deeply personal season, with some of my most beloved and meaningful music and artists, just for you.” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

Ticket Information: Current Masterworks subscribers will receive their renewal information in March. New subscriptions will be available in June. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call 860-244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2020-2021 MASTERWORKS SERIES

October 2-4, 2020
Bernstein & Copland– Season Opener!
The HSO’s fourth annual naturalization ceremony will take place on October 3 at 6:30 pm

Copland Lincoln Portrait 
Bernstein On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite
Bernstein West Side Story Symphonic Dances
Karpman All American

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor

“Becoming a U.S. citizen at the HSO’s 2017 opening weekend will forever be one of the most emotional moments of my life.  Join us as we again welcome new citizens and celebrate America with Copland’s awe-inspiring Lincoln Portrait, featuring the powerful words of President Lincoln.  Our all American celebration includes music from Bernstein’s passionate West Side Story, and his only original movie score, On the Waterfront, one of the greatest film scores of all time.  Emmy and Grammy-winning composer Laura Karpman’s All American completes our stirring celebration of America – our country.” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

 

November 6-8, 2020
Mendelssohn’s Italian

Mendelssohn Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Puts Flute Concerto 
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, “Italian”

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Adam Walker flute

“As a child, I believed I was a troublemaking fairy before coming to this world, and I have always loved that music can be a ‘Fountain of Youth’- instantly transporting us to a world of light, innocence and fun.  Mendelssohn’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of excitement and beauty.  He wrote his Symphony No. 4 when he visited Italy for the first time as a 20-year-old, and joy and wonder burst radiantly from the very first note. I think of American composer Kevin Puts as our modern-day Mendelssohn, and I fell in love with his beautiful, lyrical melodies when I conducted the world premiere of his Flute Concerto with flute virtuoso Adam Walker. Appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra at the age of 21, Adam is simply one of the best in the world.”– Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

 

December 4-6, 2020
Tchaikovsky & Grieg

Tchaikovsky The Tempest Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky Act I Finale from The Nutcracker
Grieg Piano Concerto, Op. 16

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Alessio Bax piano

“I almost came to the U.S. at age 8 to pursue a career as a ballerina.  It was therefore especially meaningful that the first time I ever conducted The Nutcracker was at Lincoln Center for the New York City Ballet. One of Tchaikovsky’s most breathtaking musical moments symphonic audience rarely get to hear is in Act 1; the moment when the clock strikes twelve, and the toys come alive is pure magic.  Tchaikovsky’s imagination and storytelling also amaze in the fantasy-overture The Tempest. Based on William Shakespeare’s play, it is even more dramatic, noble and beautiful than his famous Romeo and Juliet.  You might not realize it, but chances are you already know and love Grieg’s romantic Piano Concerto – it features one of the most famous openings in classical music.” –Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

 

January 15-17, 2021
From the New World

Still Darker America
Price Concerto in One Movement for Piano
Dvo?ák Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World”

Featuring
Jeri Lynne Johnson conductor
Michelle Cann piano

“As an Asian female, my journey as a conductor has been challenging, and yet, it was even more difficult for my black female colleagues.  I have known Jeri Lynne Johnson since she became a fellow Taki Concordia winner in 2005. We celebrate the new year with Piano Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major orchestra in 1933. Darker America was a response to Rhapsody in Blue by African-American composer William Grant Still.  He treats the blues to a thorough symphonic development in order to chart a triumphant course ‘representative of the American Negro.’  Dvorak’s love of spirituals can be heard in his music, especially in the Largo movement of his Symphony No. 9, which inspired ‘Goin Home,’” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

 

February 12-14, 2021
Firebird

Bizet Selections from Carmen
He/Chen The Butterfly Lovers
Stravinsky The Firebird

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sirena Huang violin

“There is a picture of me in college dressed as the risqué gypsy Carmen. I loved singing and performing the role, with her sultry melodies, surrounded by the passion and bravado of bullfighters.  A Russian prince falls in love with and saves the princess with the help of The Firebird, and I’m excited to share the complete version of Stravinsky’s glorious and magnificent ballet with our audience.  Growing up, the most famous love story was The Butterfly Lovers, our Chinese Romeo and Juliet. We are thrilled to welcome back violinist Sirena Huang to the HSO to share this 1000-year-old legend, which journeys from the joyful pentatonic youthful melodies to the final scene of two lovers turning into butterflies to be together forever.” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

Concert Sponsor: The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert

 

March 12-14, 2021
Beethoven 7 & Time for Three

Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Op. 92
Puts Triple Concerto
Time for Three Encores announced from stage
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Time for Three string trio

“The members of string trio Time for Three are like The Beatles of the classical world – contagious energy, incredible charisma, and brilliant music-making, while defying convention and boundaries.  Not surprisingly, they inspired me to conduct in leather pants for the very first time when they were last with the HSO! Kevin Puts’ new Triple Concerto is written specially for Tf3 and sparked by their joy, love of music, humanity, and connection with the audience. Praised as ‘the apotheosis of dance’ and ‘Greatest. Music. Ever.’, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 may actually be my favorite Beethoven symphony.” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

 

April 9-11, 2021
Strauss & Glass

Humperdink Hansel and Gretel Suite
Glass Violin Concerto No. 1
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Featuring
Gerard Schwarz conductor
Leonid Sigal violin

“To mentor is to touch a life forever. I think of guest conductor Gerard Schwarz as a musical father, and he touched my life as a musician and a person when I worked as his Assistant Conductor at the Seattle Symphony.  An impressive international conductor with over 350 recordings to his name, I was mesmerized when I saw him conduct Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.  It is as if Strauss is in his blood, and I remember thinking I didn’t know music could be this exquisitePhilip Glass’ Violin Concerto No.1, featuring HSO’s Leonid Sigal, was composed for Glass’ late father.  It brought Glass tremendous international fame, just as Hansel and Gretel and Der Rosenkavalier brought Humperdinck and Strauss their greatest popular success.”- Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

Concert Sponsor: The Koski Memorial Concert

 

May 7-9, 2021
Scheherazade

Shankar Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sitar to be announced

“As an immigrant, I always look for opportunities to share the great diversity of the world’s music with our audience.  Beatles guitarist George Harrison collaborated closely with Ravi Shankar, and called him ‘the godfather of world music.’ Shankar’s enchanting Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra is a perfect example of how music has the power to transport the listener to a different time and place. I have always admired strong women, like Scheherazade in Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece.  Her bravery and 1001 tales changed her life and the lives of all those around her. This music is dramatic, evocative, thrilling and wistful – qualities that speak to me in a very personal way.”   – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

 

June 4-6, 2021
Missa Solemnis

Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Op. 123

Featuring
Adam Boyles conductor
Hartford Chorale Richard Coffey, music director
Vocal Soloists to be announced

“I often think about how to make a difference and contribute to the lives of those around me. What could be better than celebrating this 10th season with the HSO by looking to the future and helping to bring a dream to reality!  I asked HSO’s beloved Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles, what his dream pieces are to conduct, and one of his dreams was to conduct Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.  It is always special to hear a work that is dearest to an artist.  Our entire season includes music that is profoundly meaningful and special for us to share. In Adam’s words, “the Missa solemnis is Beethoven’s most public declaration of his spiritual faith.”” – Carolyn Kuan, Music Director

 

The 2020-2021 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and Cly-Del.

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.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 76th season, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. 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. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF THE HARRY POTTER FILM CONCERT SERIES WITH

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ IN CONCERT

 

Audiences will experience the next chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s entire score live to picture for two performances on March 28, 2020

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(February 28, 2020, Hartford, CT) – The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. On March 28, 2020, at 1 pm and 7 pm at The Bushnell in Hartford, the HSO will perform the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

In 2016, CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. Since the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert in June 2016, more than 1.3 million fans have enjoyed this magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which is scheduled to include over 1,000 performances across more than 48 countries worldwide through 2019.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter is mysteriously entered into the Triwizard Tournament, a grueling contest among three wizarding schools in which he confronts a dragon, water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in Lord Voldemort’s grasp. All will change when Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and face challenges beyond their imagining.

Winning both the International Film Music Critics AWARD (IFMCA) and ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for the score, the rich tapestry of music composed by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility) brought fresh emotional gravitas with darker melodic undercurrents as Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione face these new adventures.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we bring fans for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. This is truly an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to the Wizarding World.”

For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, please visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 76th season, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. 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. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

About CineConcerts – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media, and is continuously redefining live entertainment. Founded by Producer/Conductor Justin Freer and Producer/Writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged over 1.3 million people worldwide in concert presentations in over 1,000 performances in 48 countries. CineConcerts has worked with some of the most prestigious orchestras and venues in the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and more. Recent and current live concert experiences include Rudy in ConcertThe Harry Potter Film Concert SeriesGladiator LiveThe Godfather LiveIt’s a Wonderful Life in ConcertDreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert TourBreakfast at Tiffany’s in Concertand A Christmas Dream Live.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

 
Media Contacts:
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Amanda Savio, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

CineConcerts:                          

Andrew P. Alderete
(818) 859-7500
Molly Kossoff
(818) 859-7500
 

Warner Bros Consumer Products:

Stephanie Clark

818-954-7308

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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

Featuring
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.

 

Celebrate a weekend of love with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Romeo and Juliet February 14-16 

Celebrate a weekend of love with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Romeo and Juliet February 14-16 

HARTFORD, CT (January 14, 2020)- Celebrate a weekend of love with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Romeo and Juliet Friday February 14 through Sunday February 16 at the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles and feature Scott McIntosh on the trumpet. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit harfordsymphony.org. 

This program features Kendall’s The Spark Catchers, Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto, Rodgers’ My Funny Valentine and Prokofiev’s Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64. 

The HSO brings to life one of the greatest love stories of all time! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired works of art in all mediums, and the music from Prokofiev’s ballet captures all of the bliss, humor, drama, and tragedy of the play. Enjoy contemporary composer Hannah Kendall’s imaginative The Spark Catchers, inspired by the poem of the same name by Lemn Sissay, while Tomasi’s playful Trumpet Concerto and Rodgers fan favorite My Funny Valentine will feature HSO’s principal trumpet, Scott McIntosh.  

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

Calendar Listing 
Masterworks Series
Romeo and Juliet
Friday – Sunday, February 14-16, 2020
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm | Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org  

Kendall The Spark Catchers
Tomasi Trumpet Concerto
Rodgers My Funny Valentine
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Featuring
Adam Boyles conductor
Scott McIntosh trumpet 

Ticket Information: Tickets begin at $38. 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  

The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert. 

The 2019-2020 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and Cly-Del.  

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.  

About Scott McIntosh 

Trumpeter ?Scott McIntosh? was born in Carbondale, Illinois and raised in Austin, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. Mr. McIntosh currently resides in New York City. As a freelance musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, the Long Island Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic as well as many other chamber ensembles in the New York area. He was recently appointed Principal Trumpet for the Hartford Symphony as well as acting Principal Trumpet for the Harrisburg Symphony. 

As a soloist, Mr. McIntosh regularly performs in and around New York City. He has toured Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, the Soviet Union, Canada, and the United States. His concerto engagements have included appearances with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra and Tirgu-Mures Chamber Orchestra (Romania), the Scandinavian/American Chamber Orchestra (NYC), the Humbolt State Chamber Ensemble (Arcata, CA), the Highland Lakes Festival Orchestra (Austin, TX), the Brooklyn Bach Festival Orchestra, the New York Bach Ensemble, the Riverside Sinfonia (Lambertville, NJ) and the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra (Philadelphia). 

While a member of the Saturday Brass Quintet, he received the coveted First Prize in the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, May 1990. Mr. McIntosh has also won First Prize at the 1986 Korwin International Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 1986 Munich International Music Competition. He has served on the “distinguished artists” roster of both Affiliate Artists and Young Audiences. Scott’s wife is a visual artist, and they are the proud parents of a 9 year old son who studies piano at the Special Music School in New York City. 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Presents Mozart and The Romantics at the Wadsworth Atheneum as part of the Sunday Serenades Series  

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Presents Mozart and The Romantics at the Wadsworth Atheneum as part of the Sunday Serenades Series 

HARTFORD, CT (January 10, 2020) – Enjoy an afternoon of art and music at the second Sunday Serenades concert of the season, Mozart and The Romantics! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart and The Romantics on February 9, 2020 at 2 pm at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. A pre-concert gallery talk by HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal will take place at 1 pm. For tickets and subscription information visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.

Prepare for Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of soul-stirring music performed by Hartford Symphony musicians. The program includes Beethoven’s playful Serenade in D, Op 25, Loeffler’s wistful Two Rhapsodies, Mozart’s sparkling Clarinet Quintet, K. 581, and Schoenberg’s charming transcription of Strauss Jr.’s waltz, Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437.

Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum as a musical counterpart to special exhibitions and the permanent collections. Concerts take place in the museum galleries and feature Sunday Serenades Artistic Director and HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and select HSO musicians. The Sunday Serenades chamber music series is made possible, in part, by the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Nancy D. Grover in honor of Leonid Sigal, Concertmaster, Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Calendar Listing
HSO Sunday Serenades Series 
Mozart and the Romantics
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Gallery Talk: A Passion for Music, 1 pm
Concert: 2 pm
Featuring
Leonid Sigal conductor

Ticket Information: Subscriptions and single tickets to all 2019-2020 Sunday Serenades concerts are on sale now, along with single tickets to the HSO’s entire 2019-2020 season. Sunday Serenades single tickets are $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members. Experience all three concerts for $67. For tickets and information, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.

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.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Bushnell present Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax in recital January 31

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Bushnell present

Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax in recital January 31

HARTFORD, CT (January 2, 2020)– The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Bushnell present Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax in recital for one night only on January 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is, without a doubt, “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone).

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Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax 
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets strating at $20
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

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.

About Joshua Bell:

With a career spanning over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Since 2011, Bell has served as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Sir Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell’s interests range from the repertoire’s hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Bell received a Grammy® award. He has also premiered works of John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran.

About Alessio Bax:

Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Dallas, Sydney, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the NHK Symphony in Japan, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden.

Ring in the new year when the HSO presents The Four Seasons January 17-19

Ring in the new year when the HSO presents The Four Seasons January 17-19

HARTFORD, CT (December 17, 2019) – Start the New Year off right with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2020: The Four Seasons! The HSO presents The Four Seasons Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19 at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be conducted by HSO Musical Director Carolyn Kuan and feature violinist Randall Goosby. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit hartfordsymphony.org.

This program features Assad’s Suite for Lower Strings, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 1-4, and Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23. The Four Seasons is the Koski Memorial Concert.

Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons, which will feature dynamic young violinist Randall Goosby, brings to life babbling brooks, summer storms, hunting parties, and cozy winter fires. Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad gives us a contemporary twist on a Baroque composer with Suite for Lower Strings, based on themes by J.S. Bach. Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes is a brilliantly orchestrated taste of Argentina.

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

About Randall Goosby

American violinist Randall Goosby first performed as a soloist with orchestra at the age of nine, with the Jacksonville Symphony. When he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13, The New York Times raved that he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone…his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity.”

At 13, Mr. Goosby was the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition, which led to an invitation by Tony-nominated actor Delroy Lindo to perform at the 18th MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. He also received Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award, and made two appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of the organization’s Young Artist Development Program. He has participated in The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and been honored as Rising Star of the Stradivari Society.

Randall Goosby began violin studies at the age of seven. He received a full scholarship to The Juilliard School’s Pre-College program, continued at Juilliard as an undergraduate student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree there on a Kovner Fellowship there under the tutelage of two YCA alumni, Donald Weilerstein and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Goosby plays a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu of 1735, on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.

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Masterworks Series
The Four Seasons
Friday – Sunday, January 17-19, 2020
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org


Assad 
Suite for Lower Strings
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4
Ginastera Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Randall Goosby violin

The 2019-2020 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and Cly-Del.

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.

The HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge exceeds goal and raises $29,395 towards Music Builds Community Campaign

The HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge exceeds goal and raises $29,395 towards Music Builds Community Campaign

Hartford (December 10, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hoffman Auto Group are thrilled to announce the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge exceeded its goal of $10,000 and raised $29,395 in support of the HSO’s Music Builds Community (MBC) Capital Campaign.

Music Builds Community is the HSO’s effort to raise $10 million over a 5-year period to ensure the orchestra’s key role in the greater Hartford region.

In support of MBC, Jeffrey Hoffman and the Hoffman Auto Group partnered with the HSO to establish a $10,000 goal for Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019. Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving to support deserving community organizations – like the HSO.

Launched in 2017, MBC has raised over $8.8 million, or 88% of the goal. The MBC capital campaign is giving the HSO the ability to bring more educational opportunities to our community, and the opportunity to play a vital role in the rebirth of Greater Hartford. The success of MBC will also expand the HSO’s ability to create innovative programs introducing orchestral music to new audiences, and to sustain the HSO for years to come.

Last season, HSO musicians worked with more than 17,000 children and adult learners in dynamic education programs.  This work included 58 schools in 23 communities in six Connecticut counties, 67% of which receive Title 1 funding to assist with the highest concentrations of student poverty. The Listen, Share, Celebrate and Link-Up programs alone touched the lives of more than 2,100 Hartford school children in unique and powerful ways, engaging students in side-by-side music making with HSO professionals. By providing music education and community engagement opportunities, the HSO can play a major role in the continued revitalization of Greater Hartford, which is the core of what the Music Builds Community campaign is all about.

“As proud sponsors of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra we are thrilled to exceed our fundraising goal for the Music Builds Community Campaign,” said Jeffrey S. Hoffman Co- Chairman of the Hoffman Auto Group.  “These funds will allow our community to come together and experience the power of music for

“We are thrilled with the success of our inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign,” said Rebecca Corbin Loree, MBC Campaign Chair. “With the partnership of Jeffrey Hoffman and the Hoffman Auto Group, and incredibly generous donors making big and small gifts alike, we raised $29,395, well exceeding our $10,000 goal.  With this result, we are one step closer to achieving our five-year MBC Campaign goal of $10 million supporting continued education and community engagement, innovative programming that engages diverse audiences, and a strong future for one of the leading arts organizations in the Greater Hartford region.”

More information on MBC may be found on hartfordsymphony.org/capital-campaign. Additional information on participating in the campaign may be obtained by contacting Campaign Manager Ted Bruttomesso, Jr.  tbruttomesso@hartfordsymphony.org or 860-760-7309.

About Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

About Hoffman Auto Group

Hoffman prides itself on community involvement. We focus on local charities, with an emphasis on bettering the communities in which we work and live. When Israel Hoffman founded Hoffman Auto Group nearly 100 years ago, he and later his son Burton left behind a legacy of trust, community and integrity. They knew that essential to a successful business was family; and that the value of trust is immeasurable. They understood that meaningful relationships must be nurtured, and that a community is the first ingredient of any sound venture. Today, Jeffrey S. Hoffman, I. Bradley Hoffman, Matthew S. Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, and Zachary R. Hoffman carry on those traditions. Hoffman truly believes that a company needs a strong community to flourish and no matter where that journey leads, community, integrity and family will always be at the core of Hoffman Auto Group.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 76th season in 2019-2020, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. 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. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

Announcing the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge!

Announcing the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge!

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Hartford (November 22, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hoffman Auto Group are pleased to announce the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge in support of the Music Builds Community (MBC) Capital Campaign!  Music Builds Community is the HSO’s effort to raise $10 million over a 5-year period to ensure the orchestra’s key role in the Greater Hartford region.

In support of MBC, Jeffrey Hoffman and the Hoffman Auto Group have generously partnered with the HSO to establish a $10,000 goal for Giving Tuesday on December 3, 2019. Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving to support deserving community organizations – like the HSO. By participating in this challenge, donors have the opportunity to help the HSO continue to open doors for people of all ages in our community to be inspired by the transcendent power of music. Every gift counts! To donate, visit hartfordsymphony.org/donate.

Launched in 2017, MBC has raised over $8.8 million, or 88% of the goal. The MBC capital campaign is giving the HSO the ability to bring more educational opportunities to our community, and the opportunity to play a vital role in the rebirth of Greater Hartford. The success of MBC will also expand the HSO’s ability to create innovative programs introducing orchestral music to new audiences, and to sustain the HSO for years to come.

“Hoffman Auto group and the Hoffman family strongly feel that the revitalization of the Hartford area is dependent upon organizations such as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the support provided to our great community,” said Jeffrey S. Hoffman Co- Chairman of the Hoffman Auto Group. “Having supported the arts for many years we continue to see the results of our partnership.”

“I want to thank Jeffrey and the Hoffman Auto Group for their generous support and sponsorship of our Giving Tuesday challenge,” said Rebecca Corbin Loree, MBC Campaign Chair. “We are very close to achieving our $10 million goal and are deeply grateful for the generosity of organizations and individuals that have contributed to MBC.  With this gift, we have an opportunity to leverage our collective giving power and support the HSO, which continues to make a positive impact in our schools and our communities.  Every donation counts!”

MBC resulted from an extensive strategic planning process, providing the framework to expand and leverage the HSO brand. Based on this framework three goals were set:

  • $6.0 million to build the HSO’s endowment providing organizational support in perpetuity.
  • $2.0 million to increase Education and Community Engagement programs to meet a growing need throughout our extended community.
  • $2.0 million to create innovative programs introducing orchestral music to new audiences.

More information on MBC may be found on its web site: www.hartfordsymphony.org/capital-campaign. Additional information on participating in the campaign may be obtained by contacting Campaign Manager Ted Bruttomesso, Jr. at tbruttomesso@hartfordsymphony.org or 860-760-7309.

About Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

About Hoffman Auto Group

Hoffman prides itself on community involvement. We focus on local charities, with an emphasis on bettering the communities in which we work and live. When Israel Hoffman founded Hoffman Auto Group nearly 100 years ago, he and later his son Burton left behind a legacy of trust, community and integrity. They knew that essential to a successful business was family; and that the value of trust is immeasurable. They understood that meaningful relationships must be nurtured, and that a community is the first ingredient of any sound venture. Today, Jeffrey S. Hoffman, I. Bradley Hoffman, Matthew S. Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, and Zachary R. Hoffman carry on those traditions. Hoffman truly believes that a company needs a strong community to flourish and no matter where that journey leads, community, integrity and family will always be at the core of Hoffman Auto Group.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 76th season in 2019-2020, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. 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. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

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