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Announcing the 2022 Talcott Mountain Music Festival

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Announces the 2022 Talcott Mountain Music Festival

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the programming of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, scheduled July 1 through July 29, at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury, CT. Five concert table packages, Grass Passes, and Lawn seats are on sale now!

“Pack your picnic and meet us at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center,” said Steve Collins, HSO President & CEO. “Music Director Carolyn Kuan, Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles, and I are absolutely thrilled to invite you to share five unforgettable nights with us under the stars in Simsbury for the 2022 Talcott Mountain Music Festival.”

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Gates open at 6 pm.

2022 TALCOTT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Celebrate AmericaJuly 1, 2022: Celebrate America!, conducted by Carolyn Kuan
Rain date: July 2, 2022

Summer officially begins with Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day Celebration! Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program features all your favorite patriotic songs. Stay for the fireworks following the concert!

Learn more and buy tickets to Celebrate America!

 

July 8, 2022: Summer of ‘69, conducted by Adam Boyles
Rain or Shine!

Head back in time to celebrate an amazing event in rock history- Woodstock!  With the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, you will be transported to a summer night in 1969.

Learn more or buy tickets to Summer of ’69.

 

July 15, 2022: Paul Simon Songbook, conducted by Adam Boyles
Rain or Shine!

Join us for an evening of music from the legendary songbook of Paul Simon. From Simon and Garfunkel to his solo albums, experience Simon’s hits including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

Concert Sponsor: CarePartners of Connecticut

Learn more or buy tickets to the Paul Simon Songbook! 

 

July 22, 2022: Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Billy Joel, conducted by Adam Boyles
Rain or Shine!

Hand-picked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh joins the HSO for an evening featuring hits like “My Life,” “Movin’ Out,” “Just the Way You Are,” “River of Dreams,” and more in this tribute concert to the one and only Billy Joel!

Learn more or buy tickets to The Music of Billy Joel! 

 

July 29, 2022: Queens of Soul, conducted by Tong Chen
Rain date: July 30, 2022

The summer music continues with an evening featuring vocalists singing the hits made famous by the reigning divas of soul and R&B: Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Adele and more!

Learn more or buy tickets to Queens of Soul! 

 

BECOME A FRIEND OF THE FESTIVAL

Your tax-deductible donation helps support the charitable efforts of the HSO in the community and, through a $100 donation, gives special benefits at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, including early entry onto the field at 5 pm. For more information, call 860-760-7302.

TICKET INFORMATION

Five-concert table packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 860-244-2999 or emailing tickets@hartfordsymphony.org. There are a limited number of table packages available. Individual tables and seats, Grass Passes, Lawn seats and single child tickets can be purchased by visiting hartfordsymphony.org or by calling 860-987-5900.

TABLE PACKAGES

Tables for eight people are located right in front of the stage.
5-Concert Table Subscription: 8 seats per table for $1,780
Individual Table: 8 seats per table for $400
5-Concert Single Table Seat: $222.50

GRASS PASS

Grass Passes may be used in any combination for any concerts in the 2022 Talcott Mountain Music Festival; attendees may bring Grass Passes straight to the gate for admission. 
Adult Grass Pass: 10 adult lawn tickets are $235 
Child Grass Pass: 10 child (age 12 and under) lawn tickets for $45
Family Pack: 12 lawn tickets (6 adult and 6 child tickets) for $165 

SINGLE TICKETS 

Adult Lawn: $27.50 ($32.50 Day of Concert)  
Child Lawn (12 & under): $5  
Single Table Seat: $50 advance

The HSO asks that you please carpool whenever possible. A limited number of parking passes for lots on site are available for purchase for each concert for $10 per vehicle (including handicapped-accessible parking). Parking passes must be purchased in advance by phone or in person at the on-site box office; these are not available the night of the concert. Limited free parking is available on Iron Horse Blvd. and throughout Simsbury. Convenient and free shuttle service is also available from Henry James Memorial Middle School, beginning at 5:30pm each evening.

Sponsors of the 2022 Talcott Mountain Music Festival: Festival Presenting Benefactor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Festival Patrons are Barnes, Viking Fuel Oil Company, and Falcetti Pianos; Festival Benefactors are Hartford Healthcare and NBT Bank; Concert Sponsor is CarePartners of Connecticut; Festival Friends include Abigail’s Grill and Wine Bar, Federman, Lally & Remis, Robinson & Cole, Webster Bank, The Benjamin Clan, TD Bank, RH &A, Wesleyan University, McLean, MotleyRice; Education Sponsor is Mashantucket Pequot Museum; Trade Sponsors include Classic Hotels of Connecticut, Metro Bis, and Show Lighting. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

22-23 Masterworks Season Announcement!

HSO announces 2022-2023 Masterworks Series!

Hartford Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are thrilled to announce the HSO’s 2022-2023 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.

“Throughout the pandemic, we were all yearning for a sense of freedom. This season is an exploration of what it means to be… free, intrigued, joyful, adventurous, and how that freedom inspires us,” said Carolyn Kuan, HSO Music Director. “We can’t wait to welcome you to the Belding Theater and take this journey together!”

Ticket Information: Current Masterworks subscribers will receive their renewal information Mid- May. 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.

Check out our 2022-2023 Masterworks Brochure!

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2022-2023 MASTERWORKS SERIES AT A GLANCE

American Adventures– Season Opener!  October 7-9, 2022

Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout
Grofé Grand Canyon Suite
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite
Gershwin An American in Paris

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan
conductor

Take a musical journey through the lens of American Composers. Enjoy the spectacular sounds of Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite and the “simple gifts” of Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite –both of which are included on NPR’s list of the 100 most important American Musical compositions of the 20th century. Be inspired by Valerie Coleman’s new work Seven O’Clock Shout, an anthem dedicated to frontline workers and the cheers given to them from the windows of NYC residents Any American Adventure would not be complete without Gershwin’s An American in Paris, the piece that was inspired by his trip Paris.

Debussy & Ravel- November 4-6, 2022

Bates Liquid Interface
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand  
Debussy Clair de lune
Debussy Nocturnes

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Alessio Bax piano

Claude Debussy’s beloved and unforgettable piano pieces Clair de lune and Nocturnes are transformed for orchestra. Debussy’s music perfectly embodies an ever-changing and carefree feeling. Pianist Alessio Bax joins the HSO to perform Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, a piece composed for Austrian pianist, Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during WWI. Mason Bates’ Liquid Interface is a piece inspired by bodies of water- showing the magnificent power of the element in all forms.

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

Breaking Beethoven- December 2-4, 2022

Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
DBR Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor
BRKFST Dance Company

The Minnesota based breakdance group BRKFST to the Belding stage.  Founded in 2014, BRKFST is a collaborative ensemble that combines breaking movement with contemporary dance. You will be captivated by the group’s new choreography set to Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, and DBR’s eclectic Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents- a piece that won the 2010 Sphinx commissioning prize. Despite being written while Beethoven was coming to terms with his terminal deafness, Symphony No. 2 exhibits joy and humor that will remind you why Beethoven is a true “master” of composition.

Romantic Rachmaninoff & PriceFebruary 10-12, 2023 

Montgomery Starburst
Price Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Terrence Wilson piano

Pianist Terrence Wilson performs what can be considered one of the greatest and most romantic works in the piano repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. While nursing a broken foot, Florence Price composed Symphony No. 1 in E minor, her first full orchestral composition on record. Price’s Symphony was the first symphony composed by a Black woman to be performed by a major orchestra- the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1932.

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

Symphonie Fantastique- March 10-12, 2023

Joplin Ragtime Dance
Joplin The Entertainer
Clyne Dance for Cello and Orchestra
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Inbal Segev cello

Experience the drama of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fanstastique. This emotional piece is filled with enchantment, love and suspense as it tells the story of lost love. Gain a new appreciation for the classic sounds of Scott Joplin, one of the first classically trained Black American composers to become a household name. Cellist Inbal Segev performs Anna Clyne’s powerful piece for cello, Dance, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship and the collective power of women in classical music.

Mozart 40March 31-April 2, 2023 

Bologne Symphony Bo. 2 Op. 11, No.2
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61
Mozart Symphony No. 40, K. 550

Featuring

Adam Boyles conductor
Leonid Sigal violin

Under the direction of HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyes, the orchestra will ignite your passion for the well-known classics and introduce to you the prolific composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Described as “the most accomplished man in Europe” by President John Adams, Jospeh Bologne was considered the first classical composer of African ancestry. While listening to Mozart 40, you will feel the excitement and drama through each note played by the HSO.

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

Beethoven by the RiversApril 14-16, 2023

Smetana Vltava (The Moldau)
Xinghai Yellow River Piano Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastorale”

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Jie Chen, piano

Inspired by the German countryside and the composer’s love of nature, Beethoven’s “Pastorale” will leave you with a feeling of contentment. A beloved piece in the international orchestral repertoire, Bed?ich Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau) is an ode to Smetana’s homeland and the longest river in Bohemia, the Vltava River (Moldau in German). The piece brings you through the calmness of the river, through the exciting rapids, and the sounds of life on the river’s banks. Pianist Jie Chen joins the HSO for the Yellow River Piano Concerto. Using traditional Chinese folk melodies, Yellow River is meant to represent the determination of the Chinese people.

Mendelssohn Taking Flight- May 12-14, 2023

Mendelssohn Hensel Overture
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, OP. 64
Frank Raíces “Roots”
Respighi The Birds
 
Featuring
Alexandra Arrieche conductor
Adé Williams violin

Guest conductor Alexandra Arrieche joins the HSO for this extraordinary and eloquent program, featuring works by the Mendelssohn siblings Fanny and Felix, who grew up making music together. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture was composed simply as “music” with no additional intended imagery or background story. Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto has become a standard of the violin repertoire. Enjoy the sounds of nature as the orchestra performs Respighi’s The Birds, which imitates birdsong in a delightful and masterful way. Award winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s Raíces “Roots” explores the conductor’s Peruvian heritage.

Tchaikovsky & Pride – June 9-11, 2023

Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence New Commission
Bell Stonewall Suite
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH 30 “Pathétique”

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor

We conclude our 2022-2023 season with a celebration of the classic and the contemporary- including two new works commissioned by the HSO.  Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, “Pathétique” continues to be one of his most debated works that takes you through an array of emotions and mystery.  Stonewall Suite is based on composer Iain Bell’s opera Stonewall that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in NYC that ignited a fight for equality among the LGBTQ+ community. HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, conducted the premiere of the opera. The HSO welcomes the Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence, and was one of three local arts organizations to receive a grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation to support a Black Artist in Residence for three years

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 Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the winners of the 44th Young Artists Competition

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the winners of the 44th Young Artists Competition

Headshots of YAC FinalistsThe Hartford Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 44th Young Artists Competition (YAC). Five musicians from around Connecticut will perform in the YAC Finals with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.  This final round is open to the public, with tickets available through the HSO Box Office for $10.

Finalists include:

Christopher Hill, cello, Concerto in e minor Op. 85
Samantha Kramer, violin, Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Vien Le, cello, Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tyler Ngai, cello, Dvorak, Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Braeden Shizume, piano, Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor

To be eligible, students had to be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 academic year, could not be a previous first place winner of the HSO’s Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar.

“This year’s Young Artists Competition, our first live competition since 2019, features some of the state’s most talented high school musicians,” said Timothy Brown, Director of Learning & Social Impact at the HSO.  “It’s both inspiring and humbling to hear them play. After a challenging past couple of years, it gives me great confidence in the future of classical music.”

The 44th Young Artists Competition is made possible by our leading sponsors Richard P. Garmany Find at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ron & Nancy Compton, and Dara Ribicoff, with additional support from: Acorn Alcinda Foundation, Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, Helen & Don Hughlett, Diane Whitney, Alan & Joan Reiskin, Irene J. Loretto, Joseph Spada, Ruth Ann C. Davis, Lois A. Muraro & Carl J. Elsishans, Wendy Haller, Arnold Greenberg, Laura Harris, Hollis Dorman, Rona Gollob, Robert Connell & Michelle Duffy, Katherine Papathanasis, Adam Winstanley, Lois Koteen, Jerry & Barbara Hess, Donna A. Collins, Frank & Mary Petras, Andrew T. and Feather Spearman.

About the Winners

Christopher Hill is a Junior at Conard High School in West Hartford, CT. He is Principal Cello of the sleeve West Hartford High School Chamber Orchestra I Giovanni Solisti under the direction of Emmett Drake, and Principal Cello of the Connecticut Youth Symphony. Christopher has been a finalist in multiple years at the Danbury Music School Concerto Competition and was also selected as a finalist in February 2020 for the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In addition, he was awarded Second Place at The Musical Club of Hartford High School competition, and co-winner of the CT Youth Symphony’s annual concerto competition for which he was featured in the May 2021 concert.

Samantha Kramer is a senior at Conard High School in West Hartford. She has been studying violin in Teri Einfedlt’s studio since the age of 5. Samantha is a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and I Giovani Solisti and has participated in the Connecticut All-State Orchestra throughout high school. Samantha’s previous accomplishments include winning the 2022 Young Musicians Concerto Competition with the Hamden Symphony, being a Finalist in the 2019 CT-ASTA String Competition and winning the 2019 Hartt School Honors Chamber Music Competition with her quartet. She will be attending Oberlin in the fall to pursue a dual degree in Violin Performance and Neuroscience.

Vien Le is a junior at Canton High School. She began studying cello at the age of 4 and piano at the age of 6 through the Hartt School Community Division. She studied cello with Carmen Irons and Eric Dahlin, and currently studies with Blake Brasch. She studies piano with Malgosia Lis. Vien has regularly participated in Suzuki string orchestras with conductor Emmett Drake, and various chamber groups including her current trio as a cellist and duo as a pianist. She is currently in the Connecticut Youth Symphony at Hartt, and she also is a percussionist and singer at her high school.

Tyler Ngai, a junior at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, has been studying the cello for the past twelve years and is currently studying with Blake Brasch through the Suzuki Program at the Hartt School Community Division. Tyler has been a regular member of the Community Division’s Suzuki orchestras and chamber music program and is presently a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony as well as the select West Hartford High School Chamber Orchestra I Giovani Solisiti. As a participant in the Cincinnati Young Artist Summer Cello Academy and the International Cello Institute, he has been given the opportunity to play for artists and teachers that include Richard Aaron, Jens Peter Maintz, Colin Carr, Pablo Ferrández, Brant Taylor, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and Hannah Roberts

Braeden Shizume is a 10th grade student at Nathan Hale Ray High School in East Haddam, CT. He is a member of the Tri M Music Honor Society, as well as a high honor roll student. He has been studying the piano for seven years. He is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish. In the past several years, he has won numerous awards, including the CSMTA Karen Nelson Scholarship in 2018, honorable mention at the Connecticut MTNA State competition in 2020, 1st place at the Opus Music Competition (state level) in 2021, the Rachmaninoff Award at the URI Piano Extravaganza in 2022, and is a semi-finalist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition (2022). He will be studying at the Adamant Music School in Vermont during the summer, under the instruction of the acclaimed pianist Roberta Rust. He is a percussionist in his High School band, and also a member of the school chess team and math team.

The HSO Announces Administrative Changes

The HSO Announces Administrative Changes

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce organizational changes that will directly impact the HSO as well as its commitment to diversity equity and inclusion.  Steve Collins, formerly the HSO’s Executive Director, was named the President & Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he will continue to lead the organization in its mission to enrich lives and community thought great music.

During Steve’s tenure as Executive Director, he has overseen the execution of the 2015 Strategic Plan and a successful capital campaign, and he continues to successfully guide the HSO through the myriad of challenges presented by the ongoing COVID pandemic. He has collaborated closely with Music Director Carolyn Kuan, artistic and community partners to present seven seasons of world-class orchestral performances at the Bushnell, Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and in many other venues in the greater Hartford area.

“Steve has provided leadership to his accomplished administrative staff to develop and execute important work ranging from a revitalized focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the HSO to educational programs in the community to phenomenal Annual Fund support by the HSO’s generous donors,” said HSO Board Chair, Jeff Verney.  “He has worked closely with the HSO’s Board of Directors on a variety of strategic issues to ensure that the HSO continues to achieve our mission,” continued Verney.

In addition, the HSO announces the newly formed Learning and Social Impact Department. Formerly known as DEI, Education and Community Engagement, Learning and Social Impact will be led by director, Timothy Brown and assistant manager Jennifer Phipps. Learning and Social Impact will encompass all aspects of education, DEI, and community engagement more broadly and in a more inclusive manner, opening doors to a more diverse range of community partners.

“Moving forward, this structure will help provide the support and resources to grow programming in this area- something the HSO is deeply committed to,” said Verney.

Steve Collins

Steve Collins is driven by a deep belief in the transformative power of great music and the symphony orchestra’s ability to positively impact community development. He began his tenure with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2014, first as the orchestra’s Director of Artistic Operations and Administration, then Executive Director, and now as President and CEO.

Learn more about Steve.

 

 

Timothy Brown

Timothy Brown is an innovative educator, storyteller, and producer with a passion for social and environmental justice and the arts. An orchestral conductor and ecologist by training, he believes in the power of interdisciplinary collaborations and has a strong record of creating authentic public programs that inspire and empower diverse audiences of all ages.

Learn more about Timothy.

 

 

Jennifer Phipps

Jennifer Phipps is a humanitarian who has always had a passion for people and great love for the arts. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A in Theatre, specializing in Acting, Directing, and Scenic Design. She has an extensive background as a vocalist and performer and enjoys participating in shows with various community theaters across the state.

Learn more about Jennifer.

 

 

The HSO Reschedules From the New World for Thursday, May 26

The HSO Reschedules From the New World for Thursday, May 26

Hartford, CT (March 15, 2022) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that From the New World Masterworks series concert will be performed on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. This concert will feature guest conductor, Jeri Lynne Johnson and guest pianist Michelle Cann. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

This concert program was originally scheduled for January 2022 and designed as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.  The program features works by Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, and Antonin Dvorák.

As a Black composer and a life-long champion of Black musicians and artists, Burleigh is the link to the music of Price and Dvorák. While a student at the National Conservatory of Music in New York, Burleigh worked in the maintenance department, and would often sing spirituals he learned from his grandfather in the halls during his shifts. At that time, Dvorák was the director of the Conservatory, and would listen to these spirituals, ultimately influencing his own compositions. Years later, through his work as a music editor, Burleigh’s words encouraged and supported Florence Price in her determination to become a composer.

“The Artistic Leadership team worked tirelessly with our guest artists and our partners at the Bushnell to reschedule this concert without having to change the programming,” said Steve Collins, President and CEO of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome our masterworks audience to Mortensen Hall and engage the Greater Hartford community in celebration of the remarkable life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a concert program too important to cancel,” he continued.

“This concert celebrates music and artists I have long admired and loved. Piano Concerto in One Movement is composed by Florence Price, who, in 1933, became the first Black woman to have her music performed by a major orchestra. Dvorák’s love of spirituals can be heard in his music, especially in the Largo movement of his Symphony No.9, which inspired the beautiful popular song, ‘Goin’ Home.’”- Carolyn Kuan

Ticket holders who had purchased tickets to the original concert in January have been re-seated in Mortensen Hall and will receive new tickets in the mail. Patrons unable to attend the new date will have the option to exchange their tickets for another concert, donate their tickets, or request a refund.

We would like to thank our concert sponsor, the Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming, for their continued support. The 2021-2022 Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and the Elizabeth M. and Harriette M. Landon Foundation.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
From the New World
Thursday, May 26, 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $35; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900

Featuring
Jeri Lynne Johnson conductor
Michelle Cann piano

Dvorák Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1 (C Major) & No. 8 (A-flat Major)
Burleigh Traditional Spirituals
Price Concerto in One Movement for Piano
Dvorák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”

 

About Jeri Lynne Johnson

Jeri Lynne Johnson is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. She founded Black Pearl in Philadelphia, PA as a model for the 21st-century American orchestras combining artistic excellence with cultural diversity and meaningful community engagement.  Black Pearl has been recognized nationally and internationally as an award-winning leading innovator in social justice and racial equity.  Based upon her work with Black Pearl, Ms. Johnson established DEI Arts Consulting in 2015 as a vehicle to offer strategic and creative solutions for cultural institutions seeking to create a culture of belonging.

In 2005 she made history as the first Black woman to win an international conducting prize when she was awarded the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship.  Ms. Johnson has broken barriers in Europe and the US as the first African-American woman on the podium for many orchestras and has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony (UK), the Weimar Staatskapelle (Germany) among others.

 

About Michelle Cann

Pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen and has since performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the New Jersey Orchestra.

A champion of the music of Florence Price, Ms. Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.” She has also performed Price’s works for solo piano and chamber ensemble for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and the New World Symphony, among other presenters.

Highlights of her Summer 2021 activities include a repeat performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, an appearance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and a role on the jury of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Ms. Cann regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea. Notable venues include the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Barbican in London with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Ms. Cann regularly performs duo recitals with her sister, pianist Kimberly Cann; together their “sheer verve and evident passion is something to behold” (Mountain Xpress).

Ms. Cann has appeared as cohost and collaborative pianist with NPR’s From The Top, collaborating with actor/conductor Damon Gupton, violinist Leila Josefowicz, and violinist and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta. She has also been featured on WRTI-FM and WHYY-TV in Philadelphia. Her summer festival appearances have included the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Music Academy of the West, Geneva Music Festival, and Pianofest in the Hamptons, where she serves as artist in residence.

Ms. Cann has won top prizes in state, national, and international competitions including the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Blount Slawson Young Artists Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition. In 2019 she served as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s MAC Music Innovator in recognition of her role as an African-American classical musician who embodies artistry, innovation, and a commitment to education and community engagement.

Ms. Cann manifests this commitment through her activities in Philadelphia and as part of touring engagements around the globe. She has served as the director of two children’s choruses in the El Sistema-inspired program Play On Philly and was among the first class of ArtistYear fellows at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with community partners City Year, Teach for America, and AmeriCorps to provide arts education and access to underserved communities in Philadelphia. In 2019 she served on the faculty of the Sphinx Performance Academy during its inaugural year at the Juilliard School.

Ms. Cann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro, and an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Robert McDonald.

Ms. Cann served as a collaborative staff pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music for several years. She joined the faculty in 2020 as the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies.

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 78th 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! concerts, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, 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.

Masterworks Returns! The HSO presents Beethoven 7 October 1-3, 2021

Masterworks Returns! The HSO presents Beethoven 7 October 1-3, 2021

Hartford, CT (September 1, 2021) –Masterworks returns! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra kicks offits78thseason with Beethoven 7opening Friday October 1, and running through Sunday, October 3 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will feature Joseph Young as guest conductor and Clarice Assad as a guest composer and vocalist. Beethoven 7is part of the 2021-2022 MasterworksSeries. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information. Masks and proof of vaccination and ID is required to attend these performances. 

“Praised as the ‘Greatest. Music. Ever.’, the 7th is my favorite Beethoven Symphony – pure joy and thrill. Interactive symphonic experience is the new rising star of classical music. Join composer Clarice Assad to explore her engaging ÉGol!, inspired by female Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva. And to reunite all of us, what could be better than the touching and dramatic William Tell Overture with its beloved ‘Dawn,’ ‘Call to the Cows,’ and finale, also widely-known as the theme to The Lone Ranger!” – Carolyn Kuan

The 2021-2022 Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and the Elizabeth M. and Harriette M. Landon Foundation.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Beethoven 7
Friday – Sunday, October 1-3, 2021
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 orwww.hartfordsymphony.org

Featuring 
Joseph Youngconductor
Clarice Assad composer and vocalist

RossiniWilliam TellOverture
Assad É Gol!For Orchestra and Audience Members
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Because the health and safety of our HSO patrons, volunteers, musicians, and staff is our number one priority, we are abiding by The Bushnell’s current policy that proof of vaccination, as well as a valid ID, is required for all entering The Bushnell through October 31, 2021. 

Masks will also be required for all, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, visit hartfordsymphony.org/covid19updates

About Joseph Young

Praised for his suavely adventurous programing, Joseph Young is increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.” Joseph is Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony, Artistic Director of Ensembles for the Peabody Conservatory, and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall. In recent years, he has made appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, BambergerSymphoniker, New World Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, OrquestraSinfónicado Porto Casa da Música, and the Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid); among others in the U.S. and Europe.

In his most recent role Joseph served as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony where he conducted more than 50 concerts perseason. Mr.Young also served as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the PhoenixSymphony, and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.

Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008 and 2014. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.

Joseph completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier andMarkandThakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop whom he continues to maintain a close relationship.

About Clarice Assad

A powerful communicator renowned for her musical scope and versatility, Brazilian American Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop and jazz genres. A Grammy-nominated composer, celebrated pianist and inventive vocalist, she is renowned for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range. As an innovator, her award-winningVoxplorationSeries on music creation, songwriting and improvisation has been presented throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East. With her artistic talents sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, the multi-talented musician continues to attract new audiences both onstage and off.

In the recording arena, Ms. Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared on or had her works performed on another 30. Her music is represented onCedilleRecords, SONY Masterworks, Nonesuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS Ms. Assadhadfour recordings featuring her works released in 2019.

A prolific Grammy-nominated composer with over 70 works to her credit, Clarice Assad’s numerous commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, OrquestraSinfônicade São Paulo, Chicago Sinfonietta, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Youth Orchestra, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Queen Reef Music Festival and the La Jolla Music Festival, to name a few. Her compositions have been recorded by some of the most prominent names in the classical music, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and oboist Liang Wang. Assad’s music has been performed by internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and the OrquestraSinfônicade São Paulo. Ms. Assad has served as a composer-in-residence for the Albany Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Her works are published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel),Criadores do Brasil(Brazil) and by Virtual Artists Collective Publishing, (VACP) a publishing company co-founded with poet and philosopher Steve Schroeder. Ms. Assad is currently writing the soundtrack to Devoti Tutti, a documentary by Bernadette Wegenstein, while composing the music for a ballet by award-winning choreographer Shannon Alvis.

As a performer, Clarice has shared the stage with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Anat Cohen, Nadia Sirota, PaquitoD’Rivera, Tom Harrell, Marilyn Mazur and Mike Marshall, among other outstanding musicians. She has performed at internationally renowned venues and festivals including The Netherlands’Concertgebow, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Belgium’s Le Palais des Beaux-Arts, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Le Casino de Paris, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Caramoor International Jazz Festival.

Born in Rio de Janiero, Clarice Assad is one of the most widely performed Brazilian concert music composers of her generation. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, amongst them an Aaron Copland Award and several ASCAP awards in composition, Clarice Assad holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan School of Music.

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 78thseason, 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! concerts, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, 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. 

Forte! 45 and Under Membership and Flex Cards on sale August 30 

Forte! 45 and Under Membership and Flex Cards on sale August 30 

Hartford, CT (August 30) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is excited to introduce Forte!, a 45 and under membership group focused on bringing exclusive events and opportunities to the next generation of symphony fans and supporters. 

A Full Forte! Membership is $200 and includes one ticket to each of these Saturday evening concerts: Beethoven 7 on October 2, Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 11, Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky on April 9, and Scheherazade & Shankar on May 7. As an added bonus, $50 of your membership goes to the HSO as donation, granting you invitations to exclusive Forte! social events throughout the year. 

If you already have a ticket membership or cannot commit to these 4 concert dates, you can purchase a  Mezzo Forte Membership for $50 and receive all event invites and exclusive access. All membership purchases must be made through the box office. Memberships go on sale August 30 by calling 860-244-2999 or emailing tickets@hartfordsymphony.org

Learn more about Forte! and join our email list at https://hartfordsymphony.org/forte/ 

HSO Flex Cards go on sale Monday, August 30 at 10 am. Flex Cards give you the opportunity to purchase tickets to use in any combination of 2021-2022 Masterworks concerts and POPS! concerts (excluding Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert). 

There are three Flex Card plans: Flex 10 which gives you 10 tickets for $354, Flex 4 which gives you four tickets for $164, and Flex 4 Platinum which gives you four tickets with the best available seating for only $254. Seating is limited to certain sections of the theater for the Flex 10 and Flex 4 options. 

Flex Cards can be purchased by calling (860) 987-5900. Single tickets can be purchased by calling or online at www.hartfordsymphony.org.  

HSO programs are funded in 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 78th 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! concerts, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, 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. 

Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 11 – two performances! 

Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at
Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 11 – two performances!
 

Tickets go on sale September 7

HARTFORD, CT (August 23, 2021)Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 11, 2021 at 2 pm and 7 pm in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford.  These concerts will be conducted by Carolyn Kuan and feature members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie. Tickets go on sale on September 7 at 10 am. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit hartfordsymphony.org.

Holiday Cirque Spectacular is back! Celebrate the most magical season with music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie. Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorite!

Cirque de la Symphonie features amazing veterans of exceptional cirque performances throughout the world – aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and more.

Visit hartfordsymphony.org/covid19updates for the most up-to-date HSO Health and Safety Protocols.

Calendar Listing
POPS! Season
Holiday Cirque Spectacular
Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 2 pm & 7 pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $27

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie

HSO programs are funded in 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 2021-2022 POPS! Season is sponsored by the Katherine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. 

2021-2022 Masterworks Series subscriptions on sale now!

2021-2022 Masterworks Series subscriptions on sale now!

 

HARTFORD, CT (August 3, 2021) – Subscriptions are now on sale for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 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. The Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and The Elizabeth M. and Harriette M. Landon Foundation.

Subscriptions are available for 6 concerts and 9 concerts.

The HSO returns to the Belding Theater with the safety and well-being of patrons, musicians, and staff a top priority. As has been done since March 2020, regulations set by the State of Connecticut and recommended by the CDC will be followed. Health protocols will be updated before the season begins.

Ticket Information: To purchase subscriptions, please call 860-244-2999, email tickets@hartfordsymphony.org, or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2021-2022 MASTERWORKS SERIES

October 1-3, 2021 
Beethoven 7
Masterworks returns!
Rossini William Tell Overture
Assad É Gol!For Orchestra and Audience Members
BeethovenSymphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Featuring
Joseph Young conductor
Clarice Assad composer and vocalist

“Praised as the ‘Greatest. Music. Ever.’, the 7th is my favorite Beethoven Symphony – pure joy and thrill.Interactive symphonic experience is the new rising star of classical music.Join composer Clarice Assad to explore her engaging É Gol!, inspired by female Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva.And to reunite all of us, what could be better than the touching and dramatic William TellOverture with its beloved ‘Dawn,’ ‘Call to the Cows,’ and finale, also widely-known as the theme to The Lone Ranger!” – Carolyn Kuan

November 5-7, 2021 
Bernstein & Copland
Copland  Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
Marsalis“Blues” and “Hootenanny” from Violin Concerto in D Major
Bernstein West Side StorySymphonic Dances
Karpman All American
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Leonid Sigal violin

“From ‘If He’d Be a Buckaroo’ to ‘Hoedown’ featured in the ‘Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.’ campaign, Copland’s American West Four Dance Episodesis fun, comfortable and always makes me smile inside and out.Grammy-winning composer Laura Karpman’s exhilarating All American, inspired by music of American women composers, is the perfect encore to Bernstein’s passionate and iconic West Side Story.And did you know the legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is also a fantastic composer?Come explore with us his jazz-infused Violin Concerto that is fresh, unique and sophisticated.” – Carolyn Kuan

December 3-5, 2021 
Tchaikovsky & Grieg
Grieg Music from Peer Gynt
Tchaikovsky Act I Finale from The Nutcracker
Grieg Piano Concerto, Op. 16
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Pianist to be announced

“I fell in love with The Nutcrackeras a child and almost came to the US at age 8 to pursue a career as a ballerina.One of Tchaikovsky’s most breathtaking musical moments that symphonic audiences rarely get to hear is in the Act I Finale that purely magical moment when the clock strikes twelve, and the toys come alive. Grieg’s romantic Piano Concerto featuresone of the most famous openings in classical music.His music from Peer Gynt, including the famous ‘Morning Mood’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King,’ captures various adventuresfrom the Norwegian mountains to the North African desert.” – Carolyn Kuan

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del

January 14-16, 2022 
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

“We celebrate the new year with music and artists I have long admired and loved. Piano Concerto in One Movement is composed by Florence Price, who, in 1933, became the first Black woman to have her music performed by a major orchestra. Darker Americaby Black composer William Grant Still was a response to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Still treats the blues to a thorough symphonic development in order to chart a triumphant course representative of the African American experience. Dvo?ák’s love of spirituals can be heard in his music, especially in the Largomovement of his Symphony No.9, which inspired ‘Goin’ Home.’” – Carolyn Kuan

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

February 11-13, 2022 
Firebird 
 
BizetSelections from Carmen
He/ChenT he Butterfly Lovers
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite(1911)
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sirena Huang violin

“There is a picture of me in college dressed as the risqué gypsy Carmen.Bizet’s music is simply irresistible with Carmen’s sultry melodies and the passion and bravado of bullfighters.To celebrate love, we juxtapose the Russian prince and princesses in Stravinsky’s glorious and magnificent Firebirdwith my favorite Chinese love story, The Butterfly Lovers, our Chinese Romeo and Juliet. We are thrilled to welcome back violinist Sirena Huang to the HSO to share this 1,000-year-old legend, which journeys from the joyful pentatonic youthful friendship to the final scene of two lovers turning into butterflies to be together forever.” – Carolyn Kuan Sponsor: The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert

 

March 11-13, 2022 
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
Demarre McGill 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dreambrings the magic and beauty of Shakespeare’s play to life. He wrote his Symphony No. 4 when he visited Italy for the first time as a 20-year-old. Joy and wonder burst radiantly from the very first note. I think of American composer Kevin Puts as our modern-day Mendelssohn. Kevin once shared with me the Flute Concerto is one of his favorite works of his own. For me, it was love at first listen since conducting its world premiere in 2013.” – Carolyn Kuan
April 8-10, 2022 
Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, TH 29
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Henry Kramer piano

“I’ll never forget the comfort I found in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth as an emotional and artistic teenager.It understands loss and struggles, but also gentleness, desire, courage, hope and light.With ever more melodies, it is a symphony that belongs to all of us who strive, and it still always fills me with joy and optimism.This will be the first time I share this very special and private symphony with our HSO audience.Our night of indulgence will also include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Loved by virtuosic pianists, it is one of the most technically demanding, and most electrifying, of all Romantic concertos. Its raw emotional power intensified the Oscar-winning film Shine.” – Carolyn Kuan

Concert Sponsor: The Koski Memorial Concert

May 6-8, 2022 
Scheherazade & Shankar 
Shankar Sitar Concerto No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sitar to be announced

“As an immigrant, it is always a joy to share the 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 lush blend of Indian and Western classical music. I have always admired strong women, like Scheherazade in Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece. Her bravery and 1,001 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

June 10-12, 2022 
Beethoven’s Ninth

Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

Featuring
Adam Boyles, conductor
Resurgam Quartet, saxophone quartet
Harrison Kliewe soprano saxophone
Colette Hall alto saxophone
Sean Tanguay tenor saxophone
Michael Raposo baritone saxophone
Hartford Chorale, Richard Coffey, music director
Vocal soloists to be announced

“We conclude the 2021-2022 season with our most delicious desserts and a true ‘Ode to Joy’ – Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 9.Inspired by the ideals of freedom and equality, it is, for me, the most influential work in classical music and a celebration of humanity and togetherness.And when was the last time you heard a concerto for saxophone?We will raise the roof with not one, but four saxophones!Hip, brilliant and charismatic, the Hartford-based Resurgam Quartet takes us on a mesmerizing journey with Philip Glass’ jazzy and soulful Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra.” – Carolyn Kuan

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 25th Anniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival concludes with Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamond on July 30

The 25th Anniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival concludes with Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamond on July 30

Plus, fireworks after the concert!

HARTFORD, CT (July 16, 2021) –  We will sing along to the hits of the legendary Neil Diamond for the final night of the 25th Anniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival! Don’t miss Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamond on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 pm at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. Plus, fireworks following the concert! This concert will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles. Tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org or by calling 860-987-5900. Rain date is Saturday, July 31. 

Tribute band Super Diamond joins the HSO to perform Neil Diamond hits like “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “America,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue” and “I’m a Believer.”

New for 2021: Patrons are not required to wear masks, although masking and physical distancing is recommended for people who are unvaccinated, based on Centers for Disease Control guidelines. The venue will be sold at 50% capacity. 

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series
Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamond
Friday, July 30, 2021 (Rain date: July 31)
7:30pm; Gates open at 6 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Adam Boyles, conductor

Super Diamond 

Ticket Information: Advance single lawn tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult single lawn tickets are $30 on the day of the concert. A limited number of 8-person tables are available for sale for this concert. For more information, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.

Sponsors of the 25th Anniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival: Festival Presenting Benefactor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Festival Sponsor is Shelbourne, Disco Inferno! concert sponsor is Citizens Bank, 25th Anniversary Sponsor is UConn Health, and the following: Barnes Group, Inc., The Benjamin Clan, Federman, Lally & Remis, Key Bank, Mahoney Sabol, McLean, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, Robinson & Cole, Sack Energy, Show Lighting, Specialty Printing, and Viking Fuel Oil Company. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Office of Tourism. Media Partners are Audacy, The Hartford Courant, and I Heart Media. 

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