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.

Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 21 – two performances!

Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at
Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 21 – two performances!

HARTFORD, CT (November 21, 2019)Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! Celebrate the holidays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Holiday Cirque Spectacular on December 21, 2019 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. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit hartfordsymphony.org.

There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical 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 favorites!

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

Calendar Listing
POPS! Series 
Holiday Cirque Spectacular
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 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 2019-2020 POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor is United Technologies, and is also sponsored by Prudential.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the 42nd Young Artists Competition

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the 42nd Young Artists Competition

HARTFORD, CT (November 18, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the 42nd Young Artists Competition! Students are invited to register from November 4, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

To be eligible, students must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 academic year, cannot 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, bass trombone, tuba, alto saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, or bass.

The preliminary prescreening round will consist of an online registration (or mailed application) and judging process beginning on November 4, 2019 and running through January 31, 2020. Students will be able to access and submit all forms and an audio submission of pre-approved repertoire at https://hartfordsymphony.org/education-community/student-opportunities/yac/. Candidates must also mail a $75 non-refundable application fee to Hartford Symphony Orchestra, ATTN: Young Artists Competition, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 to be considered for the subsequent rounds.

The competition will take place in three rounds. The preliminary prescreening round will run from November 4, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The live semi-final round for advancing students is on Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Greater Hartford Arts Academy in Hartford, CT and is closed to the public. The final round will be a live performance in concert with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday May 30, 2020 at the Theater for the Performing Arts at the Greater Hartford Arts Academy in Hartford, CT. Tickets for the final round will be available by phone at 860-987-5900 or online at hartfordsymphony.org in the spring. More information about the competition schedule is available at https://hartfordsymphony.org/education-community/student-opportunities/yac/.

Awards will be given to the top three finalists during the May 30, 2020 performance. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and the possibility of performing at additional HSO events. The second and third-place winner will receive cash prizes of $750 and $500, respectively. All three winners will also win tickets to a Masterworks concert of their choice.

The 2019-2020 Young Artists Competition is sponsored in part by the Jean Sterling McRae Fund.

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 welcomes December with Chopin and Franck, December 6-8

Hartford Symphony Orchestra welcomes December with Chopin and Franck, December 6-8

HARTFORD, CT (November 6, 2019) – Begin the holiday season with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! The HSO continues its Masterworks season with Chopin & Franck Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be conducted by guest conductor Laura Jackson and feature pianist Daniela Liebman. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit hartfordsymphony.org.

This program features Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor. Op. 21, and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.

Made most famous by an ambitious mouse, Dukas’ dazzling The Sorcerer’s Apprentice became one of the most popular orchestral works in history when it appeared in the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia. Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 was written when the composer was young and in love, and is reflective of his native Poland. Franck’s warm and luminous Symphony in D minor fuses both French and German music traditions – a radical compositional choice in 1888 France.

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

About Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson, now in her eleventh season as music director of the Reno Philharmonic, continues to win praise for her artistry, leadership, and creative community engagement.

Innovative composer-in-residence projects as well as vibrant performances of traditional repertoire have helped the Reno Phil reach new heights in national visibility. New works that Jackson has commissioned with the Reno Phil have enjoyed multiple performances nationwide.

Jackson served as the first female assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 2004-7. Prior to her appointment in Atlanta, she studied conducting at the University of Michigan and spent summers as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003.

 About Daniela Liebman

Seventeen-year-old Mexican pianist Daniela Liebman has rapidly established herself as an artist of eloquence, poise, and nuance. Since her debut at age eight with the Aguascalientes Symphony, Daniela has performed with more than twenty-five orchestras on four continents. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Daniela began piano studies at age five, and currently studies with Dr. Tamás Ungár in Fort Worth, Texas. Her dedication to celebrating her heritage through creative programming reflects in her musical and cultural ambassadorship, notably at Harvard University’s 2018 Mexico Conference.

In 2016 and 2017, when Daniela was fourteen and fifteen years old, respectively, she was named one of the “40 Most Creative Mexicans in the World” by Forbes Mexico. In 2018, Daniela was again named one of Forbes Mexico’s “100 Most Creative and Powerful Women,” and was invited to Forbes’ reveal of its 2018 edition of Creativos Mexicanos, celebrating extraordinary Mexican leaders in the arts. She has been interviewed by Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls,” is featured in GQ Mexico and Vanity Fair, and is the recipient of Mexico’s 2014 Nacional Premio de Juventud.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Chopin and Franck
Friday – Sunday, December 6-8, 2019
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


Dukas 
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Chopin Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Franck Symphony in D minor

Featuring
Laura Jackson conductor
Daniela Liebman piano

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.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Presents Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives at the Wadsworth Atheneum as part of the Sunday Serenades Series

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Presents Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives at the Wadsworth Atheneum as part of the Sunday Serenades Series

HARTFORD, CT (October 23, 2019) – Art meets music at the first Sunday Serenades of the season! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives on November 10, 2019 at 2 pm at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. A pre-concert gallery talk will take place at 1 pm. For tickets and subscription information visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.

The desire to surround ourselves with beauty is universal and timeless. The exhibition Design in the American Home, 1650-1850 shows how the quest for color, texture, and splendor propels artful design.  Enjoy a program of music that evokes the power of design, including Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army,” and Beethoven’s Quintet in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer.”

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
Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives
Sunday, November 10, 2019
The Wadsworth Atheneum
Gallery Talk: Design in the American Home, 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.

November pops with percussion! Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms & Haydn November 15-17

November pops with percussion!
Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms & Haydn November 15-17

HARTFORD, CT (October 15, 2019) – November pops with percussion at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its Masterworks season with Brahms & Haydn Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan and feature The Percussion Collective.  For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit hartfordsymphony.org.

This program features Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a, Theofanidis’ Drum Circles, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drum Roll.”

It is surprising to note that Brahms’ masterful Variations on a Theme of Haydn is not inspired by a Haydn composition at all; rather, the theme – “St. Anthony’s Chorale” – is thought to have been written by Haydn’s student, and misattributed. Haydn’s grand Symphony No. 103, nicknamed “The Drum Roll,” was one of the composer’s 12 renowned London Symphonies, written during a particularly joyful and prolific time of his life. Theofanidis’ Drum Circles is a brand-new concerto for percussion and orchestra, co-commissioned by the HSO and featuring The Percussion Collective.

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

About the Percussion Collective

At the pinnacle of his legendary career, performer and pedagogue Robert van Sice has assembled a stunning collection of young artists who are reinventing the concert experience. The Percussion Collective transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that that surprise and engage audiences at a profound emotional level. Percussion Collective artists joining the HSO for Brahms and Haydn include Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, and Ayano Kataoka.

About Svet Stoyanov

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He is committed to the purity, quality and virtue of music.

About Doug Perry

Percussionist/composer Doug Perry blurs the lines of genre and allows music of all styles and backgrounds to share the same stage. Originally a jazz drummer and vibraphonist, Doug engages in a wide variety of musical settings, including classical, jazz, electronic, rock, pop, and world music styles.  In addition to performing, Doug’s versatility allows him to be active as a composer, arranger, educator, recording engineer and audio producer.

About Victor Caccese

Percussionist/composer Doug Perry blurs the lines of genre and allows music of all styles and backgrounds to share the same stage. Originally a jazz drummer and vibraphonist, Doug engages in a wide variety of musical settings, including classical, jazz, electronic, rock, pop, and world music styles.  In addition to performing, Doug’s versatility allows him to be active as a composer, arranger, educator, recording engineer and audio producer.

About Ayano Kataoka

Percussionist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has been a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 when she was chosen as the first percussionist for the society’s prestigious residency program, The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two.)

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Brahms & Haydn
Friday – Sunday, November 15-17, 2019
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

Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
Theofanidis Drum Circles
Haydn Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drum Roll”

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
The Percussion Collective
Robert van Sice, artistic director
Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, percussion

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 the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking 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 to host third annual naturalization ceremony for 10 Connecticut residents on October 12

Hartford Symphony Orchestra to host third annual naturalization ceremony
for 10 Connecticut residents on October 12

HARTFORD, CT (September 30, 2019) – A naturalization ceremony, where 10 Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 pm in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford, prior to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks concert, Rhapsody in Blue. This event is open to all Saturday, October 12 concert ticket holders.

Hon. Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut, will preside, and Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President and Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College will be the keynote speaker. The evening will include HSO’s Music Director Carolyn Kuan leading the Pledge of Allegiance. and Hall High School senior Amelia Tripp will sing the national anthem. For the third year in a row, this event is generously sponsored and made possible by Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP.

This is the third annual naturalization ceremony to take place on the opening weekend of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks season. In 2017, HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan gained her citizenship at the ceremony, along with 10 other Connecticut residents from around the world.

“It is with great pride that the HSO hosts its third annual naturalization ceremony,” said Steve Collins, Executive Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. “Inclusion, equality and integrity are some of our fundamental values and we strive to bring them to life in all we do.  Welcoming 10 new citizens to the United States is a wonderful privilege and ideal opportunity to celebrate the power of music to bring us together and celebrate the joy of humanity.”

Media outlets interested in attending the event should contact Amanda Savio at asavio@hartfordsymphony.org or (860) 760-7317 by Friday, October 11.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert featuring John Williams’ score performed live to film on November 2

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents
Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert

featuring John Williams’ score performed live to film on November 2

HARTFORD, CT (September 26, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert featuring a screening of the complete film on a 40-foot screen with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm at The Bushnell in Hartford.  The concert will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos and is part of the HSO’s 2019-2020 POPS! Series. Visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900 for tickets and information.

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before!   Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure – Raiders of the Lost Ark – with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Rights Reserved.  Presentation licensed by Bantha Music c/o Walt Disney Music Company. © All rights reserved.

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 (September 23, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Bushnell present Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax in recital for one night only on January 31, 2020 in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 27. Visit hartforsysmphony.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).

Calendar Listing
Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax 
Friday January 31, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $27
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.

Hartford Symphony opens 2019-2020 season with Rhapsody in Blue October 11-13

Hartford Symphony opens 2019-2020 season with

 Rhapsody in Blue October 11-13

HARTFORD, CT (September 11, 2019) –  Hartford Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 76th season with Rhapsody in Blue starting Friday, October 11 and running through Sunday, October 13, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature award-winning pianist Kevin Cole. Rhapsody in Blue is part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

Bernstein’s Candide Overture is a rollicking introduction to the comic operetta that was inspired by Voltaire’s novella by the same name.  Gershwin mixes a cocktail of jazz, ragtime, and classical for his timeless Rhapsody in Blue, and he was inspired to pen his witty “I Got Rhythm” Variations after playing his hit show tune at countless parties. Bernstein noted of Copland’s heroic Symphony No. 3, “the symphony has become an American monument, like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial.”

Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain at Friday’s and Sunday’s performance.

The HSO’s third annual naturalization ceremony, where ten Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place prior to the concert on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 pm. This ceremony is open to October 12 ticketholders. Additional information on this ceremony will be announced soon.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Rhapsody in Blue
Friday – Sunday October 11-13, 2019
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

Bernstein Candide Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” Variations
Copland Symphony No. 3

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Kevin Cole piano

About Kevin Cole

Pianist Kevin Cole is an award-winning concert performer, musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist whose repertoire includes the best of American Music with a particular affinity for the music of George Gershwin. Recently, he has conducted the Boston Philharmonic (reengagement), Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (reengagement), Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, National Symphony at Kennedy Center, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Albany Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Wolf Trap, Savannah Music Festival, Castleton Festival, and the Chautauqua Institute.

Mr. Cole has collaborated with Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Brian d’Arcy James, Karen Morrow, Melissa Manchester, John Lithgow, Donna McKechnie, Christine Andreas, Hollis Resnik, Klea Blackhurst, Kim Criswell, and William Warfield.

Mr. Cole appeared on PBS’ “Gershwin at One Symphony Space” as a featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony; wrote, co-produced and performed Play It Again, Marvin! – A Celebration of Marvin Hamlish with the Pittsburgh Symphony; and wrote, co-produced and performed Here To Stay – The Gershwin Experience with multiple orchestras.

He was awarded Gramophone Musical Album of the Year in 1995 for Gershwin’s Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw (Elektra/Nonesuch). He also recorded Cole Plays Gershwin and as solo piano recording, and appeared as part of a vocal/jazz trip on In the Words of Ira – The Songs of Ira Gershwin.

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