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.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces its 2019-2020 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces its 2019-2020 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

(HARTFORD, CT) September 9, 2019 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the concerts in its 2019-2020 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series season, held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford. For subscription and ticket information, visit hartfordsymphony.org.

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.

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.

2019-2020 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series

Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Gallery Talk: Design in the American Home, 1 pm

Concert: 2pm

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.”

Mozart and the Romantics

Sunday February 9, 2020

Gallery Talk: Love, 1pm

Concert: 2 pm

Prepare for Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of soul-stirring music performed by Hartford Symphony musicians. The program includes Beethoven’s Serenade in D., Op 25, Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581.

Savory Sounds: Strauss & Beethoven
Sunday May 3, 2020

Gallery Talk: Savor: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, 1 pm

Concert: 2 pm

Savory Sounds: Strauss & Beethoven an exploration of dining conventions ranging from the grand formality of a lavish banquet to an intimate meal. Nourish the soul with an afternoon of delectable music that excites the senses, including Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 11, R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel Differently, for Once!, Martin?’s La Revue de Cuisine, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra, featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan, to be performed at Trinity College Chapel on September 27 & 29

Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra, featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan, to be performed at Trinity College Chapel on September 27 & 29 

The concerts are presented by the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, one of the most prestigious pipe organ competitions in North America

HARTFORD, CT (August 13, 2019) — On September 27 and 29, 2019, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford presents acclaimed concert organist Christopher Houlihan and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Carolyn Kuan, Music Director) at Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, in two performances of Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra that feature Joseph Jongen’s thrillingly virtuosic Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra.

The two concerts are the opening and closing events of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford, a highly-regarded organ competition that brings some of the world’s best young organists to Hartford to perform – and compete – on the renowned 4,429-pipe Austin organ at Trinity College Chapel. For tickets to these two concerts, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900; visit www.asofhartford.org for a complete schedule of events.

“The mission of the Festival is to encourage and inspire excellence in organ performance, not only with the competition, but through concerts and other events that introduce more listeners to the pipe organ,” said Vaughn Mauren, the Festival’s artistic director. “This year, as we seek to build an even larger audience for this exciting Festival that takes place right here in Hartford, we are thrilled to present two concerts at Trinity College Chapel with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Carolyn Kuan, Music Director. We are especially proud to feature Christopher Houlihan, an acclaimed concert organist and member of the faculty at Trinity College in Hartford who is also a member of the Festival’s Board of Directors and a local leader in the arts.”

The Symphonie Concertante by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen is seldom performed, not only due to its difficulty, which requires an organist of the highest caliber, but because it requires an organ of significant size and quality that can match the orchestra in volume and variety. The concerts on September 27 and 29 may be the first Hartford-area performances of this music.

“Many people are familiar with the pipe organ in a liturgical or church setting, but there is also a rich repertoire of concert music for solo organ and for organ with orchestra, and music of both types will be heard in these concerts,” said Mauren. “All the Festival events – the professional competition, choral evensong, and these concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra – feature the magnificent Austin Organ at Trinity College Chapel. This organ, crafted by Hartford’s own Austin Organ Company, is renowned among organists and choral musicians, and we are excited to introduce new listeners to the splendor and vast color palette of this organ as a solo instrument and in partnership with the full orchestra.”

The organ soloist, Christopher Houlihan, is an internationally-acclaimed organist who also holds the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, his alma mater. Critics have applauded Houlihan for his “world class chops” and “marvelous ear;” The Los Angeles Times proclaimed him “dazzling” and “seductive.” Recent concert highlights include debuts at the Kennedy Center and Kimmel Center. In 2008, Houlihan made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Edward Cumming, conductor) performing Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva. The Hartford Courant raved that “Houlihan showed that an organ soloist can have the charisma and energy of a major soloist.”

The program also features music by Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn, composers who were especially beloved by Albert Schweitzer, the noted doctor, humanitarian, and organist in whose honor the Festival was established. The newest music on the program is Gene Scheer’s Albert Schweitzer Portrait for orchestra and narrator, commissioned by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based orchestra whose members include healthcare professionals. John Nowacki of New England Public Radio will narrate the Portrait, which illuminates Dr. Schweitzer’s life and work through excerpts of his writings.

These concerts also offer listeners an opportunity to see and hear the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Trinity College Chapel, a Hartford landmark and a building of national significance noted for its pre-eminence among neo-Gothic structures in America. Despite a name that suggests an intimate space, the Chapel, with a length of some 180 feet and a breathtaking reach of 62 feet from floor to ceiling, boasts an extraordinarily resonant acoustic in a soaring, visually stunning space.

Carolyn Kuan and Dr. Lisa Wong, an expert on the life and work of Albert Schweitzer and a member and former president of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, will join Mr. Houlihan in presenting a 30-minute talk one hour before the start of each program in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel.

Tickets for the concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Christopher Houlihan are on sale now at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: The 23rd Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford

All events take place at Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Complete Festival details are at www.asofhartford.org.

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:00 p.m. The Opening Concert: Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra – Acclaimed organist Christopher Houlihan joins the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting, in the Opening Concert of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford. A pre-concert talk begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel. Tickets are $35-$55 at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

All events on Saturday, September 28 are free and open to the public.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Young Professional Competition – Each of three finalists performs a solo recital on the 4,429-pipe Austin organ in Trinity College Chapel, competing for $26,000 in prize money.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Winner’s Recital – The First Prize recipient presents a solo organ recital of selected repertoire.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong – This ancient service of sung evening prayer is open to all. The Chapel Singers of Trinity College join with the choirs of St. James’s Episcopal Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church (both in West Hartford) under the direction of Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, choirmasters, to present great choral music from the English cathedral tradition. The service will be accompanied by Benjamin Straley, former Organist of Washington National Cathedral.

6:00 p.m. Hymn Playing Competition – The three finalists compete for the $2,500 David Spicer Hymn Playing Prize, demonstrating their ability to inspire and lead several hundred people in song.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

3:00 p.m. Encore Presentation: Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra – An encore presentation of the Opening Concert. Acclaimed organist Christopher Houlihan joins the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan conducting. A pre-concert talk begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Admissions Building, near the Chapel. Tickets $35-$55 at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents The Empire Strikes Back in Concert on May 16, 2020

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK IN CONCERT
on May 16, 2020  

 Concert features composer John Williams’ complete score from
The Empire Strikes Back performed live to picture by the HSO

Tickets on sale Monday, August 19 at 10 am

HARTFORD, CT (August 14, 2019) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present The Empire Strikes Back in Concert featuring a screening of the complete film in HD on a 40-foot screen with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm at The Bushnell in Hartford. The concert will be led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, and is part of the HSO POPS! Series. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10 am. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information, or call 860-987-5900.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and unforgettable musical scores composed by Williams.

Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.  His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.  He has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films, including all eight Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone and The Book Thief.  His 45-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln, The BFG and The Post.  His contributions to television music include scores for more than 200 television films for the groundbreaking, early anthology series Alcoa Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, Chrysler Theatre and Playhouse 90, as well as themes for NBC Nightly News (“The Mission”), NBC’s Meet the Press, and the PBS arts showcase Great Performances.  He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  He has received five Academy Awards® and 51 Oscar® nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 24 Grammys®, four Golden Globes®, five Emmys®, and numerous gold and platinum records.  In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement.  He received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December of 2004.  In 2009, Mr. Williams was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government.  In 2016, he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute – the first time in their history that this honor was bestowed upon a composer.

The Star Wars:  Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM

 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the fourth installment of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF THE HARRY POTTER FILM CONCERT SERIES WITH HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ IN CONCERT

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

Tickets available starting on Monday, August 12 at 10am at hartfordsymphony.org 

(August 6, 2019, Hartford, CT)The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. On March 28, 2020, at 1 pm and 7 pm at The Bushnell in Hartford, the HSO will perform the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10 am. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10am via hartfordsymphony.org, by calling 860-987-5900, or by visiting The Bushnell Box Office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ WBEI. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ WBEI. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Hartford Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 Season: Single tickets on sale August 19, Flex Cards on sale August 5

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2019-2020 SEASON

SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 19, FLEX CARDS ON SALE AUGUST 5 

HARTFORD (August 5, 2019) – Welcome to the 76th season of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Single tickets to all concerts in the HSO’s 2019-2020 season are available for purchase beginning Monday August 19 at 10 am.

Tickets to Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will go on sale Wednesday August 7 at 10 am and tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will go on sale Monday, August 12 at 10 am. Tickets to all other performances will go on sale Monday, August 19 at 10 am.

HSO Flex Cards go on sale Monday, August 5 at 10 am. Flex Cards give you the opportunity to purchase tickets to use in any combination of 2018-2019 Masterworks concerts and the Holiday Cirque Spectacular concert in the POPS! Series. Raiders of the Lost Ark in concert, The Empire Strikes Back in Concert and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert are not eligible for Flex Card purchases.

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 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 or by visiting The Bushnell Box Office at 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Single tickets can be purchased by calling, visiting The Bushnell Box Office, or online at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

 

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018-2019 SEASON
MASTERWORKS SERIES

October 11-13, 2019
Rhapsody in Blue– Season Opener! 

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan
conductor
Kevin Cole piano

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.”

November 15-17, 2019
Brahms and Haydn

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

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.

December 6-8, 2019
Chopin and Franck

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

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.
Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

January 17-19, 2020
The Four Seasons

Assad Suite for Lower Strings
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 1-4
Ginastera Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor

Randall Goosby violin

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

February 14-16, 2020
Romeo and Juliet

Kendall The Spark Catchers
Tomasi Trumpet Concerto
Kreisler Love Song
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Featuring
Adam Boyles conductor
Scott McIntosh trumpet

The HSO brings to life one of the greatest love stories of all time! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired works of art in all mediums, and the music from Prokofiev’s ballet captures all of the bliss, humor, drama, and tragedy of the play.  Contemporary composer Hannah Kendall’s imaginative The Spark Catchers is inspired by the poem of the same name by Lemn Sissay. Tomasi’s playful Trumpet Concerto and Kreisler’s emotive Love Song will feature HSO’s principal trumpet, Scott McIntosh.
The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert

March 13-15, 2020
Dvo?ák’s Eighth

Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
Dvo?ák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163

Featuring

Damon Gupton conductor

Leonid Sigal violin

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

April 17-19, 2020
Rachmaninoff and 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

Tchaikovsky was obsessed with the concept of Fate, and his exhilarating and contrasting Symphony No. 5 explores the idea of “complete resignation before Fate.” His joyful Fifth Symphony is one of the composer’s most adored, despite him initially calling it “repulsive”! Rachmaninoff’s electrifying Piano Concerto No. 3 is a brilliant palette of moods, and is one of the most demanding concertos in the repertoire.

May 8-10, 2020
Enigma Variations

Clyne Within Her Arms
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Joshua Roman cello

Elgar’s charming Enigma Variations presents a couple of mysteries – first, a guessing game as to who the 14 musical personality sketches he composed represent (most certainly his wife and friends). Plus, the question of what the “unheard” theme of the piece is – which is never stated, but Elgar insisted is very well-known. His contemplative Cello Concerto was his last significant work, and is a meditation on the aftermath of World War I.  London-born Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms is a somber, deeply-affecting meditation on loss, inspired by her mother.

Concert Sponsor: The Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

June 5-7, 2020
Beethoven’s Ninth

Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, 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 2019-2020 season with a true “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven’s towering, magnificent Symphony No. 9. The completion of his final and greatest symphony coincided with his total hearing loss, so that by the premiere, a concert soloist had to turn him around at the podium so he could witness the audience’s thunderous applause and ovations. Philip Glass’ jazzy and soulful Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra will be performed by the engaging Hartford-based Resurgam Quartet.

POPS! SERIES

Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
November 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Featuring
Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor

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.

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Holiday Cirque Spectacular
December 21, 2019, 2 pm and 7 pm

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor

Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! 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!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert
March 28, 2020, 1 pm and 7 pm

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
May 16, 2020, 7:30 pm

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Travel to a galaxy far, far away when the Hartford Symphony presents The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, featuring a screening of the iconic movie in HD on a 40-foot screen with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film by the HSO. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and unforgettable musical scores composed by Williams.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © DISNEY

Ticket Information: 2019-2020 Flex Cards will go on sale August 5 at 10 am. Tickets to Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will go on sale Wednesday August 7 at 10 am and tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will go on sale Monday, August 12 at 10 am. All other single tickets for the 2019-2020 season will go on sale Monday, August 19 at 10 am. For information on subscriptions, call 860-987-5900.  More information about subscribing is available at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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

POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies

The POPS! Series is also sponsored by Prudential.

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

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 7 at 10 am

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 conductor and is part of the HSO’s 2019-2020 POPS! Series. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 7 at 10 am. 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 concludes the Talcott Mountain Music Festival with The Music of Elton John on July 26

Hartford Symphony Orchestra concludes the Talcott Mountain Music Festival with The Music of Elton John on July 26

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival concludes on July 26 at 7:30pm with The Music of Elton John at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. This performance will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles. Single tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org. Grass passes and table subscriptions are available; call the Box Office at 860-987-5900. The rain date for this concert is July 27, 2019.

The Music of Elton John is an ASL interpreted performance. To purchase tickets with special seating, please contact the Box Office at 860-987-5900 or by emailing tickets@hartfordsymphony.org.

With over 300 million records sold, Sir Elton John is at the very top of the rock’n roll pantheon. His virtuosic piano work, combined with brilliant songwriting, and a voice that never fails, has kept him front and center for almost 5 decades. The HSO is joined by rock band, Jeans ‘n Classics with lead vocalist Jean Meilleur to present an evening of hits that takes us from “Your Song” to “The Circle of Life” and beyond!

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series 
THE MUSIC OF ELTON JOHN
Friday, July 26, 2019
7:30pm

Rain date: July 27, 2019
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Adam Boyles conductor

Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty on July 19

Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents
Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty on July 19 as part of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival  

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues on July 19 at 7:30pm with Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. This performance will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan. Single tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org. Grass passes and table subscriptions are available; call the Box Office at 860-987-5900.

It’s Tchaikovsky at twilight! Enjoy a beautiful evening in the Meadows, as the HSO performs selections from one of the most beloved orchestral master composers. Experience some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works including musical excerpts from his enchanting ballets Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the thrilling Violin Concerto in D Major played by HSO’s second violinist Gary Capozziello, and excerpts from his joyful Symphony No. 5.

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series 
SWAN LAKE & SLEEPING BEAUTY
Friday, July 19, 2019
7:30pm

Rain or Shine
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Gary Capozziello violinist

 

 

 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra on July 12

Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents
Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra on July 12 as part of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival  

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues on July 12 at 7:30pm with Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury. This performance will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles. Single tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org. Grass passes and table subscriptions are available; call the Box Office at 860-987-5900.

Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra is an ASL interpreted performance. To purchase tickets with special seating, please contact the Box Office at 860-987-5900 or by emailing tickets@hartfordsymphony.org.

Come Fly With Me, featuring renowned vocalist Rob Zappulla, is the ultimate show celebrating the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself!  With music from every decade of classic Sinatra – from his days with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to the Las Vegas showrooms – this concert is a pure swinging musical experience in tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time.

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series 
COME FLY WITH ME: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF FRANK SINATRA
Friday, July 12, 2019
7:30pm

Rain or Shine
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Adam Boyles conductor

Rob Zappulla vocalist

 

 

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