Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2019-2020 POPS! Series

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are thrilled to announce the programming for the HSO’s 2019-2020 POPS! Series, to be presented in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT.

The 2019-2020 POPS! Series offers thrills, adventure, magic, and awe-inspiring talent! Under the outstanding leadership of HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, audiences will be dazzled by concerts featuring celebrated movie scores, as well as the return of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition. The 2019-2020 POPS! Series is sponsored by United Technologies and Prudential.

Ticket Information: Subscriptions start at just $151. Subscription renewal packages will go out in May. New subscriptions will go on sale June 17. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2019-2020 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.

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

 

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. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ 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

 

2019-2020 POPS! Brochure 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2019-2020 Masterworks Series

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are thrilled to announce the HSO’s 2019-2020 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.

From the rhythm of Gershwin to the beauty of Vivaldi, from the romance of Prokofiev to the magnificence of Beethoven, the music of the greats will exhilarate and inspire this season. Featuring the artistry of extraordinary HSO musicians and guest artists, all under the direction of HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, the 2019-20 season is a true ode to joy!

Ticket Information: Current Masterworks subscribers will receive their renewal information in March. New subscriptions will be available in June. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2019-2020 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.

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.

 

2019-2020 Masterworks brochure

 

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ IN CONCERT ON APRIL 6

Performances to feature the Yale Schola Cantorum and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced today that local choirs Schola Cantorum and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus will join the Hartford Symphony Orchestra when it presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 1 pm and 7 pm at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts as part of the HSO’s 2018-2019 POPS! Series.

The HSO will perform this magical score live from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. The 2018-2019 POPS! Series is sponsored by United Technologies. The HSO is sponsored by Prudential.

Tickets for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert are on sale now at hartfordsymphony.org, in person at The Bushnell Box Office and by calling 860-987-5900.

In their third year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black and learn to handle a half-horse/half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. Harry must also withstand soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and deal with the truth about Sirius and his relationship to Harry and his parents.

Earning an Oscar nomination for the score, the spellbinding and masterful music composed by John Williams became a celebrated classic, conjuring beautiful, soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends on their magical journey.

The Cathedral of St. Joseph’s Schola Cantorum was founded in 1999 by Archdiocesan Music Director and Organist, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, and is comprised of professional singers. The choir maintains a very high standard of musical excellence; many of the choristers are accomplished vocal soloists and music educators. Choirmaster Meredith Neumann leads this well-respected choir. The choir’s repertoire encompasses the full range of Roman Catholic music, including plainchant, a cappella motets from the 16th through 20th centuries, music for chorus and orchestra, as well as newly commissioned works.

The award-winning Connecticut Children’s Chorus (CCC), under the direction of Meredith Neumann, is the region’s most comprehensive auditioned youth choral program. Founded in 1991 within The Hartt School Community Division, CCC has grown from one 60-voice choir to seven choirs encompassing over 220 students (grades 1 through 12) from 40 Connecticut communities.

 

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues 2018-2019 POPS! Series with Let’s Dance! on Saturday, March 23

We want to see you up on your feet as we have a night of jumping, jiving, and great music!  The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present Let’s Dance! as part of the 2018-2019 POPS! series on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. This concert will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature professional competitive dancers alongside the HSO.

From the shimmy to the tango, from the waltz to the cha-cha, Let’s Dance! combines classic and popular dance styles including swing, jazz, 50s pop and more! This fabulous program is complemented by orchestral showpieces, dancers, and vocalists who will bring music from Dirty Dancing to Peggy Lee to life!

The 2018-2019 POPS! Series is sponsored by United Technologies. The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.

Calendar Listing
POPS! Series
LET’S DANCE!
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $23
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

 

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 75th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019, 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.

 

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 continues 2018-2019 Masterworks series with Mozart Meets Klezmer from March 15-17

Featuring David Krakauer on klezmer clarinet

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues the celebration of its 75th anniversary season with Mozart Meets Klezmer starting on Friday, March 15 and running through Sunday, March 17, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature David Krakauer on the klezmer clarinet. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and more information.

This program features Mozart’s Overture to Lucio Silla, K. 135, Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543. Join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain of each performance.

Mozart’s opera Lucio Silla has it all – political ambition, rivalry, love – and its grand overture is a miniature three-movement symphony. His Symphony No. 39 is one of his three final symphonies, written during a time of great struggle for the composer. Influenced by Haydn, No. 39 is warm, sonorous, and dazzling. The HSO welcomes back David Krakauer, widely considered one of the world’s greatest clarinetists, for Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

 

The 2018-2019 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.  

 

About David Krakauer
Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, and a Juno nomination for the CD Akoka with cellist Matt Haimovitz.

Over the past decade Krakauer has emerged as an electrifying symphonic soloist who brings his singular sound and powerful approach to the concert stage. He has appeared with the world’s finest orchestras including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Phoenix Symphony, the Dresdener Philharmonie, and the Seattle Symphony.

 

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
MOZART MEETS KLEZMER
Friday – Sunday, March 15-17, 2019
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm

Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Mozart Overture to Lucio Silla, K. 135
Golijov The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Mozart Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543

 

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
David Krakauer klezmer clarinet

 

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 its 75th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019, 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.

 

Kelly Corcoran Confirmed as Conductor for National Geographic: Symphony for Our World with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

National Tour Comes to The Bushnell on Thursday, March 7

Symphony for Our World Video Trailer

 

National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., announced Kelly Corcoran as the conductor for National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on March 7 at 7:30 pm at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Symphony for Our World combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, the show brings audiences a breathtaking musical journey coupled with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. Tickets are on sale now at hartfordsymphony.org, by calling 860-987-5900, or visiting The Bushnell Box Office.

Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra thirteen years ago and continues to serve on the board.

The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance uses groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir. The show is based on the national television broadcast of “Symphony for Our World,” an hour-long special that premiered last Earth Day in 140 countries, commercial-free, on Nat Geo WILD.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

For more information, tour dates and tickets, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. Visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com for more information, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Superfly.

 

 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues 2018-2019 HSO: INTERMIX series with DANCE CARD on February 28 at Real Art Ways

Program features a refreshing mix of contemporary and classical in a social setting

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present the second concert in the 2018-2019 HSO: Intermix series, Dance Card, on Thursday, February 28 at 7 pm at Real Art Ways, located at 56 Arbor Street in Hartford. For tickets and information, visit hartfordsymphony.org.

HSO: Intermix is intimate, inviting, and interactive! Dance Card is your chance to get up close with HSO ensembles as they perform at one of Hartford’s most engaging contemporary art spaces, Real Art Ways! This program, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, includes a thrilling combination of contemporary and traditional music set amongst innovative multidisciplinary artwork. Experience Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings in a fresh, new locale and staging alongside Jennifer Higdon’s raucous, rhythmic, and riveting Dance Card. Enjoy music, cocktails, conversation and more at HSO: Intermix!

The final HSO: Intermix concert of the season will be Time for Three on May 1 at Spectra Wired Café.

Calendar Listing:
Dance Card
Thursday, February 28, 2018 ? 7 pm
Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

Program
Higdon Dance Card
Barber Adagio for Strings

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert are $25. Tickets are $20 for HSO subscribers, and student tickets are $15 (with valid ID). To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

 

The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co. 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 its 75th season in 2018-2019, 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.

CAPITAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Capital Community College (CCC) and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) are pleased to announce a new partnership, which will include reduced price ticket benefits for CCC students, faculty and staff, a program known as One Note, as well as participation in HSO’s Student Ambassador leadership program.

One Note is modeled after the college’s popular One Play program – a partnership between the Hartford Stage and Capital in which the entire college focuses on one Hartford Stage play per semester at a discounted price and includes in-class workshops and a Meet the Actors event.

The launch of HSO’s One Note program for the Spring of 2019 will feature the Latin Lovers Masterworks concert, February 15 – 17, 2019.  The One Note program provides free tickets to the faculty member and participating students who are engaged in a course of study that focuses on one or more of the various themes linked to the concert (including but not limited to the “anos de plomo” or “the lead years”, one of the darkest political and sociological periods in Argentina’s history.)

HSO’s Ambassadors, a leadership program for students, which also includes Trinity and Goodwin College students, will teach student ambassadors more about the HSO organization and symphonic music, along with the invaluable opportunity to learn social and networking skills as they welcome guests into the hall for concerts. Students will be given the opportunity to take an active role in the HSO organization, conveying audience members’ needs or suggestions to staff and will meet as a team to discuss experiences and explore ways to improve. For every concert they host, students will receive vouchers to return for a performance as HSO’s guest.

Ruth Sovronsky, Development Director of the Hartford Symphony, has worked to develop the HSO Ambassador program and expressed her excitement about the collaboration: “We are so proud to partner with Capital Community College in this venture, allowing the HSO to serve and be a resource for all in our community.  We look forward to learning from the new participating CCC students!”

Capital Community College has been expanding its footmark in the higher education place-based learning arena – using the city as its classroom – since the college moved to the downtown location from Woodland Street in 2002. In 2011, with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the college created its now signature program, the Hartford Heritage Project (HHP). HHP enables Capital students from every discipline to experience theater, get behind-the-scenes access to archives and materials in museums, and participate in classes on-site at the city’s historical and cultural institutions. Through HHP the college has increased partnerships with neighboring institutions and grown its arts presence in Greater Hartford with a new Theatre degree program taught entirely by area theater professionals and classes, lectures and events held on-site at The Bushnell, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Twain and Stowe homes, and the Old State House. Similarly, HSO is committed to seeking new ways to serve and be a resource to the community.

“The Hartford Heritage Project has made it possible for our students to explore the abundance of arts and cultural resources in Hartford, inspiring them to look afresh at Hartford and at the role of the humanities and arts in our lives,” said Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, Chair of Humanities at CCC and Director of the Hartford Heritage Project.  “This new, multi-faceted partnership with the HSO will open up a world for our college that many have not experienced. We are excited to include the HSO in the Hartford Heritage Project and look forward to a fruitful partnership to benefit not just Music Industry students at our college, but all students, faculty and staff.”

Hartford Symphony Orchestra celebrates a weekend of love with Latin Lovers from February 15-17 as part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks series

It’s a Latin-infused festival of love with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! The 2018-2019 Masterworks series continues this Valentine’s weekend with Latin Lovers starting on Friday, February 15 and running through Sunday, February 17, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO assistant conductor, Adam Boyles, and feature Julien Labro on bandoneón.

This program includes Copland’s El Salón México, Piazzolla’s Libertango and Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneón, Frank’s Three Latin American Dances, and Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. Join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain of each performance.

Copland’s dazzling El Salón México captures the spirit of a dance hall he visited during his first trip to Mexico. Piazzolla revolutionized tango music, and his sizzling Libertango intertwines the style with elements of jazz and classical. His fiery Aconcagua will feature the acclaimed Julien Labro on bandoneón. Contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s vivid Three Latin American Dances bears a kinship to Bernstein, and Márquez’s spirited Danzón No. 2 is one of the of the most popular contemporary Mexican compositions today.

Latin Lovers is the Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert. The 2018-2019 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.

 

About Julien Labro

Heralded as “the next accordion star” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.

Picking up the accordion at age 9, French-born Labro was in?uenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Upon discovering the music of jazz legends, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international awards, taking ?rst prize in the Coupe Mondiale in 1996 and the Castel?dardo Competitions in 1997. After sweeping ?rst place in the Marcel Azzola, Jo Privat and Medard Ferrero competitions in 1995 and 1998, respectively, Labro moved to the United States, where he further pursued his musical dream.

Labro has collaborated with numerous professional symphonies and chamber ensembles, often playing the dual roles of solo artist as well as composer/arranger. These include the conductorless Boston-based chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Vivant of Toronto, and Curtis On Tour from the Curtis Institute of Music faculty of Philadelphia. He has been a guest artist with numerous symphonies and chamber ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s, the Arkansas Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony, the Crested Butte Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bijou Orchestra, A Far Cry, the Linden String Quartet, the Prairie Ensemble, and many more.

Labro’s passion for promoting the understanding and love of music has well been recognized through his master classes at renowned institutions such as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, Hope College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, among others.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
LATIN LOVERS
Friday – Sunday, February 15-17, 2019
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Copland El Salón México
Piazzolla Libertango
Piazzolla Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneón
Frank Three Latin American Dances
Márquez Danzón No. 2

Featuring
Adam Boyles conductor
Julien Labro bandoneón

 

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 its 75th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019, 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.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Bach & Beyond on January 18-20 as part of 2018-2019 Masterworks series

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will continue its exciting 75th anniversary season with Bach & Beyond, starting on Friday, January 18 and running through Sunday, January 20, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO associate concertmaster and Baroque specialist, Lisa Rautenberg, and HSO concertmaster, Leonid Sigal. It will also feature Baroque dancers Carlos Fittante and Robin Gilbert, who will perform traditional choreography alongside these works. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

This program includes Rameau’s Overture to Le temple de la Gloire, Lully’s “Chaccone” from Phaeton, Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041, Arañés Gran Chacona, Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, Vivaldi’s La Follia, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, A449, and Ibert’s Divertissement.

Join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain of each performance.

Lisa Rautenberg is an exquisite violinist with expertise in the intricacy and depth of Baroque music, which is the foundation of the standard symphonic repertoire performed by orchestras all over the world today. Plus, experience Baroque dancing, a style of theatrical and social dancing popular with the European upper class between 1650-1760, as well as two 20th century adaptations of the Baroque musical style. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Baroque at its best!

Bach & Beyond is the 2018-2019 Koski Memorial Concert. The 2018-2019 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.

About Lisa Rautenberg

In addition to her role as Fanfare Consort Leader, Lisa Rautenberg performs as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.  She gave her New York City solo concerto debut with Concert Royale at the Mostly Mozart festival in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She performed her New York City recital debut in Merkin Hall playing virtuoso masters for the baroque violin. The recital included the first modern-day performances on original instruments of works by Paganini.  Lisa can be heard on over 100 recordings on labels such as SONY Classical, Virgin Classics, Newport Classics, MCA, Decca, Nonesuch, Telarc, Champignon International and Deutsche Grammophone, including solo violin work on her recording of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos. Her album on Sony of the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi has won numerous awards, as well as another Sony recording of the Schubert string quintet and five other recordings using the famous Stradivari quartet from the Smithsonian. Ms. Rautenberg has performed concertos in many of the major halls in America and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Boston Symphony Hall, Hercules Hall, Concertgebow, BBC London, and at the Proms festival. Ms. Rautenberg holds a degree in violin performance with distinction from Indiana University, where she was a student of Josef Gingold.  She also studied early violin techniques with Marilyn McDonald.  Lisa is the Associate Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony.

About Leonid Sigal

HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Since early performances he was praised by audiences and critics for his virtuosity and musical sensitivity. The Miami Herald wrote: “Sigal demonstrated what a fine violinist he is, playing passionately and cleanly with a soaring tone,” and the Hartford Courant echoes: “His tone was consistently sweet. He brought a clear sense of phrasing, articulation and effortless virtuosity.”

Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age 5, and was accepted to the renowned Gnessin School of Music. He went on attending and graduating with excellence from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Winner of several violin competitions and recipient of the 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award, he moved to the US, where he had also studied with Erick Friedman and had taken masterclasses with Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman. In 1995 he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to a prestigious fellowship at the New World Symphony, where he was one of the principals and was coached as conductor.

In 2007 he inaugurated and became Artistic Director of the celebrated Sunday Serenades, a chamber music series at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Mr. Sigal’s annual appearances as soloist with the HSO include highly acclaimed performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, concertos by Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Barber and Shostakovich, Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. In 2011 Mr. Sigal performed, and later recorded, a world premiere of Stephen Michael Gryc’s Violin Concerto Harmonia Mundi, written for him and commissioned by the HSO.

Also concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Mr. Sigal was previously Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic and had performed with San Diego Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He had served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony, as well as violin faculty at the University of Florida and University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. Since August of 2012, at the invitation of Music Director Gerard Schwarz, he has been part of the Emmy Award-winning and nationally-syndicated program All Star Orchestra alongside fellow concertmasters and principals from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Minnesota and other major American orchestras.

About Carlos Fittante

Carlos Fittante, a graduate of the School of American Ballet, specializes in Baroque, Balinese and Spanish escuela bolera dance. He is the artistic director of BALAM Dance Theatre, a contemporary world dance company inspired by Balinese theatre.  Highlights from his diverse performing career include the Metropolitan Opera, New York Theatre Ballet, Semara Ratih Gamelan, Joan Miller and Dance Players, Danzas Españolas, and numerous period music ensembles. Both his choreography and performances have received critical praise and have been presented throughout the United States and internationally at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University, and the Bali International Dance Festival. He has taught Mask and Gesture at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, NY, and currently teaches dance at Queens College and St. Joseph’s College in New York.

About Robin Gilbert

Robin Gilbert Campos, originally from Cleveland, Ohio is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She currently works with BALAM Dance Theatre, a company that fuses Balinese dance with ballet and other dance styles, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, Periapsis Music and Dance, Benjamin Briones Ballet, and Ballet Verite. She also currently performs Baroque dance with her dance partner Carlos Fittante. Past credits include Connecticut Ballet, Dallas Ballet Collective Body Dance Lab and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers to name a few, as well as performing in musicals and in film and television.

 

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
BACH & BEYOND
Friday – Sunday, January 18- 20, 2019
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Rameau Overture to Le temple de la Gloire
Lully “Chaccone” from Phaeton
Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Arañés Gran Chacona
Bach Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Vivaldi Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 12, “La Follia,” R. 63
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, A449
Ibert Divertissement

Featuring
Lisa Rautenberg conductor and HSO associate concertmaster
Leonid Sigal conductor and HSO concertmaster
Carlos Fittante Baroque dancer
Robin Gilbert Baroque dancer

 

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 its 75th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

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