Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-2021 Masterworks Series  

Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2020-2021 Masterworks Series

 Celebrating Carolyn Kuan’s 10th season!

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

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

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

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2020-2021 MASTERWORKS SERIES

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

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor

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

 

November 6-8, 2020
Mendelssohn’s Italian

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Adam Walker flute

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

 

December 4-6, 2020
Tchaikovsky & Grieg

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Alessio Bax piano

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

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

 

January 15-17, 2021
From the New World

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

Featuring
Jeri Lynne Johnson conductor
Michelle Cann piano

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

 

February 12-14, 2021
Firebird

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sirena Huang violin

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

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

 

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

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

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

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

 

April 9-11, 2021
Strauss & Glass

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

Featuring
Gerard Schwarz conductor
Leonid Sigal violin

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

Concert Sponsor: The Koski Memorial Concert

 

May 7-9, 2021
Scheherazade

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

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Sitar to be announced

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

 

June 4-6, 2021
Missa Solemnis

Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Op. 123

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

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

 

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

HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 76th season, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Giving Tuesday

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

About Hoffman Auto Group

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

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 76th season in 2019-2020, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

Announcing the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge!

Announcing the HSO/Hoffman Auto Group Giving Tuesday Challenge!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Giving Tuesday

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

About Hoffman Auto Group

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

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 76th season in 2019-2020, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Music Builds Community Campaign Completes $1 Million Challenge!

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) Music Builds Community (MBC) Campaign will be receiving a $1 million gift! This gift is a result of the HSO meeting a challenge by a group of anonymous donors to raise $750,000 in new MBC commitments between June 20 and December 31, 2018.

The goal of Music Builds Community is to raise $10,000,000 by 2022.  With the successful completion of the Challenge, MBC has raised $7,414,049, representing 74% of the goal.

The challenge gift was made to honor and celebrate the HSO’s 75th Season, which started in October of 2018.  Gifts from all sources, including individual, foundation, business and corporate, counted towards the $750,000 goal.  The successful completion of this challenge would not have been possible without the diligent work of MBC Campaign Committee members including Committee Chair Rebecca Corbin Loree, HSO Board Chair Jeff Verney, Bob Bausmith, Karen Sprout, and David Roth.

This gift will aid in fulfilling the three main goals set forth by the campaign committee:

  • $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.

“We are thrilled to have met this challenge well in advance of the December 31 end date, and we are sincerely grateful to all the generous donors who helped us achieve this goal,” said MBC Campaign Chair Rebecca Corbin Loree, an HSO director and Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors in Farmington. “The committee is energized and excited to continue the work of reaching our $10M objective, which will be invested to further the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s impact on our community.”

More information on MBC may be found on its web site:  www.hsombc.org. 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 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’s Music Builds Community Campaign Receives $1 Million Challenge Gift!

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Media Contact:

Amanda Savio, Marketing & Public Relations Manager
860-760-7317, asavio@hartfordsymphony.org

Hartford (July 9, 2018) – Music Builds Community (MBC): The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign has a $1 million challenge to meet!   A team of individuals who wish to remain anonymous have combined to create a very unique challenge grant for the MBC Campaign that will result in a gift of $1,000,000, provided the HSO raises $750,000 in new gifts to the MBC Campaign between now and December 31, 2018.

The goal of Music Builds Community is to raise $10,000,000 by 2022.  To date, MBC has raised $6,196,680 representing 62% of the goal.  The challenge grant is made to honor and celebrate HSO’s 75th Season, which starts in October of 2018. The Challenge grant has raised $721,100 representing 96% of the goal.

The period of the challenge grant began on June 20th.  Gifts from all sources, including individual, foundation, business and corporate, will count towards the $750,000 that the HSO must raise in order to receive the added gift of $1,000,000.

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.

MBC Campaign Chair Rebecca Corbin Loree, an HSO director and Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors in Farmington, said the challenge comes as a wonderful surprise to the effort.

“As theHSO heads to its 75thanniversary, this challenge will help focus attention on the great music created by its musicians and its community impact as a leading arts organization in Connecticut. We look forward to meeting and exceeding this challenge as we move closer to our goal.”

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

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 74thseason in 2017-2018, 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 announces Music Builds Community Campaign

(Hartford, CT, April 18, 2018) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced its Music Builds Community: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign today in an event held at The Bushnell.

The goal of MBC is to raise $10 million by 2021, ensuring the HSO’s key role in the greater Hartford region. In 2016, MBC received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving which provided the financial resources necessary to begin and sustain the campaign.

Fundraising results as of October 12 include 110 gifts totaling $6,083,190, representing 61 percent of the campaign’s goal.

Music Builds Community (MBC) is led by a volunteer committee chaired by HSO Board of Directors member Rebecca Corbin Loree, Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors in Farmington. Joining her are HSO Board Chairman Jeff Verney, HSO Board Vice Chairman John Langenus, and Board members David Roth and Karen Sprout.

Attendees included HSO board, staff, and musicians, as well as local community leaders and special guests. After the reception, attendees were invited to attend the HSO’s Discovery Series concert for students, Link Up: The Orchestra Swings, wheremore than 2,000 upper elementary school students from 22 Hartford public schools attended and performed with the HSO.

“Day in and day out, the magnificent Hartford Symphony Orchestra makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people living in the greater Hartford community,” said Verney. “One of the things I love best is to look at the joyful faces of people after they have attended an HSO event, whether it’s the faces of children after they have interacted with our musicians in schools or at concerts; the faces of patrons who have just heard another phenomenal performance at a concert; the faces of people who are in medical facilities who have been transported by the music played by small groups of HSO musicians; or the faces of individuals who have heard HSO musicians perform in private homes.

“Music indeed builds community,” continued Verney, “and I am confident that the community will strongly support the HSO through the Music Builds Community campaign.”

“The HSO is a leading cultural asset in Connecticut and a significant contributor to the richness of the Greater Hartford region,” Loree said. “Through our collective passion for enriching lives and community through great music, the Symphony will continue to be a positive force and the Music Builds Community campaign is our opportunity to support this important mission.”

The campaign has three fundraising goals:

  • $6 million to build the HSO’s endowment, providing organizational support in perpetuity
  • $2 million to increase education and community engagement programs to meet a growing need throughout our extended community
  • $2 million to create innovative programs that both captivate new audiences while remaining true to our foundation

The quiet phase of MBC began in April 2017, with 100% of the HSO Board of Directors members and HSO staff making a commitment to the campaign, totaling more than $2.4 million. During this phase, several directors made the largest charitable gift of their lives and members of the orchestra have stepped forward as well.

Additionally, MBC received a generous $500,000 gift from Stanley, Black and Decker, one of the many examples of the firm’s desire to make our region a great place to live and work.

For more information on Music Builds Community (MBC): The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign, visit hsombc.org.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 74thseason in 2017-2018, 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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