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

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

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

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

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

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

Featuring 
Joseph Youngconductor
Clarice Assad composer and vocalist

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

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

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

About Joseph Young

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

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

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

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

About Clarice Assad

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 78thseason, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! concerts, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more. The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra 

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Now in its 78th season, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! concerts, Sunday Serenades, HSO: Intermix Series, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area. 

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

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

Tickets go on sale September 7

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

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

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

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

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

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie

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

The 2021-2022 POPS! Season is sponsored by the Katherine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. 

2021-2022 Masterworks Series subscriptions on sale now!

2021-2022 Masterworks Series subscriptions on sale now!

 

HARTFORD, CT (August 3, 2021) – Subscriptions are now on sale for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 Masterworks Series, which will be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Concerts will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm in the Belding Theater. The Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation and The Elizabeth M. and Harriette M. Landon Foundation.

Subscriptions are available for 6 concerts and 9 concerts.

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

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

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

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2021-2022 MASTERWORKS SERIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del

January 14-16, 2022 
From the New World
Still Darker America
Price Concerto in One Movement for Piano
Dvo?ák Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Featuring
Jeri Lynne Johnson conductor
Michelle Cann piano

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

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

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

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

 

March 11-13, 2022 
Mendelssohn’s Italian 
Mendelssohn Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Puts Flute Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, “Italian”
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Demarre McGill flute
“As a child, I believed I was a troublemaking fairy before coming
to this world, and I have always loved that music can be a ‘Fountain of Youth’ – instantly transporting us to a world of light, innocence and fun. Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreambrings the magic and beauty of Shakespeare’s play to life. He wrote his Symphony No. 4 when he visited Italy for the first time as a 20-year-old. Joy and wonder burst radiantly from the very first note. I think of American composer Kevin Puts as our modern-day Mendelssohn. Kevin once shared with me the Flute Concerto is one of his favorite works of his own. For me, it was love at first listen since conducting its world premiere in 2013.” – Carolyn Kuan
April 8-10, 2022 
Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, TH 29
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Henry Kramer piano

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

Concert Sponsor: The Koski Memorial Concert

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

“As an immigrant, it is always a joy to share the diversity of the world’s music with our audience.Beatles guitarist George Harrison collaborated closely with Ravi Shankar, and called him ‘the godfather of world music.’Shankar’s enchanting Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra is a lush blend of Indian and Western classical music. I have always admired strong women, like Scheherazade in Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece. Her bravery and 1,001 tales changed her life and the lives of all those around her. This music is dramatic, evocative, thrilling and wistful – qualities that speak to me in a very personal way.” – Carolyn Kuan

June 10-12, 2022 
Beethoven’s Ninth

Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Plus, fireworks after the concert!

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

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

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

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

Featuring

Adam Boyles, conductor

Super Diamond 

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

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

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival Queens of Soul concert has been canceled

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival Queens of Soul concert has been canceled

HARTFORD, CT (July 9, 2021) – Due to flooded and unsafe field and parking lot conditions at Simsbury Meadows as a result of this week’s storms, tonight’s Queens of Soulconcert is canceled.

Patrons who are holding tickets for Queens of Soulmay donate their tickets back to the HSO, receive a credit for a future HSO performance (including these three exciting TMMF concerts – Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatleson July 16, Disco Inferno! Featuring Classical Night Feveron July 23, and Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamondon July 30) or receive a refund. Please read on for additional information about refunds.

For donations, exchanges, or credits, please contact the box office by Wednesday, July 14. Unless you wish to contact the Box Office for one of the above options, refunds will be issued automatically on Thursday, July 15.

For donations, exchanges, or credits to your HSO account, contact the Box Office at feedback@bushnell.org(preferable method) or by calling 860-987-5900. Please understand the Box Office is receiving a high volume of calls and emails, and willrespond to you.

The on-site box office at Simsbury Meadows is closed today (Friday, July 9).

The summer music continues at the 25thAnniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival with Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatleson July 16

The summer music continues at the 25thAnniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival with Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles on July 16

HARTFORD, CT (July 2, 2021) –  The 25th Anniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival presents music from one of the greatest bands of all time with Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles on July 16. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury and will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles. Tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org or by calling 860-987-5900. This concert will be held rain or shine. 

Hailed by many critics as The Beatles’ finest album, Abbey Road includes such iconic songs as “Here Comes the Sun,” “Something” and “Come Together.” Classical Mystery Tour returns to the Talcott stage with a tribute to The Beatles’ early years, Abbey Road, and many more timeless songs from the greatest band of all time.

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

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series
Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles
Friday, July 16, 2021 (rain or shine)
7:30 pm; Gates open at 6 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Adam Boyles, conductor

Classical Mystery Tour 

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

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

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival Celebrate America! concert scheduled for July 2 has been rescheduled to July 6

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival Celebrate America! concert scheduled for July 2 has been rescheduled to July 6

HARTFORD, CT (July 2, 2021) – Due to inclement and unseasonably cool weather predicted for this weekend, the Talcott Mountain Musical Festival’s Celebrate America! concert scheduled for Friday, July 2 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 6 at 7:30 pm at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. The fireworks planned for Celebrate America! have been rescheduled to the July 30 Talcott concert, Super Diamond Performing the Music of Neil Diamond.

If you cannot attend the Tuesday, July 6 rescheduled concert, you can contact the Box Office at feedback@bushnell.org to exchange your tickets into another Talcott Mountain Music Festival concert this season, have the ticket credited to your account, or request a refund (deadline for exchanging or crediting tickets and refunds is Wednesday, 7/7). You can also call the Box Office at 860-987-5900.

Calendar Listing Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series CELEBRATE AMERICA! Tuesday, July 6, 2021 (RESCHEDULED DATE) 7:30pm; Gates open at 6 pm Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan, conductor

Jessica Fishenfeld, vocalist

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

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

Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues 25thAnniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival with Queens of Soul on July 9

Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues 25thAnniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival with Queens of Soul on July 9

HARTFORD, CT (June 25, 2021) – Summer continues when the 25thAnniversary Talcott Mountain Music Festival presents Queens of Soul on July 9. The concert will take place at 7:30pm at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury and will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan. Tickets are on sale at hartfordsymphony.org or by calling 860-987-5900. This concert will be held rain or shine.

This evening features fabulous vocalists including Shayna Steele, Tamika Lawrence, and Kelly Levesque singing the hits made famous by the reigning divas of soul and R&B: Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Adele, and more!

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

Calendar Listing
Talcott Mountain Music Festival Series
Queens of Soul
Friday, July 9, 2021 (rain or shine)
7:30pm; Gates open at 6 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Featuring

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Shayna Steele, Tamika Lawrence, and Kelly Levesque vocalists

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

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

 

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the winners of the 43rd Young Artists Competition  

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces the winners of the
43rd Young Artists Competition  

HARTFORD, CT (June 23, 2021) – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the winners of the 43rd Young Artists Competition! Emily DeNucci of Somers (flute) and Tyler Tan of Cheshire (violin) were tied for first place. Second place winner was Gerald Kim of Fairfield (violin), and third place winner was Jasmine Xi (piano).  

Judges were HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal, HSO flute Jeanne Wilson, and HSO piano substitute Gary Chapman.  

“The sheer amount of talent among this year’s competition is staggering,” said Leonid Sigal. “It is both heartwarming and inspiring to see these fine young artists willing to invest their time and tremendous effort, even at the most challenging time and in the face of possibly the biggest adversity of our lifetime. This gives me hope and confidence in the future of our art form.”   

“I was stunned by the high level of maturity and musicality of the contestants. The two first place winners were so amazing that we were unable to choose just one of them,” said Jeanne Wilson. “As a flutist myself I was quite overwhelmed by Emily DeNucci, who is one of the finest young players I have ever heard. I was equally impressed by Tyler Tan the other first place winner on violin and was thrilled that my fellow judges agreed with my assessment. The fact that all of the contestants have been able to sustain their dedication to music and to their instruments during the horrible situation of the past year and a half is pretty incredible.”

This season’s Young Artist Competition was completely virtual. To be eligible, students had to be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2020-2021 academic year, could not be a previous first place winner of the HSO’s Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar. 

The application/first round consisted of an online application and the submission of two video performances of the applicant’s selected pieces. Finalists were announced in May. Contestants who advanced to the final round had the choice to submit a new recording of their concerto piece or to use their first-round video.  

About the Winners 

Emily DeNucci (First Place) Emily DeNucci lives in Somers, CT and is a rising sophomore at Wilbraham and Monson Academy. She has studied flute with Greig Shearer at the Hartt School Community Division (HCD) for seven years and has been mentored by Sonora Slocum since 2020. Through HCD, she also takes piano lessons, plays in a flute/classical guitar duo, and studies composition and music theory. This was her second year playing in the top orchestra of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. In the past year, Emily was first prize winner for the UMass Young Artist Competition, NJ Flute Society Spring Competition, NJ Flute Society High School Competition, as well as the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Youth Artist Competition. She also won first place in the NY Flute Club Young Musicians Contest for her age group in both 2017 and 2019. This summer, Emily is looking forward to attending the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. 

Tyler Tan (First Place) Seventeen-year-old violinist Tyler Tan hails from Cheshire, CT. A National Young Arts Finalist and recipient of the University of Connecticut Joy! Conservatory Scholarship, he has performed at prestigious venues all over the United States, including Alice Tully Hall (New York), Carnegie Hall (New York), and the New World Center (Miami). As a member of the NYO-USA (National Youth Orchestra) in 2020 and 2021 as well as NYO2 in 2018 and 2019, Tyler played in masterclasses for members of the Atlanta, Dallas, Tucson, and National Symphony Orchestras. He has also worked with other violin pedagogues including Miriam Fried and Paul Biss, and has performed under esteemed conductors such as David Robertson, James Ross, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Michael Repper.  

In addition to performance activities, Tyler has organized various community outreach projects. Through NYO, he performed with students of the Miami Music Project. He is the regional director of the Back to Bach Project and a volunteer musician at the Yale New Haven Hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyler redirected his efforts to organize recordings of musical postcards with fellow musicians for isolated hospital patients. These performances are now part of Yale New Haven Hospital’s Music for Healing Channel. 

Tyler currently studies with Dr. I-Hao Lee at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. 

Gerald Kim (Second Place) Gerald Kim is a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. He started to the violin at age 7 and is currently studying under Wendy Sharp at the Yale School of Music. He has been a member of Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra for 8 years and was concertmaster in the 2021 season.  He has participated in and won many competitions, most recently being named a merit winner in classical music of the 2021 National YoungArts Competition and First Place winner of the New York Artist International Competition. He will be attending Carnegie Mellon University this fall to pursue a double major in Math and Computer Science.  

Jasmine Xi (Third Place) Jasmine Xi from Wallingford, Connecticut, is a rising senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, where she studies with Silvana Sokolov-Grubb. She started playing piano at the age of five years old, and has studied with Sima Brodksy at the Hartt School Community Division for seven years.  

Jasmine has won numerous awards, including second place at the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, as well as Best Performance Overall and the Tchaikovsky Award for most grandiose playing at the University of Rhode Island Piano Extravaganza. As well, she has won second place in the Renée B. Fisher Competition, first place in Westfield State University Young Artists Piano Competition, and an honorable mention at the New Hampshire Granite State Competition.  

In addition to piano, Jasmine enjoys playing field hockey and cello. At Exeter, she participates in orchestra, student council, robotics, and a variety of community service clubs.  

The 43rd Young Artists Competition was sponsored by Jeffrey & Nancy Hoffman, Prize Underwriters of the Young Artists Competition, with additional support from: Ruth Ann C. Davis, Hollis G. Dorman, Michelle Duffy and Robert H. Connell, Acorn Alcinda Foundation, Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, in memory of Judy Weisman, Rona B. Gollob, Arnold & Beverly Greenberg, Wendy M. Haller, Laura R. Harris, Helen and Donald Hughlett, Claire and Jan Kennedy, Lois and Charles Koteen, Irene J. Loretto, Lois A. Muraro and Carl J. Elsishans, Katherine M. Papathanasis, Mary and Frank Petras, Dara K. Ribicoff, Joseph Spada, and Diane and Gary Whitney. 

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 77th 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.  

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