Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as it presents LOVE NOTES February 11-14!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as it presents Love Notes February 11-14!

Concerts feature renowned visual artist Maria Rud, dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and puppetry from the UConn Puppet Arts Program

HARTFORD, CT (January 21, 2016) – It’s the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as you’ve never experienced it before! Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend as Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Masterworks Series continues with a unique and very special celebration of love with Love Notes.  Love Notes runs Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. Visit www.hartfordsymphony.org for information.

Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Renowned visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out!

The program includes Wagner’s Prelude to Act I from Tristan und Isolde, Prokofiev’s Pas de Deux (Balcony Scene) from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque for Solo Piano, Saint-Saëns’ “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, TH46, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight,” and Tchaikovsky’s Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71. The concerts will be conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan. The 2015-2016 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

A Sweet Treat For Your Valentine: We are selling boxes of four delicious chocolate truffles, made by Connecticut’s own Munson’s Chocolates, labeled with the HSO logo and tied with a red ribbon, in advance of our Love Notes concerts!  A tag for your personalization will also be available.  All purchases must be made in advance, through the Box Office, by Monday, February 1.  You will receive a ticket redeemable for each box ordered, and your box(es) of chocolates will be available for pick-up at our information table in the Belding Theater lobby when you arrive for the concert.

Carolyn Kuan, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Director, credit Jane Shauck
Carolyn Kuan, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Music Director, credit Jane Shauck

About Maria Rud

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During these concerts, renowned artist Maria Rud will create original visual art by painting images on a glass palette, inspired by, and “in time” with, two pieces by Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, TH46, and Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71. Ms. Rud’s artwork is captured digitally in real time, projected onto a large screen behind the orchestra, and is wiped away from the glass palette at the end of the performance. Both the visual and musical components exist only during the performance – making it a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Ms. Rud was born in Moscow. She studied fine art from the age of seven, graduating from Surikov School of Art, Moscow, and gaining a second degree in film from the Academy of Culture, St. Petersburg. She worked as an artist for Souzmyltfilm, Moscow (State Animation Studios) and State TV before becoming a glass designer for Lindshammar Glasbruk (Sweden) and Magnor Glassverk (Norway). Her work was featured on Russian State TV and appeared in various publications.

Ms. Rud’s paintings are in the collections in many countries, including Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. She co-founded the Cultural project DOM in Edinburgh and York and was co-director of the retail and design company Kindom. As a designer, she has worked in the fields of fashion accessories, jewelry, gift stationery, art glass and ceramics. Ms. Rud has exhibited since 1991 and had numerous solo exhibitions in Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

About Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory

The exceptionally talented dancers of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory will bring to life Prokofiev’s Pas de Deux (Balcony Scene) from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64.

Founded in 1969, Sharon Dante has assembled an international faculty that trains students in the Nutmeg’s training program – one that combines the fundamentals of the Vaganova methodology with a blend of neo-classical and contemporary styles. The Nutmeg offers both a year-round Residency Program and a Summer Program, each immersing students in intensive study and training, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory is unique in its dedication to teaching classical ballet alongside a full resident performance season, thus placing equal emphasis on both training and performance skills. The commitment of The Nutmeg’s faculty and guest artists is to utilize this ideal combination of experiences to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century professional dance companies. Additionally, the school maintains a full Conservatory Academic Program (CAP) that provides education options as well as full college preparation for students who endeavor to further their academic careers in a university setting.

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Victoria Mazzarelli, Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory Artistic Director

About the UConn Puppet Arts Program

Members of the UConn Puppet Arts program will showcase their artistry during Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque for Solo Piano.

Classes in puppetry were first taught at UConn in 1964 by Professor Frank W. Ballard, who had joined the faculty of Theatre Department as a set designer and technical director eight years earlier. After three years, the demand for these courses had grown so drastically that the department had to limit enrollment in puppetry classes. Professor Ballard’s first full-length puppet production, The Mikado, was presented on the stage of the Harriet S. Jorgensen theatre as one of the department’s Mainstage productions. UConn soon became one of only two (soon to be three) universities in the country offering a BFA degree in puppet arts and the only institution in the country offering masters degrees (both MA and MFA) in the field.

Graduates of the puppetry program perform and design for many theatres around the world. They appear in, build for and manage internationally recognized television programs (such as Between the Lions) and films, write books, design toys, teach children, and direct prominent schools and museums.

In 1990, Bart. P. Roccoberton, Jr. succeeded Frank Ballard as Director of the Puppet Arts Program. In addition to the full-stage Puppet Productions that are mounted for the Department’s Connecticut Repertory Theatre, puppetry majors are encouraged to mount their own productions, which are presented at the university and toured to schools, museums and theaters. Nearly 500 student puppet productions have been presented since 1964.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
LOVE NOTES
Thursday – Sunday, February 11-14, 2016
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Thursday 7:30pm?Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org <https://hartfordsymphony.org>
Featuring:
Carolyn Kuan
conductor
Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, Victoria Mazzarelli, artistic director
UConn Puppetry Program, directed by Bart P. Roccoberton, Jr.
Maria Rud,
visual artist
Program:
Wagner Prelude to Act I from Tristan und Isolde
Prokofiev Pas de Deux (Balcony Scene) from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
Debussy “Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque for Solo Piano
Saint- Saëns “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, TH46
Beethoven  Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Renowned visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out!

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

HSO programs are funded in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, 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.

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Tickets starting at $19, $10 for students with ID
860-987-5900 <tel:860-987-5900>  or www.hartfordsymphony.org <https://hartfordsymphony.org/>
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