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Mar 2017

Prelude to The Planets

Friday, March 31, 2017

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Join the Talcott Mountain Science Center and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for an exciting and enlightening evening celebrating the planets with music, a light show and observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain.

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Apr 2017

The Planets: Different Worlds

Friday, April 7, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vaughan Williams once described Holst’s The Planets as “the perfect equilibrium” of the mystic and the melodic sides of the composer’s nature. Inspired by the astrological character of each planet, this enduringly popular work also bears the richness and emotional warmth of humanity. Ingram Marshall’s Kingdom Come was written in the mid-1990s in memory of his brother-in-law, who was killed while working as a journalist in Bosnia. Taped components of the composition were collected years earlier, during services at a Croatian Catholic Church and a Serbian Orthodox Church. Bates’ Liquid Interface was inspired by his time living on Berlin’s enormous Lake Wannsee, and watching the metamorphosis of the water through the seasons. The result is a unique blend of acoustic orchestra with electronic sounds not to be missed..

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Lies You Can Believe In

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lies You Can Believe In features music by classical and contemporary composers, whose works are threaded by the concept of “observation,” tying back to Real Art Ways’ current exhibits, Reaction Bubble and Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy.

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Bravo! Gala Celebration

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Join us for an elegant evening in celebration and support of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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May 2017

Amistad @ 30: Songs and Spirituals

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Programmed around the celebration of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s 30th Anniversary exhibition, this concert features Walker’s captivating Lyric, Volans’ White Man Sleeps, Burleigh’s Songs and Spirituals and Dvo?ák’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81. Featuring HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and leading HSO musicians.

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Russian Intensity

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

The spotlight is on HSO’s own concertmaster, Leonid Sigal, in this concert featuring the works of Russian composers. Alexander Borodin died before he finished his Prince Igor opera; it was Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov who completed the work for him after he passed, with Glazunov composing much of the Overture. Glazunov’s Concerto for Violin in A minor was written at the height of the composer’s fame, while he was spending time at his summer home in Oserki. The pastoral setting inspired the lyrical mood of the concerto, which is superbly imagined and vivacious. Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 4 was dedicated to his patroness, Nadezhda von Meck; he claimed she would find in it “an echo of your most intimate thoughts and emotions.” With the theme of Fate running throughout, Symphony No. 4 is emotionally and musically complex.

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Playing with Dogs

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Get ready for a fabulous night with our favorite furry friends! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles, Playing with Dogs brings together music and mutts like you’ve never seen before. Featuring pups and handlers from the HSO audience and the World Canine Freestyle Organization, you will enjoy a night of heartwarming tales of man’s best friend, as well as dazzling choreography and amazing tricks – all set to music inspired by our very special love of dogs!

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Jun 2017

Choral Fantasy and Mystical Songs

Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017

HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles leads his first complete Masterworks concert! Brahms’ sparkling Academic Festival Overture was composed as a musical “thank you” to the University of Breslau for awarding him an honorary doctorate. A curmudgeonly joker, Brahms created a “boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs.” This program also explores the unique relationship of teacher and student – Haydn and Beethoven as well as Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” combines grandeur and lyricism, with a foreshadowing of his “Ode to Joy” from the Ninth Symphony. Inspired by the Anglican Church, Williams’ meditative Five Mystical Songs sets four poems by poet and priest George Herbert to music, concluding in a triumphant hymn of praise.

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Celebrate America!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kick off summer with Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day celebration! Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will include all of your patriotic favorites and more. Plus, stay for fireworks following the concert!

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Jul 2017

Sgt. Pepper's 50th! featuring Classical Mystery Tour

Friday, July 7, 2017

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Sgt. Pepper’s 50th!, featuring Beatles tribute band, Classical Mystery Tour, and the HSO. This concert will include all the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s hits, such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “She’s Leaving Home,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” “When I’m 64,” and “A Day in the Life.” Plus, hear other classic Beatles tunes from the band’s early days on through the solo years! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles.

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The Music of David Bowie

Friday, July 14, 2017

The genius of David Bowie’s innovative and unique, one-of-a-kind sound influenced generations of great music. Hear his music like never before when the HSO, backed by a full rock band, take you on a symphonic musical odyssey that explores the incredible range of Bowie’s music, including the hits “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more! Conducted by Brent Havens.

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Williams & Warner Bros.

Friday, July 21, 2017

John Williams is one of America’s most beloved living composers – as are his scores for blockbuster films like Star Wars, Schindler’s List, and so many more. And music from composing greats like Rossini, Brahms, Chopin and others set the scene for countless wacky Looney Tunes adventures. Put them together and you get Williams & Warner Bros., an unforgettable summer evening of music from the big and small screen! Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan.

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Broadway A to Z

Friday, July 28, 2017

Celebrate Broadway’s greatest his of all time, performed by three amazing vocalists with music performed by your HSO! Featuring Broadway showstoppers from Showboat, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, Peter Pan, Rent, West Side Story, Jersey Boys, Wicked, The Music Man and more! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles.

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