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HSO Family Series at Hill-Stead

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The HSO Family Series is taking over Hill-Stead Museum’s First Sunday for Families in March! Kids will have a blast playing at the HSO Instrument Petting Zoo, trying out dozens of musical instruments from the violin and the saxophone to the tuba and the glockenspiel. The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will perform from 2 pm-3 pm, and the children can see and hear up-close the instruments they have just tried themselves being played by the pros! This event is open to the public and all activities are included in the cost of admission to the Museum.

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A Faust Symphony

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

Faust makes a deal with the devil, Mephistopheles, to trade his soul for the devil’s services on Earth. But when Faust seduces the attractive Gretchen with Mephistopheles’ help, his world falls apart and Gretchen’s life is shattered. Hungarian composer Franz Liszt brought these characters to life in his three part character study A Faust Symphony, written almost 70 years after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s iconic drama. This new adaptation will bring spoken word, drama and action to the HSO stage, infusing Liszt’s character sketches with elements of the theatrical storyline. Come see, hear and imagine the yearning, scheming, agony and ecstasy of man’s desire to improve his lot – ultimately to his own downfall. Sponsored by the Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming.

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The Music of U2

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band take a musical journey spanning four decades of monster hits including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One” and many more. Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 quickly climbed the charts and became one of the premiere rock bands of all time, selling more than 150 million records worldwide and earning 22 GRAMMY® Awards — more than any other band. Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Richard Carsey lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before!

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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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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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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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A Faust Symphony

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

Faust makes a deal with the devil, Mephistopheles, to trade his soul for the devil’s services on Earth. But when Faust seduces the attractive Gretchen with Mephistopheles’ help, his world falls apart and Gretchen’s life is shattered. Hungarian composer Franz Liszt brought these characters to life in his three part character study A Faust Symphony, written almost 70 years after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s iconic drama. This new adaptation will bring spoken word, drama and action to the HSO stage, infusing Liszt’s character sketches with elements of the theatrical storyline. Come see, hear and imagine the yearning, scheming, agony and ecstasy of man’s desire to improve his lot – ultimately to his own downfall. Sponsored by the Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming.

More Information ?

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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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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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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The Music of U2

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band take a musical journey spanning four decades of monster hits including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One” and many more. Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 quickly climbed the charts and became one of the premiere rock bands of all time, selling more than 150 million records worldwide and earning 22 GRAMMY® Awards — more than any other band. Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Richard Carsey lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before!

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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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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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Save the Date! - Bravo! Gala 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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

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