Season at a Glance

  • Masterworks

    Rhapsody in Blue- Season Opener!

    Friday, October 11, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019

    Bernstein’s Candide Overture is a rollicking introduction to the comic operetta that was inspired by Voltaire’s novella by the same name.  Gershwin mixes a cocktail of jazz, ragtime, and classical for his timeless Rhapsody in Blue, and he was inspired to pen his witty “I Got Rhythm” Variations after playing... Event Details

    Brahms and Haydn

    Friday, November 15, 2019 - Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! It is surprising to note that Brahms’ masterful Variations on a Theme of Haydn is not inspired by a Haydn composition at all; rather, the theme – “St. Anthony’s Chorale” – is thought to have been written by Haydn’s student, and misattributed. Haydn’s grand... Event Details

    Chopin and Franck

    Friday, December 6, 2019 - Sunday, December 8, 2019

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! Made most famous by an ambitious mouse, Dukas’ dazzling The Sorcerer’s Apprentice became one of the most popular orchestral works in history when it appeared in the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia. Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 was written when the composer was young... Event Details

    The Four Seasons

    Friday, January 17, 2020 - Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! We ring in the new year – and the new decade! – with Vivaldi’s evocative The Four Seasons. This beloved piece, which will feature dynamic young violinist Randall Goosby, brings to life babbling brooks, summer storms, hunting parties, and cozy winter fires. Brazilian-American composer... Event Details

    Romeo and Juliet

    Friday, February 14, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! The HSO brings to life one of the greatest love stories of all time! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired works of art in all mediums, and the music from Prokofiev’s ballet captures all of the bliss, humor, drama, and tragedy of the play. ... Event Details

    Dvorák’s Eighth

    Friday, March 13, 2020 - Sunday, March 15, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! Composed at his summer retreat in 1889, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 takes inspiration from Czech folk music, and has a cheer and optimism that was unusual for the composer and the time period. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which was written for violinist Pablo de Sarasate,... Event Details

    Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

    Friday, April 17, 2020 - Sunday, April 19, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! Tchaikovsky was obsessed with the concept of Fate, and his exhilarating and contrasting Symphony No. 5 explores the idea of “complete resignation before Fate.” His joyful Fifth Symphony is one of the composer’s most adored, despite him initially calling it “repulsive”! Rachmaninoff’s electrifying Piano... Event Details

    Enigma Variations

    Friday, May 8, 2020 - Sunday, May 10, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! Elgar’s charming Enigma Variations presents a couple of mysteries – first, a guessing game as to who the 14 musical personality sketches he composed represent (most certainly his wife and friends). Plus, the question of what the “unheard” theme of the piece is –... Event Details

    Beethoven's Ninth

    Friday, June 5, 2020 - Sunday, June 7, 2020

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! We conclude the 2019-2020 season with a true “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven’s towering, magnificent Symphony No. 9. The completion of his final and greatest symphony coincided with his total hearing loss, so that by the premiere, a concert soloist had to turn him... Event Details
  • POPS!

    Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before!   Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure - Raiders of the Lost Ark - with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by... Event Details

    Holiday Cirque Spectacular

    Saturday, December 21, 2019

    Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical 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... Event Details

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

    Saturday, March 28, 2020

    Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. Event Details

    The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

    Travel to a galaxy far, far away when the Hartford Symphony presents The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, featuring a screening of the iconic movie in HD on a 40-foot screen with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film by the HSO. Since the release of... Event Details
  • HSO: Intermix

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  • Sunday Serenades

    Color & Texture: Beethoven & Ives

    Sunday, November 10, 2019

    The desire to surround ourselves with beauty is universal and timeless. The exhibition Design in the American Home, 1650-1850 shows how the quest for color, texture, and splendor propels artful design.  Enjoy a program of music that evokes the power of design, including Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 “From the... Event Details

    Mozart & The Romantics

    Sunday, February 9, 2020

    Prepare for Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of soul-stirring music performed by Hartford Symphony musicians. The program includes Beethoven’s Serenade in D., Op 25, Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. Event Details

    Savory Sounds: Strauss & Beethoven

    Sunday, May 3, 2020

    Savory Sounds: Strauss & Beethoven is an exploration of dining conventions ranging from the grand formality of a lavish banquet to an intimate meal. Nourish the soul with an afternoon of delectable music that excites the senses, including Beethoven's lively Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 11, "Gassenhauer," an... Event Details
  • Talcott Mountain Music Festival

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  • Special Events

    Music for Grand Organ and Orchestra: The Opening Concert of the 2019 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

    Friday, September 27, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

    Join us for the opening concert of the 2019 Albert Schwitzer Organ Festival! This performance will be led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan and will feature the epic Symphonie Concertante by Joseph Jongen as well as classic works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Widor, and Scheer. The concert will spotlight organist... Event Details

    The HSO and the Case of the Missing Ghost Lamp

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    Join us for an eerie exploration of the orchestra! With Halloween right around the corner, the season is ripe for a spooky symphony story of a missing ghost lamp in the theater, voiced by the orchestra and illustrated by beautiful visual projections. Event Details

    Exploring Emotions

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Young Noah is having a magical dream, where he arrives on a distant planet just in time to save its people from a fierce dragon. Join Noah for a thrilling ride to the other side of the galaxy, where he will learn what it takes not only to be strong... Event Details
  • Discovery Concerts

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