Season at a Glance

  • Masterworks

    Tchaikovsky's Firsts

    Friday, November 30, 2018 - Sunday, December 2, 2018

    We celebrate the great Tchaikovsky with two of his firsts! His triumphant Piano Concerto No. 1 was an immediate success upon its premiere in Boston in 1875, and was the first piece of classical music to sell a million records, with a performance by Van Cliburn in 1958. His melancholic... Event Details

    Bach & Beyond

    Friday, January 18, 2019 - Sunday, January 20, 2019

    “Air on the G String,” the second movement in Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D Major, is unquestionably one of the most famous melodies in the Baroque era. Lully was the master of the lyric tragedy, and his Phaeton is a warning against excessive pride. This intricate tale, nicknamed “the... Event Details

    Latin Lovers

    Friday, February 15, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

    It’s a Latin-infused festival of love! Copland’s dazzling El Salón México captures the spirit of a dance hall he visited during his first trip to Mexico. Piazzolla revolutionized tango music, and his sizzling Libertango intertwines the style with elements of jazz and classical. His fiery Aconcagua will feature the acclaimed... Event Details

    Mozart Meets Klezmer

    Friday, March 15, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Mozart’s opera Lucio Silla has it all – political ambition, rivalry, love – and its grand overture is a miniature three movement symphony. His Symphony No. 39 is one of his three final symphonies, written during a time of great struggle for the composer. Influenced by Haydn, No. 39 is... Event Details

    Vaughan Williams & Mendelssohn

    Friday, April 12, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Heavenly voices will fill Mortensen Hall in April! Vaughan Williams’ blissful Fantasia on “Greensleeves” was originally used in his opera, Sir John with Love, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. His haunting Dona nobis pacem is a plea for peace in the years leading up to WWII. Mendelssohn’s... Event Details

    Beethoven's 5th

    Friday, May 3, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

    Beginning with those unforgettable four notes, Beethoven’s blazing Symphony No. 5 “emanates directly and solely from the genius of Beethoven,” said Hector Berlioz. The HSO welcomes the groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three for Higdon’s Concerto 4-3, a work that blends bluegrass with traditional classical. And Britten’s haunting “Four Sea... Event Details

    Mahler 5

    Friday, May 31, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

    We conclude our 75th season with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5! This pivotal work moves from tragedy to celebration, and its fourth movement, a declaration of love for his wife Alma, is his most renowned composition. Beethoven’s rich “Triple Concerto” features a dynamic interplay between soloists and orchestra, and showcases... Event Details
  • POPS!

    Leslie Odom, Jr. in Concert

    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    Part of the 2018-2019 POPS! Series. Leslie Odom, Jr. took the Broadway world by storm when he originated the role of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster musical Hamilton and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Since making his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent,... Event Details

    Let's Dance!

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Part of the 2018-2019 POPS! Series. From the shimmy to the tango, from the waltz to the cha-cha, Let’s Dance combines classic and popular dance styles including swing, jazz, 50s pop and more! This fabulous program is complemented by orchestral showpieces and competitive professional dancers, plus two vocalists who will... Event Details

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

    Saturday, April 6, 2019

    Part of the 2018-2019 POPS! Series. Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™  in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live... Event Details
  • Sunday Serenades

    Land Sea Sky

    Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Part of the 2018-2019 Sunday Serenades series! Sean Scully: Landline is the United States premiere of landscape works by one of today’s most important abstract artists. Mozart’s eerily elegant Adagio and Rondo, K. 617 features a prominent keyboard part originally performed on glass harmonica, which will be performed on Celesta. Event Details

    The Spanish Golden Age

    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Part of the 2018-2019 Sunday Serenades series! Taking up portraiture as well as allegorical and religious subjects, Spanish painters emphasized the drama of both religious climax and common every day moments. Gustav Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor is an early work that exhibits the composer’s ability to create highly... Event Details
  • Talcott Mountain Music Festival

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  • Special Events

    National Geographic: Symphony for Our World

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Driven by a five-part composition, the show brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and soaring into the sky. Event Details
  • Discovery Concerts

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  • Musical Dialogues

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