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Carmina Burana: Festival of Fate

Friday, June 8, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

Part of the 2017-2018 Masterworks Series! Become part of the spectacle of excess when the HSO, with the Hartford Chorale, presents this dramatic interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Experience the revelry and drama as we take over the theater with a celebration of the pleasures of drink, nature, love, lust, wealth, gluttony and gambling. But beware – the wheel of fortune deals out triumph and disaster at random, so heed its warning about the power of luck and fate! The concert opens with Barber’s lush and textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a tender depiction of Knoxville, Tennessee, set to excerpts from James Agee’s 1938 nostalgic prose poem by the same name.

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Pictures at an Exhibition - 75th Season Opener!

Friday, October 5, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series.  It’s a season of celebration! We kick off our 75th anniversary with Mussorgsky’s evocative showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by his walk through an exhibit of watercolors and drawings by a close friend. Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra moves from darkness to light, in the work that established the composer as a master of his craft. Experience the virtuosity and power of HSO musicians at their finest!

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Brass & Brahms

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. Our fabulous horn section takes the spotlight with Schumann’s lively and compelling Concertstück for Four Horns. Written in 1849, it is an exceptional masterpiece for the instrument. Of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, written when he was a carefree 50-year-old bachelor, the music critic Eduard Hanslick said, “… the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.”

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Tchaikovsky's Firsts

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 and seductive Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams,” marked the first of its kind: the Russian symphony.

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Bach & Beyond

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. “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 people’s opera” in 1683, focuses on Phaeton, the son of Apollo, who drives his chariot too close to the sun. Plus, Baroque dancers take the stage for Geminiani’s La Follia. The second half of this performance presents Baroque music interpreted through a modern lens; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 was inspired by Bach’s compositional style, while Ibert’s Divertissement reimagines the Baroque ballet suite genre.

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Latin Lovers

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 Julien Labro on bandoneón. Contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s vivid Three Latin American Dances bears a kinship to Bernstein, and Márquez’s spirited Danzón No. 2 is one of the of the most popular contemporary Mexican compositions today.

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Mozart Meets Klezmer

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 warm, sonorous, and dazzling. The HSO welcomes back David Krakauer, widely considered one of the world’s greatest clarinetists, for Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

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Vaughan Williams & Mendelssohn

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 elegant Symphony No. 2 echoes Beethoven’s Ninth, and is a celebration of the German Reformation.

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Beethoven's 5th

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 Interludes” from the opera Peter Grimes reflects the turmoil of both the opera’s characters and the sea off Britain’s Suffolk coast.

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Mahler 5

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

Part of the 2018-2019 Masterworks Series. 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 three of the HSO’s gifted musicians.

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Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Part of the 2018-2019 POPS! Series. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film in HD with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

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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, his impressive career has spanned television, film and theater, recently starring in the major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express. Be in the room where it happens, as Leslie performs holiday tunes, classics, and Broadway hits!

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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 bring music from Dirty Dancing to Peggy Lee to life!

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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 symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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Beauty & Beethoven

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wadsworth Atheneum founder Daniel Wadsworth played a key role in developing American landscape painting when he introduced the Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole to his future student, Frederic Church. They produced images of the Hudson Valley that captured a spirituality intensified by chromatic drama and luminosity.  The beauty of the collection is perfectly paired with Harbison’s earnest Twilight Music, Glinka’s graceful Trio pathétique, and Beethoven’s regal and exquisite Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.

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Celebrate America!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer officially begins with Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day celebration! Featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, the Newington Church of Christ Congregational Choir, and soprano Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, this program will include all of your patriotic favorites, plus a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Stay for fireworks following the concert! Conducted by Adam Boyles. 

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Brass Transit - The Musical Legacy of Chicago

Friday, July 6, 2018

This dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute pays spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook! Your HSO and a full rock band will perform hits like “Saturday In The Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “25 or 6 To 4,” and “You’re The Inspiration.” Brass Transit has left crowds in awe and on their feet more than once, evoking comments like “spine-tingling,” “brought me back to my youth,” and “perfect in every detail.” Conducted by Adam Boyles.

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HERE'S DOC! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business

Friday, July 13, 2018

The one and only Doc Severinsen pays homage to the American songbook and highlights some of his favorite tunes of the Big Band era and beyond. Doc takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his favorite stories and greatest musical influences. An exciting program of musical gems, Doc’s incredible trumpet playing and his candid connection to the music makes this an evening to remember forever! Conducted by Adam Boyles.

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Magical Movie Music

Friday, July 20, 2018

We honor the big screen on July 20! Sit back, relax, and enjoy music from all of your favorite Academy Award-nominated films, including Chicago, The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Amadeus and more. It will be a night of movie magic you won’t want to miss! Conducted by Adam Boyles.

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REWIND: Celebrating the Music of the 80s

Friday, July 27, 2018

Break out the Aqua Net! REWIND: Celebrating the Music of the 80s takes audiences back in time on a fun-filled musical journey of hits from the decade when parachute pants were cool and big hair was in style. Backed by a rock band and fabulous vocalists, your HSO will bring you music by artists like Wham, U2, INXS, Kool and the Gang, REM, Billy Joel – and much more! Conducted by Adam Boyles.

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