Season at a Glance

  • Masterworks

    Vaughan Williams & Mendelssohn

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

    Heavenly voices will fill Belding Theater 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

    Rhapsody in Blue- Season Opener!

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

    Part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series! 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... 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!

    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
  • HSO: Intermix

    Time for Three

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    The Hartford Symphony presents genre-defying stars Time for Three at one of Hartford’s most exciting up and coming venues, Spectra Wired Café! Event Details

  • Sunday Serenades

    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

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  • Discovery Concerts

    Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Link Up: The Orchestra Sings is a year-long music education curriculum about what makes a great melody. Event Details

    Shoot for the Moon

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    A new HSO original production, this program celebrates what we can accomplish when we work hard to achieve our dreams! Event Details

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