Season at a Glance

  • Masterworks

    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!

    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

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  • Talcott Mountain Music Festival

    Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Experience the magic of Motown! This program features smash hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and the one and only Stevie Wonder. Get ready to dance to hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Heard it Through the... Event Details

    Celebrate America!

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Summer officially begins with Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day celebration! Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will include all of your patriotic favorites, tunes from popular American movies, and fireworks following the concert!   Event Details

    Come Fly with Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Come Fly With Me, featuring renowned vocalist Rob Zappulla, is the ultimate show celebrating the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself!  With music from every decade of classic Sinatra - from his days with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to the Las Vegas showrooms – this concert is a pure swinging musical experience in tribute to... Event Details

    Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty

    Friday, July 19, 2019

    It’s Tchaikovsky at twilight! Enjoy a beautiful evening in the Meadows, as the HSO performs selections from one of the most beloved orchestral master composers. Experience some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works including musical excerpts from his enchanting ballets Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the thrilling Violin Concerto in D Major, and excerpts from his joyful... Event Details

    The Music of Elton John

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    With over 300 million records sold, Sir Elton John is at the very top of the rock'n roll pantheon. His virtuosic piano work, combined with brilliant songwriting, and a voice that never fails, has kept him front and center for almost 5 decades. The HSO is joined by vocalists and a... Event Details
  • Special Events

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  • Discovery Concerts

    Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

    Wednesday, May 22, 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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