Battle of the Batons

Battle of the Batons

Battle of the Batons

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Sunday, January 24, 2016

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Please note: due to inclement weather, the Saturday, January 23 performance of Battle of the Batons has been canceled. Tickets may be exchanged for Sunday’s 3 pm concert, or for another concert in the season, or refunded. Please contact 860-987-5900, M-F, 10am – 5pm.

Help the HSO choose the new Assistant Conductor…Click Here To Take the Survey

Three finalists will conduct the HSO as part of the selection process for the new Assistant Conductor position!

Assistant Conductor Finalists

Adam Kerry Boyles
Andrew Crust
Patrick Valentino

Read their bios and watch a video of each of the finalists before seeing them perform:
Meet the Assistant Conductor Finalists

Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor, 2nd & 3rd Movements
Concerto for Vibraphone and Strings, 1st Movement
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
Overture to Die Zauberflöte. K. 620 (The Magic Flute)
Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune” (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun)
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Featured Musicians
Edward Rozie, Jr., double bass
Robert McEwan, vibraphone
Leonid Sigal, violin

Read the Program Notes

Here’s your opportunity to hear, see and play your part! After the performance, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your choice for Assistant Conductor, a new position that will assist Music Director Carolyn Kuan to extend the HSO’s community and educational outreach. During the first part of the program, each candidate will conduct an orchestral show piece, featuring HSO principal musicians. Each candidate will then conduct the full HSO in a tour-de-force, showcasing the orchestra’s might and delicacy under his or her leadership.

 NEW! Read some fun facts about Masterworks in HSO’s Prelude:


Masterworks #4: The Role of the Conductor, OR – Can Someone Please Explain What a Conductor Does, Really?

The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!

Curious about what you will be hearing on the concert program, or want to hear more? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:

Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 is a rarity in the concert hall, but who better to perform it than Edgar Meyer (the leading player of (and contemporary composer for) this instrument. (SONY)

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is a staple of all great violinists’ repertoire, but Kyung Wha Chung’s recording with Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra stands out for its combination of technical finish and emotive fantasy, also stunningly recorded. (DECCA)

Otto Klemperer reigns supreme in the interpretation of Mozart’s Magic Flute with the New Philharmonia Orchestra. (EMI)

After almost fifty years, there is no greater recording of Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun with Herbert von Karajan and the incomparable Berlin Philharmonic. (DG)

Sir Georg Solti’s memorably energetic and beautifully recorded version of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dance with the London Symphony Orchestra is spine-tingling. (DECCA)

Regrettably, there is no recording of Sejourne’s Concerto for Vibraphone and Strings.

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