Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Haydn Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese
Beethoven Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”
Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Adam Kerry Boyles conductor
Alexander Moutouzkine piano
John Hancock baritone
Hartford Chorale, Richard Coffey, Music Director
Hartford Chorale local soloists
Christine Laird first soprano
Claudia Ayer second soprano
Katie Hart mezzo-soprano
Jack Pott first tenor
Dylan Koerner second tenor
Jermaine Woodard, Jr. baritone
HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles leads his first complete Masterworks concert! Brahms’ sparkling Academic Festival Overture was composed as a musical “thank you” to the University of Breslau for awarding him an honorary doctorate. A curmudgeonly joker, Brahms created a “boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs.” This program also explores the unique relationship of teacher and student – Haydn and Beethoven as well as Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” combines grandeur and lyricism, with a foreshadowing of his “Ode to Joy” from the Ninth Symphony. Inspired by the Anglican Church, Williams’ meditative Five Mystical Songs sets four poems by poet and priest George Herbert to music, concluding in a triumphant hymn of praise.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain each day. Friday evening patrons are invited to join HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles, musicians, special guests, staff and board members for a post-concert reception in the lobby. A cash bar will be available for guests. Join us as we toast the the conclusion of a fantastic 2016-2017 season!
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
The Academic Festival Overture of Brahms is given a suitably joyful performance by Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic (TELARC).
Trevor Pinnock and his English Concert and choir (DG) lovingly perform Haydn’s Te Deum on crisp period instruments.
Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia is a rarity in the concert hall because of the unusual combination of forces required, but a superb live performance in excellent sound is available from Daniel Barenboim conducting the Berlin Philharmonic and choir from the keyboard (EMI/WARNER).
Ravel’s translucent Mother Goose Suite receives a classic performance from Carlo Maria Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI/WARNER). Giulini made a specialty of this work throughout his long career, and no one understood its magic as well as he.
Five Mystical Songs has a heavenly and natural interpretation from Sir David Willcocks and the English Chamber Orchestra (EMI/WARNER).