Choral Fantasy and Mystical Songs

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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
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.

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