Love Notes



Love Notes

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

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

WAGNER
Prelude to Act I from Tristan und Isolde
PROKOFIEV
Pas de Deux (Balcony Scene) from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
DEBUSSY
“Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque for Solo Piano
SAINT-SAËNS
“Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila
TCHAIKOVSKY
Francesca da RiminiOp. 32, TH46
BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
TCHAIKOVSKY
Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Margreet Francis, piano
Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, Victoria Mazzarelli, artistic director
UConn Puppetry Program, directed by Bart P. Roccoberton, Jr.
Maria Rud, visual artist

Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will feature romantic selections and dancers, both human (dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory) and puppet (created by the masterful minds of the UConn Puppet Arts Program). Visual artist Maria Rud will create astounding art right before your very eyes.  The program features works by Wagner, Prokofiev, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Bring your loved one for a special Valentines’ night out!

Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.


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

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Masterworks #5: What piece of music can claim to have “induced fits of sobbing, fainting and even orgasms” in the theatre?


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:

Wagner’s Prelude and Love Death from Tristan and Isolde receives a performance of great intensity and perfection of ensemble from George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in excellent sound from the 1960’s. (SONY)

Prokoviev’s magnificent ballet Romeo and Juliet is performed with unforgettable commitment and magnificent sonority by Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra. (DECCA)

For Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, choose Wilhelm Kempff, one of the greatest Beethoven performers, whose recordings (DG) have been at the forefront of recommended recordings for more than fifty years.

A wonderfully clear, soothing and sensuous recording of Claire de Lune by Debussy is by pianist Pascal Roge. (DECCA)

The Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila by Saint Saens receives an over-the-top performance (as is required for such music of sensuality and display) from Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (DG)

Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini is performed with total commitment by Leopold Stokowski and the Stadium Symphony of New York (a/k/a the New York Philharmonic) on a classic recording from EVEREST.

The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky is touchingly and sensitively performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in outstanding sound (DECCA).


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