Mozart & Hartt

Mozart & Hartt

Mozart & Hartt

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

NOTE: The program for the April Masterworks concerts has changed.

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

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

Symphony No. 38, K. 504, D Major, “Prague”
Suite No. 4, Op. 61, G Major, “Mozartiana”
Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191, B-Flat Major
L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1

Carolyn Kuan
Yeh Chi Wang bassoon
Connecticut Youth Symphony

The HSO celebrates its musicians and its community with Mozart & Hartt! Conducted by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this concert features HSO principal bassoonist Yeh Chi Wang, as well as a side-by-side performance with the Hartt School Community Division’s talented Connecticut Youth Symphony. Program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” as well as his Concerto for Bassoon, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4, “Mozartiana.” Members of the Connecticut Youth Symphony will join the HSO for Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1. Come join us for a spring celebration of Mozart and more! These concerts will be dedicated to former HSO Concertmaster Bernard Lurie, who passed away on March 31.

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


The National Champion UConn women’s basketball team will be celebrated with a parade on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 1 p.m. Due to road closures and increased traffic, we strongly advise patrons attending Sunday’s 3 p.m. Mozart & Hartt concert to allow extra time for travel and parking.

Go Huskies!

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


Masterworks #7: Mozart & Hartt – Connecting to Mozart

Notes with composers’ biographical information and detailed remarks about the musical selections on the program compiled by a musicologist are available in the playbill for all Masterworks and Classical Connections.

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:

The catalog is replete with marvelous records of the incredible masterpiece, Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, also known as the “Prague” Symphony, but my personal favorites include George Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra (SONY), a profoundly tightly organized and crisply-rendered version, or Sir Neville Mariner’s recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which is suave and cultivated with lovely ambience to the recorded sound. (PHILIPS.)

“Mozartiana” by Tchaikovsky (Suite No. 4 in G Major, Opus 61) is a marvelous work that never achieved the same popularity as the composer’s other works, but none speaks more deeply of his reverence for his idol Mozart and his command of classical forms. Neville Marriner and the Stuttgart Orchestra turn in a very beautiful rendition. (PHOENIX/AUSTRIA.)

Not often heard in concert, Mozart’s delightfully witty Concerto for Bassoon in B-Flat Major, K. 191 is charmingly performed by Matthew Wilkie and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Sandor Vegh. (ASV.)

There are many outstanding recordings of Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 but Sir Thomas Beecham and his Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continue to rise to the top of the heap, sixty years after their recording. For sheet wit, elan and charm, nobody does better and the sound is up to the performance. (EMI.)

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