June 5-7 performances of Beethoven's Ninth are cancelled
In response to the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut, and the current state-mandated limitations on social gatherings of more than five people, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Talcott Mountain Music Festival, which was to be the festival’s 25th anniversary season.
Our top priority is to conform with federal, state and local regulations regarding public gatherings, crowd size, social distancing, and all related factors to ensure its employees’ and the public’s safety at all of our events. This is the first time in our history that the entire festival has been cancelled.
We know how disappointing this cancellation is to our Talcott audiences, the Simsbury summer business community, and beyond. This summer’s festival, our planned 25th anniversary, was particularly meaningful and celebratory, featuring a stellar lineup of concerts and guest artists.
While this loss stings, rest assured we will reschedule the 25th celebration season in summer 2021, regulations permitting, and in grand style! And, looking forward to the more immediate future, our hope is that we are able to provide outdoor community concerts featuring HSO chamber ensembles later this summer.
Updates on HSO programming can be found on hartfordsymphony.org. Thank you, as always, for your continued and generous support of the HSO, and the Talcott Mountain Music Festival!
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To our Generous Supporters,
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, like so many other great arts institutions, is exercising an abundance of caution during this public health crisis and our administrative staff have put measures in place that allow us to continue our work remotely while The Bushnell is currently closed to all activity.
Even though our performances and events have been cancelled or postponed in accordance with Governor Lamont’s directive, the "show" must go on. We are creators, improvisers, innovators. While we cannot control Covid-19, we can respond to it with imagination and determination. Historically, the world’s most transformative art has been created out of struggle and perseverance under difficult conditions.
As lovers of the arts, the Hartford Symphony needs you now more than ever. Behind closed doors, our staff continues the work of this great institution. We are still busy planning performances, selling tickets, designing beautiful publications, and preparing for an historic 25th season of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival this summer. When the stage lights come up once again, we will gratefully reveal the fruits of our labor to you, our loyal supporters, who have walked this journey with us.
For years we have said that music builds community. Now, more than ever, we feel that music is community. Music possesses the rare and immense power to lift spirits, cleanse the soul, and bring us all together under a common language.
The Hartford Symphony and our community are a team. Successes are sweetened and defeats softened because we experience them together. And at a time like this, we want to say sincerely, thank you for being on our team. We hope you will walk with us hand in hand though this difficult time and enjoy the beautiful future on the other side.
As we are temporarily without ticket revenue, your support at this time is crucial. Please consider renewing your support now, making an extra gift, or choosing this time to pay your outstanding pledge to our Annual Fund to help maintain our operating needs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at any time and we’ll be happy to speak with you. Our phone numbers, listed below, are going directly to our emails, so we can remain in touch to answer your calls.
Most gratefully, from the HSO Development Staff,
Ruth Sovronsky, Development Director – 860-760-7321
Eric R. Hutchinson, Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager – 860-760-7329
Jen Galante, Annual Fund & Special Events Manager – 860-760-7302
Ted Bruttomesso, Capital Campaign Manager - 860-760-7309