COVID-19 Updates

  • Health & Safety Update

    May 8-10 performances of Enigma Variations are cancelled 

    In response to the escalating threat of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the Enigma Variations concerts scheduled for May 8-10, 2020 have been cancelled. 

    You may donate your tickets back to the HSO, receive a credit for a future HSO performance, or receive a refund. Contact the Box Office at (preferable method) or by calling 860-244-2999.

    May 3 performance of Savory Sounds: Strauss and Beethoven is postponed  

    In response to the escalating threat of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra has POSTPONED its May 3 Sunday Serenades performance of Savory Sounds: Strauss and Beethoven at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The rescheduled date will be announced soon, and tickets for the May 3 performance will be valid on the new date. 

     If you cannot attend the rescheduled performance, you may donate your tickets back to the HSO, receive a credit for a future HSO performance, or receive a refund. Contact the Box Office at (preferable method) or by calling 860-244-2999.

  • Digital Concerts

    Attending a performance in a concert hall is just not possible now – so we would like to share these opportunities to see world-class performances from the comfort of your home:

    1. Philharmonie Berlin's Digital Concert Hall is now open to everyone with a 30-day ticket that can be redeemed until March 31. All you need to do is enter the voucher code BERLINPHIL on the ticket page of the Digital Concert Hall, which can be found here:
    2., the world’s leading classical music channel, is offering livestreamed programming free-of-charge – click here for more information:
    3. During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours. Click here for more information: 
    4. The New York Times has a cumulative list of "Great Theater, Dance, and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home." You can find it here: 
    5. The New York Philharmonic has a portal with free digital content here: 
    6. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has DSO Watch Parties on their Facebook page. Tune in on Facebook Live and experience a “live” DSO concert from the comfort of home. You can find their Facebook page here: 
    7. Musical America has a guide to free music streams here:
    8. Symphony Spot has a master list of online offerings that can be found here: 

    Music is essential to lifting spirits and enriching lives. We will continue to share wonderful opportunities like these throughout this difficult time.

  • Sustaining the HSO during COVID-19

    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.

    Click here to donate now.

    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

  • Call to Action

    The Need
    To our loyal supporters,
    We hope you are healthy and well.

    Even in the early stages of this industry-wide shutdown, COVID-19 has already imposed a crushing and inestimable economic impact on Connecticut’s nonprofit arts community. Concert halls have closed their doors, ticket sales have ceased, and crucial fundraising events have been cancelled. An eye-opening side effect of these forced closures has been the seemingly sudden nationwide realization that we simply cannot live without the arts. The music community has come together to try and meet the public demand for online concerts, recordings, and digital performances. Even in the face of personal hardship, our creators have refused to remain tacit, but instead give generously of themselves and their gifts for the benefit of others. Simply put, music is actively helping to sustain our country through this crisis. And now we are asking that our Federal Government helps to sustain the music.

    Join us in calling on Congress TODAY to designate a minimum of $4 billion, to be distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts, to help offset losses in the nonprofit arts industry and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize business interruption relief.

    Together, we can keep the music playing.

    A Call to Action

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    Subject: Orchestras Need Access to COVID-19 Relief

    The financial losses of the arts and culture sector are incomprehensible.  The impact on orchestras and musicians, in particular, is devastating.  The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a WPA orchestra founded in 1934 in the aftermath of the Great Depression, and now the second largest symphony in New England, is on the brink.  Without immediate economic relief from the federal government, these and other arts and culture organizations in my community and throughout our nation face certain collapse. 

    As the federal government works to craft economic relief in response to COVID-19, arts and culture must be saved.  We need:  enhanced incentives for charitable deductions, including an above the line tax deduction; dedicated COVID-19 relief for the arts sector administered by the NEA; Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors who are unable to work due to a variety of reasons due to COVID-19; and a streamlined process for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance program and for loan forgiveness. 

    The Hartford Symphony is an employer with a mission of serving the public; it is essential that any federal relief be quickly accessible to orchestras and musicians. Thank you for your help!

    In lieu of email, you can write a letter to your representative.  Snail mail is important.
    Making a call is even more powerful.  Click here to call your representative.

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