Our Donors

Your support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra ensures that extraordinary music and music initiatives thrive in our region! Through immersive, innovative performances, and outstanding musicianship, the HSO engages thousands across our communities, year after year.

A source of great civic pride that helps make the region a vibrant, exciting place to live, work, and play, the HSO is a cornerstone of Greater Hartford. Because of your generous support, the HSO is able to enrich lives and community through great music.

Meet Jared Chase

Jared grew up in Farmington. After a professional cellist (probably from the HSO!) visited his fourth-grade class to speak about the instrument and perform, Jared announced to his parents that he was going to play the cello. And he did, performing in school and community orchestras. After graduating from Vassar and Brandeis with degrees in Italian and research psychology, Jared returned to Connecticut. Today, he works as a writer and editor at a trade association for institutional real estate investors. A proud member of Forte!, the next generation of Symphony supporters, Jared serves on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford (where he’s also a tutor) and of Hartford Decides, a participatory budgeting organization. He lives in Hartford, just steps from the Bushnell.

Why I give!

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues to enrich lives and community through great music and I am excited to be a part of these immersive experiences.


The musicians and staff of the HSO create one-of-a-kind musical experiences that showcase outstanding music from a wide range of places and time periods. They perform it brilliantly.


Tickets only cover a portion of what it costs to put on first-rate performances. Donations heighten access and enable HSO’s dedicated concerts for young people, which introduce the beauty of orchestral music to new audiences.


Regular concertgoers enjoy seeing familiar faces in the concert hall and talking with friends during intermission about the music they’ve experienced. The HSO has the vision and determination to widen the circle of opportunities to participate in this community of music lovers.

Favorite HSO Memory

A very fond recent memory is of the Masterworks concert last October in which the HSO performed with Melissa White, this season’s Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence. They played Florence Price’s superb First Violin Concerto, Johannes Brahms’s haunting Tragic Overture, and Antonín Dvorák’s dramatic Seventh Symphony. Combining extraordinary composers and talented musicians can create fireworks, as happened at this memorable concert.

This season, I am looking forward to…

I can’t wait for the June Masterworks concert The Planets*, when Melissa White will return to perform with the HSO. They’ll be performing Carlos Simon’s Amen!, Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. I love the chronological range. One piece was composed just after the US Civil War, another during World War I, and the most recent less than eight years ago. We know from experience that, in the hands of Carolyn Kuan and the HSO, the musical parallels across these pieces will come out exquisitely, adding to our enjoyment and appreciation.

*Learn more about The Planets, featuring Melissa White.

Ways to Give


Give us a call at 860-760-7302 and we are happy to process your gift over the phone.


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