Dynamic Anderson & Roe Piano Duo to Appear with HSO at Rhapsody in Blue May 9-12

Program Also to Feature HSO’s Premiere Performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sixth Symphony

HARTFORD, April 22, 2013 –Led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will explore the jazzier side of classical music at Rhapsody in Blue on Thursday, May 9 – Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature the dynamic, young Anderson and Roe Piano Duo, with Elizabeth Joy Roe performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Greg Anderson performing Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra.

The program will open with the HSO’s first-ever performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sixth Symphony, a poignant work which, according to some music historians, expresses the emotions of a post-World War II England. After intermission, the program will feature two of Gershwin’s works for solo piano and orchestra- Rhapsody in Blue and “I Got Rhthym.” Following this, Anderson & Roe will team up for a series of four hand, two piano encores including “Ragtime alla Turca,” Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” the “Sacrificial Dance” from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard” (Southampton Press) and “the intense synchronization of genius” (ThirdCoast Digest), Anderson & Roe aim to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their most recent album, When Words Fade (Steinway Label), was released to critical acclaim in 2012 and spent nearly a dozen weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their wildly creative, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include tours in China, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, and their orchestral debuts with the Hartford, Lafayette, and Santa Fe symphony orchestras.

Mr. Anderson and Ms. Roe met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively, with notable recitals in Vancouver, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Italy, and most major US cities, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children’s hospitals. Together they have appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, the Cliburn Concert Series, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, and dozens of summer chamber  music festivals.

Calendar Listing:
Featuring Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Anderson & Roe Piano Duo – Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe
Thursday, May 9, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 ? 3:00 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and “I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor; plus four hand piano encores including “Ragtime alla Turca,” Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” the “Sacrificial Dance” from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and Piazzolla’s Libertango.
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$70.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, May 11, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org .

Rhapsody in Blue is made possible with support from Concert Benefactors Hartford Hospital and The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company. The 2012-2013 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Bank of America, Cigna, and the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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