Former HSO Music Director Edward Cumming to Lead HSO in Brahms and Dvorak This Weekend

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Guest conductor Edward Cumming

Guest conductor Edward Cumming

Internationally Renowned Cellist David Finckel and HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal to Play Brahms’ Double Concerto

HARTFORD – Former HSO Music Director Edward Cumming will make a triumphant return to guest conduct the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in music of Brahms and Dvorak Thursday – Sunday, May 8 – 11, 2014 at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Cumming’s return to the HSO is part of the HSO’s 70th Anniversary Season and is in recognition of former leaders of the orchestra. He will be joined by Cellist David Finckel and HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal for Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and violoncello with orchestra. The HSO will also perform, for the first time, Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony and Slavonic Dance No. 2, “Dumka.”

Edward Cumming is the Primrose Fuller Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at The Hartt School.  Before this appointment, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony (2002-11) during which time the orchestra received the Governor’s Arts Award, the MetLife award for Community Engagement, and two ASCAP awards from the League of American Orchestras for Adventurous Programming. Before coming to Hartford, Cumming was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In Europe, Mr. Cumming has led orchestras in Spain, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Serbia, and Italy. He has conducted ensembles throughout the United States, in Asia, and in Israel.

Cellist David Finckel

Cellist David Finckel

Cellist David Finckel’s multifaceted career as concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur places him in the ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. Named Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year with pianist Wu Han, his concert appearances as orchestral soloist and duo recitalist take him to the world’s most prestigious concert series and festivals. David Finckel and Wu Han serve as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chamber Music Today Festival in Korea. David is Professor of Cello at The Juilliard School, and Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.

HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader.  Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age five. He moved to the US in 1995 when he was awarded a prestigious fellowship with the New World Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Sigal frequently appears with the Miami Friends of Chamber Music and the Avery Ensemble, and has served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony.

Calendar Listing:
HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: EDWARD CUMMING CONDUCTS BRAHMS’ DOUBLE CONCERTO
Featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Edward Cumming, Former HSO Music Director and guest conductor; Leonid Sigal, HSO Concertmaster and solo violin; David Finckel, cello
Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 -8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11, 2014- 3:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert chat led by Edward Cumming one hour prior to each performance.
Belding Theater – The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Violoncello, “Double Concerto”; Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances; Symphony No. 6
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$67.50. Student tickets are $10.  On Saturday, May 10, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under.  To purchase tickets for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

The 2013-2014 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Fuss & O’Neill, Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust, and Legrand.  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.