Hartford Symphony opens 2019-2020 season with Rhapsody in Blue October 11-13
Hartford Symphony opens 2019-2020 season with
Rhapsody in Blue October 11-13
HARTFORD, CT (September 11, 2019) – Hartford Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 76th season with Rhapsody in Blue starting Friday, October 11 and running through Sunday, October 13, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature award-winning pianist Kevin Cole. Rhapsody in Blue is part of the 2019-2020 Masterworks Series. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
Bernstein’s Candide Overture is a rollicking introduction to the comic operetta that was inspired by Voltaire’s novella by the same name. Gershwin mixes a cocktail of jazz, ragtime, and classical for his timeless Rhapsody in Blue, and he was inspired to pen his witty “I Got Rhythm” Variations after playing his hit show tune at countless parties. Bernstein noted of Copland’s heroic Symphony No. 3, “the symphony has become an American monument, like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial.”
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to curtain at Friday’s and Sunday’s performance.
The HSO’s third annual naturalization ceremony, where ten Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place prior to the concert on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 pm. This ceremony is open to October 12 ticketholders. Additional information on this ceremony will be announced soon.
Rhapsody in Blue
Friday – Sunday October 11-13, 2019
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org
Bernstein Candide Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” Variations
Copland Symphony No. 3
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Kevin Cole piano
About Kevin Cole
Pianist Kevin Cole is an award-winning concert performer, musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist whose repertoire includes the best of American Music with a particular affinity for the music of George Gershwin. Recently, he has conducted the Boston Philharmonic (reengagement), Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (reengagement), Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, National Symphony at Kennedy Center, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Albany Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Wolf Trap, Savannah Music Festival, Castleton Festival, and the Chautauqua Institute.
Mr. Cole has collaborated with Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Brian d’Arcy James, Karen Morrow, Melissa Manchester, John Lithgow, Donna McKechnie, Christine Andreas, Hollis Resnik, Klea Blackhurst, Kim Criswell, and William Warfield.
Mr. Cole appeared on PBS’ “Gershwin at One Symphony Space” as a featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony; wrote, co-produced and performed Play It Again, Marvin! – A Celebration of Marvin Hamlish with the Pittsburgh Symphony; and wrote, co-produced and performed Here To Stay – The Gershwin Experience with multiple orchestras.
He was awarded Gramophone Musical Album of the Year in 1995 for Gershwin’s Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw (Elektra/Nonesuch). He also recorded Cole Plays Gershwin and as solo piano recording, and appeared as part of a vocal/jazz trip on In the Words of Ira – The Songs of Ira Gershwin.