Hartford Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 Season: Single tickets on sale August 19, Flex Cards on sale August 5



HARTFORD (August 5, 2019) – Welcome to the 76th season of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Single tickets to all concerts in the HSO’s 2019-2020 season are available for purchase beginning Monday August 19 at 10 am.

Tickets to Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will go on sale Wednesday August 7 at 10 am and tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will go on sale Monday, August 12 at 10 am. Tickets to all other performances will go on sale Monday, August 19 at 10 am.

HSO Flex Cards go on sale Monday, August 5 at 10 am. Flex Cards give you the opportunity to purchase tickets to use in any combination of 2018-2019 Masterworks concerts and the Holiday Cirque Spectacular concert in the POPS! Series. Raiders of the Lost Ark in concert, The Empire Strikes Back in Concert and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert are not eligible for Flex Card purchases.

There are three Flex Card plans: Flex 10 which gives you 10 tickets for $354, Flex 4 which gives you four tickets for $164, and Flex 4 Platinum which gives you four tickets with best available seating for only $254. Seating is limited to certain sections of the theater for the Flex 10 and Flex 4 options.

Flex Cards can be purchased by calling (860) 987-5900 or by visiting The Bushnell Box Office at 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Single tickets can be purchased by calling, visiting The Bushnell Box Office, or online at www.hartfordsymphony.org.



October 11-13, 2019
Rhapsody in Blue– Season Opener! 

Bernstein Candide Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” Variations
Copland Symphony No. 3

Carolyn Kuan
Kevin Cole piano

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.”

November 15-17, 2019
Brahms and Haydn

Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
Theofanidis Drum Circles
Haydn Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drum Roll”

Carolyn Kuan conductor

The Percussion Collective

Robert van Sice, artistic director

Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, percussion

It is surprising to note that Brahms’ masterful Variations on a Theme of Haydn is not inspired by a Haydn composition at all; rather, the theme – “St. Anthony’s Chorale” – is thought to have been written by Haydn’s student, and misattributed. Haydn’s grand Symphony No. 103, nicknamed “The Drum Roll,” was one of the composer’s 12 renowned London Symphonies, written during a particularly joyful and prolific time of his life. Theofanidis’ Drum Circles is a brand-new concerto for percussion and orchestra, co-commissioned by the HSO and featuring The Percussion Collective.

December 6-8, 2019
Chopin and Franck

Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Franck Symphony in D minor

Laura Jackson conductor

Daniela Liebman piano

Made most famous by an ambitious mouse, Dukas’ dazzling The Sorcerer’s Apprentice became one of the most popular orchestral works in history when it appeared in the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia. Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 was written when the composer was young and in love, and is reflective of his native Poland. Franck’s warm and luminous Symphony in D minor fuses both French and German music traditions – a radical compositional choice in 1888 France.
Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing

January 17-19, 2020
The Four Seasons

Assad Suite for Lower Strings
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 1-4
Ginastera Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Randall Goosby violin

We ring in the new year – and the new decade! – with Vivaldi’s evocative The Four Seasons. This beloved piece, which will feature dynamic young violinist Randall Goosby, brings to life babbling brooks, summer storms, hunting parties, and cozy winter fires. Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad gives us a contemporary twist on a Baroque composer with Suite for Lower Strings, based on themes by J.S. Bach. Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes is a brilliantly orchestrated taste of Argentina.
The Koski Memorial Concert

February 14-16, 2020
Romeo and Juliet

Kendall The Spark Catchers
Tomasi Trumpet Concerto
Kreisler Love Song
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Adam Boyles conductor
Scott McIntosh trumpet

The HSO brings to life one of the greatest love stories of all time! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has inspired works of art in all mediums, and the music from Prokofiev’s ballet captures all of the bliss, humor, drama, and tragedy of the play.  Contemporary composer Hannah Kendall’s imaginative The Spark Catchers is inspired by the poem of the same name by Lemn Sissay. Tomasi’s playful Trumpet Concerto and Kreisler’s emotive Love Song will feature HSO’s principal trumpet, Scott McIntosh.
The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert

March 13-15, 2020
Dvo?ák’s Eighth

Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
Dvo?ák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163


Damon Gupton conductor

Leonid Sigal violin

Composed at his summer retreat in 1889, Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 8 takes inspiration from Czech folk music, and has a cheer and optimism that was unusual for the composer and the time period. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which was written for violinist Pablo de Sarasate, is sultry and colorful. Additional programming to be announced.

April 17-19, 2020
Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, TH 29

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Henry Kramer piano

Tchaikovsky was obsessed with the concept of Fate, and his exhilarating and contrasting Symphony No. 5 explores the idea of “complete resignation before Fate.” His joyful Fifth Symphony is one of the composer’s most adored, despite him initially calling it “repulsive”! Rachmaninoff’s electrifying Piano Concerto No. 3 is a brilliant palette of moods, and is one of the most demanding concertos in the repertoire.

May 8-10, 2020
Enigma Variations

Clyne Within Her Arms
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Joshua Roman cello

Elgar’s charming Enigma Variations presents a couple of mysteries – first, a guessing game as to who the 14 musical personality sketches he composed represent (most certainly his wife and friends). Plus, the question of what the “unheard” theme of the piece is – which is never stated, but Elgar insisted is very well-known. His contemplative Cello Concerto was his last significant work, and is a meditation on the aftermath of World War I.  London-born Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms is a somber, deeply-affecting meditation on loss, inspired by her mother.

Concert Sponsor: The Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming

June 5-7, 2020
Beethoven’s Ninth

Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Resurgam Quartet saxophone quartet

Harrison Kliewe, soprano saxophone

Colette Hall, alto saxophone

Sean Tanguay, tenor saxophone

Michael Raposo, baritone saxophone

Hartford Chorale Richard Coffey, music director
Vocal soloists to be announced

We conclude the 2019-2020 season with a true “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven’s towering, magnificent Symphony No. 9. The completion of his final and greatest symphony coincided with his total hearing loss, so that by the premiere, a concert soloist had to turn him around at the podium so he could witness the audience’s thunderous applause and ovations. Philip Glass’ jazzy and soulful Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra will be performed by the engaging Hartford-based Resurgam Quartet.


Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
November 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before!   Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure – Raiders of the Lost Ark – with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Rights Reserved.  Presentation licensed by Bantha Music c/o Walt Disney Music Company. © All rights reserved.

Holiday Cirque Spectacular
December 21, 2019, 2 pm and 7 pm

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie.  Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorites!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert
March 28, 2020, 1 pm and 7 pm

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
May 16, 2020, 7:30 pm


Carolyn Kuan conductor

Travel to a galaxy far, far away when the Hartford Symphony presents The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, featuring a screening of the iconic movie in HD on a 40-foot screen with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film by the HSO. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and unforgettable musical scores composed by Williams.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © DISNEY

Ticket Information: 2019-2020 Flex Cards will go on sale August 5 at 10 am. Tickets to Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will go on sale Wednesday August 7 at 10 am and tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert will go on sale Monday, August 12 at 10 am. All other single tickets for the 2019-2020 season will go on sale Monday, August 19 at 10 am. For information on subscriptions, call 860-987-5900.  More information about subscribing is available at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Masterworks Series Sponsor: The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies

The POPS! Series is also sponsored by Prudential.

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