Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2016-2017 POPS! Series

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Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are pleased to announce the programming for the HSO’s 2016-2017 POPS! Series that will be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT.

“We have an exciting POPS! season lined up that we know you will love,” said Collins. “Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will bring to life celebrated film scores with stunning and unique visuals. Hartford’s favorite family holiday tradition, Holiday Cirque Spectacular, is back by popular demand. The countless hits of one of the biggest rock bands of all time will fill Mortensen Hall with The Music of U2. And we will conclude the season with a symphonic celebration of our favorite furry friends with Playing with Dogs.”

Ticket Information: Current POPS! subscribers will receive their renewal information in April. New subscriptions will be available in June. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call 860-987-5900.  More information about subscribing is available at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

All artists, dates, and locations are subject to change.
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2016-2017 POPS! SERIES

DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON
October 22, 2016; 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and its importance in the filmmaking process. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the three decades-long partnership of two of Hollywood’s top creators. This live concert features Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Featuring music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and many more!

HOLIDAY CIRQUE SPECTACULAR
December 17, 2016, 2 & 7 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

Holiday Cirque Spectacular

It’s Hartford’s family holiday concert tradition! Enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck. Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza!

THE MUSIC OF U2
March 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

The Music of U2

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band take a musical journey spanning four decades of monster hits including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One” and many more. Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 quickly climbed the charts and became one of the premiere rock bands of all time, selling more than 150 million records worldwide and earning 22 GRAMMY® Awards — more than any other band. Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Brent Havens lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before!

PLAYING WITH DOGS
May 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall

Playing With Dogs

Get ready for a fabulous night with our favorite furry friends! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles, Playing with Dogs brings together music and mutts like you’ve never seen before.  Featuring pups and handlers from the HSO audience and the World Canine Freestyle Organization, you will enjoy a night of heartwarming tales of man’s best friend, as well as dazzling choreography and amazing tricks – all set to music inspired by our very special love of dogs!

HSO programs are funded in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.