Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces its 2015-2016 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series

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Series celebrates its 10th anniversary this season

HARTFORD, CT August 18, 2015 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the concerts in its 10th anniversary Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series season at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford. Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art as a musical counterpart to special exhibitions and the permanent collections. Concerts take place in the museum galleries and feature Sunday Serenades Artistic Director and HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and HSO musicians. The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Single tickets to all 2015-2016 Hartford Symphony Orchestra concerts go on sale Monday, August 24. Sunday Serenades single tickets are $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members. Experience all three concerts for $67. For tickets and information, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.

Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series
10th Anniversary Season

November 22, 2015
Portraits in Sight and Sound

1pm Gallery Talk in Aspects of Portraiture with Susan Talbott, Director & CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum
2pm Concert (Avery Court)
Inspired by Director’s Choice: Aspects of Portraiture and a selection of European works on paper, Artistic Director Leonid Sigal has chosen John Adams’ John’s Book of Alleged Dances and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 to complement portraits that capture the core of human character from the 16th century to today. This concert is dedicated to Susan Talbott, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

February 7, 2016
Darkness and Light: European Art Reimagined

1pm Gallery Talk with Linda Roth, Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts, and Oliver Tostmann, Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture
2pm Concert (Morgan Great Hall)
Surround yourself with art and music in the reinstalled Morgan Great Hall as you listen to François Couperin’s Leçons de Tenébres, Oswaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Camille Saint Saëns’ Septet in E flat major, Op. 65.

May 22, 2016
Romantic Realms

1pm Gallery Talk in Gothic to Goth with Lynne Bassett, Guest Curator
2pm Concert (Avery Court)
Explore the Romantic Era in music and in the exhibition Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy. William Bolcom’s Introduzione e Rondo: Haydn Go Seek, Camille Saint Saëns’ Fantaisie, Op. 24 and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 demonstrate how both art and music moved away from the order and rationality of the previous half century to embrace imagination and emotion, originality and vision.

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

HSO programs are funded in part 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.

About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Marking its 72st Season in 2015-2016, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier musical organization. The Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. We believe passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. To that end, the mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences and to increase, through its educational programs, the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents of Connecticut. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. She began her tenure with the HSO in the fall of 2011. The HSO presents more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Lincoln Financial Discovery Concerts, Symphony in the Schools, Neighborhood Concerts, Musical Dialogues, and more. In addition, the HSO presents the popular summer series, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival in Simsbury.

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Photo: HSO Concertmaster and Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal