Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces its 2018-2019 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the concerts in its 12th anniversary Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series season at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford.  

Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum 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 select 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.  

Subscriptions and single tickets to all 2018-2019 Sunday Serenades concerts are on sale now, along with single tickets to the HSO’s entire 2018-2019 season. 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. 


2018-2019 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series 

Monster & Myths
Sunday, November 11, 2018
1pm Gallery Talk
2pm Concert, Avery Court 

As World War II caused devastation and displacement in Europe, Surrealists produced powerfully disturbing artwork. Similarly to the visual artwork of the time, Poulenc’s Violin Sonata strives to depict graphic scenes and ideas through intensely precise writing.  String Trio No. 2 by Hindemith is contemplative and graceful, and Korngold’s effervescent Piano Quintet, Op. 15 incorporates the same heroism and dramaticsm of the composer’s Academy Award winning film scores. 

Land Sea Sky
Sunday, February 24, 2019
1pm Gallery Talk
2pm Concert, Avery Court 

Sean Scully: Landline is the United States premiere of landscape works by one of today’s most important abstract artists. Mozart’s eerily elegant Adagio and Rondo, K. 617 features a prominent keyboard part originally performed on glass harmonica, which will be performed on Celesta.  German composer Louis Spohr was enamored with Mozart, and this infatuation is apparent in his Septet in A minor, Op. 147 which interweaves delightfully intricate piano lines with expertly balanced wind and string writing, creating a playful and sophisticated soundscape. Kevin Volans’s Looping Point “explores the extreme ranges of the instruments” and is “a very virtuosic piece for everyone concerned.” 

The Spanish Golden Age
Sunday, May 19, 2019
1pm Gallery Talk
2pm Concert, Avery Court  

Taking up portraiture as well as allegorical and religious subjects, Spanish painters emphasized the drama of both religious climax and common every day moments. Gustav Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor is an early work that exhibits the composer’s ability to create highly emotional soundscapes.  Kaija Saariaho’s eerily beautiful Aure is breathy and wispy, while Joaquín Turina’s lush, radiant Circulo depicts Spanish bullfights and Flamenco dancers.  Commonly referred to as the “Trout,” Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 features a set of variations on the composer’s earlier vocal work “The Trout.”  This spirited chamber work showcases Schubert’s lush, yet graceful compositional style and forward-thinking use of chromaticism. 


The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co. HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, 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 

The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 75th season in 2018-2019, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. 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. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more.  The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.  

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