Hartford Symphony Orchestra Continues its 75th Anniversary Season with Brass & Brahms on November 2-4

Featuring HSO Horn Section and Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins

Our fabulous horn section takes the spotlight during the second Masterworks concert of the 2018-2019 season! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its 75th anniversary celebration with Brass & Brahms starting on Friday, November 2 and running through Sunday, November 4, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by guest conductor Thomas Wilkins. Soloists for this concert include HSO principal horn, Barbara Hill, HSO assistant principal horn, John Michael Adair, and HSO horns Hilary Ledebuhr and Nick Rubenstein.

This program features Nielsen’s Little Suite, Op. 1, Schumann’s Concertstück for Four Horns in F Major, Op. 86, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90.

Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Thomas Wilkins one hour prior to curtain of each performance. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and additional information.

We will feature the incredible HSO horn section with Schumann’s lively and compelling Concertstück for Four Horns. Written in 1849, it is an exceptional masterpiece for the instrument. Of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, written when he was a carefree 50-year-old bachelor, the music critic Eduard Hanslick said, “… the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.”

The 2018-2019 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. 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.


About Thomas Wilkins

Thomas Wilkins is the music director of the Omaha Symphony through their 2020-21 season, a position he has held since 2005. In addition, he is principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony.

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Wilkins is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences of all ages. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, The Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” He received the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the 2014 Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state.

During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. He has conducted the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, among other engagements.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He and his wife, Sheri-Lee, live in Omaha and are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole.


Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Friday – Sunday, November 2-4, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Nielsen Little Suite, Op. 1
Schumann Concertstück for Four Horns in F Major, Op. 86
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

Thomas Wilkins conductor
Barbara Hill HSO principal horn
John Michael Adair HSO assistant principal horn
Hilary Ledebuhr HSO horn
Nick Rubenstein HSO horn


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.

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