The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present its 2014-2015 POPS! Series opening night concert on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Guest artists for the season opener are the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring the sons of the late international jazz giant and former Connecticut resident, Dave Brubeck.
“The theme of the new HSO season is ‘Music Brings Us Together’ and we call our popular music series ‘POPS!’ because the concerts have something for everyone to enjoy,” says HSO Music Director and Conductor Carolyn Kuan. “This season, our musicians will be joined by Brubeck brothers and Callaway sisters, prominent chefs and circus performers, as well as treat our audiences to music from classic Disney films like The Lion King and by Michael Jackson, the ‘King of Pop’.”
Leaders of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chris and Dan Brubeck, have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist/trombonist/composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966 – nearly a half century ago. They have subsequently played a variety of styles and in a number of different groups, including with their father Dave Brubeck. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet when they perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey. The Quartet’s latest CD LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart, where it made the top 10 list as one of the most played jazz recordings of 2012-2013.
BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the HSO for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $20.00-$67.50, including $25 tickets available for patrons age 40 and under. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Season Sponsor: Travelers
POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies
Masterworks Series Sponsors:
MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
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.
Additional HSO concerts in October 2014
OPENING NIGHTS: PORGY AND BESS
Thursday – Sunday, October 16-19, 2014
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Thursday 7:30pm?Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Masayo Ishigure koto
Jonita Lattimore soprano
Kevin Deas bass-baritone
Richard Coffey, music director
First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir
James “J.J.” Hairston director of music ministry
Smith Star Spangled Banner
Tchaikovsky 1812, Overture Solennelle, Op. 49
Sawai Tori No Yoni (Flying Like a Bird)
Gershwin arr. Bennett Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs
Sunday Serenades Series
MOZART & MATRIX
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Tickets $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org
The visual narrative of MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers imagines an historical union of France and England merged as a huge colonial empire. Frengland’s complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination is documented by Two Feathers in an ongoing project that begins in 1658 and will one day conclude in 1880. The soundscape for this concert includes Henry Purcell’s “golden Sonata,” François Couperin’s Les Nations: “L’Impériale,” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452.