Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents A Faust Symphony March 10-12

This modern interpretation features artistic direction by TheaterWorks’ Eric Ort and script by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe

Lust, power and greed – how far would you go to get what you want?  Find out when the Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents A Faust Symphony Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. This new adaptation will be performed by dynamic actors (to be announced) and the HSO, with artistic direction by TheaterWorks’ Eric Ort and script by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe. HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan will conduct. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for information.

The 2016-2017 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. Concert sponsor is the Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming.  A free pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan will take place one hour prior to each performance.

Faust makes a deal with the devil Mephistopheles and trades his soul to find satisfaction that has been unattainable. But when Faust seduces the attractive Gretchen with Mephistopheles’ help, Gretchen’s life is shattered and Faust’s world falls apart – or does it? Hungarian composer Franz Liszt evoked this struggle in his three-part character study A Faust Symphony, inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s iconic play. This new adaptation will bring drama to the HSO stage, infusing Liszt’s character sketches with a contemporary storyline brought to life by dynamic actors. Come see, hear and imagine the yearning, scheming, agony, ecstasy – and consequences – of man’s desire to improve his lot.

About Eric Ort

A Connecticut-based director and educator, Eric Ort is artistic associate at TheaterWorks (Hartford). Before joining the staff in 2016, Eric assistant directed half a dozen TheaterWorks shows including Time Stands Still, The Other Place, Dancing Lessons and Midsummer. Other favorite directing projects include: Belleville, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Secret Garden, Burial at Thebes, Metamorphoses and The Importance of Being Earnest.

A theater educator, Eric most recently taught at Brooklyn College and before that was, for many years, the director of theater at Miss Porter’s School. His work in the literary office of The Vineyard Theater (New York) nurtured a commitment to new play development that continues in his role at TheaterWorks.

Combining his interest in history, documentary drama and community engagement, Eric was part of the creative team for a multi-media performance piece Assembly Required that was presented at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015. Through video, audio and live performance, the piece examined the community of roller-skaters at the Central Park Skate Circle.


About Colin McEnroe

Colin McEnroe hosts the daily WNPR show, The Colin McEnroe Show. He is a weekly columnist for The Hartford Courant. He has been a contributing editor at many national publications including Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle and Best Life. He has recently concluded a series of columns for Bicycling magazine and contributes to Salon.

Colin is returning to the HSO after collaborating with Carolyn Kuan on two previous Talcott Mountain Music Festival programs and hosting a series on Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin in 2008-2009.

In 2016, The Colin McEnroe Show won First Place in the Public Radio News Directors competition for Best Interview. He also co-hosts, with John Dankosky, the Wheelhouse, a weekly political roundtable.

His humor writing is included in several anthologies including The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Jokes, The Big Book of New American Humor and Flash Fiction Funny.

He is the author of three books – a memoir and two collections of his humor published by Doubleday — and one play produced at Ivoryton; and his work has appeared on the New York Times Op-Ed Page, in Cosmopolitan and Forbes FYI. He frequently moderates the Connecticut Forum and teaches media studies at Trinity College.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series

Friday – Sunday, March 10-12, 2017
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

Liszt A Faust Symphony

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Additional performers to be announced
Eric Ort artistic director
Colin McEnroe author
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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