The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will continue its exciting 75th anniversary season with Bach & Beyond, starting on Friday, January 18 and running through Sunday, January 20, in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO associate concertmaster and Baroque specialist, Lisa Rautenberg, and HSO concertmaster, Leonid Sigal. It will also feature Baroque dancers Carlos Fittante and Robin Gilbert, who will perform traditional choreography alongside these works. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
This program includes Rameau’s Overture to Le temple de la Gloire, Lully’s “Chaccone” from Phaeton, Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041, Arañés Gran Chacona, Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, Vivaldi’s La Follia, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, A449, and Ibert’s Divertissement.
Join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain of each performance.
Lisa Rautenberg is an exquisite violinist with expertise in the intricacy and depth of Baroque music, which is the foundation of the standard symphonic repertoire performed by orchestras all over the world today. Plus, experience Baroque dancing, a style of theatrical and social dancing popular with the European upper class between 1650-1760, as well as two 20th century adaptations of the Baroque musical style. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Baroque at its best!
Bach & Beyond is the 2018-2019 Koski Memorial Concert. 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 Lisa Rautenberg
In addition to her role as Fanfare Consort Leader, Lisa Rautenberg performs as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. She gave her New York City solo concerto debut with Concert Royale at the Mostly Mozart festival in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She performed her New York City recital debut in Merkin Hall playing virtuoso masters for the baroque violin. The recital included the first modern-day performances on original instruments of works by Paganini. Lisa can be heard on over 100 recordings on labels such as SONY Classical, Virgin Classics, Newport Classics, MCA, Decca, Nonesuch, Telarc, Champignon International and Deutsche Grammophone, including solo violin work on her recording of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos. Her album on Sony of the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi has won numerous awards, as well as another Sony recording of the Schubert string quintet and five other recordings using the famous Stradivari quartet from the Smithsonian. Ms. Rautenberg has performed concertos in many of the major halls in America and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Boston Symphony Hall, Hercules Hall, Concertgebow, BBC London, and at the Proms festival. Ms. Rautenberg holds a degree in violin performance with distinction from Indiana University, where she was a student of Josef Gingold. She also studied early violin techniques with Marilyn McDonald. Lisa is the Associate Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony.
About Leonid Sigal
HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Since early performances he was praised by audiences and critics for his virtuosity and musical sensitivity. The Miami Herald wrote: “Sigal demonstrated what a fine violinist he is, playing passionately and cleanly with a soaring tone,” and the Hartford Courant echoes: “His tone was consistently sweet. He brought a clear sense of phrasing, articulation and effortless virtuosity.”
Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age 5, and was accepted to the renowned Gnessin School of Music. He went on attending and graduating with excellence from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Winner of several violin competitions and recipient of the 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award, he moved to the US, where he had also studied with Erick Friedman and had taken masterclasses with Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman. In 1995 he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to a prestigious fellowship at the New World Symphony, where he was one of the principals and was coached as conductor.
In 2007 he inaugurated and became Artistic Director of the celebrated Sunday Serenades, a chamber music series at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Mr. Sigal’s annual appearances as soloist with the HSO include highly acclaimed performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, concertos by Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Barber and Shostakovich, Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. In 2011 Mr. Sigal performed, and later recorded, a world premiere of Stephen Michael Gryc’s Violin Concerto Harmonia Mundi, written for him and commissioned by the HSO.
Also concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Mr. Sigal was previously Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic and had performed with San Diego Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He had served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony, as well as violin faculty at the University of Florida and University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. Since August of 2012, at the invitation of Music Director Gerard Schwarz, he has been part of the Emmy Award-winning and nationally-syndicated program All Star Orchestra alongside fellow concertmasters and principals from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Minnesota and other major American orchestras.
About Carlos Fittante
Carlos Fittante, a graduate of the School of American Ballet, specializes in Baroque, Balinese and Spanish escuela bolera dance. He is the artistic director of BALAM Dance Theatre, a contemporary world dance company inspired by Balinese theatre. Highlights from his diverse performing career include the Metropolitan Opera, New York Theatre Ballet, Semara Ratih Gamelan, Joan Miller and Dance Players, Danzas Españolas, and numerous period music ensembles. Both his choreography and performances have received critical praise and have been presented throughout the United States and internationally at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University, and the Bali International Dance Festival. He has taught Mask and Gesture at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, NY, and currently teaches dance at Queens College and St. Joseph’s College in New York.
About Robin Gilbert
Robin Gilbert Campos, originally from Cleveland, Ohio is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She currently works with BALAM Dance Theatre, a company that fuses Balinese dance with ballet and other dance styles, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, Periapsis Music and Dance, Benjamin Briones Ballet, and Ballet Verite. She also currently performs Baroque dance with her dance partner Carlos Fittante. Past credits include Connecticut Ballet, Dallas Ballet Collective Body Dance Lab and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers to name a few, as well as performing in musicals and in film and television.
BACH & BEYOND
Friday – Sunday, January 18- 20, 2019
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $35.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org
Rameau Overture to Le temple de la Gloire
Lully “Chaccone” from Phaeton
Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Arañés Gran Chacona
Bach Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Vivaldi Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 12, “La Follia,” R. 63
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, A449
Lisa Rautenberg conductor and HSO associate concertmaster
Leonid Sigal conductor and HSO concertmaster
Carlos Fittante Baroque dancer
Robin Gilbert Baroque dancer
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 Anniversary 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.