Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents CARMINA BURANA: FESTIVAL OF FATE June 8-10 

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Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents CARMINA BURANA: FESTIVAL OF FATE June 8-10 

 Be part of the spectacle of excess when the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, with the Hartford Chorale, presents a dramatic interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana! The HSO concludes its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with Carmina Burana: Festival of Fate, Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information. Carmina Burana: Festival of Fate is sponsored by the United Bank Foundation of Connecticut.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a free Festival of Fate two hours prior to each performance. The pre-show revelry will include a prize wheel, a fortune teller, a Tarot card reader, a photo booth, and specialty drinks! Grand Prize Sponsor is Foxwoods Resort Casino.

These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and will feature the Hartford Chorale, led by Richard Coffey, soprano Lisa Williamson, tenor David Guzman, baritone Tyler Duncan, and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. This program includes Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Join us for a pre-concert talk with Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to the concert.

Experience the merriment and drama as we take over the theater with a celebration of the pleasures of drink, nature, love, lust, wealth, gluttony and gambling. But beware – the wheel of fortune deals out triumph and disaster at random, so heed its warning about the power of luck and fate! The concert opens with Barber’s lush and textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a tender depiction of Knoxville, Tennessee, set to excerpts from James Agee’s 1938 nostalgic prose poem by the same name.

The 2017-2018 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

About Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson has performed nationally with Washington National Opera, Portland Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and the Sanibel Music Festival, and throughout the state with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Concert Opera, and Hartford Opera Theater. She has been a soloist with the New Haven, Hartford, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras, the Hartt School Wind Ensemble, and most recently with the New Haven Symphony Pops singing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. As a recitalist she has presented programs at The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and with the Weill Music Institute’s The Song Continues with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall. From 2005-2010, she was the vocal soloist with U.S. Coast Guard Band, twice performing the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and in concert throughout the U.S. and Japan.

About David Guzman

David Guzman is known for his exquisite tone and impeccable musicianship. He has been praised by the Houston Chronicle for his “impressive tenor, singing with force and ease throughout his range, with ringing tone at full voice, thoughtful in quieter moments.” The tenor began the 2017-2018 season as Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld in a return engagement with Western Plains Opera, and then performed as Alfredo in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera. During the 2016-2017 season the tenor joined Western Plains Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, Knoxville Opera as Leicester in Maria Stuarda, and Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. As Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Opera Tampa, he was singled out for his “bright and power tenor that hits a bull’s-eye on distant targets…Guzman remains one to watch. It would not be surprising at all if he ascents to significant heights.” (Tampa Bay Times)

About Tyler Duncan

British Columbia-born and America-based baritone Tyler Duncan enjoys international renown for bringing consummate musicianship, vocal beauty and interpretive insight to recital, concert and operatic literature.  His 2017-2018 season includes recitals in Houston, New York and Montreal, return engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Les Violons du Roy, the Toronto Symphony, Toronto’s Tafelmusik and the Calgary Philharmonic, and debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, National Philharmonic and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.  In opera, Mr. Duncan’s roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera include Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia; Germany’s Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich) and is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.

About the Hartford Chorale

The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that presents, on a symphonic scale, masterpieces of great choral art throughout southern New England and beyond, serving as the primary symphonic chorus for the Greater Hartford community. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Hartford Chorale engages the widest possible audiences with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, providing talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level.

Members range in age from 16 to 80. Most Chorale members reside in the Greater Hartford area, but several travel from as far as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York for weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the season. Volunteer singers are supported by professional vocal section leaders who provide vocal leadership and assistance.

The Hartford Chorale is led by a most talented staff including Music Director Richard Coffey, Assistant Music Director Jack Anthony Pott, Accompanist James R. Barry, and Executive Director Alan Mann.

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
CARMINA BURANA: FESTIVAL OF FATE
Friday – Sunday, June 8-10, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday 8pm?Sunday 3pm
Tickets starting at $38.00; $10.00 for students with ID
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Program
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Orff Carmina Burana

Featuring
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Hartford Chorale Richard Coffey, Music Director
Connecticut Children’s Chorus, Meredith Neumann, director
Lisa Williamson soprano
David Guzman tenor
Tyler Duncan baritone