Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents STRAVINSKY & SWAN LAKE March 9-11

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Join the HSO for a concert of music and movement! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with Stravinsky & Swan Lake, Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford.  Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and feature Boston Ballet dancers Yury Yanowsky and Dalay Parrondo. Join us for a pre-concert talk with Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to the concert.

This program includes Stravinsky’s ballet Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes), as well as his Symphony in Three Movements, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a, TH 12.

Stravinsky’s engaging Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes) ballet is said to have been motivated by his fondness for poker, with the main character being the cunning Joker. His turbulent Symphony in Three Movements was written as a direct response to the events of WWII. Stravinsky wrote the symphony in the final days of the war, influenced, as he wrote, by “our arduous time of sharp and shifting events, of despair and hope, of continual torments, of tension and, at last, cessation and relief…”  Tchaikovsky revolutionized the art of composing for dance, and his Swan Lake is recognized as one of the most popular ballets in the world, inspired by Russian folk tales and one of the composer’s most beautiful works.

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

About Yury Yanowsky

Yury Yanowsky‘s career as a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet spanned over two decades. Yanowsky was the recipient of the first prize at the Prix de Lausanne and won the Silver medal at both the Varna International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.

Yanowsky’s passion for choreographing began early in his dancing career and over the past decade he has had the opportunity to choreograph numerous ballets for Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Carlos Acosta’s “Premiere’s Plus,” Festival Ballet Providence, and international galas. In 2015, Yanowsky was awarded the Choreographic Prize at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition for his ballet, District. In 2016 he was commissioned to create new works for Boston Ballet and The Bundes Jugend Ballet Hamburg and was the guest choreographer for the Opening Night Gala for the Ballet Program at Jacob’s Pillow 2016.

Yury is currently on faculty at Harvard University and Centro Coreographico, Las Palmas Spain, Summer Program. He has also taught at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Brookline Ballet, and Colby College.

About Dalay Parrondo

Dalay Parrondo began her training at age nine at Cuban National Ballet School. The recipient of numerous medals in competitions, Parrondo joined the corps de ballet of the National Ballet of Cuba in 1998. Two years later, she was promoted to soloist and, in 2001, she became first soloist. A highlight of her career in Cuba was working with Merrill Ashley for the premiere of Ballo de la Regina. In 2004, Parrondo joined Boston Ballet.

Images: Yury Yanowsky, Dalay Parrondo

Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series
Friday – Sunday, March 9-11, 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

Stravinsky Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes)
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a, TH 12

Carolyn Kuan conductor
Yury Yanowsky dancer
Dalay Parrondo dancer