Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonic Love Potions February 10-12


It’s a symphonic love extravaganza! Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, as it presents Symphonic Love Potions Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will feature guest percussionists Svet Stoyanov and Dmitrii Nilov, and guest saxophonist Javon Jackson, and will be conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for information.

The 2016-2017 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. Symphonic Love Potions is the Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert.

The program includes R. Strauss’ Don Juan, Op. 20, Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture – Fantasy, and jazz selections featuring HSO soloists (including Carmichael’s Stardust, Coltrane’s Naima, and Van Heusen’s But Beautiful). A free pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan will take place one hour prior to each performance.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Carolyn Kuan and the HSO as it performs music inspired by romance. R. Strauss’ passionate Don Juan tells the tale of the great lothario Don Juan and his quest for ideal love. Dorman’s double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! mixes elements of Western, Arabic and Indian music, and refers to three substances that are both appealing and dangerous. From the most romantic love story of all time, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture – Fantasy introduces the dramatic and achingly beautiful tale of doomed young lovers. Plus, some of the world’s most romantic jazz ballads are given new life with lush orchestrations for the HSO and special soloists. Feel the love!


About Svet Stoyanov

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion. Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Stoyanov was most recently presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. His career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, and American Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo performances in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Taiwan National Concert Hall. Some of the conductors he has performed with include James Conlon, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen, Marin Alsop and Pierre Boulez.

Stoyanov has recorded with numerous labels, featuring Telarc, Naxos and Bridge Records. His recent albums Percussive Counterpoint and Textures and Threads were broadcast internationally and applauded for their artistic integrity, virtuosic ingenuity and excellent quality. Stoyanov’s upcoming recording projects feature an original concept audio-visual album, as well as a record, celebrating the music of his native country: Bulgaria.

A passionate advocate for new music, Stoyanov has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works.  Upcoming commissions and premieres include the works of John Psathas (composer of music for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens), Rome Prize recent winner Andy Akiho and Paola Prestini. Most recently Stoyanov presented the world premiere of Sideman – a percussion concerto written for him by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Alongside his diverse performance career, Stoyanov is the Director and Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Stoyanov endorses some of the finest percussion instruments and products today, namely Adams, Remo, Zildjian, Pearl and Vic Firth.


About Dmitrii Nilov

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Dmitrii Nilov began learning music from an early age, majoring in piano performance. At age seven, he was accepted to the Special Music School of the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire, Russia. Prior to his graduation, he received a Grand Prix at the Mozart Wunderkind Competition. His collaboration with the Gartow Stiftung during his school years led to a series of concerts in Germany between 2007-2009, including a chamber recital at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

Nilov received his Bachelor’s degree in music in May 2016 from the Frost School of Music (University of Miami). At the same time, after working on two degrees simultaneously, he received a Master’s degree in music from the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire.

After first performing as a soloist in 2007,  Nilov won the Frost Symphony Concerto Competition in 2014 and 2015, performing Concerto for Marimba and Strings by Emmanuel Sejourne and then Avner Dorman’s double concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! with Kiril Angelov in February 2016. Following his debut recital as a Grand Art Tour Artist in New York in October 2015, Nilov has appeared in a number of Grand Art Tour events, including a chamber recital during the Art Basel Festival in Miami.

His passion for exploring new repertoires has led to collaborations that have resulted in a series of premieres, including the world premieres of Khaos by Rodrigo Bussad and Prelude and Chorale by Hannah Lash, the US premiere of Rite by Lansing McLoskey, and the Florida premiere of Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!.


About Javon Jackson

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 16 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

In 1992, Jackson made his recording debut with Me and Mr. Jones, featuring James Williams, Christian McBride and master drummer and NEA Jazz Master Elvin Jones. Jackson also recorded six projects for Blue Note Records featuring collaborations with Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrason, John Medeski and Vernon Reid.

In 2012, Jackson released two self-produced recordings, Lucky 13 and Javon Jackson and WE FOUR, Celebrating John Coltrane.  For Lucky 13, Jackson covers music by Stevie Wonder as well as newly composed original material.  Javon Jackson and WE FOUR, Celebrating John Coltrane, is a tribute to the iconic saxophonist and composer. In 2010, Jackson was commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival to compose a full-length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lodger, a silent movie based on the hunt for Jack the Ripper.

In 2013, Javon accepted the position of Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.  Jackson has a Bachelor in Music from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Music from State University of New York College at Purchase.


Calendar Listing
Masterworks Series

Friday – Sunday, February 10-12, 2017
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

Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
Dorman Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!
Jazz Selections featuring HSO soloists (including Carmichael’s Stardust, Coltrane’s Naima, and Van Heusen’s But Beautiful)
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy


Carolyn Kuan conductor
Svet Stoyanov percussion
Dmitrii Nilov percussion
Javon Jackson saxophone
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 73rd Season in 2016-2017, 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.

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