It’s the most wonderful time of the year with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra as it continues its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with a program of music sure to put you in the holiday spirit! The HSO will present December Dreams Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. These concerts will be led by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles, and feature HSO principal oboe Heather Taylor. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
The program includes Fry’s Santa Claus (Christmas Symphony), Higdon’s Oboe Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Selections from The Nutcracker Op. 71, TH 14. Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Adam Boyles one hour prior to curtain each performance.
Tchaikovsky’s selections from The Nutcracker bring to musical life everyone’s favorite holiday tale – young Clara’s dreams of a Nutcracker Prince. William Henry Fry’s Santa Claus (Christmas Symphony) is both a secular and religious celebration of the holiday, complete with a weary traveler, a holiday party and a visit by Father Christmas as the children sleep. Plus, American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto makes its HSO premiere, putting the spotlight on the beauty and grace of the instrument with a playful and shimmering piece. ‘Tis the season!
The 2017-2018 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
About Heather Taylor
Heather Taylor received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboist of The Metropolitan Opera, and her Master’s Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of the late John Mack, former Principal Oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Ms. Taylor performed the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto as a Concerto competition winner with the Cleveland Institute Orchestra. She has performed as Principal Oboist with The Hartford Symphony since 1993. Prior solo appearances with the Hartford Symphony include 1994 performances of the Handel Concerto in g minor, the 1996 performance of the Riley Fantasy for Oboe and String Orchestra during the premiere summer season of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and the 2002 performances of the Bach Concerto for oboe and violin with Joseph Silverstein.
Ms. Taylor has performed as guest Principal Oboist with the San Diego and Florida Symphony Orchestras, Principal oboist with The Richmond Symphony, The Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, IRIS Orchestra, and The Robert Shaw Institute tour of Southwest France. She has substituted with the Metropolitan Opera and as Associate Principal Oboist with the St. Louis Symphony.
Ms. Taylor was Principal oboist in the American premiere complete performances of Elliott Carter’s “Symphonia” with Monadnock Music in Sanders Theatre, Boston. She can be heard on the Grammy nominated recording of works by Robert Kurka with The Grant Park Orchestra on Cedille Records and the recording of music by Stephen Hartke with the IRIS Orchestra on Naxos Records: The New York Times Best Classical CD listing for 2003.