Hartford Symphony Orchestra to Open 70th Anniversary Season October 11 & 12

Music Director Carolyn Kuan to Lead Program Featuring Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony plus Performances by Wu Man and CT Youth Symphony

HARTFORD, September 30, 2013 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is rolling out the red carpet for the 70th Anniversary Opening Night on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan, this program will include Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony,” Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa with guest artist Wu Man, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor featuring the Connecticut Youth Symphony onstage with the HSO.

HSO President & CEO Carrie Hammond says, “The 70th Opening Night concerts celebrate the Hartford Symphony’s dedication to artistic excellence, community engagement and creating harmony in Hartford. From cultural ambassador Wu Man to our celebration of the city’s long-running history of organ building through the Austin Organ Company, to sharing our stage with the best young talent from The Hartt School Community Division, these performances are not to be missed.”

The HSO’s 70th Anniversary Opening Night performances are the concluding events of Bachtoberfest, a new music festival featuring music by Bach and music written for organ October 4-12, 2013. The festival includes free concerts and events at the Austin Organ Factory, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Congregation Beth Israel, Hartford Public Library, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick St. Anthony, St. Brigid’s Church, First Church of Christ, United Methodist of West Hartford, and Central Baptist Church, amongst others. The full festival calendar of events can be found at www.hartfordsymphony.org/bachtoberfest.

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a composer, soloist, and educator giving her lute-like instrument – which has a history of over 2,000 years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous trips to her native China, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders. On December 6, 2012 Wu Man was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, the first traditional musician ever to receive this prestigious award.

Immersed in a history of excellence, the Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) has provided students an opportunity to study orchestral music intensively with like-minded musicians for almost 75 years. The Hartt School Training Orchestra was founded in 1938 by Rubin Segal and held its first concert in May 1939. The premier youth orchestra of The Hartt School Community Division provides advanced, motivated musicians the opportunity to perform major symphonic masterworks, concerti, and contemporary works with students of similar ages and abilities. The ensemble is currently under the direction of Daniel D’Addio and assistant conductor Mickey Reisman.

Organist Edward Clark has performed regularly with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 1984, playing organ and harpsichord both as soloist and orchestra member. Mr. Clark has been Minister of Music at the historic First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington since 1965.  For over twenty years he was a member of the organ and harpsichord faculty at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He has made frequent appearances with the Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra New England, Hartford Chorale, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, CONCORA, Chorus Angelicus and Connecticut Choral Society, among others.

To mark this special season opener, the HSO will host a special opening night celebration before the October 11 concert, including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and food stations; a dessert reception with Carolyn Kuan and the guest artists will conclude the evening following the concert. Tickets for the Opening Night Celebration are $170 per person for subscribers and $225 for non-subscribers, which include preferred concert seating. Call (860)246-8742 ext. 326 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Calendar Listing:
Featuring Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Wu Man, pipa; Connecticut Youth Symphony, Daniel D’Addio, director; Edward Clark, organ
Friday, October 11, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony;” J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Lou Harrison: Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$70.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, October 12, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org .

The 70th Anniversary Opening Night! is made possible with support from Concert Benefactor Hartford Hospital. The Special Event on October 11 is sponsored by CL&P, Federman Lally & Remis, United Technologies Corporation, Accenture, TD Bank, Seabury and Pullman & Comley LLC. The 2013-2014 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Fuss & O’Neill, Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust, LeGrand, Renbrook School and Loomis Chaffee School, Ron and Nancy Compton, and The Saunders Fund. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, 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.

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