SIMSBURY, June 17, 2016 – Celebrate summer with an evening of classical music under the stars! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues with Appalachian Spring on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury, CT. Rain date is Saturday, July 16. For information, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org. This concert will be conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan and feature guest pianist Andrew Armstrong. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
For this concert, Aaron Copland’s seminal piece, Appalachian Spring, is featured in its original chamber ensemble setting. Additional selections include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, featuring the HSO string section, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major.
About Andrew Armstrong
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic.
Andrew’s orchestral engagements across the globe have seen him perform more than 50 concertos in repertoire ranging from Bach to Babbit and beyond. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Günther Herbig, Stefan Sanderling, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and has appeared in solo recitals in chamber music concerts with violinist James Ehnes, cellist Robert deMaine, the Elias, Alexander, American and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.
Andrew’s debut solo CD featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was released to great critical acclaim: “I have heard few pianists play [Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata], recorded or in concert, with such dazzling clarity and confidence” (American Record Guide). He followed that success with a disc on Cordelia Records of works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and the world premiere recording of Bielawa’s Wait for piano & drone.
Andrew is devoted to outreach programs and playing for children. In addition to his many concerts, his performances are heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, New York City’s premier classical music station.
The 2016 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 29. Concerts include:
Celebrate America: July 1
Starlets – The Women of Song: July 8
Appalachian Spring: July 15
A Tribute to Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond: July 22
Faithfully – A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey: July 29
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S TALCOTT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, July 15, 2016 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury, CT
Ticket Information: Advance single lawn tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult single lawn tickets are $25 at the gate. Subscriptions to the 2016 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420. For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Additional Information: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for all Talcott Mountain Music Festival concerts. Open to all ticket holders, the HSO Education Tent is open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; families can enjoy free activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo,” and youth performances. In the case of severe weather, this concert will be performed the following night (Saturday, July 16) at the same time.
The 2016 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Classic Hotels of Connecticut is the Concert Sponsor for the July 1 Celebrate America! concert. Additional sponsor support comes from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury Act Life Plan Community, UBS Realty Investors, Barnes Group, Global Atlantic Financial Group, Girard Brothers, Renbrook School, The Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company, JP Morgan Chase, Fitzgerald’s Foods, Robert Hensley & Associates, Motley Rice, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Murtha Cullina LLP, St. Francis Care Foundation, Simsbury Bank, Stanley Black & Decker, The Hartford, and United Healthcare, HB Live and Show Lighting. 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.