Hartford Symphony to Explore The Genius of Mozart March 14-17 at The Bushnell

SHSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal to be Featured as Conductor and Soloist in All-Mozart Program

HARTFORD, February 26, 2013 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will explore The Genius of Mozart on Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Led by HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal, who will act as both conductor and violin soloist, the HSO will perform works from throughout Mozart’s life, from his very first symphony written at the age of eight to his last, composed at 32, along with concerti written early and later in his career. This all-Mozart program will include his Symphony No. 1 and No. 41, “Jupiter;” Violin Concerto No. 3; and Clarinet Concerto in A Major featuring HSO principal clarinetist Curt Blood.

HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at the age five and a year later was accepted to the renowned Gnessin School. He went on attending and graduating with excellence from the Moscow Conservatory. His experience includes recital and chamber music appearances in the US, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and South Korea.  Mr. Sigal is also concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra. He serves on faculty of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Curt Blood has been an active teacher and performer in the northeast since 1982, having held the principal clarinet chair in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since that time. He has toured internationally, most notably performing at the International Music Festival at Santander, Spain. He also serves as principal clarinetist with Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, Massachusetts. Mr. Blood holds teaching positions at the University of Connecticut and The Hartt School.  His past students have performed with ensembles around the country including the United States Coast Guard Band, the Albany Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory.

Calendar Listing:
Featuring HSO concertmaster Leonid Sigal, conductor and violin soloist; Curt Blood, HSO Principal Clarinet
Thursday, March 14, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 ? 4:30 p.m.
Belding Theater ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in Eb Major, K. 16; Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, “Jupiter;” Concerto No. 3 in G Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 216; Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$70.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, March 16, $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.

These concerts are presented in part by the Koski Memorial Fund, which was established by Sylvia Koski to honor her late husband, Edward Koski. The 2012-2013 Masterworks Series is sponsored by MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, with additional concert support from Bank of America, Cigna, The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company, Hartford Hospital, the Katharine K. McLane and Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 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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