HSO and Local Restaurants are “Playing with Food” April 26

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Concert to Feature Chefs and Tastings from Apricots Restaurant and Pub, Grants Restaurant and Bar / Restaurant Bricco, Max Downtown,  Treva Restaurant, A’vert Brasserie, and Trumbull Kitchen

HARTFORD, April 16, 2014 – Back by popular demand, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is having a second helping of Playing with Food on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan, the HSO will explore connections between music and food in a concert featuring music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Magnificent Seven, Peer Gynt, Chariots of Fire, la Forza del Destino, Sleeping Beauty and more.

For this concert, the HSO has teamed up with seven local restaurants – Apricots Restaurant and Pub, Grants Restaurant and Bar / Restaurant Bricco, Max Downtown,  Treva Restaurant, A’vert Brasserie, and Trumbull Kitchen – to create a program of music inspired by food and food inspired by music. Each chef has created a new dish on their menu inspired by a piece of music (available now through May 31), and, likewise, Carolyn Kuan has selected a musical pairing for the “signature dish” on their menu. The concert will include music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Magnificent Seven, Peer Gynt and more; plus, the chefs will be on stage to share their inspirations, philosophies, and cooking tips.  Audience members will be able to purchase samples from the participating restaurants at the concerts; part of the proceeds from these sales will benefit the educational programs of the HSO.

Growing Great Schools will host “A Culinary Symphony,” a fundraising event prior to the concert.  The evening will begin at 5:30pm in the Bushnell’s Autorino Great Hall with cocktails and cuisine served by Growing Great Schools’ chef partners.  The evening will feature a performance by the Aiken String Ensemble. Growing Great Schools (GGS) is a community-based effort headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut whose mission is to create healthier schools by connecting food, culture, health, and the environment. The vision of Growing Great Schools is to empower students to become active participants in their nutritional and physical health, while caring for the planet. For more information and for tickets to “A Culinary Symphony,” visit growinggreatschools.org.

Calendar Listing:
POPS! SERIES: PLAYING WITH FOOD – SECOND COURSE!
Saturday, April 26, 2014 ? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring: Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Apricots Restaurant and Pub – Chef and Owner Ann Howard; Grants Restaurant and Bar / Restaurant Bricco – Chef and Owner Billy Grant; Max Downtown – Pastry Chef Warren Hardman; Treva Restaurant – Chef and Owner Dorjan Puka; A’vert Brasserie  –  Executive Chef and Co-Owner David Borselle, Jr.; Trumbull Kitchen – Executive Chef Chris Torla
Program: Badelt: Selections from Pirates of the Caribbean; Tchaikovsky: Mozartiana; Kerr: Irish Legend; E. Bernstein: Magnificent Seven; John Williams “Across the Stars” from Star Wars; Verdi: Overture to la Forza del Destino; Vangelis: Chariots of Fire; Greig: “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt; Rossini: Overture to La Scala di seta; Whitney: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Armstrong/Ricketts: Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong; Tchaikovsky Pas d’action from Sleeping Beauty
Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50.  Student tickets are $10 and $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 HSO 2013-2014 POPS! Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation, with additional concert support from Hartford Hospital and Prudential Retirement. 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.