HSO’s Sunday Serenades to Draw Inspiration from Wadsworth’s Venus Sculpture, February 3

February 3rd Program of “Myth & Fantasy” with Music by Tartini, Migot, Szymanowski, and Schumann

HARTFORD, January 10, 2013 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present Myth and Fantasy, the second concert of the 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series, on Sunday, February 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. This program is inspired by Francavilla’s Fountain of Venus with a Nymph and Satyr in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Avery Court and will feature performances of works by Tartini, Migot, Szymanowski, and Schumann by Sunday Serenades Artistic Director and HSO Concertmaster (principal violinist) Leonid Sigal, HSO Principal Violist Michael Wheeler, and HSO Principal Pianist Margreet Francis.

This program takes its inspiration from the Mannerist style fountain of Venus in Avery Court, exploring themes of myth and fantasy. The colossal sculpture by Pietro Francavilla was one of a series of mythological works commissioned for a villa near Florence. In this sculpture, Venus rises from the sea, a symbol of love and desire, encircled by a playful nymph and satyr. Inspired by this work of art, Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal has created an intimate chamber music program featuring Tartini’s Didona Abandonada – Sonata in G minor, Migot’s Au Bord de l’Eure – Five Aquarelles, Szymanowski’s Mythes, and Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen – Fairy Tales.

HSO Concertmaster and Sunday Serenades Artistic Director Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age five. He moved to the US in 1995 when he was awarded a prestigious fellowship with the New World Symphony. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Sigal frequently appears with the Miami Friends of Chamber Music and the Avery Ensemble, and has served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony.

Michael Wheeler, currently the HSO Principal Viola, has performed with the New World Symphony, Portland Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Wheeler has been a recitalist and chamber music player throughout New England performing with the Island Chamber Players and Karas String Quartet. He is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division and lives in West Hartford with his wife, pianist, Ruriko Kagiyama, and their three daughters.

Margreet Francis is a member of the Hartford Symphony where she plays piano, harpsichord, and celesta. Her performances have been recorded for the Centaur label and regularly broadcast over radio and T.V. Ms. Francis performs on a regular basis with members of the Miami String Quartet and the Hartford Symphony. She also spent several years playing piano with the New World Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music Plus, the Soni Fidelis Woodwind Quintet and Trio ARIOSO.

with Leonid Sigal, artistic director and violin; Michael Wheeler, viola; Margreet Francis, piano
Sunday, February 3, 2013 ? 2:00 p.m.? Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Program: Giuseppe Tartini: Didona Abandonada – Sonata in G minor; Georges Migot: Au Bord de l’Eure – Five Aquarelles; Karol Szymanowski: Mythes, Op. 30; Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen – Fairy Tales, Op. 132
Ticket Information: Tickets are $30 ($25 for HSO Subscribers and Atheneum Members). Ticket price includes general admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum on the days of the concerts. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

The HSO 2012-2013 Sunday Serenades Series is sponsored in part by the Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main St. in Hartford, Connecticut. The Museum is open Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org for more information.

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