Music Director Carolyn Kuan to Lead Concert Featuring Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23

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Music Director Carolyn Kuan conducting at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival

Music Director Carolyn Kuan conducting at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival

SIMSBURY, June 13, 2013 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s summer series, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, will open with Midsummer Mozart on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.  Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this outdoor concert’s program highlights will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425, “Linz,” his Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano featuring Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker, and Adolphe Adam’s Bravour – Variationen uber ein Thema von Mozart based on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and featuring soprano Suzanne Lis and HSO flutist Barbara Hopkins.

Robert Blocker is internationally regarded as a pianist, for his leadership as an advocate for the arts, and for his extraordinary contributions to music education.  He was appointed The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University in September 1995, and during his tenure as Dean, the School of Music has assumed its role as one of the world’s most prestigious professional programs. He concertizes throughout the world, including performances in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, Korea, Thailand and several Pacific Rim countries. Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Houston Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and Daejeon (South Korea) Symphony.  These appearances have won him critical acclaim: as noted in a Los Angeles Times review, he is a pianist of “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity.”

Award winning flutist Barbara Hopkins enjoys national recognition for her performances. She has released three CDs including Telemann Methodical Sonatas, Vol. 1, Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano and Andersen Etudes, opus 15. She has appeared as soloist in New York, Boston, Albuquerque, Seattle, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Alaska, Florida, Connecticut, and throughout her home state of Pennsylvania. Barbara was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing principal flute under Leonard Bernstein. She currently serves as assistant principal flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Hartt Community Division.

Suzanne Lis is a native of West Hartford, CT and recent graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, MA, where she majored in International Relations, Music, and French. She currently studies with Carol Mastrodomenico. She can be heard regularly at the First Parish of Weston, MA, where she has sung works by Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Britten, and Mendelssohn. She also won the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize for Performance at Tufts in April 2013.

The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 25. The HSO will Celebrate America on Thursday, July 3 in a Patriotic Celebration saluting American heroes. On July 11, the HSO and guest soloists will perform music from Broadway’s biggest shows, including Wicked, Hairspray, Disney’s The Lion King, and more at Broadway Rocks! Back by popular demand after last year’s performance as lead singer at the HSO’s Rolling Stones Tribute, Brody Dolyniuk will return to the festival on July 18 to sing The Music of The Who. The festival will end July 25 with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: A Musical Tribute.

CALENDAR LISTING:
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TALCOTT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL:
MIDSUMMER MOZART
with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Robert Blocker, piano; Barbara Hopkins, flute; Suzanne Lis, soprano
Friday, June 27, 2014 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425, “Linz;” Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano; Adolphe Adam: Bravour – Variationen uber ein Thema von Mozart
Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420; single tickets range in price from $20-$45; and lawn tickets for kids 12 and under are $5. Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 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 (June 28) at the same time.

The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by St. Francis Care and The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Broadway Rocks! is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: A Musical Tribute is sponsored by Classic Hotels of Connecticut. The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival receives Festival Patron support from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury, and UBS Realty Investors, LLC; Festival Benefactor support from Cigna, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., Forethought Life Insurance Company, Simscroft-Echo Farms/Girard Brothers Corporation, The Hartford, Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company; and Festival Friend support from Big Y, CL&P, Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising, Ethel Walker School, Federman Lally & Remis, LLC, Fitzgerald’s Foods, JP Morgan Chase, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, LLC, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Simsbury Bank, Spotwine, Tom & Suzy Reich. The Education Tent Sponsor is Renbrook School. The Fireworks Sponsor is The Master’s School. 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.