Masterwork Series

Elgar’s Enigma
80th Anniversary Celebration

September 29-October 1, 2023

Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 3 PM

Subscriptions and single tickets now available


Schubert Symphony, D. 759 “Unfinished”
Schwarz Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra (After Handel Op. 6, No. 2)
McCarthy American Dance Music
Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36


Carolyn Kuan conductor
HSO Brass Quintet

John Charles Thomas, trumpet
Kenny Piatt, trumpet
Barbara Hill, horn
Brian Diehl, trombone
Jarrod Briley, tuba
Doug Perry percussion


Welcome back to Belding Theater in celebration of the HSO’s 80th season!  The HSO Brass Quintet is brilliantly featured on two captivating works by active, American composers Gerard Schwarz and Daniel McCarthy.  We still don’t know why Franz Schubert never finished his Symphony, D. 759, creating one of music’s greatest unanswered questions.  Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a work dedicated to the composer’s friends, with each variation a musical sketch meant to represent one of them.  However, there are two “enigmas” to be solved: one variation’s subject is undisclosed, and Elgar himself referenced a hidden musical motive.  Gather among friends and try to solve these musical mysteries.


Attend the FREE pre-concert talk with Maestro Kuan or special guest one hour before the concert!

Bring your smartphone to access our digital Playbill- don’t forget to silence it!

Grab a drink or bite from one of our convenient bar/café locations, and feel free to bring to your seat.

Applaud when you like what you hear – don’t worry about the “right” time!

Wear what you want – be comfortable.