Masterworks Series

Rachmaninoff & Rhapsody in Blue

June 6-8, 2025

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

Renewals now open! New subscriptions go on sale July 15; single tickets go on sale August 1!


AdamsDoctor Atomic Symphony
GershwinRhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances, op. 45


Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Clayton Stephenson, piano | Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence


Clayton Stephenson returns for our final concert of the 24/25 season to perform Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue. Teeming with Americana and pianistic virtuosity, we can think of no better way to conclude Clayton’s residency with the HSO.

The John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007) may not be familiar to some, but the story is that of the movie Oppenheimer. That is, the story of U.S. physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” and the moral struggle and moral injury of decisions made regarding its use. The opera boasts one of the most beautiful arias by a contemporary composer. For the symphony, that aria becomes a trumpet solo that’s absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking. The end of Doctor Atomic is another one of those moments in music that gives us hope.


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.

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