Masterworks Series

Sirena Plays Sibelius

February 14-16, 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!


DawsonNegro Folk Symphony
StraussDon Juan, TrV 156, op. 20
Sibelius, Concerto for Violin in D minor, op. 47


Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Sirena Huang, violin


An HSO favorite, Sirena Huang, returns to the Belding Stage to perform the famous Sibelius violin concerto. We’re thrilled to have her back for our Valentine’s weekend concerts. It makes sense to play something romantic, of course, so Don Juan comes to mind.  There’s no need to take a trip to experience something exotic; come to the Hartford Symphony and let the music take you away.

Negro Folk Symphony, by William Dawson, is a piece our audience will very much enjoy in its HSO premiere. In 1934, Dawson, a 35-year-old African American, was said to have composed ‘“the most distinctive and promising American symphonic proclamation which has so far been achieved.”’ And the New York Times proclaimed, “‘This music has dramatic feeling, a racial sensuousness and directness of melodic speech.”’


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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