Enjoying the Show

Here at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, we are connecting tradition with innovation! When you choose to attend our concerts, you will join our close-knit community of concert enthusiasts who are excited to share the gift of music. Here is what to expect when you attend a performance.

All HSO Venues Are ADA Compliant.

If you or a member of your party has any mobility or other special needs, please let us know so we can help you plan your concert attendance.

The HSO performs in facilities with elevators, ramps, special reserved seating, and removable seating. These facilities also have dedicated parking for persons with a State Handicapped Parking Permit.

At The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, there is also valet parking available. For information about the valet parking, please contact The Bushnell at 860-987-6059.

The Bushnell is also equipped with an Infra-red Listening System (ILS). Headphones are available at Customer Relations at The Bushnell to assist with sound amplification and clarity. There is no charge, however, a $2 donation is appreciated; a driver’s license or another form of ID must also be presented.

Help us help you by letting us know about any special needs you may have.

For more information, please call HSO Ticket Services at 860-987-5900, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Health And Safety Protocols As Of September 15, 2023

For our 2023-2024 season, we would like to update you on our health and safety policies.

The HSO endorses the optional wearing of face masks at all indoor performances and strongly encourages up to date vaccination whenever possible. However this season we will not require masks at any of our performances.

While the Hartford Symphony Orchestra maintains its commitment to the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and encourages patrons to be up to date with their vaccinations based on their individual health requirements, patrons will not be required to present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend events at The Bushnell.

Additionally, concessions will be open and food and beverages will be permitted within the theaters at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center for all performances.

Please be aware that HSO events at locations other than the Bushnell may have different requirements and protocols.

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic and current government recommendations, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Prelude is HSO’s pre-concert guide which will be sent only in an electronic format to our subscribers, single-ticket holders, donors and any others who might be interested in some “insider information” about a piece, composer or artist that will be featured on the upcoming Masterworks program.

Prelude will not replace the excellent program notes in our concert program, but is written to offer some different – and hopefully fun – facts that will spark interest in the upcoming Masterworks program. It will be sent approximately a week in advance of the upcoming Masterworks program.

Please let us know what you think! If you know someone who might be interested in receiving Prelude, or you have feedback, please contact Ruth Sovronsky at 860-760-7321 or at rsovronsky@hartfordsymphony.org.

Have you ever wondered what inspired Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, or how exactly a theme and variations works? What about the intricacies of Berlioz’s orchestration or the historical significance of Stravinsky’s body of works? Masterworks Pre-Concert Talks provide the chance to find out. Join Music Director Carolyn Kuan, guest conductors, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians as they offer engaging presentations about the works, the composers and historic perspectives of the concert that lies ahead. These 30 minute pre-concert presentations take place in the concert hall one hour prior to each Masterworks Series concert and are open to all ticket holders.

At select Masterworks Series performances, the HSO showcases the bright future of classical music. Student ensembles perform on the second-floor lobby of Belding Theater for 25 minutes between the pre-concert talk and the start of the HSO performance. Concertgoers are invited to linger for a moment or to sit and stay for the duration to enjoy these student performances.

An evening or afternoon with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is the perfect opportunity for a scrumptious dinner or lunch before or a “little something” after the concert! Take advantage of these great offers by our partner restaurants- and be sure to present your ticket (or stub) the date of your show!

However you get your HSO tickets, the benefits are yours for the taking… and eating… and drinking, so enjoy! And a special thank you to the wonderful restaurants in our community for their support of the HSO and you!

Check out our dining partners!

Seating Charts

Know Before You Go

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

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.