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Love Notes

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will include Pas de Deux selections with featured dancers. Wagner’s transcendent opera will have you spellbound. Reminiscent of many couples in love, Bach relished the challenge of writing for two dissimilar instruments, emphasizing their qualities in common and making harmony of their differences. Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” was likened to the romantic effect of the moon shining upon Switzerland’s picturesque Lake Lucerne. Bring your loved one – and share your own love notes – for a special Valentines’ night out!

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HSO & Goodspeed Celebrate the Best of Broadway

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Come on along and listen to the lullabies of Broadway! Connecticut’s own Goodspeed Musicals is known the world over as the home of the American musical. Join the HSO, Goodspeed Resident Music Director and Conductor Michael O’Flaherty, and special guests as they celebrate 70 years of Tony® Award-winning music. This one-night-only, blockbuster performance will spotlight the best of Broadway through the years.

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Russian Masters

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Carolyn Kuan and the HSO interpret the red-hot and icy-cool works of two iconic Russian masters! Inspired by his conducting studies of Haydn and Mozart, Prokofiev’s first symphony is known as the “Classical” and remains one of his most popular and beloved works. Written while in a Soviet safe haven during World War II, Prokofiev described his fifth symphony as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” One of the best-known violin concerti in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s is widely considered as one of the most technically difficult works for the instrument.

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The Music of the Eagles

Saturday, March 19, 2016

With their ground-breaking sound, The Eagles flew up the charts with five number one singles, six number one albums, five American Music Awards® and six Grammys®, and created a legacy of timeless music. Popular guest conductor Brent Havens returns with a full rock band to join the orchestra and “Take it to the Limit” – capturing The Eagles’ impeccable riffs and timeless vocal harmonies on the classic hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Hotel California.”

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Orpheus & Eurydice: Transformed

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

The HSO transforms Gluck’s most famous opera with a dramatic concert staging of sumptuous sights and sounds. Orpheus & Eurydice is the exhilarating account of the mythical Greek hero’s descent into the underworld to rescue his true love. Its exceptional libretto and music – evocative choral passages, imaginative ballets, dramatic duets, and the hero’s famous lament – convey a timeless message of love’s power to triumph over all.

More Information →

Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation

Saturday, April 16, 2016

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England! “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan!

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Romantic Rachmaninoff

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wrote Sergei Rachmaninoff, “I try to make my music speak simply and directly, that which is in my heart.” The public was already familiar with Rachmaninoff’s second and third piano concertos before he revised his first, begun at age 18. Using an acquired knowledge of harmony, orchestration, piano technique and musical form, he transformed it into a spirited work that maintains its youthful freshness. Rachmaninoff’s second symphony combines the intense emotions of opera with the luscious sounds of a full symphony orchestra. Although written more than 100 years ago, its sweeping melodies still speak to the hearts of audiences today (pop singer Eric Carmen even borrowed the melody for his hit, “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again!”).

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Playing with Food 4

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The HSO’s rave-reviewed, foodie fan-favorite event returns for a fourth season! Take a mix of great music, add some fabulous food, and blend! Special guest chefs representing a variety of global cuisines will share entertaining stories and demonstrate the cooking techniques behind their unique dishes, while Carolyn Kuan and the orchestra perform a delectable menu of music that inspires culinary creativity. Watch the whisks and the baton fly, as we whet your appetite for food tastings at intermission and after the show. Then…enjoy…mangia…bon appétit!

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An American In Paris: World Winds

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016

Our season finale is a “world-wind” tour of exotic international sights and sounds featuring our woodwind section! Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninoff’s last completed composition and is a stunning virtuoso showpiece for orchestra, combining energetic rhythmic sections with lush harmonies. George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem evokes the energy he witnessed in Paris during the 1920s, and remains one of his best-known and most beloved compositions. Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds is a “bold yet seamless melding of musical resonances from Christian, Arabic and Jewish traditions, with ear-catching instrumental sounds and colors representing numerous points of the compass,” said the Chicago Tribune.

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Love Notes

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Musical love tales and beautiful choreography take center stage in this program that will include Pas de Deux selections with featured dancers. Wagner’s transcendent opera will have you spellbound. Reminiscent of many couples in love, Bach relished the challenge of writing for two dissimilar instruments, emphasizing their qualities in common and making harmony of their differences. Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” was likened to the romantic effect of the moon shining upon Switzerland’s picturesque Lake Lucerne. Bring your loved one – and share your own love notes – for a special Valentines’ night out!

More Information →

Russian Masters

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Carolyn Kuan and the HSO interpret the red-hot and icy-cool works of two iconic Russian masters! Inspired by his conducting studies of Haydn and Mozart, Prokofiev’s first symphony is known as the “Classical” and remains one of his most popular and beloved works. Written while in a Soviet safe haven during World War II, Prokofiev described his fifth symphony as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” One of the best-known violin concerti in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s is widely considered as one of the most technically difficult works for the instrument.

More Information →

Orpheus & Eurydice: Transformed

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

The HSO transforms Gluck’s most famous opera with a dramatic concert staging of sumptuous sights and sounds. Orpheus & Eurydice is the exhilarating account of the mythical Greek hero’s descent into the underworld to rescue his true love. Its exceptional libretto and music – evocative choral passages, imaginative ballets, dramatic duets, and the hero’s famous lament – convey a timeless message of love’s power to triumph over all.

More Information →

Romantic Rachmaninoff

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wrote Sergei Rachmaninoff, “I try to make my music speak simply and directly, that which is in my heart.” The public was already familiar with Rachmaninoff’s second and third piano concertos before he revised his first, begun at age 18. Using an acquired knowledge of harmony, orchestration, piano technique and musical form, he transformed it into a spirited work that maintains its youthful freshness. Rachmaninoff’s second symphony combines the intense emotions of opera with the luscious sounds of a full symphony orchestra. Although written more than 100 years ago, its sweeping melodies still speak to the hearts of audiences today (pop singer Eric Carmen even borrowed the melody for his hit, “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again!”).

More Information →

An American In Paris: World Winds

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016

Our season finale is a “world-wind” tour of exotic international sights and sounds featuring our woodwind section! Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninoff’s last completed composition and is a stunning virtuoso showpiece for orchestra, combining energetic rhythmic sections with lush harmonies. George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem evokes the energy he witnessed in Paris during the 1920s, and remains one of his best-known and most beloved compositions. Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds is a “bold yet seamless melding of musical resonances from Christian, Arabic and Jewish traditions, with ear-catching instrumental sounds and colors representing numerous points of the compass,” said the Chicago Tribune.

More Information →

HSO & Goodspeed Celebrate the Best of Broadway

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Come on along and listen to the lullabies of Broadway! Connecticut’s own Goodspeed Musicals is known the world over as the home of the American musical. Join the HSO, Goodspeed Resident Music Director and Conductor Michael O’Flaherty, and special guests as they celebrate 70 years of Tony® Award-winning music. This one-night-only, blockbuster performance will spotlight the best of Broadway through the years.

More Information →

The Music of the Eagles

Saturday, March 19, 2016

With their ground-breaking sound, The Eagles flew up the charts with five number one singles, six number one albums, five American Music Awards® and six Grammys®, and created a legacy of timeless music. Popular guest conductor Brent Havens returns with a full rock band to join the orchestra and “Take it to the Limit” – capturing The Eagles’ impeccable riffs and timeless vocal harmonies on the classic hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Hotel California.”

More Information →

Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation

Saturday, April 16, 2016

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England! “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan!

More Information →

Playing with Food 4

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The HSO’s rave-reviewed, foodie fan-favorite event returns for a fourth season! Take a mix of great music, add some fabulous food, and blend! Special guest chefs representing a variety of global cuisines will share entertaining stories and demonstrate the cooking techniques behind their unique dishes, while Carolyn Kuan and the orchestra perform a delectable menu of music that inspires culinary creativity. Watch the whisks and the baton fly, as we whet your appetite for food tastings at intermission and after the show. Then…enjoy…mangia…bon appétit!

More Information →

Darkness and Light: European Art Reimagined

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Surround yourself with art and music in the reinstalled Morgan Great Hall as you listen to François Couperin’s Leçons de Tenébres, Oswaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Camille Saint Saëns’ Septet in E flat major, Op. 65.

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Romantic Realms

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Explore the Romantic Era in music and in the exhibition Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy.

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Save the Date! - Bravo! Gala Celebration 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Join us for an elegant evening in celebration and support of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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Elijah with the Hartford Chorale

Thursday, April 14, 2016

For the first time in its 44 year history, the Hartford Chorale, in cooperation with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, presents Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah in The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts’ magnificent Mortensen Hall. This work is one of the great artistic masterpieces of the choral canon and will be the first full symphonic scale performance of this work in Greater Hartford in the last decade.

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Exploring Emotions

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Performances at 9:45am (SOLD OUT) and 11:30am

Human emotions, or the way we react internally to the outside world, can directly affect our ability to talk, think, learn or even move! One of the most wonderful ways to experience emotion is through music. Exploring Emotions will feature music that makes us feel happy, sad, afraid, surprised or hopeful.

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The Composer is Dead

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Performance at 10:30am

The composer is dead and his death was very suspicious.

So, we’ve brought in a special inspector to investigate our orchestral ranks in search of suspects. This whodunit musical mystery by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket will whimsically interrogate the orchestra before your students’ eyes.

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Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Performance at 10:30am

Students and teachers in grades 3-5 embark on a yearlong exploration to discover what makes music move by learning the ways that composers and musicians play with melody, rhythm, and harmony. This culminating performance gives students the opportunity to sing and play recorder with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, performing the repertoire that they have practiced throughout the year. The Orchestra Moves is a program from Carnegie Hall’s Link Up curriculum.

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