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Opening Nights: Porgy and Bess

Opening Nights: Porgy and Bess

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014

The season begins with a monumental journey commemorating struggle, bravery and hope. Travel with us as we explore passionate anthems of independence, including “Porgy and Bess – arguably the most important piece of American music written in the 20th century,” – The New York Times. Plus, a concerto for koto – a traditional Japanese stringed instrument

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Discover powerful themes of human existence. The bravura playing and heroic notes of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto expresses why it is known as the “Emperor.” Brahms’ heart-wrenching Tragic Overture emphasizes the turbulent, tormented character of the piece, while Strauss’ transcendent Death and Transfiguration explores earthly travail resulting in heavenly bliss.

Mozart & Dvořák

Mozart & Dvořák

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014

Celebrate musical inspiration, as our guest conductor plays and conducts at the same time! William Eddins is music director of the Edmonton Symphony and was principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin, Ireland. Françaix’s Hommage was written with excerpts from Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute – while Mozart wrote the G Major concerto especially for a gifted student. Dvorák’s Seventh is a tribute to the perseverance of his Czech nation.

Sigal Plays Carmen Fantasie

Sigal Plays Carmen Fantasie

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - Sunday, January 18, 2015

Taking inspiration from poems, folklore and stories, this program includes the virtuosic showpiece for strings and orchestra, Carmen Fantasie, featuring HSO concertmaster and principal violinist Leonid Sigal. Plus, Sibelius’ powerful hymn, Finlandia, and the vivid Fifth Symphony. Guest conductor Daniel Hege is music director of the Wichita Symphony and former music director of the Syracuse Symphony.

Rachmaninoff & Firebird

Rachmaninoff & Firebird

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Sunday, February 15, 2015

Orchestral fireworks take flight from Venus to New York to Russia, including Rachmaninoff’s sumptuous Second Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s romantic Firebird. Guest artist Sean Chen won the Van Cliburn and several other international piano competitions.

Saint-Saëns & Brahms

Saint-Saëns & Brahms

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saint-Saëns’ energetic and soaring cello Concerto No.1 and Brahms’ sunny Symphony No. 2 welcome the arrival of spring and an acclaimed father-son duo. Internationally renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the HSO and his son, accomplished cellist Julian Schwarz, in this program that also includes the premiere of the maestro’s original composition for the HSO.

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Joyous themes of physical beauty and movement take center stage in this program featuring select appearances by two acclaimed Connecticut dance companies. Plus, let your imagination soar with the music of Prokofiev’s brilliant Prodigal Son, originally created for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes by George Balanchine.

Beethoven & Mozart: Symphony No. 6

Beethoven & Mozart: Symphony No. 6

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shimmering strings, fluttering flutes and celebratory choirs will all come together in this glorious celebration of nature, humanity, spirituality and renewal.

Mahler’s Fourth

Mahler’s Fourth

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

The finale culminates our season-long tribute to Mahler. Throughout his life and music, Gustav Mahler explored the metaphysical meanings of our lives, and this work endures as his most approachable and expressive. The program also features HSO principal trombonist Brian Diehl in a concerto based on Dionysus, the Greek god of creativity. Plus, Copland’s exultant Fanfare for the Common Man – along with a world premiere of an original commission, Fanfare for Hartford Women.

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the HSO for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Holiday Cirque Spectacular – with New Music!

Holiday Cirque Spectacular – with New Music!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Celebrate the spirit of the season at this holiday extravaganza. Carolyn Kuan will conduct the HSO in a spectacular program of seasonal favorites, while Cirque de la Symphonie surrounds the stage with awe-inspiring aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists and breathtaking juggling acts.

The Music of Michael Jackson

The Music of Michael Jackson

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Join guest artist James Delisco, conductor Brent Havens and the HSO for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson’s influential and celebrated career. Get ready to sing and moonwalk along to the hits, from the Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond, including ABC, I’ll Be There, Beat It, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, and more.

Playing with Food 3!

Playing with Food 3!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Carolyn Kuan and the musicians are all fired up for Playing with Food 3, a new program of delectable sights, sounds, and tastes. Bring your imagination and your appetite as the HSO blends its musical talents with some great culinary artists. Learn the secrets behind the chefs’ unique dishes, their cooking tips and the exciting music that inspires them.

Broadway with the Callaways

Broadway with the Callaways

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Tony Award-nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway perform together with the HSO, they’ll turn sibling rivalry into singing revelry with their great music, witty banter and heartwarming stories. “Their voices blend and soar majestically like eagles!” – Rex Reed, The New York Observer

Disney in Concert

Disney in Concert

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Timeless images synchronized with live music will transport you to your favorite Disney musical moments. Bring the whole family to see Disney’s beloved animation and hear the HSO perform arrangements from early classics to recent releases, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, and others.

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Itzhak Perlman in Recital

Itzhak Perlman in Recital

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7:30pm
Mortensen Hall

A Joint Benefit Concert for the Educational and Community programs of The Bushnell and HSO

Performers

Itzhak Perlman violin
Rohan De Silva piano

Program

Vivaldi Sonatina in A Major
Schumann Fantasiestück
Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in C Minor
Ravel Sonata
Additional works to be announced from the stage.

A Kennedy Center Honoree, winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Recording and four Emmys, violinist Itzhak Perlman is a musician who exceeds mere superlatives. He is a superstar, a musician of technical wizardry, an interpreter of unmatched grace and power, a legend. Experience firsthand why Itzhak Perlman’s influence around the world is virtually immeasurable.

Perlman has long been associated with the Israel Philharmonic, taking part in history-making concerts in Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow and Leningrad. Most recently he was highlighted in the PBS documentary “Fiddling for the Future,” about his work as a teacher and conductor for the Perlman Music Program.

Please note: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will not be performing in this concert.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW, starting at $39.  For tickets and information, please contact The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.bushnell.org.

Photo Credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco