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New World Visions

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Sunday, October 4, 2015

The season opener features composers who were inspired by diverse musical traditions and genres to create visionary new works. John Adams’ score for string ensemble was named for both the sound of the strings “shaking” as they oscillate between notes, and the imagery of Shakers dancing to energetic music as they worship. Bruch’s most famous composition remains one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The “New World” – Dvořák’s most popular symphony (and the recording Neil Armstrong took along for the first moon landing) – was influenced by the melodies of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the rhythms of African-American spirituals.

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The Spy Who Loved Me with Sheena Easton

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The name is Bond…James Bond. Dashing and debonair, his movie themes evoke international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Two-time Grammy® Award-winner Sheena Easton, the featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack For Your Eyes Only, will enchant, entice and seduce you into the world of Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker, plus “spy” songs from Mission Impossible, Get Smart, Austin Powers, and more. So, how do you like your martini?

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Bold Beethoven

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Saturday, November 7, 2015

Back by popular demand, guest conductor William (Bill) Eddins returns to conduct the HSO in an all-Beethoven program. The overture, inspired by von Collin’s play Coriolan and Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus, contrasts a warrior’s bold resolve as he is about to invade Rome with the tender pleadings of his mother to desist. Beethoven’s third piano concerto pays homage to Mozart’s 24th in its melodies, rhythmic gestures and phrasings. His eighth symphony is light and humorous, contradictory (and perhaps conciliatory) to the composer’s circumstances during the summer of 1812, when he ended a romantic relationship in a famous letter written to his “Immortal Beloved.”

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Joyful Voices with The Hartford Chorale

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Sunday, December 6, 2015

Let joyous music warm your heart and lift your holiday spirit, as the masterful musicians of the HSO are joined by the magnificent voices of The Hartford Chorale. 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon describes the muse for her composition as being “blue like the sky, where all possibilities soar…and a cathedral, a place of thought, growth and spiritual expression.” Created almost certainly as a musical tribute to his father, Fauré’s Requiem is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Handel’s oratorio Messiah is the most powerful telling of the Passion story – a soaring celebration of salvation and rebirth!

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Holiday Cirque Spectacular

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hartford’s holiday concert classic just keeps getting more “Cirque-tacular!” Bring the entire family to enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck. Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza!

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Battle of the Batons

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Sunday, January 24, 2016

Here’s your opportunity to hear, see and play your part! After the performance, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your choice for Associate Conductor, a new position that will assist Music Director Carolyn Kuan to extend the HSO’s community and educational outreach. During the first part of the program, each candidate will conduct an orchestral show piece, featuring HSO principal musicians. Each candidate will then conduct the full HSO in a tour-de-force, showcasing the orchestra’s might and delicacy under his or her leadership.

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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.

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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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Jackie Evancho Awakening Tour

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jackie Evancho’s first performance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 left audiences astonished that such a perfect, beautiful, soprano voice could come from a 10-year-old girl. In a little over two years, Jackie’s unique, gorgeous, soprano voice has won her millions of fans and her recordings have dominated the music and DVD charts.

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