Hartford Symphony Orchestra announces 2022-2023 Masterworks Series! 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Steve Collins and HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan are thrilled to announce the HSO’s 2022-2023 Masterworks Series, which will be presented at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Concerts will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm in the Belding Theater. 

“Throughout the pandemic, we were all yearning for a sense of freedom. This season is an exploration of what it means to be… free, intrigued, joyful, adventurous, and how that freedom inspires us,” said Carolyn Kuan, HSO Music Director. “We can’t wait to welcome you to the Belding Theater and take this journey together!”  

Ticket Information: Current Masterworks subscribers can renew online or by phone. New subscriptions will be available on June 21, 2022. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For information on subscriptions, please call the HSO Box Office 860-244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org

All artists, dates, and locations are subject to change. 

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2022-2023 MASTERWORKS SERIES AT A GLANCE 

American Adventures– Season Opener!   

October 7-9, 2022 
 

Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout 

Grofé Grand Canyon Suite 
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite 
Gershwin An American in Paris  

Featuring 

Carolyn Kuan conductor 

Take a musical journey through the lens of American Composers. Enjoy the spectacular sounds of Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite and the “simple gifts” of Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite –both of which are included on NPR’s list of the 100 most important American Musical compositions of the 20th century. Be inspired by Valerie Coleman’s new work Seven O’Clock Shout, an anthem dedicated to frontline workers and the cheers given to them from the windows of NYC residents Any American Adventure would not be complete without Gershwin’s An American in Paris, the piece that was inspired by his trip Paris.  

Debussy & Ravel 

November 4-6, 2022 

Bates Liquid Interface 

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand  

Debussy Clair de lune  

Debussy Nocturnes 

Featuring 
Carolyn Kuan conductor 

Alessio Bax piano 

Claude Debussy’s beloved and unforgettable piano pieces Clair de lune and Nocturnes are transformed for orchestra. Debussy’s music perfectly embodies an ever-changing and carefree feeling. Pianist Alessio Bax joins the HSO to perform Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, a piece composed for Austrian pianist, Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during WWI. Mason Bates’ Liquid Interface is a piece inspired by bodies of water- showing the magnificent power of the element in all forms.  

Concert Sponsor: Cly-Del Manufacturing   

Breaking Beethoven 
December 2-4, 2022  

Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 

DBR Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents 

Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 

Featuring 

Carolyn Kuan conductor 

BRKFST Dance Company  

We welcome the Minnesota based breakdance group BRKFST to the Belding stage.  Founded in 2014, BRKFST is a collaborative ensemble that combines breaking movement with contemporary dance. You will be captivated by the group’s new choreography set to Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, and DBR’s eclectic Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents- a piece that won the 2010 Sphinx commissioning prize. Despite being written while Beethoven was coming to terms with his terminal deafness, Symphony No. 2 exhibits joy and humor that will remind you why Beethoven is a true “master” of composition.     

Romantic Rachmaninoff & Price 
February 10-12, 2023  

Montgomery Starburst 

Price Symphony No. 1 in E minor 

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 

Featuring 

Carolyn Kuan conductor 

Terrence Wilson piano  

Pianist Terrence Wilson performs what can be considered one of the greatest and most romantic works in the piano repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. While nursing a broken foot, Florence Price composed Symphony No. 1 in E minor, her first full orchestral composition on record. Price’s Symphony was the first symphony composed by a Black woman to be performed by a major orchestra- the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1932.  

Concert Sponsor: The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert 

Symphonie Fantastique 
March 10-12, 2023  

Joplin Ragtime Dance 

Joplin The Entertainer 

Clyne Dance for Cello and Orchestra 

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 

Experience the drama of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fanstastique. This emotional piece is filled with enchantment, love and suspense as it tells the story of lost love. Gain a new appreciation for the classic sounds of Scott Joplin, one of the first classically trained Black American composers to become a household name. Cellist Inbal Segev performs Anna Clyne’s powerful piece for cello, Dance, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship and the collective power of women in classical music.  

Mozart 40 
March 31-April 2, 2023   

Bologne Symphony Bo. 2 Op. 11, No.2 

Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 

Mozart Symphony No. 40, K. 550 

Featuring  

Adam Boyles conductor 

Leonid Sigal violin  

Under the direction of HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyes, the orchestra will ignite your passion for the well-known classics and introduce to you the prolific composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Described as “the most accomplished man in Europe” by President John Adams, Jospeh Bologne was considered the first classical composer of African ancestry. While listening to Mozart 40, you will feel the excitement and drama through each note played by the HSO. 

Concert Sponsor: Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming  

Beethoven by the Rivers 
April 14-16, 2023  

Smetana Vltava (The Moldau) 

Xinghai Yellow River Piano Concerto 

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastorale” 

Featuring   
Carolyn Kuan, conductor  

Jie Chen, piano   

Inspired by the German countryside and the composer’s love of nature, Beethoven’s “Pastorale” will leave you with a feeling of contentment. A beloved piece in the international orchestral repertoire, Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau) is an ode to Smetana’s homeland and the longest river in Bohemia, the Vltava River (Moldau in German). The piece brings you through the calmness of the river, through the exciting rapids, and the sounds of life on the river’s banks. Pianist Jie Chen joins the HSO for the Yellow River Piano Concerto. Using traditional Chinese folk melodies, Yellow River is meant to represent the determination of the Chinese people. 

Mendelssohn Taking Flight 

May 12-14, 2023  

Mendelssohn Hensel Overture 

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, OP. 64 

Frank Raíces “Roots”  

Respighi The Birds 

Featuring   
Alexandra Arrieche conductor  

Adé Williams violin   

Guest conductor Alexandra Arrieche joins the HSO for this extraordinary and eloquent program, featuring works by the Mendelssohn siblings Fanny and Felix, who grew up making music together. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture was composed simply as “music” with no additional intended imagery or background story. Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto has become a standard of the violin repertoire. Enjoy the sounds of nature as the orchestra performs Respighi’s The Birds, which imitates birdsong in a delightful and masterful way. Award winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s Raíces “Roots” explores the conductor’s Peruvian heritage.  

Tchaikovsky & Pride   
June 9-11, 2023  

Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence New Commission 

Bell Stonewall Suite  

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH 30 “Pathétique” 

Featuring  

Carolyn Kuan conductor  

We conclude our 2022-2023 season with a celebration of the classic and the contemporary- including two new works commissioned by the HSO.  Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, “Pathétique” continues to be one of his most debated works that takes you through an array of emotions and mystery.  Stonewall Suite is based on composer Iain Bell’s opera Stonewall that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in NYC that ignited a fight for equality among the LGBTQ+ community. HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, conducted the premiere of the opera. The HSO welcomes the Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence, and was one of three local arts organizations to receive a grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation to support a Black Artist in Residence for three years. 

HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

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