Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HSO Holiday Celebration Features Messiah, Pops! Spectacular

HSO’s Holiday POPS! Spectacular and Edward Cumming with Santa Claus.
(Photo Credit: Steve Laschever.)

Featuring the Hartford Chorale, Connecticut Children’s Chorus, Vocal
Soloists, Hartt Community Division Dancers
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is giving the gift of music this December with two programs that celebrate the magic of the holiday season:

On Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11 the Hartford Chorale will join the HSO for Handel’s Messiah at 8 pm in the Belding at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

Led by HSO Music Director Edward Cumming, this program will feature solo performances by soprano Jihee Kim, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein, tenor Eric Barry, and bass-baritone Andrew Craig on such well-loved arias and choruses as “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” the epic “Amen” chorus, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted,” and, of course, the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Tickets range in price from $30-$62. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit http://www.hartfordsymphony.org/.

The Hartford Chorale will join the HSO again for Hartford’s beloved winter tradition: the HSO Holiday POPS! Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 and 8 pm in Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell. Cumming will take audiences through a Yule-tide adventure with Santa and Rudolph, while featuring music from The Nutcracker with ballet dancers from the Hartt Community Division; a Holiday sing-along with the Hartford Chorale and Connecticut Children’s Chorus; O Holy Night sung by guest soprano Tessa Romano; as well as an assortment of festive carols and seasonal favorites including “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow,” “Slalom,” and more. As an added treat, audience members will get the chance to vote via text-messaging to select one of the pieces on the program.

Single tickets range in price from $30-$62. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit http://www.hartfordsymphony.org/.

The Hartford Chorale, under the direction of Richard Coffey, is the primary symphonic chorus of the Greater Hartford community, particularly in its critically acclaimed collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Through such collaborations and with other organizations, the Chorale seeks to reach and inspire the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including renowned choral masterpieces.

The Connecticut Children's Chorus (CCC), under the direction of Stuart Younse, is the Hartford region's most comprehensive youth chorus program and a division of the Hartt School Community Division. CCC continues to thrive as our region's premiere children's chorus, boasting performance invitations with the region's best professional ensembles and provides strength and excellence in training Connecticut's youngest talented voices. Past activities have included performances with the Hartt Opera, CONCORA, and the Nashville Children's Chorus.

The Hartt Community Division of the University of Hartford is a comprehensive community arts school providing instruction in music and dance for individuals of all ages and experience levels. It is a division of The Hartt School, one of the seven colleges of the University of Hartford. One of the largest schools of its kind, the Community Division is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Pre-College Art Schools, is an active member of National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and is viewed as a national model for community schools based on university campuses.

Coming Up:
HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: TCHAIKOVSKY’S PASSIONATE PIANO CONCERTO
with Carolyn Kuan, guest conductor and music director candidate; Alex Beyer, piano
Dec. 2-5 at the Belding Theater

Kuan will lead a pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.
Program: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; Samuel Barber: Excerpts from Suite from Medea, Op. 23 Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $30-$70. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information about concert times, contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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