Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New World Symphony at HSO

Led by guest conductor and Music Director candidate Tania Miller, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will explore Dvořák’s Ode to America, his “New World Symphony,” Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 20 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 21 at 3 pm in the Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the “New World Symphony, this program will feature violinist Jinjoo Cho performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Canadian composer Rodney Sharman’s musical homage to the music of Scarlatti, in Scarlattiana.

The 2009-10 season will mark Tania Miller's seventh as music director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the first Canadian woman to be appointed to such a position in Canada. Her new programming innovations include the New Currents Festival of New Music, the contemporary Odyssey series of collaborative arts and genres, and the Victoria Mozart Festival. Prior to her appointment in Victoria, Ms. Miller was Assistant and then Associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, Assistant conductor of the Banff Festival of the Arts, and a frequent guest conductor with the Toronto contemporary ensemble ERGO.

The search for a new music director for Hartford Symphony Orchestra will include a total of seven guest conductor appearances, four this season and three in the 2010-11season. HSO Music Director Edward Cumming will continue to lead the orchestra through the conclusion of the 2010-11 season in May of 2011. His successor is expected to be announced by January 2011.

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