Wednesday, April 27, 2011

HSO Offers Free Musical Dialogues Concerts This Spring

HSO French Horn Quartet (Left to Right: Andrew Spearman, Hilary Ledebuhr, Emery Tapley & Barbara Hill

Musicians from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform three free community concerts this spring as part of the Musical Dialogues Series. Musical Dialogues is a concert series designed to bring live, instrumental music to new segments of the Greater Hartford community and beyond. Staged in intimate, public settings, the performances feature an array of diverse musicians and conversations with the artists:

HSO MUSICAL DIALOGUES: ONCE UPON A HORN
with the HSO Horn Quartet: Barbara Hill, Emery Tapley, Hilary Ledebuhr & Andrew Spearman
Saturday, May 7, 2011│ 2:00 p.m. 
Hartford Public Library (Main Street, Hartford)
To celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend, the HSO Horn Quartet will perform “Once Upon A Horn,” a free, family concert of music based on classic and contemporary children’s books.  Featuring music inspired by such stories as Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever, Aesop’s Fables, and the poetry of Willa Cather, this concert will demonstrate the connection between music and story-telling to both adults and children alike. 

HSO MUSICAL DIALOGUES: ON CONNECTICUT NATURALISM
with the HSO Earth Trio: Jeffrey Krieger, cello; Greig Shearer, flute; Gary Chapman, piano
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
5:30 p.m. | Artist Forum at Firebox Restaurant with cellist Jeffrey Krieger and composer Michael Gatonska
7:00 p.m. | Concert at The Studio at The Billings Forge Community Works (Broad Street, Hartford)
“On Connecticut Naturalism” celebrates the beauty of Connecticut’s natural resources through a concert of contemporary masterworks performed on electric cello, amplified flute and “prepared” piano (a piano with objects inserted into the strings to create unusual sound effects). Program highlights include Le Merle Noir (The Blackbird) by Olivier Messian; George Crumb’s Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale) for three masked players inspired by the singing of the humpback whale; and On Connecticut Naturalism by Connecticut composer Michael Gatonska, which originates from notes taken while "in the field" hiking and bicycling through Connecticut. Audience members will get the opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers at a pre-performance cocktail hour and open forum at Firebox Restaurant.

HSO MUSICAL DIALOGUES: JAZZ FOR PEACE
with the HSO Jazz Quartet: Timothy Moran, alto sax; Rick Rozie, bass; Gene Bozzi, drum set; Walter Gwardyak, piano
Saturday, May 21, 2011│ 12:30 p.m. 
Bushnell Park (Hartford, CT)
On Saturday, May 21, the Connecticut Peace Walk will start at West Hartford Center at 11 a.m. and conclude at Bushnell Park in Hartford at 12:30 p.m., where the HSO Jazz Quartet will perform a program of music celebrating peace and diversity.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu will serve as the grand marshal of the 2011 Connecticut Peace Walk; Tutu received the 1984 Nobel peace prize for his work against apartheid in South Africa.
Ticket Information: Free Admission.  For more information, please contact the HSO Community Engagement and Education department at (860) 246-8742 x.328 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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