Thursday, August 11, 2011

Individual Tickets for Kuan's Debut Season Go on Sale Aug. 15

Carolyn Kuan. Photot: Steven Laschever

Individual tickets to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 68th Season Masterworks and POPS! Series will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Aug. 15.

The HSO’s 2011-2012 Masterworks Series concerts will be conducted by Music Director Carolyn Kuan (unless otherwise noted) and performed in The Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2011-2012 programs are: MAHLER’S “TITAN” on October 20-23 with Behzod Abduraimov, piano; MAGNA OPERA on November 10-13 with singers from Yale Opera; HOLIDAY MASTERWORKS on December 1-4 with the Hartford Chorale, Connecticut Children’s Chorus, soprano Stephanie Gilbert, tenor Eric Barry, and bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown; BRAHMS AND BEATBOXING on January 5-8 with Shodekeh, beatboxer; BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH on February 9-12 with guest conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and violist Gilad Karni; RUSSIAN MASTERS on March 8-11 featuring HSO Artist-in-Residence Sirena Huang; MUSICAL LEGACY on April 12-15 with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz and his son, cellist Julian Schwarz; PATHÉTIQUE on May 10-13 with pianist Teo Gheorghiu; and CARMINA BURANA! on May 31-June 3 featuring violinist Leonid Sigal, soprano Amanda Hall, tenor Joshua Kohl, baritone David Pershall, The Hartford Chorale, and Connecticut Children’s Chorus.

The HSO’s 2011-2012 POPS! Series concerts will all be performed in Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell and will include: STEPPIN’ OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.; HOLIDAY POPS! SPECTACULAR on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.; CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m.; SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION with ROBERT WHITE on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.; THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.; and LIVE AND LET DIE – A SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF PAUL MCCARTNEY on Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, the HSO’s 2011-2012 season will open Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Hartford Symphony’s Picnic in the Park, in a free concert in Bushnell Park featuring classical music’s greatest hits; an operatic selection featuring soprano and Yale Opera alumna Amanda Hall; HSO Jazz and Strings; solo beatboxing by Shodekeh; selections from the UCONN “Pride of Connecticut” marching band; a violin concerto performance by HSO Artist-in-Residence Sirena Huang; members of the choirs of the Greater Hartford Arts Academy and Simsbury High School, and more.

Subscriptions to the 2011-2012 Masterworks Series range in price from $181-$551.50; single tickets range in price from $35.50-$70.50. Subscriptions to the 2011-2012 POPS! Series range in price from $105-$331; single tickets range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10. Handling fees may apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit

PHOTO attached of HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan (photo credit: Steven Laschever). To request guest artist photos, please contact

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