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The Hartt School, the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, is pleased to announce that its newest music initiative, a four-concert chamber music series, has been named The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series. This Series has been made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The grant is one of the first awarded by the Garmany Fund. Mr. Garmany, who lived in Avon and was an executive at Aetna, created the fund before his death in July 2008.

As part of this exciting and eclectic musical offering, Hartt welcomes the acclaimed American Brass Quintet on October 29, 2009; Bolcom and Morris on December 10, 2009; David Finckel and Wu Han on February 11, 2010; and the St. Lawrence String Quartet on April 8, 2010. All performances are held on Thursday evenings and begin at 7:30 PM in Hartt's Millard Auditorium, on the University of Hartford campus. A special pre-concert dinner precedes each performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners.

To purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets, or to get additional information, please call the University of Hartford Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587. To purchase tickets online, please visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.

About the artists:

American Brass Quintet - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:30 PM, Millard Auditorium
One of the premier brass quintets in the world, American Brass Quintet will present a wide-ranging program featuring music from the Renaissance to the present day. Hartt is especially delighted to welcome American Brass Quintet's two trumpet players: Raymond Mase, a former Hartt faculty member; and Kevin Cobb, recently appointed Hartt's principal trumpet teacher. www.americanbrassquintet.org

Bolcom and Morris - Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 7:30 PM, Millard Auditorium
For more than three decades composer/pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris have been delighting audiences around the world with their witty and stylish interpretations of American song. With more than two-dozen albums to their credit, including their best-selling Nonesuch disc After the Ball, Bolcom and Morris have established themselves as a unique resource for American music, performing repertoire from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim. www.bolcomandmorris.com

David Finckel and Wu Han - Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:30 PM, Millard Auditorium
This husband and wife team is a perennial crowd favorite here at Hartt. David Finckel, internationally celebrated cellist of the Emerson Quartet, and Wu Han, one of today's most admired collaborative pianists (and a former Hartt graduate student), will perform a program of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Their artistic endeavors extend beyond performing: David Finckel and Wu Han also are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. www.artistled.com

St. Lawrence String Quartet - Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:30 PM, Millard Auditorium
From its earliest days as a graduate ensemble mentored here at Hartt by the Emerson String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has risen steadily in stature to become one of the preeminent quartets in the world. Known for its imaginative programming and its interactions with audiences and students alike, the St. Lawrence's work has been hailed as "absorbingly lovely" and "stylistically impeccable, with superb ensemble work, beautiful tone and expressiveness…as fine a performance as I could ever hope to hear." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer www.slsq.com

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents. The Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of more than $27 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Hartford Foundation, visit www.hfpg.org or call 548-1888.

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