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HARTT ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS OF ITS INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE SEASON

The Hartt School is proud to announce highlights of its 2011-2012 Instrumental Studies Division performance schedule. Admission to all performances is $20, unless otherwise noted, and discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups. Tickets are available 6 weeks prior to each show. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for tickets and up-to-date scheduling information for all performances.

The Hartt School kicks off its Hartt Symphony Orchestra season with a concert of orchestral masterpieces conducted by Edward Cumming on Saturday, October 1, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. The program includes Dvorák's Carnival Overture, Haydn's Symphony No. 104 "London," and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. A reception in honor of Maestro Cumming, Hartt's new Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, follows the concert.

Hartt celebrates one of its legendary faculty members, Luiz de Moura Castro, with a weekend full of festivities, October 7 through October 9. Students, alumni, and faculty perform in honor of the renowned piano professor's 70th birthday and 35th year teaching at The Hartt School. The Hartt Wind Ensemble concert kicks off the celebration on Friday, October 7, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium. During this concert, Luiz will share his extraordinary talent with the Hartt Community by playing the George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Luiz de Moura Castro and Friends Recital will take place on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, with a special pre-concert dinner taking place at the University's 1877 Club. Tickets for the dinner are $39. For more detailed information and to see a complete listing of all the Celebration concerts, please visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.

 

The Hartt School is proud to present the Emerson String Quartet, performing the first concert of the 2011-2012 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series, on Thursday, October 13, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. With more than 30 albums for Deutsche Grammophon and nine Grammy Awards to its credit, the Emerson is the world's most celebrated and honored quartet. In residence at The Hartt School for more than 20 years, the group returns to play its first concert on our campus in a decade. As a highlight of the evening, University of Hartford president Walter Harrison will bestow on the quartet members - Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton and David Finckel - honorary doctorates. This is not an evening to be missed. This Series has been made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A special pre-concert dinner precedes this performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club, and a post concert reception with the artists follows the performance. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners. Admission to the concert is $35 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Admission to the pre-concert dinner is $35 per person.

The Hartt School presents the Hartt Symphony Band on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Under the direction of James E. Jackson, III, the Hartt Symphony Band's first concert of the 2010-2011 season is sure to delight.

Hartt Chamber Winds performs on Friday, November 4, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. This concert features members of the Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band performing masterworks for chamber winds that include a new arrangement by Hartt trumpet teacher Jay Lichtman of Warlock's Capriol Suite and the 20th century masterpiece Exotic Birds by Messiaen.

The Hartt Symphony Orchestra performs on Friday, November 11, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Maestro Cumming conducts works by Walton, Britten, and Brahms.

 

Lions Gate Trio, The Hartt School's trio-in-residence, performs on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Lions Gate Trio includes violinist Katie Lansdale, pianist Florence Millet, and cellist Marcy Rosen. Admission is free.

For the second concert in the 2011-2012 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series, Hartt is thrilled to present Regina Carter on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. One of the most versatile and imaginative artists of our time, violinist Regina Carter will appear with her five-person ensemble to perform tracks from Reverse Thread, her recently-released, internationally acclaimed album of African roots music. A 2006 winner of a MacArthur Foundation award - the so-called "genius' grant - Ms. Carter is an iconic figure in contemporary American music. This Series has been made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A special pre-concert dinner precedes this performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club, and a post concert reception with the artists follows the performance. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners. Admission to the concert is $35 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Admission to the pre-concert dinner is $35 per person.

 

The Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band perform a concert on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater. This concert features new work commissioned by the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group, of which Hartt's Director of Bands, Glen Adsit, is the founder.

 

The Hartt Symphony Orchestra performs on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 PM, at Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Maestro Cumming conducts works that include España by Chabrier; Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz; and Symphony No. 3, by Hartt composition faculty member Larry Alan Smith.

 

The third concert in the 2011-2012 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series is a performance by the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. This 17-member conductorless string orchestra has been hailed as "dramatic," "magically expressive," and "truly spectacular." ECCO's members - many still in their twenties - are among the most brilliant and sought-after young chamber players and freelance musicians in the country, devoted to reenergizing the concert experience, both for seasoned listeners and for classical newcomers. This Series has been made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A special pre-concert dinner precedes this performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club, and a post concert reception with the artists follows the performance. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners. Admission to the concert is $35 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Admission to the pre-concert dinner is $35 per person.

An Evening of Concerto Winners features some of the finest classical instrumental soloists at The Hartt School. This concert showcases four concerto competition winners, accompanied by the Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. This concert takes place on Friday, February 10, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Admission is free.

Hartt's annual Collage Concert, which is free and open to the public, features continuous music, dance, and theatre. Hartt's gift to the community, Collage takes place on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Admission is free, though tickets are required.

 

The Hartt Symphony Band performs a concert on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Under the direction of James E. Jackson III, the Symphony Band performs a variety of repertoire.

The Hartt Wind Ensemble continues its season on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. This concert features a world premiere by Hartt composition faculty member Stephen Gryc. The program also includes Michael Colgrass's Urban Requiem, which features a saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, and explores in sound elements of urban life.

 

The Hartt Symphony Orchestra performs on Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Maestro Cumming conducts Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss and Symphony No.3, also known as the Organ Symphony, by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Join the Lions Gate Trio, The Hartt School's trio-in-residence, for a fantastic night of music making on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Lions Gate Trio includes violinist Katie Lansdale, pianist Florence Millet, and cellist Marcy Rosen. Admission is free.

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series for 2011-2012 concludes with a performance by Carter Brey, Cello, and Christopher O'Riley, piano, on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Brey and O'Riley are two of the music world's most visible and admired performers. As principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic and as an active soloist and chamber player, Brey is known to audiences around the world. Host of Public Radio's long-running program "From the Top," and acclaimed for his groundbreaking transcriptions of the songs of Radiohead and other rock artists, O'Riley is recognized as one of classical music's visionary performers and thinkers. This Series has been made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A special pre-concert dinner precedes this performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club, and a post concert reception with the artists follows the performance. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners. Admission to the concert is $35 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Admission to the pre-concert dinner is $35 per person.

The Hartt Symphony Orchestra performs on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. The program features Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein; An American in Paris by George Gershwin; and music from the Jack Elliott Collection. Elliott, a West Hartford native and alumnus of The Hartt School who was named Hartt Alumnus of the Year in 1975, was a prominent television and film composer, conductor, music arranger, and television producer. Some of his most well-known work includes the theme songs to Night Court, Charlie's Angels, and Barney Miller. The Hartt School recently received a large collection of music associated with Jack's long musical career.

The Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra join forces to honor the 2012 Unclaimed Property Composer-in-Residence, John Corigliano in a concert on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater. The Wind Ensemble performs two works for winds by John Corigliano, Gazebo Dances and Circus Maximus. The Orchestra also presents a work for baritone and chamber orchestra featuring Hartt Vocal Studies Division faculty member and noted baritone Robert Barefield.

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