Opening Night

October 12th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

We opened our season last night with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and our premiere performance of Xian’s Yellow River Cantata to a sold out house.  There were more than 300 performers in the concert, including singers from The Hartford Chorale, Kang Hua Singers of Greater Hartford, and Farmington High School Chamber Singers.

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Were you at the performance? What is your review for the concert?

The Thing That Drives Me Crazy…

October 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

“The thing that drives me crazy about hiking is also the thing that drives me crazy about Beethoven 9. Hiking is great, hiking is fun, it enriches the body, mind and spirit and doesn’t cost a lot, but when I am tired of bugs and heat and climbing and I see a summit up ahead, it’s distressing, not de-stressing, to reach a spot in the sky only to discover it’s a false summit and I actually have another hour, straight up. In Beethoven 9’s last movement, you go along on a musical journey, a climb, and you get to a spot where you think your aural trials and tribulations have concluded in a beautiful and expansive view. Instead, you find your travels have not finished. Another ending, and another, and just like hiking, when you do finally get to that true conclusion, you discover a vista gloriously worth the trouble.” -Hilary Ledebuhr, HSO Third Horn


The HSO’s season begins one week from today with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Xian’s Yellow River Cantata. Visit to reserve your seats today (because they’re almost sold out!).

Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Beloved ARTini

September 26th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Reposting the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s blog post about the Hartford Symphony’s ARTini, which we created to help them with their fundraiser Thursday night.

What’s an ARTini? Click to find out…

Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Beloved ARTini.



Name That Conductor (2)

September 20th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

Can you identify this former HSO Music Director?


We’re looking at you, Hartt…

Name that Conductor (1)

September 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Can you identify this former HSO Music Director?


(And by the look on his face he was not too happy with how loud the brass were playing…)

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