Today is #GivingTuesday

December 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The days after Thanksgiving have become synonymous with the pursuit of bargains. From “Black Friday” to “Cyber Monday,” retailers try to pull us away from the intended purpose of the holiday season. This year, the HSO is joining a group of charitable and socially conscious organizations that would live to encourage you to give thanks and give back this Thanksgiving.

Today is “Giving Tuesday.”


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we hope you will show your thanks by giving back to the charitable organizations that make this community thrive. Please consider making a gift to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra today.

Your gift makes it possible for us to bring the highest level of artistry to Connecticut.

From the concert hall to the classroom, the HSO enhances the lives of young people from throughout Connecticut through our educational and communityengagement programs.

The HSO has been bringing the joy of music to the region for 70 years. We invite you to help us keep the momentum going and create harmony in Hartford for years to come.

Our music would not be possible without your generous support. Please give generously and join us in celebrating 70 seasons of artistry, community, harmony and symphony.

Make your gift by December 31 to take advantage of potential tax savings!

Three easy ways to give:
Donate Now online
• Call 860-246-8742, ext. 326, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
• Mail to: 100 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor, East Tower. Hartford, CT 06103

A contribution to the HSO’s Annual Fund is an investment in our community and the music you love.

Drink a Beer and Support the Symphony

September 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Back East Brewery and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra have releasedBachtoberfest, an Oktoberfest-style seasonal beer produced by Back East Brewery. Beginning the week of August 26th, Bachtoberfest will be available on tap at many great restaurants throughout the Greater Hartford and New Haven markets, including several restaurants in downtown Hartford. Bachtoberfest also will be available for purchase at the Hartford Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Opening Night performances at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts October 11 and 12.  Beginning August 28th, Bachtoberfest will be available for purchase in half-gallon growlers in the tasting room at Back East Brewery in Bloomfield, CT.  Back East will be donating a portion of the proceeds from each growler sold to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in support of their artistic, educational, and community programs.

32 Days Until LIFE: Riverfront Recapture

March 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

As we count down to the April 27 performance of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, we will highlight our LIFE community sponsors, continuing today with Riverfront Recapture:


Riverfront Recapture is a unique private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving central Connecticut’s quality of life and urban vitality through cultural events, entertainment, group sports and recreation in a welcoming environment along the banks of the Connecticut River, as well as ongoing efforts to protect and maintain the riverfront and make more of it accessible to the public.  It is the first and only organization in the region to offer this combination of programming, all designed to connect people to the river, get them back in touch with nature within an urban environment and provide them with experiences they might not otherwise have. Riverfront Recapture began in 1981 with the goal of transforming the banks of the Connecticut River from an area walled off by flood dikes and cut off by Interstate 91 into a vibrant, active riverfront of four parks connected by riverwalks and bridges.  The Riverfront parks currently attract nearly one million visitors a year.  The organization is dedicated to preserving the hard work and investment it began 31 years ago while it looks to expand and enhance the park system.riverfront-r_g5

Thanks to the annual support of hundreds of individuals and many family foundations, our festivals, youth enrichment programs, concerts and athletic competitions are offered to the public free of charge. Riverfront Recapture could not accomplish its wide range of activities without public support.  Donations can be made online at, or by calling 860-713-3131 x 326.

How can you help?


Do you have free time?  Want to learn more about your community and its history and help make a difference to the people who love our parks?
Why not join the Riverfront family as a volunteer.  Riverfront volunteers are a vital part of the Riverfront Recapture family. They are depended on to help organize and assist at events, enhance visitors’ experience, lend a hand with landscaping and gardening and offer youth programming options to area kids.  When you volunteer, you’re applying your time and talents in ways that positively impact the individuals, organizations and corporations using the riverfront park system. You’ll meet and work with great people, and enhance the staff’s knowledge by sharing your own skills and experiences.  Individuals, families and groups are all welcome. Please help provide our Metro Hartford residents and visitors an inviting, well-kept park system and free, quality events.  Volunteer today, and fill your tomorrows with excitement, learning and fun!  Please call Samantha at 860-713-3131 x 305 or email


39 Days Until LIFE: Knox Parks

March 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

As we count down to the April 27 performance of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, we will highlight our LIFE community sponsors, continuing today with Knox Parks:


Knox Parks (KNOX) was founded in 1966 when city councilwoman Betty Knox established a trust fund to help maintain and preserve Hartford’s green spaces. Since its founding, KNOX has been a key partner in improving the City of Hartford’s green infrastructure and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community greening. KNOX’s principal services include creating and maintaining community gardens, neighborhood beautification and reforestation, park improvement efforts, development of greenways, and the management and maintenance of public green spaces. Each our programs support our mission: Using horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement, KNOX forges partnerships between residents, businesses, and government, providing leadership to build stronger, greener, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford.

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How You Can Help:

Volunteers and supporters are integral to every KNOX project! Visit our website,, and join our mailing list to receive invitations to upcoming volunteer opportunities. Invest in KNOX by visiting our website and giving a gift through PayPal or Network for Good. We also accept donations by phone (860-951-7694) or mail (KNOX, 75 Laurel St. Hartford, CT 06106). KNOX is a community-based, trusted organization that will use your dollars to make the largest impact in Hartford. Remember to stay connected to our efforts and share our mission with your friends by following KNOX on Facebook ( and Twitter (@KnoxParks).


Show Your Support (Without Opening Your Wallet!)

October 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

During a recent conversation, I was asked “So, what can I do to support the Hartford Symphony?” Obviously, the first answer that came to my mind as a fundraiser was, “Make a donation!”. However, I realized that the true answer to that question requires more depth. Of course, donations are integral to ensuring our continued success and very existence as they always have been. But, in addition to making a donation, there’s so much that people can do to support the HSO.

  • Get your friends together: While you may attend concerts yourself, we always love to see new faces in the audience! Bring your friends to a concert for a night out that’s more than just dinner and drinks (you can still have those too!). You know that we have programming for everyone, but your friends may not. Be the one to introduce them to something different!
  • Bring your children or grandchildren: Talk about building future audiences! For most of us who love the Symphony, our best memories are attending with our parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles or even with a school group. Make memories for all of you, and share your love of music with new generations.
    Hartford Symphony's Picnic in the Park: September 25, 2011

    Hartford Symphony’s Picnic in the Park: September 25, 2011

    • Be our advocate: Be a vocal supporter of the arts whether it’s in conversation with others, or even taking a more active part by joining the League of American Orchestras or Americans for the Arts in their advocacy campaigns. These organizations make it easy to voice your concerns to your local representatives when support for the arts is under fire.
    •  Use your tickets: So this one definitely sounds strange, right? We certainly want you to use your tickets so you can enjoy every note that Carolyn Kuan and HSO play for you! However, we know that things come up and you may not be able to make it to a concert. If this happens, please know that you can exchange for another concert, or you can donate your tickets back to the HSO for a tax deduction. This is especially helpful for concerts like this past weekend where we find ourselves sold out, but with people still wanting to attend concerts.
    • Make the most of your donation: I admit it, this one does have to do with making a gift. However, did you know that many employers have matching gift programs? It costs you nothing, except for a few minutes filling out information online or a form provided by your employer, and you could be increasing your gift to the HSO by 30%, 50% or even doubling it!
    • Volunteer: We have volunteer opportunities for ushering at our Jazz and Strings and Sunday Serenades series. Also, our Talcott Mountain Music Festival would not happen without our hundreds of volunteers who assist with everything from set-up to parking or ticket-taking. For more information on this, contact 860-246-8742, ext. 301.

    As you can see, you can support the Hartford Symphony in many ways that does not involve just making a donation. Thank you for being a part of the HSO’s success in so many ways! Are there any that I’ve missed?

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