“The Hartford Symphony Orchestra gets a workout next season, with guest performers that include a percussion ensemble and a saxophone quartet,” writes Christopher Arnott in Sunday’s (3/17) Hartford Courant (CT). “The HSO’s 2019-20 ‘Masterworks’ season, announced Monday by Music Director Carolyn Kuan and its executive director Steve Collins, spans several centuries of classical music—from 18th-century icon Vivaldi and 19th-century superstars Beethoven and Brahms—to … Gershwin and Copland and living legends Christopher Theofanidis, Anna Clyne and Philip Glass… The Nov. 15 to 17 concert contains Johannes Brahms’ ‘Variations on a Theme of Haydn,’ [Haydn’s] Symphony No. 103, known as ‘The Drumroll’—and a more modern drum-themed piece, Theofanidis’ ‘Drum Circles’ [performed by] Robert van Sice’s The Percussion Collective…. The 2019-20 season ends … with … Philip Glass’ wailing 1995 ‘Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra’ … featuring the Hartford-based Resurgam saxophone quartet. Also: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony … with the Hartford Chorale singing in the fourth movement.” Also planned are Clarice Assad’s 2011 Suite for Lower Strings, Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, Henri Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto with HSO principal trumpeter Scott McIntosh, Hannah Kendall’s 2017 composition The Spark Catchers, and Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms

Posted March 19, 2019