“On Nov. 8, an ensemble of musicians from Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform Missy Mazzoli’s 2008 composition ‘Still Life With Avalanche,’ live in the mezzanine area of Upward Hartford, the membership-based ‘shared workspace,’ ” writes Christopher Arnott in Sunday’s (10/28) Hartford Courant (CT). “It’s the first show in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 intimate Intermix series, which holds small concerts away from its home base, The Bushnell…. The HSO ensemble will also play Aaron Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring Suite … a bassoon quartet by Bernard Garfield and a tribute to [the late] Hartt School professor of composition and music theory David McBride…. Jess Morin, Upward Hartford’s marketing manager, says ‘the symphony had reached out in terms of looking for a performance space, and it seemed like a perfect partnership …’ Upward Hartford … has hosted music and dance performances…. It has an art gallery and holds a monthly open-mic talent show…. Colette Hall, HSO operations manager, helps program the concerts along with Music Director Carolyn Kuan. Musicians also offer input…. The Intermix series is now in its third season. Venues have ranged from Hog River Brewing Co. to Real Art Ways…. ‘The response has been really great,’ Hall says.” 

Posted October 30, 2018

In photograph: Musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra during an Intermix concert last season at Onyx Spirits Co. in East Hartford. The orchestra’s first Intermix show of the 2018-19 season will be Nov. 8 at Upward Hartford. Photo courtesy of Hartford Symphony Orchestra
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