Hartford Symphony Orchestra to Return to Hebron

hso-rhamef-2012 thumbnailFor most people, the next few weeks provide more than enough to think about. The holiday season is usually packed with events to attend and plan for and plentyof festive tasks to keep one occupied. But for some, sights are set beyond Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s or any other holiday that falls during this time, focused instead on the return of The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in March.

On Wednesday morning, members of the Hebron Women’s Club, AHM Children’s Trust Fund and the RHAM Education Foundation, who work together to make this

event a reality, gathered with incoming state Sen. Cathy Osten and state Rep. Pam Sawyer to announce the return of the orchestra.

 “Not only is this a huge cultural event,” said Hebron Women’s Club member Marsha Tecca, “but it’s with three huge groups working together” who have formed a “lovely, lovely relationship.”

Proceeds from the concert will help support the work of the three groups.

The performance, which will take place on March 23 in the RHAM High School auditorium, is entitled “the Genius of Mozart,” and is an all-Mozart performance with a violin concerto and a clarinet concerto.

Tecca explained that at last year’s event – which was nearly sold out and had an audience that represented 28 towns – the idea was to make the performance “huge,” with a full orchestra. But this time, the concept is a bit smaller in scope.

“We’re having an intimate concert this year,” she said, sharing it would be more in line with the type of concert Mozart would have himself played at.

The performance will include the first symphony Mozart created at the age of 8, as well as the last piece he wrote. Susan Griffiths of the RHAM Education Foundation said that, for the children in attendance, realizing the piece they’re listening to is something an 8-year old made could be an inspiring experience.

Tecca added the HSO had also been asked to come up with lesson plans that could be given to the local schools, thereby adding an educational
component to the event.

“We want to enrich the life of our community,” she said.

Prior to the performance and new this year, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a discussion with the HSO’s concertmaster, conductor and violin soloist, Leonid Sigal.

Sigal, who was born in Russia, began his violin studies at the age of five. He attended the renowned Gnessin School in Moscow then went on to graduate with excellence from the Moscow Conservatory. He is the winner of several violin competitions and the 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award. In addition to Mozart,
Sigal has performed concertos by Brahms and Sibelius with the HSO and has conducted the HSO in the works of such greats as Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev.

For individuals who are familiar with the above music this event offers the opportunity to experience the music provided by the HSO with ticket prices that, at $20 general admission, are something Sawyer said you just “can’t beat.”

Then, for parents who have attended countless concerts with their own child musicians, this performance affords them the opportunity to experience what Sawyer called “the pinnacle of hopes for their kids and grandkids.”

And for those for whom the above names are wholly unknown, the event is the perfect chance to change all that.

“Some kids may not hear classical at home but they’re interested after this,” said Osten. “It’s good to see kids get involved because you never know what will pique their interest.”

Osten added when budgets are tight, arts and music are usually the first things that get cut in schools. She called this “detrimental” but a reality, and said the concert is a way “to engage people in what could become a lost art.”

Lynn Archambault, who is also with the RHAM Education Foundation, added the performance was perfect for individuals “east of the river” who don’t like to go into Hartford, and Sawyer added the event had free parking, was easily accessible from four directions, meant guests wouldn’t have to compete with rush hour traffic and boasted a venue with acoustic sound.

“The sound quality flows over you,” said Griffiths, who said guests at last year’s performance thought the sound was “fabulous.”

“I’ve had tickets every year and it’s the music highlight for this region,” said Sawyer, adding it brought in professional musicians while also bringing together a “multi-town flavor.”

“Bringing the symphony out of Hartford and into eastern Connecticut has put Hebron on the ‘arts’ map,” she added. “The community and surrounding towns now look forward to the next performances! It has enriched our area.”

Osten furthered area communities “greatly benefit” from the performance. She called it a “wonderful event” and said it was “a great way to introduce this music to the families of the area.”

The symphony returns to the RHAM High School Auditorium on March 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The pre-concert discussion with Sigal begins at 6:30. Tickets are available now, and were touted Wednesday as the “perfect holiday gift.”

Tickets cost is $25 for premium/reserved seating, $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. The pre-concert talk is an additional $10 per person.

For more information or to order tickets, call Jackie Landrey at 860-228-8824. Ticket forms are also available rhameducationfoundation.org

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Article by Geeta Schrayter as it appeared in the Rivereast News Bulletin, December 7, 2012. Used here by permission. Copyright © 2010 The Glastonbury Citizen, Inc. All rights reserved.

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