West Hartford Symphony Performs Dr. Albert Hurwit’s Symphony No. 1 This Sunday

Release Date: 01/18/2012

 

 

For Immediate Release

Lee Newton, CPTV

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West Hartford Symphony Performs

Dr. Albert Hurwit’s Symphony No. 1 This Sunday

Sunny Side Up Films and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) Will Tape the Performance for an Upcoming TV Broadcast

The “Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert” is Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m. at the Roberts Theater at Kingswood-Oxford School, West Hartford, Conn.

Tickets are $15 each; available at whso.org are at the door prior to the concert

HARTFORD, Conn. (January 17, 2012) – The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform the third movement of Albert Hurwit’s Symphony No. 1: Remembrance this Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m. at the Roberts Theater at West Hartford’s Kingswood-Oxford School. Sunny Side Up Films and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will be taping the performance for an upcoming broadcast on CPTV.

Additional excerpts being performed during the concert include Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8,” Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” and an aria from Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” performed by tenor David Baker. The concert will be performed under the direction of music director Richard Chiarappa.

Tickets for the “Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert” are $15 each (children under 12 are free) and available at whso.org or for purchase at the door beginning at 2:15 p.m. that day. Directions to Kingswood-Oxford School are available at their website: kingswood-oxford.org.

Dr. Albert (Alby) Hurwit, a Hartford native and Harvard and Tufts graduate, spent the majority of his professional career in medicine. But in 1986, he retired from his radiology practice to pursue a dream: to write a symphony. This was no small task considering that Hurwit had no formal musical education. But he persevered and submitted his first work, Adagio for Orchestra, to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in 1997. HSO Conductor Michael Lankester selected the work for a concert performance and encouraged Hurwit to finish the full symphony, which he did in 2002. Now ten years later the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra is performing Symphony No. 1 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the creation of the musical work that won the 2009 American Composer Competition.

Sunny Side Up Productions, led by the award-winning team of Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, have teamed up with CPTV to produce a documentary on Hurwit’s remarkable life. The yet-to-be-named documentary will include footage from Sunday’s performance.

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