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Beethoven's Eighth
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Beethoven himself described the Eighth Symphony as his most humorous and "unbuttoned" of all his symphonies.






HARTFORD, March 6, 2009 – The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor – 31-year-old Julian Kuerti – will lead the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in the next installment of "Beethoven in The Belding," on Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at The Belding Theater in the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Saturated with some of the finest works in the symphonic repertoire, this concert will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from The Seraglio, and Kodály’s Dances of Galanta, as well as a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by child prodigy Sirena Huang. The Masterworks Series is presented by MetLife Foundation with additional support from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation. This is the Koski Memorial Concert, and is sponsored by Viking Fuel Oil Company.

Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony presents a different view of Beethoven than do its immediate neighbors, the seventh and ninth symphonies, and it is this very contrast hat helps bring the man and his creations more fully into focus. Beethoven himself described the Eighth Symphony as his most humorous and "unbuttoned" of all his symphonies. Unlike the rest of the symphonies, which are more serious and philosophical, the eighth perhaps gives us the best glimpse into Beethoven’s everyday habits and thoughts. Also featured on this program will be the lyrical beauty and emotional sincerity of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, as performed by 14-year-old violinist Sirena Huang.

The concert will open with an opera lover’s delight, the overture to Mozart’s opera The Abduction to the Seraglio and will close with Kodály’s energetic Dances of Galanta, which is based on Gypsy tunes collected from Kodály’s childhood home, the Slovakian market town of Galánta. "I am really looking forward to working with the orchestra in April," says Maestro Kuerti. "It is a beautifully varied program, with Kodály's Dances of Galanta being one of my favorite orchestral showpieces"

Conductor Julian Kuerti has been assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra since February 2007. The Boston Globe said of Mr. Kuerti’s debut at Symphony Hall: "Kuerti drew sumptuous sounds from the orchestra…" Mr. Kuerti was born in Toronto into one of Canada’s most distinguished musical families; his father is famed pianist Anton Kuerti. Julian has conducted extensively in Europe and North and South America, performing with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, and Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Fourteen-year-old violin virtuoso Sirena Huang has shown her passion and strong commitment to music and the violin. As the winner of numerous top prizes in international competitions, her love of music already has brought her to all corners of the globe. Ms. Huang made her orchestra solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at age nine. Three weeks later, she played with the internationally acclaimed Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. Highlights of her solo career include performances with the Roanoke Virtuosi Orchestra, Ensemble Blaeu Amsterdam, Modus Chamber Ensemble, and the Aspen Music festival and Eastern Music Festival orchestras. She has been a guest soloist at the. Her concerts have been held at major venues such as Lincoln Center, Tilles Center, Kimmel Center, and the National Taiwan Concert Hall.

Tickets for this performance range in price from $33 to $65. Tickets are available in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Hartford Symphony Orchestra Ticket Services, 99 Pratt Street, Suite 500 in Hartford, by calling (860) 244-2999, or online 24/7 at www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Marking its 65th season in 2008-2009, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier musical organization. The Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Dedicated to the performance of live symphonic music and the presentation of quality education and community programs, each season the Hartford Symphony plays to audiences numbering approximately 160,000 and reaches thousands statewide through its broadcast concerts on WNPR Connecticut Public Radio. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s extensive array of Musical Pathways educational activities serves more than 64,000 individuals in Hartford and surrounding communities annually. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is supported by more than 5,000 subscribers and 3,000 donors. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from donors to the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the MetLife Foundation. For more information about the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.HartfordSymphony.Org.

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Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Julian Kuerti, guest conductor; Sirena Huang, violin
Thursday, April 16; Friday, April 17; and Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at The Belding Theater in The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
(The Pre-concert chat begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday)
Program: Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from The Seraglio; Bruch: Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra; Kodály: Dances of Galanta


14-Year-Old Virtuoso Sirena Huang Dazzles with Bruch’s First Violin Concerto


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