Bernstein : Candide Overture
Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin : "I Got Rhythm" Variations
Copland : Symphony No. 3
Carolyn Kuan, Conductor
Kevin Cole, Piano
Bernstein’s Candide Overture is a rollicking introduction to the comic operetta that was inspired by Voltaire’s novella by the same name. Gershwin mixes a cocktail of jazz, ragtime, and classical for his timeless Rhapsody in Blue, and he was inspired to pen his witty “I Got Rhythm” Variations after playing his hit show tune at countless parties. Bernstein noted of Copland’s heroic Symphony No. 3, “the symphony has become an American monument, like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial.”
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A naturalization ceremony, where 10 Connecticut residents will take the oath to become U.S. citizens, will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 pm in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford, prior to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks concert, Rhapsody in Blue. This event is open to all Saturday, October 12 concert ticket holders.
Hon. Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut, will preside and Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President and Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College will be the keynote speaker. The evening will include HSO’s Music Director Carolyn Kuan leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Hall High School senior Amelia Tripp will sing the national anthem. For the third year in a row, this event is generously sponsored and made possible by Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP.