Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014 NYC Alumni Reception with Dean Flagg

Here is one photo from the alumni reception held a few weeks ago in NYC.  It was a terrific turnout and a great opportunity to reconnect with some UHa and Hartt alumni.  Thanks to Dean Flagg for hosting the event and Ryan Bauer-Walsh for his efforts in organizing and advertising!

It was also great to see Robert Black (alumnus and current faculty), Peggy Lyman-Hayes (former dance faculty) and Stephen Pier (current faculty).

The entire photo album on flickr is here.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hartt Performances - Spring 2014 Live Streaming Performances

Join Us For Our Live Streamed Performances This Spring

The Hartt School opens 2014 with an exciting new initiative to share the incredible work of its students and faculty more broadly. Each semester, a schedule of live streaming events will be announced, allowing those near and far to plan ahead to experience some of the 400 performances The Hartt School offers each year. Hartt is already the largest producer of high quality performing arts in Connecticut, and with this initiative, will be sharing that quality with more people through the Internet.

We invite current families, prospective students, and alumni to sit back and enjoy!!  

You can access the live stream here. Programs will be available in PDF form on the site before each event.

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
The Hartt Opera Theatre Presents

Street Scene
by Kurt Weill, Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice
Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Dance Division Presents

Senior Dance Concert
Works by student choreographers and composers
Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Music Performance Division Presents

The Hartt Symphony Orchestra

Works by Gioachino Rossini, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers and Ludwig van Beethoven

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hartt Alumnus - Marcos Carreras and the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival

Hartt alumnus, Marcos Carreras, created the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival six years ago.  WIAF is the largest high school a cappella competition in America.  This year's festival will take place this Saturday at the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford.

Marcos reports that last year's competition sold out in ten days, so they have made arrangements for streaming this year's competition live across the country at 6:30pm at http://whctv.org/  

Congratulations, Marcos!

Spring 2014 Performance - Highlights

Below are some highlights from the Spring 2014 Hartt performance calendar.  There are multiple performances at Hartt nearly every night of the semester, so this is just a sampling of the performance from the Music Division and the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series. 

Hope to see you at some of these performances.

January 30 – February 2 – Alfred C. Fuller Music Center/Millard Auditorium
Hartt Opera Theatre presents Kurt Weill's Street Scene, with music direction by Doris Lang Kosloff and stage direction by Lawrence Edelson.

February 6 – Alfred C. Fuller Music Center/Millard Auditorium
The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music SeriesSybarite5.  One the fastest-rising chamber music ensembles in the United States, the string quintet (quartet plus bass) Sybarite5 has been earning rave reviews and cheering audiences from coast to coast. After winning the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition last year (the same competition previously won by Imani Winds, eighth blackbird, and many other now-celebrated artists) the group enjoyed a raucous, sold-out debut performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Its latest album, Everything in its Right Place, is a collection of Radiohead songs arranged expressly for them.

February 14 & 15 – Lincoln Theater
Hartt Collage - An Evening of Continuous Music, Dance, and Theatre.  Hartt’s gift to the community, Hartt’s annual Collage Concert features continuous music, dance, and theatre. This concert is FREE, but tickets are required. Early reservations are recommended.

March 1 – Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford
Music for a Large Space (a public gathering) by David Macbride.  The premiere performance of Music for a Large Space (a public gathering) for winds, brass, percussion, vocalists, and audience by Hartt faculty composer David Macbride, with the Hartt Symphony Band (James Jackson, Director) and the Hartt Independent Singers (Matt Cramer, vocalist leader).

March 7 - Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
Mozart Requiem – The 140 voices of The Hartt School choruses and the Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, the cathedral's resident chamber orchestra, will present an inspirational program featuring Mozart's Requiem under the direction of Edward Bolkovac, The featured soloists will include Louise Fauteux, soprano, Hartt alumni Judy Bowers, mezzo soprano, and Craig Hart, bass, as well as current Hartt doctoral student Jerron Jorgensen, tenor. The concert will also include additional incidental music by Mozart and Albinoni.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Alumni Event in NYC on January 13, 2014

University of Hartford Alumni Association
The University of Hartford Alumni Association
and The Hartt School invite you to join us for an
Alumni Reception
with Dean Aaron Flagg
during the Association of Performing Arts
Presenters' NYC conference
Monday, January 13
6–8 p.m.
Etcetera Etcetera
352 West 44th Street
New York, New York
Meet up with old friends, network with other alumni, and hear news
about the University of Hartford and The Hartt School from Dean Flagg.
A cash bar with one free drink ticket and one hour of
complimentary hors d’ouevres will be provided.
 For further information, contact the Alumni Office
at 860.768.2400 or alumni@hartford.edu.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hartt’s Honorary Degrees Given in the 1990s

In past posts, I have highlighted the honorary degrees awarded by Hartt during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

In the 1990s, Hartt awarded two honorary degrees.  The first was to pianist Grant Johannesen in 1993.

More information about Mr. Johannesen can be found here.

The other was awarded to Hartt alumnus (‘51) and composer Jack Elliott in 1997.

This photo was taken of Mr. Elliott during a masterclass at Hartt.  If you are not familiar with Mr. Elliott’s name, you certainly have heard his music.  I encourage you to check out his Wikipedia page here. 

Also, Mrs. Bobbi Elliott donated a significant amount of Mr. Elliott’s materials to Hartt, which now holds The Jack Elliot Collection.  More information about the The Jack Elliott Collection and The Jack Elliott Legacy Project to follow in a later post.