Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents THE KEYS TO ROMANCE February 16-18

It’s a night of epic love, featuring the dynamic Anderson & Roe Piano Duo!

HARTFORD, CT: It’s a night of epic love for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s annual Valentine’s weekend program! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with The Keys to Romance, featuring the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.

These concerts will be led by HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan. The Keys to Romance is The Alexander Campbell McNally and Tina Mahar McNally Memorial Concert.

This program includes Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria rusticana, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London,” Anderson & Roe’s Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Poulenc’s “Allegro ma non troppo” from Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor, and Anderson & Roe duets to be announced. Join us for a pre-concert talk with Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to the concert.

Mascagni’s one-act opera Cavalleria rusticana tells the doomed tale of a love affair that ends with a duel to the death. Its lush, dramatic “Intermezzo” is considered one of the single most attractive tunes in operatic history. Haydn’s invigorating Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London,” was written in tribute to the city he had come to adore (and that adored him right back!). Anderson & Roe’s Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen for Two Pianos and Orchestra pays tribute to Bizet’s beloved opera, the tragic love story of soldier Don Jose and the fiery gypsy Carmen. Poulenc’s “Allegro ma non troppo” from Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor is effervescent and sentimental. Plus, Anderson & Roe will delight with lush piano duos!

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals.

Since forming their dynamic musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, Anderson & Roe have toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, presented at numerous international leader symposiums, and appeared on MTV, PBS, NPR, and the BBC. A live performance by Anderson & Roe was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts throughout North America (including their Kennedy Center debut), Europe, Asia, and New Zealand; concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic; the release of their latest album, Mother Muse; and webcast hosting for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.