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The Hartt School Announces Season Seven of the Garmany Chamber Music Series

Posted 04/20/2015
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford's Hartt School is proud to announce that its popular and widely hailed Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series is returning for a seventh season.

The four-concert series, which has brought to the school’s campus more than two dozen of the most admired and innovative musical artists and ensembles in the world, is supported by the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For the upcoming 2015–16 season, the fund has provided a grant of $55,000, matching its largest since the series began in 2008.

The artist roster for the new season includes:

Oct. 15 – Dawn Upshaw, soprano -- One of America’s most acclaimed -- and beloved -- singers, appearing with her longtime collaborator, the celebrated pianist Gilbert Kalish. 

Nov. 19 – Dover Quartet -- Since coming to international attention just three seasons go, the group has been in demand globally, and has been hailed as “the finest young quartet anywhere in the world.”

Feb. 4 – Brooklyn Rider, with Gabriel Kahane – Perhaps the most inventive and boundary-blurring quartet since the Kronos, in collaboration with the equally category defying singer/songwriter Gabe Kahane.

March 10 – Steven Isserlis, cello, with Stephen Hough, piano – Two of the most honored English musical artists of our time.

The concert series is named in honor of Richard Garmany, a former Avon resident and Aetna Insurance Company executive who died in 2008.

“Richard would be thrilled to know that the concert series bearing his name has become such an important addition to the cultural life of this community,” said David Polk, the fund’s advisor and longtime friend of Mr. Garmany. Since the series’ inception in 2008, the Garmany Fund, under Polk’s leadership, has provided more than $300,000 in support of the series, which has presented such celebrated artists as the Emerson, Brentano, Calder and Miro String Quartets, the American Brass Quintet, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Regina Carter, Roomful of Teeth, and the artists of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, among many others.

“We’re profoundly grateful that the Garmany Fund continues to make it possible for us to bring to Hartford these world-class musical artists,” said Steve Metcalf, founder and curator of the series. “And our large, cheering audiences tell us that major-league, forward looking chamber music is alive and well in this community.”

All concerts will be held in the University’s 400-seat Millard Auditorium.

Tickets are $35 per concert, with discounts for seniors, educators and students. Subscriptions for the four-concert series are $120. Subscription renewals for current subscribers are available beginning on April 23, by calling the box office at 860.768.4228, or by stopping by the box office located in the lobby of Lincoln Theater. New subscriptions go on sale June 2; and single tickets go on sale August 4. University of Hartford Box Office hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A popular feature of the Garmany concert experience is an informal wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, held in the lobby prior to each performance. The receptions offer a cash bar; the hors oeuvres are complimentary to all ticket holders. Patrons may arrive any time during the 6 to 7 p.m. serving hour, with no advance reservations required.

Each concert is also followed by an informal meet-and-greet with the artists, which is open to all.

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, offering innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Founded in 1920, Hartt merged with the Hartford Art School and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. Today Hartt presents more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year. For more information about The Hartt School, visit