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2018-2019 Season

The Musical Club of Hartford will soon embark on its 128th consecutive season. Dates for the 2018-2019 season have been fixed and program details will appear here as they become available. Please check back often.

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Betty Ohlheiser Memorial - Sep 20, 2018

Program to honor the memory of Betty Ohlheiser, long-time Musical Club member, who was instrumental in starting the High School Competitions over 40 years ago. The program will feature the Vocal Ensemble and some winners from the 2018 Competition. Reception follows. Admission free.

Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$0.00
Type: 
Special Event
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Suzanne Hertel

Member Program and Open House - Oct 4, 2018

One of Chopin’s 24 Préludes, Op. 28 will be played by Victor Nigri, a 2018-2019 E. B. Storrs scholar. These
pieces were written for piano between 1835 and 1839. There is one in each of the twenty-four keys,
beginning with C Major. Carrie Hammond, soprano, accompanied by *Jonathan Hammond, clarinet, and
*Nathaniel Baker, piano, will sing two songs by Mahler, arranged for this instrumentation: The Heavenly
Life and St. Anthony’s Sermon to the Fish. Completing the program, Lisa Kugelman, violin, Virginia Allen,
viola, Fran Bard, cello, and Stacy Cahoon, piano, will perform 3 movements from the Piano

Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:45am
Admission: 
$0.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Lisa Kugelman

Member Program - Oct 18, 2018

The lives of today's featured composers span the baroque period to the 21st century. Therefore, there is
tremendous variety of compositional styles, techniques, and even instruments. Prokofiev wrote Romeo and
Juliet for the ballet, but also published a piano reduction of ten pieces.
Linda MacGougan will perform No. 10 (Say Goodbye), which depicts the very painful parting of the two
famous young lovers. Finzi's 5 Bagatelles, performed by Carolyn Bernstein, clarinet, and Linda
MacGougan, piano, is lighter in mood and character, as the word "bagatelle" implies.
The baroque pieces that follow, Sonata

Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Carolyn Bernstein

Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players - Oct 25, 2018

This group of five musicians is part of the Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra. They will perform a program called "Holiday in Paris", inspired by Georg Philipp Telemann's eight-month sojourn in Paris in the year 1737. Works performed will be by Telemann and by 3 of the musicians who invited Telemann to their city and who
premiered his Paris Quartets with him: Michel Blavet (flute), Jean-Pierre Guignon (violin) and Antoine
Forqueray (gamba). The program will conclude with a quartet by Louis-Gabriel Guillemain from his
“Conversations Galantes,” directly inspired by the Paris

Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$10.00
Type: 
Jolidon Concert Series
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Robert Connell

Member Program - Nov 1, 2018

Bridget de Moura Castro, organ, will be playing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, which dates from Bach’s Leipzig period and is especially highly valued by lovers and connoisseurs of Bach’s organ music. Tony Gibbs, saxophone, accompanied by Benita Rose, piano, will be performing movements from the Violin Sonata in A Major by César Frank. This is one of César Frank’s best-known sonatas and was transcribed for saxophone by Paul Wehage. In this piece you will hear Tony play notes that normally don’t exist on the saxophone.

Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Karen Robinson

The Avery Ensemble - Nov 15, 2018

The Avery Ensemble Piano Quartet will perform selected movements from its November 17th series concert "Armistice":
 
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
III. Passacaille
IV. Finale
 
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for viola and piano
III. Adagio
 
David Macbride: "Making a New World" for piano quartet
 
The presentation will end with a conversation led by the members of the Avery Ensemble and David Macbride about the process of commissioning, creating, preparing, and performing a new work.
 
Date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Musical Exploration
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
David Schonfeld

Member Program - Nov 29, 2018

From Russian Romantic to Russian Contemporary and German Romantic to American jazz, our program
will fill the hall with exciting varieties of style and mood. Fran Bard, cello, and Carolyn Woodard, piano will
perform Nocturne in D Minor, Op. 19, No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, followed by the last two movements from
Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 119. Two movements from Doppelkonzert in E minor, Op. 88, by Max
Bruch, will be played by Carolyn Bernstein, clarinet, Virginia Allen, viola, and Michelle Duffy, piano.
Lastly, The Meeting House Trio with Walter Mayo, bass, *David Sergio, piano, and David

Date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Carolyn Woodard

Member Program - Dec 13, 2018

This holiday-season program features the Musical Club of Hartford Vocal Ensemble, soprano Adrienne Milics, and an unusual work of chamber music.
 

PROGRAM

 
Musical Club of Hartford Vocal Ensemble
Gail Tanguay, director
Dorothy Bognar, accompanist
 
Velvet Shoes       Randall Thompson, 1899-1984
    Suzanne Hertel, organist  
 
This is a stunning setting of the famous winter poem by Elinor Wylie. The text reveals several metaphors for purity and delicacy, while the music suggests an awesome purpose of preserving that beauty.
 
She Sings       Amy F. Bernon
 
The haunting, yet whimsical quality of this
Date: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
David Schonfeld

Member Program - Jan 10, 2019

Program details TBA.

Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:00am
Admission: 
$5.00
Type: 
Music by Members
Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Chair: 
Maryjane Peluso

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