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Performances

Performances are central to Hartt's curriculum. Each year, Hartt showcases dozens of performing organizations and produces more than 400 instrumental and vocal performances, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions.

Hartt's students often collaborate across disciplines to present fully-staged opera and musical productions, dance concerts, recitals, and other original works. Faculty and students also perform together frequently.

The 2024-2025 season highlights are below!

2024-25 Season Highlights

Here at The Hartt School, your passion becomes a profession.  A pivotal componant of this is in the art of the performance.  With hundreds of performances every year across many disciplines, one's craft is perfected by doing.  Current season highlights include fully produced operas, musical theatre productions, music ensembles featuring renowned faculty, and dance performances.

 

The Halloween Concert with the Hartt Orchestra and Hartt Wind Ensemble

October 26

Millard Auditorium

Free and open to the public, as Hartt's Halloween treat for families and all in the Greater Hartford community.

Hartt Opera Theater Presents: Acis and Galatea

February 28, 7:30 p.m.

March 2, 3 p.m.

Millard Auditorium

Collage Concert

February 14, 7:30 p.m.

February 15, 3 p.m.

Lincoln Theater

Hartt's annual Collage Concert features continuous music, dance, and theatre. As Hartt's gift to the community, this concert is free, but reservations are required. 

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series: Performers Coming Soon!

October 10, November 21, February 6, April 10

7:30 p.m.

Millard Auditorium

 

Hartt Dances: Fall Dance Concerts

November 1416, 7:30 p.m.

Millard Auditorium

Hartt Dances features choreographic masterworks of classical ballet and modern choreographers alongside the innovative works of contemporary dancemakers, all performed by the dancers of the Hartt School's Dance Division.

Hartt Dances: Spring Dance Concerts

April 1011, 7:30 p.m.

April 12, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Theater

Hartt Dances features choreographic masterworks of classical ballet and modern choreographers alongside the innovative works of contemporary dancemakers, all performed by the dancers of the Hartt School's Dance Division.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2pm and 7:30

Sunday, Oct. 6, 3pm

Millard Auditorium

By Edmond Rostand

Freely adapted by Martin Crimp

This new adaptation of the masterwork renders the timeless story through spoken word, contemporary poetry, and raw physicality, where Cyrano seduces in raps and rhymes, using his linguistic brilliance to help another man win the heart of his one true love—above all—championing his own unbridled love for words.

Director  - Christopher Andrew Rowe

Movement Director  - Jason Taylor

Costume Designer - Nancy Leary

Lighting Designer - John Bartenstein

Set Designer - Yoshi Tanokura

Sound Designer - Rachel Landy

Content Warnings: Violence, Gunshots, Adult language

Something Rotten!

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30

Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2pm and 7:30

Sunday, Oct. 27, 3pm

Lincoln Theatre

Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell

Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick

Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

Director/Choreographer - Ralph Perkins

Music Director - David Kidwell

Costume Designer - Marueen Wynne

Lighting Designer - Chris Bell

Set Designer - Matthew S. Crane

Content Warnings: Adult Content

Dracula, A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30

Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3pm

McCray Theatre

By Kate Hamill

Based loosely on the novel by Bram Stoker

In Kate Hamill’s frightening and darkly comic new take on Bram Stoker’s 19th Century novel, however, “the monsters look just like us.” How, then, do people on the side of good fight for their loved ones in a dark world where charming predators are lurking around every corner? Who will drive a stake through the heart of patriarchy? At times comical and campy, and deeply chilling, unsettling, and thought-provoking throughout, this bloody romp is a thrilling turn on the story of Dracula as it’s been told in the past. 

Director/Fight Director - Hannah Roccisano

Composer - Kathryn Swanson

Costume Designer - Avery Jennings

Content Warnings: Murder and suicide, Blood and violence, Psychological and physical abuse, Sexual assault

Quilters

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30

Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30

McCray Theatre

By Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

Based on true narratives of pioneer women, Quilters dramatizes the strenuous realities of 1800s frontier life. Prairie fires, twisters, starvation, and death are interspersed with lively, and often humorous, accounts of cabin construction, courtship, and childhood pranks. The patterns of life -- the dark times contrasted with the light -- are reflected in the women’s quilts, as are the connection, strength, and creativity they shared. Just as singing and dancing have helped folks survive and celebrate their lives, so too music and dance enliven this show. The message is universal and timeless: human survival depends upon our ability to embrace both laughter and tears. This uplifting and moving saga promises to warm your heart and stir your soul.

Director - Jill Giles

Music Director - Clay Zambo

Choreographer - Taylor Zappone

Costume Designer - Collette Benoit

Content Warnings: Mature themes, Death and grieving

Baby

February 20 – February 23

McCray Theatre

Book by Sybille Pearson

Music by David Shire & Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Peter and the Starcatcher

April 3 – April 6

Roberts Theatre

A Play by Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

A Comedy of Errors

April 24 – April 27

Roberts Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Mainstage Musical To Be Announced

May 1 – May 4

Millard Theatre

Past Season Highlights

Below you can get a snapshot of our previous season highlights.

Hartt Opera Theater Presents: Street Scene

Millard Auditorium

Written by Kurt Weill, and set in sweltering 1940s New York, the plot centers around the various residents of a single tenement building, and takes place over just 24 hours. 

Collage Concert

Lincoln Theater

Hartt's annual Collage Concert features continuous music, dance, and theatre. As Hartt's gift to the community, this concert is free, but reservations are required.

Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

Lincoln Theater

End of Year Concerts

Hartt Orchestra

Lincoln Theater 

Greater Hartt Youth Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

Lincoln Theater

Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz: Ensembles Concert

Millard Auditorium

Jazz Ensemble concerts feature student ensembles committed to the styles and teachings of the Jackie McLean Institute Jazz offering selections of bebop, swing, hard bop, and much more. Come out and support these amazing students!  

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series: Bang on a Can All-Stars

Lincoln Theater

A celebration of the life and work of bassist Robert Black, a founding member of the All-Stars, who is retiring from his Hartt faculty position after 29 years. Also featured will be legendary Bang founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series: Javier Colon

Lincoln Theater

The internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter – and Hartt School alum – who first came to national attention by winning First Prize on NBC’s “The Voice.” 

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series: The Juilliard String Quartet

Millard Auditorium

One of chamber music’s most iconic and beloved ensembles, now celebrating its 73rd season.

Hartt Dances: Spring Dance Concerts

Lincoln Theater

Hartt Dances features choreographic masterworks of classical ballet and modern choreographers alongside the innovative works of contemporary dancemakers, all performed by the dancers of the Hartt School's Dance Division.

Footloose

Lincoln Theater

Director/Choreographer: Ralph Perkins

A musical based on the movie of the same name, which centers around a city teenager who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.  As he struggles to fit in, his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Sister Act

Millard Auditorium

Director: Janelle Robinson; Music Director: David Kidwell; Choreographer: Jane Krantz

Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and additional material by Douglas Carter Beane.

My Fair Lady

Kent McCray Theater

Director: Michael Fling; Music Director: Phil Rittner; Choreographer: Ralph Perkins

My Fair Lady is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewebased. It is based on the 1938 film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

Pippin

Millard Theater

Director: Michael O'Flaherty; Music Director: David Kidwell; Choreographer: Taylor Zappone

Pippin becomes a soldier for his father's army, but is upset by the killing and murders his father to stop the war. Now King, he is even more lost and unsure about what he wants in life and turns away from everything, including love, before discovering that what he has been searching for has been there all along.

The Wolves

Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theater

Director: Jill Giles

The Wolves is a play by Sarah DeLappe. It premiered Off-Broadway in in September 2016 and received the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, a New York Times Critic's Pick, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The Wolves centers on the experiences of high school girls through their weekly Saturday morning pre-game soccer warmups. The young women sometimes continue their gossip from the previous week, bringing up new developments or related topics and conversations that are often inappropriate and cause conflict amongst the teammates. 

Godspell

Kent McCray Theater

Director: Joni Weisfeld; Music Director: TBD; Choreographer: Savana Jones

Based primarily on the Book of Matthew, Godspell focuses on strangers, all from different walks of life, coming together to tell the lessons and parables of Jesus Christ through, by the end of the show, the strangers learn to carry Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance, and love.  

Much Ado About Nothing

Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theater

Director: Robert Davis

One of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comedies, Much Ado About Nothing includes two quite different stories of romantic love.

Hartt Collage 2023

The annual Hattt Collage Concert is a performance that celebrates the magnificent talent of students of The Hartt School, past and present, in one continuous stream of music, dance, and theatre. A free event, the Hartt Collage provides the community a unique opportunity to experience the full range of performing arts disciplines.