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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.

 

Current 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.

Hartt Opera Theater Presents: Street Scene

February 911, 7:30 p.m.

February 12, 3:00 p.m.

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

February 17, 7:30 p.m.

February 18, 3:00 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. Early reservations are recommended.

 

Hartt Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

March 25, 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Theater

  

End of Year Concerts

 

Hartt Orchestra

April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Theater

 

Greater Hartt Youth Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Theater

 

Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz: Ensembles Concert

April 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m.

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: Bang on the Can Week

 

Foot in the Door (with Bang on the Can)

March 9, 7:30 p.m

Lincoln Theater

Foot in the Door is a mixed ensemble of musicians whose repertoire includes music of established as well as emerging 20th and 21st century composers. Members play in a variety of ensemble sizes from small chamber groups to large chamber orchestras. The ensemble has appeared in several of the nation's major cities, and has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and WNYC-FM and recorded for Opus One and CRI labels. In addition to works by Hartt students, faculty and alumni, the past several seasons have featured music by world-renowned composers including Adams, Bolcom, Berio, Ligeti, Cage, Schoenberg, Schwantner, Reich, Webern, Messiaen, Boulez, and Stravinsky.

 

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

March 10, 7:30 p.m.

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.

 

Hartt Dances: Spring Dance Concerts

April 1314, 7:30 p.m.

April 15, 2 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.

Pippin

March 24, 7:30 p.m.

March 5, 3 p.m.

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

April 67, 7:30 p.m.

April 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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

April 2729, 7:30 p.m.

April 30, 3 p.m.

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

May 46, 7:30 p.m.

May 7, 3 p.m.

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.

Past Season Highlights

During the first week of May 2021, The Hartt School celebrated the Uncertainty of Fate Festival. Creativity in the face of adversity: The “Uncertainty of Fate” Festival commissioned over 45 up and coming and established composers to write multi media /chamber works on what 2020 meant to them.

The new works, with recurring themes of isolation, loss, and rage, will be interwoven with existing pieces by Beethoven, Price, Walker, White, Roumain (DBR), and Mumford in 5 streaming concerts from May 1-5. Hartt faculty, guests, students and alumni perform, some with dance and other media, as well as spoken creative writing pieces written by frontline medical workers.

Uncertainty of Fate Festival

program overview
The festival also hosted panel discussions such as, "Activating and agitating systemic change in your respective institutions,” & "Healing and Conflict Resolution through creating art” as well as masterclasses.
 
Among the composers featured: Errollyn Wallen, Javier Colon, Alexandra Gardner, Juhi Bansal, Ken Steen, Robert Carl, Jonah Sirota, Elena Ruehr, Sarah Gibson, Ethan Wickman, Nathalie Joachim, Paula af Malmborg, Gilda Lyons, and more.

Uncertainty of Fate Chamber Festival: Opening Concert

May 1, 2021, 7:00pm EST

The Uncertainty of Fate Concert 2: Breaking Apart/Coming Together I

May 2, 2021, 5:00pm EST

The Uncertainty of Fate Concert 3: Rage, Uncertainty, Justice

May 3, 2021, 7:00pm EST

Uncertainty of Fate Concert 4: Blues/Meditations

May 4, 2021, 7:00pm EST

Uncertainty of Fate Concert 5: Breaking Apart/Coming Together II

May 5, 2021, 7:00pm EST

Hartt Collage 2021

The Annual Collage Concert is a virtual performance celebrates the magnificent talent of students of The Hartt School, past and present, in one continuous stream of music, dance, and theatre. Hartt Collage gives you the unique opportunity to experience the full range of performing arts disciplines.