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Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Since its founding in 2009, The Garmany Chamber Music Series has established itself as one of The Hartt School's signature activities. The series is recognized as one of Connecticut's premier live music attractions, presenting four concerts annually, and is dedicated to bringing the widest possible range of distinguished small ensembles and recitalists to the UHart campus. The series is generously supported by the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The series has routinely played to capacity houses in Hartt's Millard Auditorium, and has attracted nationals attention for the quality and diversity of its offerings. One critic hailed the series as a "who's who of American chamber music." 

The founding curator of the concert series, Steve Metcalf, oversaw the series for the first seven seasons. The series was then passed to Larry Alan Smith, who took the reins in 2016 and held them until his retirement at the end of the 2021 academic year.  Steve has again stepped into the role of curator for the current series, and is joined by Hartt faculty member Gilda Lyons, who has been named executive director. 

2022-2023 Garmany Performance Series!

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Millard Auditorium, with the exception of the Bang on a Can concert which will take place in the Lincoln Theatre.

September 22, 2022—Merz Trio

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Boston-based piano trio. Winners of the Naumberg, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff and Chesapeake Competitions.

About Merz Trio

October 20, 2022—Phillip Boykin '95, bass-baritone

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A Hartt School alum, Boykin is a sought-after music theater, gospel and opera performer, currently featured in the Broadway revival of “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

About Phillip Boykin

March 9, 2023—Bang on a Can All-Stars, contemporary music sextet

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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.

About Bang on a Can All-Stars

March 30, 2023—Aizuri Quartet

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All-female New York-based string quartet which has established itself as one of the most enterprising and versatile chamber ensembles of our time.

About Aizuri Quartet

Past 2021-2022 Garmany Performances

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Ryan Speedo Green '08: March 24

Grammy Award winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green has quickly established himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. Mr. Green opens the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021–2022 season as Uncle Paul in Terrence Blanchard’s Fire Shut up in my Bones, and also reprises his Grammy Award winning role of Jake in Porgy and Bess, Colline in La bohème, and sings Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos which will be broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.

Past 2021-22 Garmany Performances

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Shane Shanahan M'98 and Friends: January 27

Percussionist, composer, and arranger Shane Shanahan M'98 has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create a unique, highly sought after style. He is one of Silkroad’s inaugural co-artistic directors, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Chaka Khan, and Deep Purple, among others.

PUBLIQuartet: November 18

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Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” the GRAMMY nominated PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretation of chamber music makes them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation.

David Finckel & Wu Han: October 28

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The Hartt School was excited to welcome back Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, for the first performance of the 2021-2022 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series.

Past Garmany Series

2009-10

  • American Brass Quintet
  • Bolcom and Morris
  • David Finckel and Wu Han
  • St. Lawrence Quartet

2010-11

  • Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Brentano Quartet
  • New York Woodwind Quintet

2011-12

  • Emerson String Quartet
  • Regina Carter & Ensemble
  • ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra)
  • Chris O’Riley and Carter Brey

2012-13

  • Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia Chamber Orch.)
  • eighth blackbird
  • Imani Winds
  • Miro Quartet/Colin Curie

2013-14

  • Jaime Laredo and Joseph Kalichstein, with Hartt Faculty Quartet
  • Andy Narell, steel pans
  • Sybarite5 string quintet
  • Cantus

2014-15

  • JACK Quartet
  • Calder Quartet
  • Roomful of Teeth
  • International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

2015-16

  • Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish
  • Dover Quartet
  • Brooklyn Rider w/Gabriel Kahane
  • Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough

2016-17

  • PRISM Quartet
  • Juilliard String Quartet
  • Chiara String Quartet
  • Decoda – The Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall

2017-18

  • The Heath Quartet
  • Trio Latitude 41
  • Emmanuel Pahud, flute & Alessio Bax, piano
  • Attacca Quartet

2018-19

  • Kate Lindsey and Baptiste Trotignon
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • The Handel and Hayden Society
  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano 

2019-2020

  • Joshua Roman and the Verona Quartet
  • Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: Cellular Songs in Concert
  • Sirena Huang

2021-2022

  • David Finckel & Wu Han 
  • PUBLIQuartet