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The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series

Garmany X – The 10th Anniversary Season

Under the leadership of founding curator Steve Metcalf, the Garmany Series quickly established a tradition of presenting world-class artists performing meaningful and enriching programs. Whenever possible, we seek out new music, cutting-edge ensembles and innovative approaches to the performance of chamber music. At the same time, we try to make sure that the needs of our students are met, involving as many different areas of the School as possible.

The 2018-19 season features four extremely different ensembles playing a wide range of repertoire. The 10th Anniversary Season is going to be an adventure! 


March 27-28, 2019

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Garmany performers Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 5
Leo Brouwer: String Quartet No. 3
Dan Román:  The world premiere of a new work
Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 6

Larry Alan Smith sums it up like this. “This is going to be an absolutely amazing concert. I have admired the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for many years, and the ensemble’s recording of the 17 string quartets of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of my favorite recordings of all time! We will not only hear two of the Villa-Lobos quartets, but Hartt alumnus (2006) Dan Román is writing a new work for the Cuarteto that will have its world premiere on the Millard Auditorium stage. Finally, the great Cuban composer Leo Brouwer will be represented on the program. Brouwer also studied at Hartt! Could there be a better way to end Garmany X? I don’t think so!”

Speaking with a musical vocabulary that inflects the language of post-minimalism with the traditions of Puerto Rican music, composer Dan Román, DMA '06 is a polyglot. His work connects at the roots through rhythm: obsessive ostinatos, juxtaposed patterns that create evolving permutations, and the hypnotic character of a steady pulse.

The folkloric and popular traditions of Román’s native Puerto Rico find their way into his music in less directly rhythmic ways as well, whether through the lyrical qualities of the Latin American romantic bolero or the Puerto Rican Danza.

October 24-25, 2018 – Thousands of Miles

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano and Baptiste Trotignon, jazz piano

Garmany performers Kate Lindsey and Baptiste Trotignon

Nanna’s Lied
Thousands of Miles – Big Mole (from Lost in the Stars)
Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man
(from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny)
Und hat der Tag all seine Qual
Buddy on the Nightshift – Berlin im Licht
Don’t Look Now
Die stille Stadt
Pirate Jenny – Barbara Song (from The Threepenny Opera)
Je ne t’aime pas
Lonely House – We’ll go away together (from Street Scene)
Trouble Man (from Lost in the Stars)
Selige Stunde

About Thousands of Miles . . 

Closing the distance between classical music and Broadway, between the old and new worlds, between opera and jazz… Thousands of Miles is born out of an encounter between mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and jazz pianist Baptiste Trotignon. The evening is a rich and varied program around the songs of Kurt Weill, from Nanna’s Lied and Trouble Man, to classics from The Threepenny Opera and Lost in the Stars. The album of the same name was released in 2017.

The journey through three European languages brings the audience to the very beginnings of jazz and pays homage to three composers who, like Weill, were forced to leave their homelands in Germany and Austria, emigrating to the ‘new world’ of the United States and taking their stories and styles with them: Alma Mahler, Zemlinsky and Korngold. The disparate group are united by a shared narrative, their songs all speaking of intense longing and homesickness. “The works on Thousands of Miles all share a deep, complex search for a sense of belonging . . . In exploring this idea, Baptiste and I brought together our two very different musical worlds. It was a journey where we both had to open ourselves up and make ourselves vulnerable, myself as a classically-trained singer, and Baptiste, who has rhythm in his DNA. Together, I hope we developed a deep mutual understanding of each other’s musical language and used it to enrich our own.” (Kate Lindsey)

Click here for more information about the program.

November 14-15, 2018

St. Lawrence String Quartet

The Thursday evening concerts will take place in Millard Auditorium at 7:30 pm,and once again, all of these artists will participate in two-day mini-residencies at Hartt.

Garmany performers SLSQ
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4
Jonathan Berger: Tango alla zingarese
John Adams: Second String Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

The St. Lawrence String Quartet studied with the Emerson String Quartet at The Hartt School in the 1990s, and since that time, the ensemble has gone on to become one of the finest string quartets in the world. They performed during the first season of the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series (2009-10). Given the Quartet’s strong connection to Hartt, it is only fitting that the SLSQ be the first ensemble to be invited back as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary Season of the Series. The program will include two contemporary works by celebrated American composers Jonathan Berger and John Adams. Both works were written for the SLSQ. The Berger work has connections to the music of Haydn, and the Adams work has connections to the music of Beethoven. Curious? Join us on November 15th to experience great music and what curator Larry Alan Smith is calling the “Garmany X Birthday Bash.”

February 6-7, 2019

The Handel and Haydn Society

Harry Christophers, Artistic Director

Aisslinn Nosky, Leader and Violin

Garmany performers H and H
Concerto soloists:
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Christina Day Martison, violin
Susanna Ogata, violin
Adriane Post, violin
Guy Fishman, cello
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in D Minor, RV 242, “Per Pisendel”
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Cello in D, RV 403
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, RV 580
George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in G, Op. 5, No. 4
Georg Philippe Telemann: Concerto for 3 Violins in F, TWV 53:F1
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin, Op. 8, No. 5, “La Tempesta di mare”

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and is unique among American ensembles for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers – Handel and Haydn – to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Between 2014 and 2016, H+H celebrated its Bicentennial with two seasons of special concerts and initiatives to mark 200 years of music making. Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

The February 7th concert is going to feature several of the Society’s most extraordinary performers, and these artists are going to bring the music of the Baroque to life in a way that is uniquely H+H!

Ticket Information:

Individual Tickets:

Adults: $40
Seniors: $32.50
UH Alumni, Non-UH Educators & Students: $27.50
University of Hartford Faculty/Staff/Students with ID: No Charge

For  ticket information please call or visit the University of Hartford Box Office at Lincoln Theater, 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587, Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

The annual four-concert series, which has brought to campus more than thirty-five 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 more information, contact Larry Alan Smith (Curator of the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series) via e-mail at

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving