Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, June 23, 2018

HARTFORD– The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present "Reunited Masterpieces," the second concert of the 2009-2010 Sunday Serenades Chamber Music series, at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Morgan Great Hall at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The program, is inspired by the Wadsworth’s latest exhibition, "Reunited Masterpieces: From Adam and Eve to George and Martha," will feature performances of works by Handel, Bach and Eisler.

Sunday Serenades Artistic Director and HSO concertmaster (principal violinist) Leonid Sigal will join HSO violist Patricia Daly Vance and HSO cellist Peter Zay for this intimate chamber program.

The Wadsworth Athenuem’s "Reunited Masterpieces: From Adam and Eve to George and Martha" exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see several notable paintings in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum reunited with their original pendant or mate. Loans have been sent from museums in Europe, Canada, and America so that visitors in Hartford can have a brief period in which to view and appreciate the works the way the artists originally intended, as contrasting or complimentary pairs. In addition, several other reunited pairs already in the museum’s collection will be featured. The works range from the Renaissance era to the eighteenth century and include religious and mythological subjects, portraits, and genres.

Inspired by the theme of this exhibit, chamber players from the HSO will perform three Baroque standards in a new context. The first is a modern take on Bach's signature style by early 20th century composer and anti-Nazi activist Hanns Eisler. Mr. Sigal and Mr. Zay will play George Frederic Handel’s Passacaglia for keyboard as arranged for violin and cello by the Romantic Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. The second half of the program will feature one of the quintessential examples of the Baroque style – Bach’s Goldberg Variations – in a new, highly acclaimed arrangement for violin, viola, and cello by prominent conductor and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky.


Tickets for the general public cost $30, which includes admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum on the days of the concerts. Tickets are available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekdays at Hartford Symphony Orchestra Ticket Services, 99 Pratt St., Suite 500, in Hartford, by calling (860) 244-2999, or online at


 Mr. Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Patricia Daly Vance has performed as a violist with the Hartford Symphony for 30 years. Cellist Peter Zay’s musical achievements have taken him to concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Central America. He appears regularly at the International Musical Arts Institute chamber music concerts in Fryeburg, Maine and travels frequently to Spain to perform as a guest of the Quartetto Saravasti. He has performed at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Bellingham and Wintergreen Festivals of Music.