Arts Beat: History and art accompany ‘Hamilton’ return to Hartford


Hamilton Summer, a collaboration between the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Connecticut Historical Society and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will bring a summer of groundbreaking experiences to Hartford, offering varied perspectives on the era of the American Revolution and its contemporary storytelling through the prism of the award-winning musical “Hamilton”. This month marks the launch of those experiences, with the “Hamilton Heroes and Villains” exhibit now open at the Connecticut Historical Society. It will be followed next month by the return of “Hamilton” to The Bushnell on June 22, and the opening of the exhibition “Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History” on June 24 at Wadsworth. For more details on the Connecticut Historical Society: www.chs.org. For more details on the Wadsworth Atheneum: www.thewadsworth.org. For more details on “Hamilton” at The Bushnell www.bushnell.org.

Kevin Rhodes, former Maestro of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, was appointed Principal Conductor of the SND Slovak National Opera in Bratislava. Next season, productions for Rhodes will include a new production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and major covers of ‘Turandot’ and ‘Aida’, in addition to productions of ‘Giselle’, ‘La Fille mal garde’ and ‘Le Swan Lake” with the ballet. Rhodes returns to Springfield on July 23 to conduct MOSSO, the musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, in a program that includes violinist Yevgeny Kutik. For more details: www.springfieldsymhonymusicians.com.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Talcott Mountain Music Festival will bring the orchestra outdoors for a series of summer concerts in Simsbury, Connecticut. The series debuts on July 1 (rain date July 2) with Maestra Carolyn Kuan conducting “Celebrate America!” — fireworks included. Adam Boyles leads the HSO in “Summer of ’69” (July 8, rain or shine), a tribute to the music of Woodstock. Boyles leads a “Paul Simon Songbook” on July 15 (rain or shine), followed by “The Music of Billy Joel” with Broadway’s Michael Cavanaugh on July 22 (rain or shine). The season ends with Tong Chen conducting “Queens of Soul” on July 29 (rain date July 30). It’s an evening featuring singers singing the hits made famous by reigning soul and R&B divas such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Adele and Moreover. For more details: www.hartfordsymphony.org.

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