NEW BRITAIN - It was a celebration of acronyms, of music and of art.
The New Britain Museum of American Art hosted the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra Works for a concert Sunday. Members of HICO were joined by a guest vocalist from the Hartford Opera Theatre as well.
Soprano Michelle Fiertek sang with the guitar accompaniment of Thomas Schuttenhelm, who composed the piece.
Schuttenhelm also composed the program’s finale, a piece inspired by one of the works inside exhibiting artist Kim Keevers’ abstract, 3062 B. Keever is currently on display in “The Beyond” exhibition.
“I think a literary theory can help us come to terms with the abstract,” Schuttenhelm explained of his inspiration. “It’s more of a second order narrative. There is very little melody in this piece, it’s mostly harmonies. Just like in Keevers’ work, there is very little shape.”
The event also represented HICO’s world premiere of its newly-formed brass quintet.
Executive Director Cathryn Cummings thanked the large audience for coming out to the concert on what was one of the first warm days this year. The NBMAA’s Stanley Works Center was packed with at least 120 people.
“I’m happy you’re all here,” Cummings said. “We are really lucky to partner with such great people and organizations including the New Britain museum.”
As a former member of the U.S. Navy’s Music Program, Cummings performed for presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
HICO is comprised of an ensemble of 16 accomplished musicians who, like Cummings, are based in the Greater Hartford area. They perform under the baton of Artistic Director Daniel A’Addio, a trumpeter and conductor with a long history in music.
D’Addio is professor of music at Central Connecticut State University. He also serves on the faculty of The Hartt School Community Division and is music director of the Connecticut Youth Symphony.
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