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Musical Club Schedule for 2021-2022

Programs take place Thursdays at 10 a.m. Programs from January to June 2022 will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford unless noted otherwise. Additional information is available on the club’s Facebook page and in the Musical Club Bulletin, which is emailed to members.

The public is welcome. Admission is $5, except as noted, for programs at Westminster Church and free for virtual programs. Students and members are admitted free.

2021 Programs from September - December will be virtual, on Zoom, at 10

Note: Pre-registration is required for these programs, and attendance is capped at 100 due to Zoom capacity limits; Musical Club members have first priority. If you would like to pre-register, send us a note using the Contact page. Please Indicate whether you are a Club member and mention how you heard about the event in question.

September 23 

The Musical Club of Hartford launched its 131st season of live programming on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. on Zoom, with Mark Bailey, Director, Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings. Back by popular demand, Mr. Bailey presented a program on "Listening for Composers' Imprint and Performance Practice Insights in Historical Recordings of Classical Music".

He played recordings from the Collection featuring performers specifically selected, taught and/or coached by renowned composers in the performance of their own music. Through these recordings, Mr. Bailey suggested how we can glean insights into composer intent as well as contemporary performance practices of their time.

"To hear Frederic Lamond, a student of Liszt, perform the famous Liebestraum is revelatory. Or Victor Maurel singing Falstaff, for whom Verdi wrote the role. Or Leopold Auer playing Tchaikovsky, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto. And so on!" (Mark Bailey)

You can watch a recording of Mark's presentation on the Club's private YouTube site. Read more...

October 14

Please join us on Thursday, October 14, at 10 AM, to share in a celebration of top-winning young musicians from the Hartt Honors Artist Competition 2020-2021.  Honors is a longstanding Hartt Community tradition celebrating the individual accomplishments of students within each department of Hartt Community Division. Last year was no exception. An unprecedented year called for an innovative, school-wide, and inclusive opportunity. The Hartt Honors Artist Competitions (junior and senior) were populated by students of varying instruments/voice from across the school and the Greater Hartford area, creating a Hartt Honors program like never before. Dozens of tiered scholarships ranging from honorable mention to full-tuition were awarded. These were made possible by the generous support of The Musical Club of Hartford, as well from other donors. At this virtual recital we will enjoy the pre-recorded musical offerings of the students who were awarded top-prizes in Guitar, Piano, Voice, Winds/Brass/Percussion, and Strings. Read more...

November 18 Westminster Presbyterian, here we come!!
Presentation by the Board and the Scheduling Committee of programs and protocols for our 2022 in-person programs. Plus a chance to meet and greet one another. Read more...

December 16 Charter Oak Cultural Center Youth Arts Institute: Programs and Promise. Susan Mazer, Director, Charter Oak Youth Arts Institute


2022 Programs from January – June will be at Westminster Presbyterian at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

January 13 JOLIDON CONCERT SERIES: Claire Huangci, piano. Non-member admission: $10.

January 23 Hartt Community School Honors Artist Senior Competition winners. Sunday at 2 p.m. 

February 3 Music by Members: Soohyung Yoo; Rob Breen & Annette Shapiro; Annette Shapiro & Lisa Kugelman; Maryjane Peluso & Allison Platt

[February 10 Snow date for Feb. 3 program] 

March 3 Music by Members: David Garrido-Cid; Alice Matteson; Susan Mardinly & Lean-Cheng Tan; Sandra Ann Craig 

March 24 Piano Recital: Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholars 

March 31 Music by Members: Linda MacGougan; Virginia Allen & Michelle Duffy; Carolyn Bernstein, Virginia Allen and Natasha Ulyanovsky*

April 7 JOLIDON CONCERT SERIES: Manhattan Chamber Music Players. Non-member admission: $10.

April 21 Music by Members: “Ensembles Galore!”

Piano Trio (Stacy Cahoon, Lisa Kugelman, Fran Bard); Woodwind Quintet (Cynthia Lang, David Schonfeld, Carolyn Bernstein, Fred Fenn, Susan Norland*); Baroque Ensemble (Deborah Robin, David Schonfeld, Leonor Snow, Anne Mayo, Laura Mazza-Dixon)

May 5 Music by Members: “From the Opera Stage to Broadway”

Featuring six of our singers (Amy Eisen, Anne Filion, Patrice Fitzgerald, Sharon Girard, Tema Silk & Richard Leslie); and a String Trio (Susanne Shrader, Linda MacGougan & Christopher Pilon*) 

May 19 MUSICAL EXPLORATION: Lois Shapiro, piano 

June 2 Music by Members: Fran Bard & Carolyn Woodard; Diane Day; Mark Silk; Flute Ensemble (Bridget Gilchrist, Leonor Snow, Cynthia Lang, Nancy Skeele, Mark Silk, Deb Howarth*)  

June 9 Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon. Town and County Club, 22 Woodland Street, Hartford. Details will be in the Spring Bulletin.

* after a name denotes a guest performer