Hartford Symphony Orchestra Shifts Paradigm of Symphonic Music with “Intermix”

HSO Music Director, Carolyn Kuan

Thursdays are the new Fridays- haven’t you heard? HSO: Intermix is breaking the mold of orchestral music, offering a casual setting, cocktails, and a chance to be up close as Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians perform innovative pieces by the world’s most sought-after composers. This season, we’re traveling around Greater Hartford to bring music to new audiences- and that starts with exciting venues.

On Thursday, November 8, we’re bringing HSO: Intermix to Upward Hartford, one of the most versatile locations in the area, with Appalachian Avalanche. Located at 20 Church Street on the Mezzanine Floor, Upward Hartford is revolutionizing the use of office space for young professionals in the downtown area. In an unexpected collaboration, they are teaming up with the Hartford Symphony to be a part of redefining the orchestral music experience. This relaxed event offers audience members a chance to experience classical and contemporary compositions while also sampling complimentary cocktails from Brockman’s Gin and mingling with friends. Where else can you enjoy a drink while also looking over the shoulder of a world-class percussionist? HSO: Intermix is truly working to shift the paradigm of live symphonic music.

Intermix at Onyx Moonshine

Adding to the flair of the unique venue, Appalachian Avalanche will also feature a refreshing programming combination. Missy Mazzoli, identified by The New York Times as, “one of the most consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York,” composed Still Life with Avalanche in 2008. Described by Mazzoli as a “pile of melodies collapsing in a chaotic free fall,” this piece highlights the juxtaposition between the calm and frenzy that are evident in day-to-day life. Contrast continues thematically throughout the program, with Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite providing a classical twist to the otherwise contemporary programing. Accompanying this American classical staple will be a large-scale video display of the original choreography by Martha Graham.

Between a mix of musical styles and artistic mediums, an exciting location, hand-crafted cocktails, and a group of your friends; there’s no shortage of reasons to spend your Thursday night with the Hartford Symphony as they present HSO: Intermix’s Appalachian Avalanche!

Intermix at Real Art Ways

Tickets for the event are only $25, $20 for HSO subscribers, and student tickets are available for just $15 with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at, or by phone at (860) 987-5900.

Amanda Savio is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Contact her at

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