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Play With Food on April 26th

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The first "Playing With Food" was so popular, the Hartford Symphony is coming back with "Playing with Food - Second Course!" on Saturday, April 26th. The concert begins at 7:30pm, with Carolyn Huan conducting the HSO in selections from ten composers. Six chefs from local restaurants will discuss their musical inspirations and how food influences cooking, and offer tips and stories from their experience.

The musical program will include:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana and the Pas d’action from Sleeping Beauty
  • Kerr’s Irish Legend
  • E. Bernstein’s Theme from the Magnificent Seven
  • John Williams’ “Across the Stars” from Star Wars
  • Verdi from La Fortza del Destino
  • Vangelis’ Theme from Chariots of Fire
  • Greig’s “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt
  • Rossini’s La Scala di seta
  • Whitney’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Armstrong/Ricketts’ Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Featured chefs include Ann Howard, chef and owner of Apricots Restaurant and Pub; Billy Grant, chef and owner of Grants Restaurant and Bar and Restaurant Bricco; Pastry Chef Warren Hardman from Max Downtown; Dorjan Puka, chef and owner of Treva Restaurant; Trumbull Kitchen's Executive Chef Chris Torla; and David Borselle, Jr., the executive chef and co-owner of A’vert Brasserie.

Prior to the concert, Growing Great Schools (GGS) will host the fundraising event “A Culinary Symphony," offering cocktails and food from the chefs listed above. GGS is a community-based effort headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut whose mission is to create healthier schools by connecting food, culture, health, and the environment. The vision of Growing Great Schools is to empower students to become active participants in their nutritional and physical health, while caring for the planet.



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