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HARTFORD, January 29, 2008 – Tania Miller, the first Canadian woman to lead a Canadian orchestra (Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia since the 2003-2004 season), will guest conduct the Hartford Symphony Orchestra “Valentine’s Weekend” concerts on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 pm at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Ms. Miller will conduct Johannes Brahms‟ “Symphony No. 4” and Maurice Ravel‟s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Also featured on this concert will be pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, who will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff‟s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. McDermott returns after playing Dmitri Shostakovich‟s Piano Concerto No. 1 as part of the “Classical Connections” series in March 2007. Ms. Miller is one of the rising stars in a generation of female conductors, including Marin Alsop (the new Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony this season, and first woman to head a major American orchestra) and JoAnn Falletta (Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra). Hartford Symphony Music Director Edward Cumming said “JoAnn Falletta was the first female conducting student at Juilliard, and Marin Alsop is blazing trails of her own, having recently been appointed Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, certainly one of the top orchestras in the country. Neither of them wants to be regarded as „woman conductors,‟ for good reason -- they are outstanding musicians by any measure, and their successes reflect that. Still, it's important to realize that young woman conductors such as Tania Miller are clear beneficiaries of Marin's and JoAnn's growing legacies, because orchestras today are more open to having women at the helm than ever before.” (For more information about Marin Alsop and JoAnn Falletta, please see below). The Hartford Symphony‟s current season also includes nearly 20 female guest artists, which is 25% more than the 2006-2007 season. Following Ms. McDermott‟s appearance “Valentine‟s Weekend” are concerts featuring saxophonist Carrie Koffman (February 21 and 22) and singers Cathie Ryan (March 1) and Marina Shaguch (March 18 & 19). Prior to her work in Victoria, Ms. Miller was with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2004, first as Assistant Conductor and finally as Associate Conductor. Her many North American guest conducting engagements include the Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, Oregon, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montreal, Toledo, London (ON), and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, and she recently made her European debut conducting the Berne Symphoniker in Switzerland, where she will return in the 2008-2009 season. Ms. Miller began her work in the field of contemporary music as Assistant Conductor of the Banff Festival of the Arts in 1997 in Banff, Canada. She has been a frequent guest conductor with the Toronto contemporary ensemble ERGO, with whom she premiered a number of compositions in Munich, Toronto and New York. Originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Ms. Miller received her D.M.A. and Master's degree in conducting from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, studying with teachers Kenneth Kiesler and H. Robert Reynolds. The Masterworks Series is presented by MetLife Foundation. The “Valentine‟s Weekend” concerts are sponsored in part by Viking Fuel Oil Company. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra also receives major support from donors to the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and additional support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture &

Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.HartfordSymphony.Org The Hartford Symphony Orchestra participates in the Greater Hartford Arts Council‟s Let*s GO Arts! program that offers 2-for-1 tickets to arts and entertainment events, and discounts at restaurants and clubs. Let*s GO Arts! members can receive 2-for-1 full price tickets to Masterworks and Classical Connections concerts at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Snag deals, steals and can‟t-miss offers on the region‟s top entertainment at the Greater Hartford Arts Council‟s brand new discount entertainment website Hartford Arts Tix: Marin Alsop studied at Yale and at the Juilliard School and won the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at Tanglewood, where she studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. She regularly conducts the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and recent guest engagements include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Alsop‟s recordings for the Naxos record label include the Brahms Symphonies and Overtures with the London Philharmonic. For more information about Marin Alsop please visit As a champion of contemporary music hailed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” JoAnn Falletta has performed over 300 works by American composers, including more than 70 world premières, and has received eight consecutive awards from ASCAP for creative programming. She received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes College of Music and her master‟s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School. For more information about Joann Falletta please visit Falletta conducted the London Symphony Orchestra on the premiere recording of University of Connecticut professor and composer Kenneth Fuchs’ “Canticle to the Sun (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra)”, which is available starting today on via the Naxos American Classics record label. The world premiere concert performances of “Canticle to the Sun” will take place on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 pm at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, when the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edward Cumming will be joined by Timothy Jones, Principal Horn with the London Symphony Orchestra. The rest of that program will include “Cantico”, the final movement from Ottorino Respighi‟s Suite for Organ and Strings, Stephen Montague‟s “Behold a Pale Horse” and Edward Elgar‟s “Enigma Variations”. WNPR Connecticut Public Radio is a media sponsor of the Hartford Symphony. Each season, the Hartford Symphony reaches thousands statewide through its broadcast concerts on the “Sunday Spotlight” program. Listen to the broadcast of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra‟s January 2008 Masterworks concert “The New Year Begins! Blue Danube” on Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 pm. The concert, a celebration of Viennese classics, included the ravishing Suite and Final Scene from Richard Strauss‟ sensuous Der Rosenkavalier, plus music by Franz Lehar and Johann Strauss, and culminated with the playing of Strauss‟ On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Guest artists included tenor Matthew Plenk, sopranos Adina Aaron and Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Janna Baty and students from the Hartt Music Theater program. TICKETS for “Valentine‟s Weekend” range from $18 to $62 and are available in person at Hartford Symphony Orchestra Ticket Services, 99 Pratt Street, Suite 500 in Hartford, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, by calling (860) 244-2999, and online at Student tickets are $10 for children and students with a valid I.D. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; for details call Kristen Blakely at (860) 246-8742 ext. 340. EDITORS: Please update calendar listings to reflect guest artist, program and pricing information (above). For more information about GUEST ARTISTS Tania Miller or Anne-Marie McDermott, please visit or email Andrew R. Chatfield,