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In the spirit of enduring optimism and creativity, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra has announced that its 2020 Bravo! gala, IGNITE JOY, has been renamed REIMAGINE JOY, and will be celebrated virtually on May 2 at 7 pm. The virtual gala will feature music performed by HSO musicians and much more. All are welcome to this free online event. A link to the gala will be available on at that time.

An online auction opened at noon on Monday, April 20 – visit to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences, including:

· Custom-Made Suit from Costanzo Clothing
· Stunning, 14K Gold and Diamond Bracelet
· Wine packages to satisfy every palette and price point!
· Virtual cooking and bread-making classes led by our multi-talented HSO musicians!
· One month of Unlimited LIVE Virtual Barre/Pilates Group Sessions

And, if community members are in a position to Fund the Inspiration, they are needed now like never before. Visit to make a tax-deductible donation to support the HSO musicians and invest in innovative, remote education programming.

Each year, the HSO’s gala raises critical funds for its education and community engagement programs, and this year, there is an added imperative: urgently needed funds to support HSO musicians. These talented artists are working with the HSO to develop new online learning tools to engage students, teachers, seniors and families, now and in the future.

“This amazing orchestra has brought joy into this community for 76 seasons. As we all are determined keep a firm grip on joy and hope, the symphony’s role is more important now than ever before,” said HSO Director of Development, Ruth Sovronsky. “ For that reason, HSO’s Virtual Gala is free to everyone – so that we can all focus on the positive, remember to laugh together, and allow the music do what it does best – uplift and fill our hearts with joy.”

With all that the HSO is facing as a symphony and as a community, reimagining joy is more vital than ever. When the crisis has passed, children, seniors, hospitals, schools and communities will need music more than ever before. And the HSO intends to be ready to restart, rekindle and return to the music.