Hartford Symphony taps composer Quinn Mason for artist residency in 2022-23

Posted on: July 11, 2022

“Classical composer Quinn Mason intends to make the most of a new yearlong residency that he begins this year with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, coming frequently to Connecticut and using those experiences to fuel a new composition, which the orchestra will premiere in June 2023,” writes Christopher Arnott in Thursday’s (7/7) Hartford Courant (CT). “ ‘I will be making four visits during the season. The first time will be in September,’ Mason said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. ‘I want to get to know the community at large. I want to generate public interest in the Hartford Symphony. I want to do outreach because I myself am a product of it—I attended my first classical music concert at age 10 as part of a class field trip.’ The residency exists due to the Joyce C. Willis Fund for Excellence and Equity in the Arts, founded in 2020 to support prominent young Black artists of national stature in creating new works for major Hartford arts institutions. Mason, who is based in Texas, says he has already had several conversations about the residency with Tim Brown, the HSO’s director of learning and social impact.”