Comprised of a roster of premier Hartford-based musicians under the baton of Daniel D’Addio, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra is devoted to the promotion of the music of our time through superb artistry. Hailed as a “significant champion of new music” (WNPR) and “an invaluable addition to the Hartford musical scene, both for its presentation of the rich chamber orchestra repertoire, and its commitment to newer and commissioned works” (Robert Carl), HICO forges a unique path among orchestras in Connecticut, championing the music of living, often Connecticut-based composers, for chamber orchestra and chamber ensembles. Having commissioned and performed numerous exceptional pieces by local composers, HICO engages audiences throughout Greater Hartford and beyond with programming aimed at broadening
HICO is committed to collaborating with local arts organizations, and has worked with Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Eastern Connecticut State University, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Public Library, The Hartt School and the Hartt Community Division, the New Britain Museum of American Art, PuppetSweat Theater, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Collaborators planned for the 2018-2019 season include the Connecticut Guitar Society, in a performance featuring the premiere of Thomas Schuttenhelm’s chamber cycle, Quincunx.
The orchestra has numerous premieres to its name, including commissioned works by Neely Bruce, Anthony Cornicello, Gala Flagello, Arthur Hernandez, Ryan Jesperson, Matthew Kennedy, David Macbride, Charles Menoche, Jessica Rudman, Matt Sargent, Michael Schelle, Thomas Schuttenhelm, and Ken Steen. HICO prides itself in bringing world premieres to the Greater Hartford region, but also performs a wide variety of music of our time. In just the past two seasons, HICO has performed works by John Adams, Thomas Albert, Derek Bermel, Lauren Bernofsky, Morton Feldman, Stephen Gryc, Kristen Kuster, Osvaldo Lacerda, Lewis Nielson, and Roberto Sierra.
HICO’s core ensemble includes sixteen stellar musicians under the baton of Dr. Daniel D’Addio, a trumpeter and conductor with a long history of new music advocacy. Programs feature the core ensemble in variable formation, from small chamber groups to sinfonietta and larger chamber orchestra.