There were many keys in “The Keys to Romance.”
This was the title used to advertise this weekend’s program given by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as the ensemble continued its 2017-2018 Masterworks Series in the Belding Theater, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
“The Keys to Romance” centered on love themes appropriate for the orchestra’s annual Valentine’s weekend concert. The keys to success were numerous as well, and each success made the sense of sonic romance appealing.
Music Director Carolyn Kuan conducted the first half of the program from memory. This allowed unbroken eye contact with the orchestra and the sound reflected this intensely personal...