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HSO's Edward Cumming Going Out With A Crescendo

HSO's Edward Cumming Going Out With A Crescendo

Insightful. Witty. Energetic. A good listener.

However you might describe him, Hartford Symphony Orchestra conductor Edward Cumming has become iconic in Hartford. After nine seasons, he is leaving his post as HSO music director, conducting his farewell concert on Saturday, June 4.

Cumming is known for his spontaneous, engaging style of presentation, counter to the icy formality that is often unfairly associated with classical music.

In September 2007, he was conducting Beethoven's first symphony at St. Joseph College in West Hartford. After the third movement, Cumming was poised to begin the fourth. Then he put his hands down, turned around to the audience and...