Raymond Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Piano at The Hartt School, passed away peacefully of natural causes in his home in Heath, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the age of 98.
Ray was hired in 1945 by Moshe Paranov to teach piano at the Hartt College of Music and eventually served as Head of the Piano Department, serving Hartt for more than forty years. Throughout this time, Ray performed as a soloist with Hartford Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Boston Pops; performed concerts and world tours with noted artists such as Roman Totenberg, Pinchas Zukerman, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; and appeared on his own weekly television program, Piano Pops, with Leonard Seeber. In addition, he created the piano series En Blanc et Noir, which featured young and upcoming pianists.
Most recently, Ray is fondly remembered for his telephone calls to members of the University of Hartford and Hartt communities with a joke or a Hartt memory to brighten their day. Ray will be truly missed by those who knew him well and by those who only just started to build a relationship with him. Our condolences go out to Ray’s family on the loss of this remarkable man.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home; 1084 New Britain Avenue; West Hartford, CT 06110. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Covenant Congregational Church; 1 Westminster Dr. West Hartford, CT 06107.
Online condolences may be made here.