The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 120th season, has announced that it will "honor its legacy" by offering more than 40 concerts next season in Connecticut and beyond, including 10 in Fairfield County.
In addition to its regular seven-concert season at the 2,600-seat Woolsey Hall on the Yale University campus, the orchestra will present a four-concert pop series in Hamden and Shelton, and a three-concert family series at the Davis Street School in New Haven and at Shelton Intermediate School. The orchestra, under the artistic direction of British conductor William Boughton, also will continue its recent practice of going "on the road" for one-time performances and to participate in various festivals in Fairfield, Norwalk, Deep River, Clinton, Hartford and Worcester, Mass.
Lindsey Christiani, the NHSO's marketing maven, said last week that the orchestra is "committed to trying different things and bringing music to areas that have indicated an interest in having us do so.
"William has a very strong vision of what the orchestra needs to do" in order to thrive.
"Our strategic plan includes a mission and vision to make the orchestra accessible to all ... reaching out to communities that don't have their own orchestras or fulfilling a need" for regional performing arts centers that have openings in their schedules.
(The latter may be a case for its two upcoming visits to Fairfield, including one at Fairfield University on Dec. 13. The Greater Bridgeport Symphony, which relies heavily on Fairfield audience support, has its own winter concert the next evening, Dec. 14, at the Klein Memorial. Boughton has said repeatedly that he considers such competition to be healthy and that he does not view it as inappropriate to perform within another orchestra's traditional area of influence.)
A passion for spreading a love of music is also evident in the orchestra's commitment to a family concert series, in which youngsters are introduced to orchestral music at short 60-minute concerts, by participating in numerous in-school music education programs and other special events.
For example, its Saturday evening, Nov. 23, Woolsey Hall concert, "The Princess & The Firebird," will be open to students (kindergarten through 12th grade) free of charge when accompanied by an adult; all other regular season concerts at Woolsey Hall are presented on Thursday nights.
"For 120 years, the community has supported this orchestra -- and we want to keep that spirit alive in all we do," Christiani said.
The 70-member core orchestra has an annual budget of about $1.8 million. Christiani said.
For more information, call 203-865-0831, ext. 10; or visit www.newhavensymphony.org.
On the road
In addition to the Quick Center holiday performance on Dec. 13, the orchestra's other concerts in Fairfield County are:
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Concert Hall, in partnership with the Fairfield County Chorale; featured works will be Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus."
Tickets are $30. 203-254-1333; www.fairfieldcountychorale.org.
Tickets are $35; call the SHU box office at 203-371-7908.
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