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Awaken the Sleeper | Opening Night

Sunday • October 23 • 3:00 pm

Joel Thompson faces the camera smiling. He is a Black man and is wearing glasses and a purple collared shirt with a white patterned tie.

The Music

Joel Thompson
To Awaken the Sleeper (New England Premiere)

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905”

The NHSO’s residency at SCSU opens with Alasdair Neale conducting two powerful works offering mediation and action for the challenges of our current times. Composer-in-Residence Joel Thompson narrates the New England premiere of his setting of texts by iconic author James Baldwin in “To Awaken the Sleeper” and the NHSO plays Shostakovich’s ode to musical resistance with Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905.”

Joel Thompson says, “Given the sort of turmoil as it relates to race in our society, Baldwin’s writings were sort of a beacon for me, a source of comfort a way for me to focus my craft… In the world of classical music in which my identity is historically marginalized, having a space here where in which I can speak and be heard is very important, and Baldwin faced similar obstacles.”

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Alasdair Neale, Conductor & Music Director
Joel Thompson, Narrator & NHSO Composer-in-Residence


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Tickets to this concert range in price from $15-69 for adults; free for kids under 18 with the purchase of an adult ticket; and $10 for students or additional kid tickets.

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Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University


Sunday • October 23
3:00 pm
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Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut (CT) 06515
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