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Blachly Conducts Dawson & Beethoven

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Sunday • April 16, 2023 • 3:00 pm
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts 501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut (CT) 06515

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James stands in front of a wooden paneled backdrop. He is wearing a black suit and tie with a white collared shirt and his is smiling pleasantly at the camera.

The Music

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto

William Levi Dawson
Negro Folk Symphony

Jessie Montgomery
Soul Force

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
James Blachly, Music Director Candidate
Simone Porter, violin soloist

James is wearing a black suit with a white shirt and black tie. He is standing facing the camera, smiling, and is holding a conducting baton between his hands. He is in front of a multi-colored painting on a brick wall.James Blachly is a Grammy-winning conductor dedicated to enriching the concert experience by connecting with audiences in memorable and meaningful ways. James Blachly serves as Music Director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and of the Experiential Orchestra, and is a versatile guest conductor in diverse repertoire with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. He has served as Ensemble Director for the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program, and was instrumental in launching what is now Make Music NOLA, a thriving El Sistema-Inspired program in New Orleans.


Simone is standing in front of a grey backdrop and holds her violin loosely in her left hand, resting on her left shoulder. She is wearing a fabulous black dress with a black belt with a metal buckle.Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, interpretive integrity, and vibrant communication. In the past few years she has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and with a number of renowned conductors, including Stéphane Denève, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. Born in 1996, Simone made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. In March 2015, Simone was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.



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  • Prelude: Pre-Concert Talk

    Sunday, April 16
    2:00pm • Earl Hall

    Join us for a free 30-minute educational “prelude” before the concert. These engaging lectures and conversations cover the repertoire, composer insights, and secrets from soloists. Please join us for this FREE learning opportunity!

    This Prelude will be led by music director candidate James Blachly. It will be held in Earl Hall, located in the building directly behind the Lyman Center.

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