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Sunday • November 19, 2023 • 3:00 pm
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts 501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut (CT) 06515

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A cellist pulls his bow across his instrument, seated and shown in profile. There is a blue cloud of smoke rising from his instrument as he plays with his head down.

NHSO audience favorite Joel Thompson (A Snowy Day, To Awaken the Sleeper) offers his poignant elegie in memory of Breonna Taylor for solo cello and orchestra. This concert will also include Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 and Mark Adamo’s Last Year with guest cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

From former NHSO Composer-in-Residence Daniel Bernard Roumain, whose piece “Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland” will open this program: Black women deserved more, continue to suffer, and continue to be victimized. I pledge to listen more, defend more, and call attention to their trauma, brilliance, and truth. What will you do?

The Music

Joel Thompson
breathe/burn (Premiere & Commission)

Florence Price
Symphony No. 1

Mark Adamo 
Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra

Daniel Bernard Roumain
Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland?

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Alasdair Neale, Conductor & Music Director
Jeffrey Zeigler, Guest Cello Soloist
Sun Queen, Poet, Artist & Activist

This is a headshot of guess cellist Jeffrey Ziegler, who is wearing a black shirt and looking right into the camera

Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most innovative and versatile cellists of our time. Following his eight year tenure as the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet, his work continues to push boundaries with a wide array of solo and collaborative projects. His most recent solo album, Houses of Zodiac, features music by Paola Prestini. Strings Magazine has described the album as “one of the greatest and most ambitious solo cello albums of all time”.Upcoming highlights include being featured in a new opera, The Old Man and the Sea, directed by Karmina Silec with music by Prestini and libretto by Royce Vavrek. Zeigler will also give the world premier of Andy Akiho’s Cello Concerto in 2024. Jeffrey Zeigler is Assistant Professor of Chamber Music and Innovation at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Sun Queen (she/her) Sun is a poet, artist, activist and inspirational messenger based in New Haven, where she has lived all her life. In 2015, she co-founded Black Lives Matter New Haven (BLMNHV) to inspire and empower the community through advocacy, education, and community service. As an organizer, she has run annual backpack, back-to-school and winter coat drives, started a BLMNHV scholarship fund, led rallies and tied Black liberation to healing, collective care and communal artmaking. Sun’s work has been featured prominently in several exhibitions, testimonials, and media outlets, including Nasty Women Connecticut’s 2019 Complicit: Erasure of the Body and #MeToo Testimonials project, New Haven Register, Philadelphia Inquirer, Arts Paper, New Haven Independent, Yale Daily News, Hartford Courant and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. She has been a featured speaker for the Bereavement Care Network, Black Women’s March in Houston, Texas, and Elm City LIT Fest among others.


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    Tickets to this concert range in price from $15-69 for adults.
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  • Explore the Music

    Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1

    Mark Adamo’s Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra

    Cellist Jeffrey Ziegler performs Paola Prestini’s From the Bones to the Fossils

  • Accessibility

    Ramp & Door Access

    The Lyman Center is equipped with push-button access, outside as well as inside the main vestibule. There is a wheelchair ramp to the right of the stairs leading up to the doors nearest to the theater.

    Seating Options

    There are accessible seating options along the back row of the front sections. These seats have swing arms and space considerations for wheelchairs or service animals. There is also companion seating available. Please refer to the seating chart to find these seats or inquire about these options when contacting the box office or email access@newhavensymphony.org.


    Parking at the Lyman Center is complimentary for NHSO concerts. The parking lot is accessed from Crescent Street. There are ADA-reserved spaces near the entrance to the Lyman Center. Patrons are also encouraged to drop off and pick-up directly in front of the venue entrance.

    For additional convenience, valet parking is also available to purchase in advance. More information coming soon.

    Public Transportation

    There are stops on the 243 at Wintergreen Ave and Farnham Ave, at Fitch Street and Wintergreen Ave, and at Fitch Street and Crescent Street. Each stop is equidistant to the Lyman Center (about 0.3 miles). Guests may access the Lyman Center from Crescent Street or by using pedestrian walking paths opposite of Wintergreen Ave on Fitch Street. Both paths are wheelchair accessible.

    There is a pedestrian overpass that goes over Fitch Street near the Wintergreen Ave intersection. Please note that the Fitch Street entrance to the overpass has steps, but wheelchair users may access it on Wintergreen Ave. There is also a street-level crosswalk with curb cuts for those who get dropped off on Fitch Street.

    Click here for a comprehensive map of the 243 bus route.


    There are ground-level, gendered, multi-stall bathrooms on either side of the auditorium at the Lyman Center. The restrooms are labeled according to gender. We invite patrons to use whichever restroom best corresponds with their gender identity.

    Sensory Related Accommodations

    Sensory kits and earplugs are available at all of our concerts. Patrons can also request to borrow ear defenders for the duration of the concert. To obtain a pair, see a staff member.

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  • Valet Parking

    Parking at the Lyman Center is free for NHSO concerts. For additional convenience, valet parking is also available to purchase in advance. More information coming soon!

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