Loading Events

Melodies & Mimosas Gala Brunch

Sunday • May 19 • 12:00 pm
WoodWinds 29 Schoolground Road
Branford, Connecticut 06405 United States

Purchase Tickets
Box Office    Season Tickets



Join us for Melodies and Mimosas

Decadent Brunch | Bottomless Mimosas | Live Music | Raffle | Wine Pull

**Valet Parking and VIP Reception with special wine tasting available to those with Benefactor tickets**

Wattles Awardee: Dr. Keith B. Churchwell

Quartet Honorees:

Artistic Excellence: Ani Kavafian | Education: New Haven Promise | Historic Impact: ARTE Inc. | Innovation: Honda Smith

Spring Garden Attire

The Melodies & Mimosas Gala Brunch is your Symphony’s largest fundraising event of the season. Come celebrate the Symphony along with outstanding community leaders and organizations who are uplifting our New Haven Community. Together, we will share an afternoon of live music, delicious food and drinks, and heartfelt appreciation for our community partners and friends.  Thank you for supporting your Symphony and helping us to make our communities more musical.



About the Wattles Award

The Wattles Award is the highest recognition given by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Named for Gurdon and Kathy Wattles, whose support and service have had a transformative impact on your Symphony, this award celebrates individuals and organizations making inspirational contributions to the Symphony and our community. We remember Gurdon Bayne Wattles (1935-2020) and salute his lifelong example of kindness, positive vision, and leadership.

  • 2024 Wattles Awardee: Dr. Keith B. Churchwell

    Headshot of Keith Churchwell in a brown and blue suit with a grey backgroundDr. Keith B. Churchwell has made an extraordinary impact on your Symphony and the New Haven community through his leadership and board service. Dr. Churchwell served as President of Yale New Haven Hospital/Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health for three years from 2020 – 2023. He has held the previous positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President and Executive Director for Heart & Vascular Services, Transplantation Services, and Clinical Service Coordinator for the Department of Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital here in New Haven.

    He sits on several local boards in the New Haven area including the New Haven Symphony Board (President), Columbus House, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. He previously served on the board of New England Donor Services from 2019-2021.

    Dr. Churchwell was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He spent his formative training years at Emory University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals, with a chief residency year at Grady Memorial Hospital, and completing a cardiology residency in 1994. He spent 12 years in private cardiology practice before joining Vanderbilt Medical School as a member of their full-time academic faculty in 2006 (he became a became a member of the clinical faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999).

    At Vanderbilt, Dr. Churchwell was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology and the Executive Director/Chief Medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute from 2009-2014. He currently serves on the National Board of the American Heart Association and is the former Chair of their National Advocacy Committee. He is the President-Elect for American Heart Association with his tenure beginning in July 2024.

  • 2024 Quartet Awardees

    Each year, the Symphony celebrates individuals and organizations have had remarkable impact on our community in the areas of Artistry, Education, History, and Innovation. Our 2024 awardees are Ani Kavafian for Artistry, New Haven Promise for Education, ARTE Inc. for History, and Honda Smith for Innovation. We salute these awardees for their significant and meaningful contributions to the Symphony and New Haven.


Skip to content