You’re invited to a gala celebration of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s 125th Anniversary Season. Founded in 1894, the NHSO is the 4th oldest orchestra in the United States and now performs annually for more than 35,000 people, including 17,000 children.
As part of this joyous celebration, the gala honors two exceptional community members: Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker and Ms. Linda Koch Lorimer, former Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University.
Walk back through time and experience each decade of the Symphony’s history, then join us in looking forward towards the future of music and music education. Enjoy live music, silent and live auctions, delicious food, and decadent desserts… all while supporting your New Haven Symphony’s legacy of artistic excellence, education, and innovation.
Throughout the history of the NHSO, the symphony has had a strong partner in Yale University. In its early years the NHSO was closely tied to Yale, drawing its conductors from the School of Music faculty and serving on occasion as a laboratory for Yale composers and performers. The University also offered financial and organizational support. In 1901, to commemorate the university’s bicentennial, Yale commissioned the construction of Woolsey Hall, which became the chief performance venue of the NHSO. To this day, our relationship remains strong and continues to reflect mutual respect and appreciation.
As the NHSO celebrates our 125th anniversary, we remember that Yale School of Music also celebrates the 125th anniversary of its establishment. In recognition of this, and of our long held partnership, we are proud to announce our 2019 gala honorees: Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University and Linda Koch Lorimer, Yale’s former vice president for global and strategic Initiatives. As longtime, significant supporters of the Symphony and the greater New Haven community, we are thrilled to celebrate these exceptional honorees.