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Harlem Renaissance: Orchestral Voices

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Saturday • April 13 • 3:00 pm
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts 501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut (CT) 06515

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This high-energy program celebrates the orchestral music written by Black composers and performers at the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Music

Duke Ellington
Black, Brown & Beige • Solitude

Margaret Bonds
I Got a Home in that RockYou Can Tell the World

William Grant Still
Afro American Symphony

James P. Johnson
Drums • Yamekraw

Carlos Simon

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, Conductor & Principal Pops Director
Christian Sands, piano
Lisa Williamson, soprano

New Haven native Christian Sands has five Grammy Award nominations under his belt, including best Latin jazz piano solo. Wynton Marsalis named him a “jazz star of the future,” and Sands spent six years as the pianist in Christian McBride’s trio and Inside Straight Quartet. Sands’ stylistic range includes stride piano, swing, be-bop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. In 2016, he was signed to the prestigious Mack Avenue Records label. His debut CD, “REACH,” was released in 2017, holding down the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Jazz Albums Chart for four weeks. This young Steinway Artis is taking his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force.

Described by the Washington Post as “silvery of voice” and “a showstopper” for her recent performances with Washington National Opera as The Rose in The Little Prince and The Flamingo in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, soprano Lisa Williamson is a versatile singer who has forged a diverse career that has taken her around the world from Muscat, Oman to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Indianapolis Brickyard.




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  • Ticket Information


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    Tickets to this concert range in price from $15-69 for adults.
    Kids under 18 go free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
    College Students are $10 with ID.
    Tickets for active military are free with ID.
    Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount. Call us at (203) 693-1486 or email BoxOffice@LongWharf.orgto book your group.

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  • Explore the Music

    Music on the Program

    Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown & Beige

    Duke Ellington’s Solitude

    Carlos Simon’s Amen!

    William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony

    James P. Johnson’s Drums

    James P. Johnson’s Yamekraw


    Hear the Guest Soloist

    Pianist Christian Sands Plays Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”

    Soprano Lisa Williamson sings Florence Price’s Sympathy

  • 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.

    Large Print Programs

    Large print programs are available at all of our concerts and can be acquired from a staff member or usher.

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