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International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Celebrate New Haven

Saturday • June 15 • 8:00 pm
New Haven Green 250 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511 United States

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and merriment at “Celebrate New Haven!” Experience the vibrant energy of our city as our new music director, Conductor Perry So, leads musicians from across the city and we fill the air with melodies. Get ready to dance under the stars at our free outdoor party!


New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Perry So, music director

Hillhouse Marching Band

David Southorn, NHSO Concertmaster (Principal Violin)

Hanan Hameen and the Juneteenth Coalition

Stylettes Drill Team Next Generation – Director: Ms. Shirley Banks
Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company – Director: Dr. Hanan Hameen  
Village Drill Team – Lead by: Tayvon Berryman  

Carly Callahan, vocalist

Cheri Brooks, actress & narrator

St. Lukes Steel Band

Joy Lu, erhu

Spanish Community of Wallingford Mariachi Band and Dancers

Our new music director Perry So will open his tenure with this free concert on the New Haven Green. His also currently serves as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, and has served as Associate Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Conducting Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Artistic Collaborator of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, and on the conducting faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. When he was a student at Yale University he founded an orchestra and led the undergraduate opera company, and went on to train as a conductor initially under James Sinclair and subsequently with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He has received First and Special Prizes at the International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, Russia.

This event is presented in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, whose mission is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven of the highest quality, with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience, celebrating and building community and advancing economic development.

Visit the International Festival of Arts & Ideas website to learn more about parking, access, venues, and to view their entire programming line-up for this year’s Festival!

Sponsored By

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

The Helen H. Roberts Trust

WSHU Public Radio


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