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Opening Night: Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

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Thursday • September 28, 2023 • 7:30 pm
Woolsey Hall 500 College St
New Haven, CT 06511 United States

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The orchestra plays on the stage at Woolsey Hall. The Hall is in shadows, and the golden organ pipes rise over the orchestra creating a moody and dynamic scene.

The season begins with a triumphant return to Woolsey Hall, celebrated with Saint-Saëns’s vibrant and joyful “Organ” Symphony and Joyce Yang performs Tchaikovsky’s bombastic First Piano Concerto.

The Music

Anna Clyne

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1

Camille Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3 (“Organ” Symphony)

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Alasdair Neale, Conductor & Music Director
Joyce Yang, guest piano soloist
Nathaniel Gumbs, guest organist

Joyce Yang, piano soloist for NHSO, walking with her purse and looking directly at the camera.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post), pianist Joyce Yang first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at age 19. Since then, she has performed with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and many more. Ms. Yang received the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant and earned her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich.


Nathaniel Gumbs, solo organist, sits and looks into the camera.

Concert organist and ISM graduate Nathaniel Gumbs has performed at many venues in the U.S.A. and abroad. He is Director of Chapel Music at Yale University where he coordinates music for three worshiping communities: the University Church in Battell Chapel, and at Yale Divinity School in both Marquand Chapel and Berkeley Divinity School. In 2017, The Diapason magazine recognized Gumbs as one of 20 outstanding organists under 30 for his achievement in organ performance and church music. In 2018, Gumbs curated the opening Hymn Festival (Singing Diverse Music in The New Church) for the Hymn Society’s annual conference. 



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  • Ticket Information

     Buy Tickets

    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.

    Save 20% on tickets when you subscribe to 4 concerts this season! To get the 20% discount, click here to purchase your tickets to this concert as part of a subscription package. You can also build your own shopping cart with tickets to any 4 concerts and the discount will be applied at checkout.

    Are you already a subscriber? Your 20% discount to this concert will be automatically added at checkout.

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    Our box office is standing by and happy to assist you! Purchase tickets to this concert or a subscription over the phone by calling (203) 693-1486 Monday-Friday from 12-5pm.

    All artists, programs, and venues are subject to change. No refunds.

  • Explore the Music

    Music on the Program

    Anna Clyne’s Masquerade performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by The Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie with pianist Anna Fedorova

    Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No 3. (“Organ” Symphony) performed by Orchestre de Paris

    Hear the Guest Soloists

    Pianist Joyce Yang performs Rachmaninoff-Wild’s “Vocalise”

    Pianist Joyce Yang performs George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love”

    Organist Nathaniel Gumbs plays Great Organ Music at Yale

  • Parking

    Grove Street Garage
    Located at 65 Grove Street, the Grove Street Garage is the recommended parking options for NHSO concerts at Woolsey Hall. It is located 2 blocks southwest of Woolsey Hall.

    • Advance spot reservation online: $10
      –> Click Here to Book Your Parking in Advance. <–
    • Parking cost at the concert without advance reservation: $4 per hour
    • Members who donate $300 or more annually receive complimentary parking at the Grove Street Garage for NHSO concerts and can pick up their parking validation at the Member Table at the concert. Qualifying Members will receive an email with more information.
    • The NHSO provides a FREE, wheelchair accessibile shuttle bus that runs on a continuous loop between Woolsey Hall and the Garage beginning at 6:15pm.

    Valet Parking
    A limited number of valet parking spots are available for this performance. Valet parking costs $30 and must be reserved in advance. Click here to purchase reserved valet parking to this performance.

    Street Parking
    Street parking can be found in the downtown area surrounding Woolsey Hall. Parking rates and rules apply. Visit our friends at Park New Haven to learn more. 

    Passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the entrance to Woolsey Hall but parking is prohibited in this area.

    Public Transportation
    Woolsey Hall is accessible from bus lines 224, 234, and 278. Click here to plan your trip with CT Transit. 

    Do you have questions about parking and accessibility? Please call the box office at (203) 693-1486 or email Access@NewHavenSymphony.org. 

  • Accessibility

    Door Access

    Woolsey Hall is not equipped with automatic doors. There is push-button access on the wheelchair ramp on the Grove Street entrance of the rotunda. There is also push button access on the back entrance to Schwarzman Hall for those who may be entering through Hewitt Quadrangle.

    Seating Options

    Wheelchair accessible seating is available on the first floor of Woolsey Hall. These seats have space considerations for wheelchairs or service animals. There is also companion seating available. If you are in need of mobility considerations with regard to seating, inquire about these options when contacting the box office.


    Street Parking

    Woolsey Hall is surrounded by metered street parking. Paid street parking in the Woolsey Hall area is available on Grove, College, and Wall Streets, and is free after 9:00 pm. We recommend that you download the GoNewHaven parking app for easy meter pay – no quarters necessary!

    Information about Garage Parking is coming soon!

    Directly outside of Woolsey, there is one (1) ADA spot on Grove Street, three (3) ADA spots on College Street, and one (1) space on Wall Street.

    Public Transportation

    There are several bus lines that service the Schwarzman Center and the downtown New Haven area. The 224, 234, and 278 have a stop on College Street right outside of the Schwarzman Center. The 212, 213, 215, 224, 228, 229, and 234 service the stop at Temple Street and Grove Street, one block from the venue. Riders on lines 237, 238, 241, 243, 246, 254, 255, and 261 can deboard at the top of the New Haven Green at Temple Street and Elm Street. The 204, 206, 223, and 274 stop at Elm Street and Church Street.

    Click here to see a comprehensive map of the bus lines that service downtown New Haven.


    There are bathrooms in the basement of the Schwarzman Center as well as on Floor and 3. Each floor that has a bathroom has two multi-stall restrooms and a single-user restroom. Each multi-stall restroom has an ADA compliant stall, and each single–user restroom is also ADA compliant. The multi-stall 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 or visit the welcome table.

    Large Print Programs

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


    Elevators are located on the outer rotunda on the first floor of the Schwarzman Center. You can use the elevator to reach any floor of Woolsey Hall; however, please note that only the first floor offers wheelchair accessible seating.

    Lactation Room

    There is a lactation room in the basement of the Schwarzman Center.

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