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Alasdair Neale Conducts Opening Night

Thursday • September 26, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Alasdair Neale’s debut concert celebrates classical music’s legacy while ushering in its next generation. The soaring, luscious melodies of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony will pair with Michael Abels’s (soundtrack composer for Get Out and Us) Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, Delights and Dances. The concert will open with the Star Spangled Banner, along with Jessie Montgomery’s Banner, her tribute to the tradition and contradictions of the U.S. national anthem. The Catalyst Quartet, described by the NY Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished,” combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary music.

RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2
TRADITIONAL Star Spangled Banner
ABELS Delights and Dances

Alasdair Neale music director
Catalyst String Quartet:
Alex Gonzalez, violin | Karla Donehew-Perez, violin
Paul Laraia, viola | Karlos Rodriguez, cello


Tickets: $15 – $74; KidTix Free with Adult; College Students $10

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Tickets, when purchased in a 4-concert package: $14 – $67; KidTix Free with Adult; plus free parking

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This concert is School Night at the Symphony, an annual traditional where the NHSO invites all K-12 students, teachers, staff, and their families to attend a Classics Series concert free of charge. Click here to learn more.

Please note that Woolsey Hall is under construction. The second balcony is not available and the bathrooms have been relocated to another area of the building.

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Catalyst String Quartet/String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1

Philadelphia Orchestra/Rachmaninov’s Second

Catalyst String Quartet/Banner

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra/Delights & Dances

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Thursday • September 26, 2019
7:30 pm
$15 – $74
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Woolsey Hall
500 College St
New Haven, CT 06511 United States
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