The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Music Director William Boughton are proud to announce the concerts and programs for the 2017 – 2018 Concert Season.
Boughton says, “Whilst programming the NHSO’s 2017-2018 Season, I reflected on the different ‘paths’ that we each take in life and that our similarities are greater than our differences. The upcoming season features music from our many different cultures and diverse backgrounds. The pieces on each program will simultaneously emphasize our differences and bring us together through a wonderful potpourri of sound and performers. The 2017–2018 Season is my penultimate Season as the NHSO’s Music Director and during this year the Orchestra will be choosing my successor and the future ‘path’ of the NHSO. Join us!”
The 2017 – 2018 season will include concerts in New Haven at the Symphony’s traditional home in Woolsey Hall and – a new venue this season – the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University. The NHSO also will continue its regional pops series in Hamden at Hamden Middle School and Shelton at Shelton High School.
The NHSO has named the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio (B-U-C Trio) as the 2017-2018 Season Artists-in-Residence. The trio comprises pianist Michael Brown (who performs in Ani Kavafian’s Farewell Recital May 13, 2017), violinist Elena Urioste, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. Urioste and Canellakis will join Brown on the NHSO’s esteemed New Generation Artist roster, which features rising stars of classical music at the launch their international careers.
The members of the B-U-C Trio are some of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Winners, individually, of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions, they have performed in prestigious venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, and London’s Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls.
The trio will open the season with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and each artist will return to perform individual solos with the orchestra throughout the season. (See full calendar below for details.) In addition to performing with the NHSO, the trio will participate in community engagement activities as part of their residency.
Additional guest artists will include mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Connor Bogart, pianist Stewart Goodyear, and the Yale Glee Club.
In the spring of 2018 the NHSO will welcome the three finalists of its Music Director Search to each conduct one concert with programming of their design at Woolsey Hall: Alasdair Neale on February 15, Rebecca Miller on March 22, and David Amado on April 12.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s search process began in the Fall of 2015 with the formation of a search committee comprising NHSO Board Directors, musicians, and community leaders. After a rigorous screening process of more than 150 applicants from across the globe, the search committee has invited Mr. Amado, Ms. Miller, and Mr. Neale to rehearse and conduct the orchestra at one concert each during the 2017 – 2018 season. Throughout the audition process, the Search Committee will receive input from the orchestra’s musicians, audience members, community stakeholders, and administrative staff, and will announce the new music director in the summer of 2018. The new music director will begin their tenure with the orchestra’s 2019 – 2020 season.
In keeping with one of the orchestra’s key vision points, “the promotion of a wider appreciation of American music through commissions, performances, and educational programs in multiple venues that feature the rich diversity of cultural influences on American music,” the 2017-2018 season will celebrate the American tradition of American Musical Theater with three performances of Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls in Concert. With guest vocalists and the orchestra live onstage, Maestro Boughton will lead the NHSO in this celebrated comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway.
Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton, the Pops Series will continue to delight audiences in Hamden and Shelton with a tribute to two piano-playing Pops icons, Billy Joel and Elton John, and will celebrate the luck of the Irish at St. Patrick’s Pops on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The ever-popular Holiday Extravaganza returns to Woolsey Hall as well as Hamden and Shelton with Christmas carols and festive favorites, plus fan favorite Connor Bogart and a special guest visitor from the North Pole.
Tickets: Season Ticket subscription packages are on sale now and tickets to individual concerts will be available for purchase beginning August 1. An 8-concert subscription package to the Classics Series ranges in price from $104 – $480; a 4-concert subscription package to either Pops Series ranges in price from $125 – 149; and a “Pick 4” subscription – mix and match four programs across any series – ranges in price from $56 – $268. Subscription packages must be purchased over the phone by calling the NHSO Box Office at 203.865.0831 x.20 or by emailing BoxOffice@NewHavenSymphony.org. Tickets to individual concerts range in price from $15 – 74 and Kids go Free to all NHSO concerts with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Classics Series Concerts are sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Bank of America, Evergreen Woods, Murtha Cullina, Northwestern Mutual, Seabury at Home, and Town Fair Tire. The Hamden Pops Series is sponsored by the Whitney Center. The Shelton Pops Series is sponsored by R.D. Scinto. The NHSO receives additional sponsorship support from Suzio York Hill and the University of New Haven. Symphony Suppers are sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank. KidTix and Blue Star tickets are sponsored by Frontier Communications. The Classics Series media sponsor is the New Haven Register.