Chelsea Tipton To Lead NHSO in Christmas Carols and Season Favorites

Tuesday • December 1, 2015

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will “Deck the Halls” of concert venues across Connecticut with Christmas carols and seasonal favorites at the 2015 Holiday Extravaganza Saturday, December 12 at 2:30pm at Hamden Middle School; Sunday, December 13 at 3:00pm at Shelton Intermediate School; Thursday, December 17 at 7:30pm at Woolsey Hall in New Haven; and Sunday, December 20 at 3:00pm at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School. NHSO Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton will lead the NHSO and guest baritone soloist Joshua Jeremiah in all four performances.

The Christmas season has inspired composers for centuries; this festive concert program will include excerpts from classical Christmas works including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve. The program will also include such contemporary holiday favorites as Sleigh Ride, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, and a Christmas Carol sing-along.

Once again the NHSO will be partnering with the Community Soup Kitchen (CSK) to help feed the hungry this holiday season. Proceeds from the December 17 performance at Woolsey Hall will be donated to CSK. Additionally, the NHSO will host a special symphony supper at Anna Liffey’s in downtown New Haven prior to the December 17 concert. Dinner is $40 and all proceeds will be donated to CSK. Reservations can be made by emailing

Editors Please Note: The NHSO has received notice from the North Pole that Santa Claus will be in the lobby at both the Thursday, December 17 performance at Woolsey Hall and the Sunday, December 20 performance at Middletown High School. Mr. Claus, a huge classical music fan, says, “It has been my experience that children who attend Symphony concerts are almost never on my naughty list!”

American conductor Chelsea Tipton, II has won over audiences and critics alike with his vibrant musicality, accessibility, versatility and extraordinary commitment to education. As a sought after guest conductor, Chelsea has appeared with numerous major orchestras in the U.S., including Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburg, Houston and Atlanta, among others. During the summer of 2011, he was part of an extensive European tour with pop artist Sting that took him to 15 countries with 19 different European orchestras.

December 12, 13 & 20: Single Tickets range from $35 – $49.
December 17: Single Tickets range from $15 – $74.
For all performances: Student tickets are $10 with ID. KidTix (children ages 7-17) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Blue Star Tickets for active military personnel and their immediate families are free. To purchase tickets or for more information contact the NHSO Box Office at 203.865.0831 x20 or visit

The December 17 Exclusive Concert sponsor is Knights of Columbus. The 2015-2016 Hamden Pops Series is sponsored by Whitney Center. The Hamden Pops Series media sponsor is WQUN. The 2015- 2016 Shelton Pops Series is sponsored by RD Scinto, Inc. The Classics Series media sponsor is the New Haven Register. KidTix and Blue Star Tickets are sponsored by Frontier Communications.