NHSO Engages Internationally Renowned Pianist Orli Shaham as Last-Minute Replacement for Gala Concert

Monday • November 7, 2022

Due to an injury, pianist Joyce Yang has had to withdraw from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s performance at SCSU’s Lyman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 11. Yang was scheduled to play Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto.

She has been replaced by Orli Shaham, who will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor. Lead by Music Director Alasdair Neale, the concert also will feature Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms and Ballade in A Minor by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. She has performed with most of the major orchestras in the United States and with many ensembles across five continents, given recitals on stages from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and appeared at music festivals around the world. Ms. Shaham is on faculty at The Juilliard School, and serves on the juries of both the Cliburn and Honens International Piano Competitions in 2022. She is a major presence on public radio coast to coast: she is Co-Host and Creative for NPR’s “From the Top”, and was host of “America’s Music Festivals,” and “Dial-a-Musician,” a radio feature series she created, all of which were broadcast nationally.

Prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert, the Symphony will host a pre-concert gala reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Adanti Student Center Ballroom on SCSU’s campus, which will include delicious food and drink catered by Black Rock Social House. At the reception, the NHSO will celebrate honoree organization The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and also will recognize individuals and organizations whose work exemplifies four pillar values of the Symphony: NHSO Composer-in-Residence Joel Thompson with the Artistry Award, SCSU Director of Community Engagement James W. Barber with the Education Award, notable New Haven philanthropists The English Family with the History Award, and nonprofit human services organization Marrakech, Inc. with the Innovation Award. Gala reception attendees will be invited to a post-concert champagne toast and chocolate tasting by Melt Chocolates in the lobby after the performance.

Concert tickets start at $15, with discounted prices for students. Concert tickets for kids under 18 are free with purchase of an adult ticket. A limited number of gala reception tickets are still available and start at $100 as a concert add-on. Click here for tickets or call the box office at (203) 693-1486.

This performance is sponsored by Yale New Haven Health, Valley Community Foundation, Southern Connecticut State University, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Town Fair Tire Foundation, Frontier, and the New Haven Register.

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