NHSO to Premiere Lash/Voynich Symphony Under the Baton of William Boughton May 4

Tuesday • April 4, 2017

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra(NHSO) will present works by, Dvorak, Sibelius & Lash on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30pm in Woolsey Hall. Led by NHSO music director William Boughton, the program will feature the culmination of the NHSO’s two year Lash/Voynich project with the world premiere of Hannah Lash’s Voynich Symphony. The program will also include Dvorak’s In Nature’s Realm, and Sibelius’ passionate Violin Concerto in D minor,featuring violinist Chad Hoopes.

NHSO music director William Boughton says, “The exciting and engaging two year journey through Hannah’s Voynich Symphony has come to its conclusion and we are now able to give birth to the complete work in our final concert of the Season. We have gotten to know its characteristics and personality through the individual movements but now the growth of the ‘baby’ is complete and we can take the complete musical and spiritual path of its journey into adulthood… We offer this wonderful Symphony to the world and hope it takes its place in the musical canon.”

The Lash/Voynich project is the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s two-year collaboration with Hannah Lash, the NHSO’s Composer-in-Residence. The Voynich Symphony, is based on the mysterious Voynich Manuscript housed in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Each of the movements are inspired by different images or themes that appear in the manuscript. The first two movements, “Herbal” and “Astronomical”, were premiered during the 2015-2016 season and the third movement, “Biological”, was premiered in September 2016. The project will culminate with the world premiere of the full work, including the fourth movement, “Cosmological”, on May 4. For more information about the Lash/Voynich project please visitwww.NewHavenSymphony.org/in-the-community/lash-voynich-project.

22 year old American violinist Chad Hoopes appears regularly in concert halls throughout the world. Upcoming and recent engagements include a number of celebrated debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and performances at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, where he received the prestigious audience award. He was also recently appointment as Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence, a position that was created specifically for him.  A member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two Program, Chad has performed extensively with the ensemble at Lincoln Center and throughout the USA and Europe. His debut CD with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014 to great critical acclaim. In 2018 he will make his solo recital debut at Lincoln Center.

Tickets: Adult tickets are $15 – $74. College student tickets are $10 and KidTix (children ages 7-17) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Blue Star tickets for active military personnel and their immediate family are free. For tickets and information call 203.865.0831 x20 or visit www.NewHavenSymphony.org.

Pre-Concert Activities:

Symphony Supper: Indulge in a delicious Symphony Supper with other music lovers at Roia Restaurant and Café prior to the performance. Visit NewHavenSymphony.org or call 203.865.0831 x20 and to book your reservation.

Prelude: Join the NHSO for an intriguing free pre-concert discussion led by Dr. Hannah Lash, NHSO Composer-in-Residence/Yale School of Music Composition Faculty, from 6:30-7:00pm the night of the concert. The discussion will be held in the Beinecke Library, which is located behind Woolsey Hall on Wall Street. There will be directional signs posted on the sidewalk.

Dvorak, Sibelius & Lash is co-sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. Sponsors of the Lash/Voynich Project include Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, The Amphion Foundation and Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. The concert media sponsor is WSHU. The Classics Series media sponsor is the New Haven Register. KidTix and Blue Star Tix are sponsored by Frontier Communications.