Opening Night at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Monday • August 31, 2009


Nicole Gallego
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
(203) 865-0831, ext. 21


New Haven, CT August 31st, 2009: Join the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Music Director William Boughton for the opening concert of the 2009-10 season, Celebrate 116, Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:30pm, Woolsey Hall, New Haven. Witness the artistic mastery of internationally renowned violinist and Connecticut native Kurt Nikkanen, who will join the NHSO in recording Walton’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, and Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. Encore Performance: Wednesday, September 23, 7:00pm, New Canaan High School.

Kurt Nikkanen retains an impressive performance resume for more than two decades. Born in Hartford, he began his violin studies at the age of three and at twelve he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso with the New York Symphony. Two years later he was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform the Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Nikkanen regularly receives invitations from leading orchestras and recital presenters in the USA and Europe and has toured Japan and the Far East. In North America he has appeared with the Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra and in Europe with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic.

The live recording is the second part of the NHSO first CD recording in nearly 30 years. The Walton Recording is a 3-CD recording project featuring Walton’s symphonic works and concertos utilizing original manuscripts accessed through Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The first CD, scheduled for international release in Spring 2010 under international record label Nimbus Records, includes Walton’s Symphony No. 1 (recorded May 2009) and his Violin Concerto, to be recorded live at the NHSO’s opening night concert.

Celebrate 116! is sponsored by: AT&T, Whitney Center, Webster Bank, and the NHSO/ Walton Beinecke Project.

Season Subscriptions, beginning at just $60, or single tickets, ($10-65) can be purchased by contacting the NHSO Box Office at (203) 865-0831 or by visiting

New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate 116!
New Haven Symphony Orchestra with William Boughton, Music Director and Kurt Nikkanen, Violin
Thursday, September 17, 2009; at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall, New Haven
Repeat: Wednesday, September 23, 2009; at 7:00pm at New Canaan High School
Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, Walton’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C, Op 21, Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz.
Ticket Prices: $10-65
Subscription: $60-370
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the NHSO Box Office at (203) 865-0831 or by visiting

All programs subject to change without notice.

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