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NHSO Perform for 12,000 to Close out A&I Festival

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Jun 27, 2016

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (New Haven, CT), performing alongside the New York-based Cirque Mechanics, closed out the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (A&I) for 12,000 people at New Haven Green. A&I is a 16-day festival in New Haven that takes place every June, presenting performing arts, lectures, and conversations in the city’s public spaces.

According to the New Haven Independent, “in a dazzling dovetail of classical and contemporary, formal and flamboyant, local and not, the NHSO and New York-based Cirque Mechanics closed out this year’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas Saturday night doing what the symphony perhaps do best: Having a ton of fun with music, and bringing it back to the public.”

The NHSO performed classical pieces as the Cirque Mechanics climbed, spun, hung, and juggled around the conductor. Led by Music Director William Boughton, who, according to the Independent, has “rendered so sacred and necessary the accessibility of music,” the NHSO played whimsical compositions to match the fantastical elements of the acrobatics.

Read more about the performance here.

About New Haven Symphony Orchestra

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is the fourth-oldest continually-operating orchestra in America, founded in 1894 and incorporated in 1929. Since its inception, the NHSO has performed regularly in New Haven and across Connecticut, most of that time at Yale University’s historic Woolsey Hall. Conducted by Maestro William Boughton, the orchestra consists of 70 professional musicians, most of who live and work in the Greater New Haven area. The robust educational programming of the NHSO musically engages 34,000 children, adolescents, and their families through innovative programs and projects that meet the urgent need for curriculum-appropriate programming and cultural community opportunities.

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