In partnership with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO), we're celebrating the end of summer Festival-style with a Concert on the Green featuring Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Brian Stokes Mitchell with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, soprano Harolyn Blackwell, and featured artists from greater New Haven.
The Concert on the Green will feature the powerhouse vocals of Stokes and Blackwell on songs including The Impossible Dream, Feelin’ Good, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, “Somewhere” from West Side Story, “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime, and “It Ain't Necessarily So” from Porgy & Bess. Other concert highlights will include excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Valerie Coleman’s Fanfare for Uncommon Times. The program will include guest performances by cellist Johnathan Moore and other guest instrumentalists to be announced. The concert will end with an all-city performance of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing with the entire audience as well as special guest vocal ensembles and soloists.
This concert will mark the NHSO’s first concert with the full orchestra since March 2020. NHSO Music Director Alasdair Neale says, “Following a year and a half of complete transformation as an organization, we are reemerging stronger, and with a new definition of what it means to be New Haven’s orchestra. This concert provides an example of what to expect from us in the future: more voices on stage, a broader spectrum of music, all brought to life with renewed commitment by the phenomenal musicians of the New Haven Symphony. This concert is our gift and our thank you to our entire community who have seen us through this past year, and in particular the frontline heroes and essential workers whose bravery and generosity have shepherded us all through this pandemic.”