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New Haven Symphony Orchestra Annl Rpt 2012-13

New Haven Symphony Orchestra Annl Rpt 2012-13

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New Haven Symphony 2012-2013
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Annual Report
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra rst rehearsed in 1894 and gave
its inaugural concert in January 1895,
making it the fourth-oldest,
continually operating symphony orchestra in America.
 Since its inception, the NHSO has performed regularly around southern
Connecticut and its familiar home at Yale’s historic Woolsey Hall. The NHSO has also toured beyond the state including performances
at Carnegie Hall, given countless radio broadcasts, and made the world-premiere recording of the complete ve-movement version of
Mahler’s rst symphony. In addition to presenting traditional orchestral
repertoire, the NHSO has a long history of performing pops concerts throughout the state.
Conducted by its
Music Director, William Boughton
, the Symphony
consists of 70 professional musicians, most of who live and work in the Greater New Haven area.
The NHSO has garnered much critical acclaim in recent years as its
recordings of William Walton’s music won a
Critic’s Choiceaward
Gramophone Magazine
, its programming earned an ASCAP grant
recognizing “Adventuresome Programming,” and its community impact secured highly-competitive national grants.
Every great American city hosts an orchestra that bears its name and the
NHSO has proudly fullled this role for 120 years. We serve children as
they actively develop their sense of American cultural identity, families as they share their values with a new generation, and adults as they
embrace the opportunity to be active members in a cultural community.
We are privileged to provide rare and uplifting artistic opportunities to all citizens of Greater New Haven and beyond, through the talents of
professional musicians, internationally-distinguished guest artists, and
composers of the highest caliber.
The NHSO serves two large constituencies through our primary concert
series and our education programs.
Our concerts and broadcasts
benet approximately 80,000 adults
across Connecticut, while our robust
educational programming engages 34,000 students
The NHSO’s geographic reach touches
 42 towns throughout the
State of Connecticut
, from Norwalk in the southwest to Pomfret in the northeast, and from Norfolk in the northwest to Stonington in the southeast, serving 114,000 individuals cumulatively.
Burton Alter,
Tracey Scheer,
Vice President
Robert Santy,
Mario J. Zangari,
James AleriLourdes Maria AlvarezGordon AmbachLinda AstmannConstance BagleyMyrna BaskinRobert Blocker Richard Cella
Mathew Chow
Robert Eck Alden FerroEvelyn GardChristopher H. GetmanPaul HermesJohn P. KellyRichard LoPrestiLogan LudwigJames T. Morley, Jr.Gloria Schaffer David E. SchancuppStephen SquintoCharles Warner 
 William Boughton,
Music Director 
 Elaine C. Carroll,
Executive Director 
 Laura Adam,
Education Director 
 Nikki Besitko,
Development Director 
 Helga Bowen,
Finance Manager 
 Lindsey Christiani,
Marketing Manager 
 Doug Harry,
Operations Manager 
 Aric Isaacs,
General Manager 
 James Roberts,
Database Assistant
 Daniel Siepmann,
Development Assoc.
 Marvin Warshaw,
Personnel Manager 
The enduring Vision of the NHSO is to celebrate our classical heritage, enriched with new American compositions, through expanded opportunities for orchestral performance and music education.
Your New Haven Symphony
Orchestra’s 2012-2013 concert
season was both innovative and
challenging. We successfully advanced the Symphony’s institutional vision to perform and support American music
and composers. First, the NHSO presented the world premiere of
David Stock’s virtuosic double
Taking Sides
 for two violins, performed by the acclaimed sisters Ani and Ida Kavaan. The subsequent
concert featured Christopher Theofanidis’s
This dream, strange and moving
 alongside Edward MacDowell’s
Piano Concerto No. 2
 played by brilliant young pianist
Michael Brown. Our always-memorable “School Night at
the Symphony” brought two new partnerships together to
perform Carl Orff’s
Carmina Burana
: the Western Connecticut
State University Choir and the Faireld County Chorale, with
soloists Amanda Hall, Joshua Kohl, and Michael Mayes.
The Symphony eagerly re-engaged with the NHSO/Beinecke
Rare Book & Manuscript Library collaboration known as
the “William Walton Project” after a two-year hiatus. This
groundbreaking endeavor explores the creative life of English
composer William Walton through concerts, lectures, and
recordings, accomplished through the unique assets of
both organizations.
The 2012-2013 season featured a performance and recording
of both the
Viola Concerto
 with soloist Roberto Diaz and the lm music piece
Spitfre Prelude & Fugue
. These works will be coupled on a forthcoming album with the
Symphony No. 2
Crown Imperial March
, to be performed in November
2013 and released in Spring 2014. Many conductors acknowledge the monumental challenge that Schumann symphonies pose for modern orchestras,
from the balancing of inner dynamics to issues of style,
articulation, and rhythmic ow. The NHSO performed the
Symphony No. 3, Rhenish
, superbly in both New Haven
and Guilford as part of a program that included Beethoven’s
Piano Concerto No. 1
with the masterful Yale Dean of
Music Robert Blocker as soloist. The season concluded
on an uplifting, spiritual note with two rare performances of
Edward Elgar’s
The Dream of Gerontius
 in New Haven and Hartford. The 2012-2013 season proved a most varied and rewarding experience for all, bringing many newcomers and
curious listeners to the Symphony family while welcoming
back those committed concert-goers who have been joining
us for generations.
William Boughton, Music Director 
It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the
generations of music lovers introduced
to the arts by your New Haven Symphony
Orchestra. Music education has always been central to our mission and in 2012-2013 alone, we reached 34,000 children
through the presentation of nearly 200
education events. Clarinetist Artie Shaw
recently reminisced about coming to Woolsey Hall for his rst orchestra
concert and leaving with the knowledge that he wanted to
become a musician. He is far from alone. Tens of thousands
of people know and love orchestral music directly through the NHSO’s commitment to education. In the coming 2013-2014
season, we encourage you introduce a child to the magic of music through the NHSO’s “KidTix” program, providing free
access to any NHSO event for listeners age 18 or under. We hope they will discover that, like Artie Shaw, they want music to be a part of their lives forever.Elaine Carroll, Executive Director 
The Board of your New Haven Symphony
Orchestra was ambitious and engaged
throughout the 2012-2013 season, constructing a five-year strategic
framework that will guide the Symphony
towards further stabilizing measures and capacity-building landmarks. The
Education Committee of the Board was
particularly immersed and featured a
group drawn from our musicians, public
school ofcials, Yale School of Music faculty, and the
community. Working hand-in-hand with the NHSO staff, the
committee shaped programs with remarkable breadth and depth, offered to area children through concerts, teaching, and musical literacy programs. The full Board’s dedication to sound governance was ably realized, strengthening the NHSO balance sheet and nancial position by signicantly
increasing the working capital reserve fund. I sincerely hope
you enjoy the stories told in this 2012-2013 Annual Report and I look forward to welcoming you back to Woolsey Hall in our 120
 season. Burton Alter, Board President

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