New Haven Sym’s “Amistad Remembrance” concert

Posted on: February 13, 2009

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will perform “Amistad Remembrance,” a concert honoring those who fought slavery, at Woolsey Hall in New Haven on February 26, under Music Director William Boughton. The program will feature Duke Ellington’s The River Suite, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto in G minor, with French violinist Philippe Graffin, and Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the New World—Daybreak of Freedom, narrated by WTNH News Channel 8 anchor Keith Kountz. Musicians from the Amistad Academy String Ensemble will perform alongside NHSO musicians in Marsha Chusmir Shapiro’s African Accents. Amistad Academy is a college-preparatory public charter school serving middle school students from New Haven; the 22-member string ensemble of seventh- and eighth-graders is led by Vesna Mehinovic. Since September, the youth ensemble has participated in music workshops led by Boughton and the NHSO string sections.