New Haven Symphony responds to Sandy Hook with “A Concert to Heal”

Posted on: January 9, 2013

In Tuesday’s (1/8) New Haven Register (Connecticut), Donna Doherty writes, “The New Haven Symphony Orchestra had a concert to perform the evening of Dec. 14, not too many hours after the shooting rampage that left 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School children and six faculty dead. It changed its programming to open with a piece dedicated to the victims. But it left them wanting to do more. Sunday, five of the symphony’s best musicians will get that chance when they donate their talents to A Concert to Heal.” Longtime NHSO board member James T. Morley helped organize the free concert. “The musicians are violinist and assistant concertmaster Artemis Simerson, principal violist Marvin Warshaw, principal cellist Rebecca Patterson, principal oboist Olav van Hezewijk and principal bassoonist Cynde Iverson, who has handled most of the artist logistics. Iverson says the Newtown tragedy ‘hit really hard. I really felt sort of paralyzed about what had happened. I had lost my husband suddenly in 2006, so I knew what it felt like to in one moment have a loved one and another moment, not. I also knew the power of music, so I really felt strongly about trying to do something, and I know other musicians felt the same way.’ … They will play the allegro of [Mozart’s] Oboe Quartet, and the first and third movements of the Duo in B flat major for bassoon and cello.”

Posted January 9, 2013