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Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Haven Symphony Orchestra to hold free concert with Dianne Reeves

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will join the International Festival of Arts & Ideas lineup this summer for a free concert with jazz empress Dianne Reeves at 7 p.m. June 21 on the New Haven Green, according to a release. 

 "Under the baton of Maestro William Boughton, the NHSO, which was recently cited by The New York Times as 'sophisticated and versatile,' will back Dianne Reeves in a program featuring jazzy renditions of American songbook standards," the release said.

"From George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” to selections from Duke Ellington’s The River Suite, Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and the George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Birdland,” this relaxed summer evening concert will be packed with crowd favorites! "

Reeves "will wow audiences with her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B style," the release said.. "A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” 

Also, the NHSO will hold an Instrument Discovery Zone for kids of all ages to try playing instruments of the orchestra at 5 p.m., the release said..  Music Haven and the NHSO hold a city-wide play-in on the Green at 6 p.m., the release said.

Visit the International Festival of Arts & Ideas website, for more details. "Grab the family and a picnic basket and join us downtown for an unforgettable summer evening."

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