NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Symphony Orchestra received a $50,000 special designation
in the state budget that allows it to offer free admission for adults and
children to its 2016 and 2017 Family Concert Series, according to a release.
through the NHSO KidTix program children under
the age of 18 may attend all NHSO concerts free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult, the release said.
organizations such as the New Haven Symphony
Orchestra contribute tremendous public value to our communities, making
them vital and engaging places to live and work," NHSO Executive Director Elaine C. Carroll said, also in the release. "The NHSO enhances New
Haven’s reputation around the world through ASCAP Awards for Innovative
Programming, nationally recognized funding
from the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, rave
reviews in Gramophone Magazine for our latest album.
"The NHSO reaches
80,000 audience members each year and 30,000 children will benefit from
our 220 concerts and education programs which
are offered in conjunction with 42 Connecticut school districts," she said.
also noted, “We thank our local (state) Representatives, Patricia Dillon and
Toni Walker, for their tireless
advocacy of our programs to the Connecticut legislature and are proud
to offer free KidTix and Family Concert Series to local citizens.”
“I am excited to support NHSO and their community
programming. NHSO’s commitment
to providing access to the arts for all families regardless of income
is a noble endeavor," Dillon said in the release.."The Davis School series was a well-attended
success. I want to thank the Appropriation Committee chairs, Rep. Toni
Walker and Sen. Beth Bye, for their support.”
Also in the release:
NHSO Family Concert Series provides a lively introduction to the
orchestra through interactive
concerts designed just for children. Each January – March the NHSO
presents three Family Concerts at Davis Street School in New Haven and
Shelton Intermediate School. This year, the series’ theme will be “Once
Upon a Time”; NHSO ensembles will celebrate centuries
of fairy tales through music and finish "happily ever after" with a
beautiful lullaby sing along. Students are also encouraged to
participate in an Instrument Discovery Zone in the lobby before the
concerts where they can touch and play real orchestral instruments.
To learn more, visit NewHavenSymphony.org/Family."
(KidTix must be purchased by phone by calling the NHSO box office at 203.865.0831 x20. The KidTix corporate sponsor is Frontier Communications.
In 2015 – 2016, its 122nd
season in operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra continues
to fulfill its mission of increasing the impact and value of orchestral
music for its audiences through high quality, affordable performances
and educational programming. The NHSO presents more than 55 concerts per
season throughout the region and reaches
more than 30,000 students through its award-winning educational and
community programming. For more information, visit NewHavenSymphony.org.
Top, NHSO performing at the Shubert Theater with NHSO music
director William Boughton conducting and the audience at an
NHSO Family Concert program performed at Davis Street School in New
Haven on Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Joe Crawford.