“An 80th anniversary. Some Copland music. A theme of social justice. A world-renowned soprano and a more-comfy venue … The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Thursday concert at Lyman Center brings a lot to ponder,” writes Joe Amarante in Friday’s (3/29) New Haven Register (CT). “Led by outgoing maestro William Boughton, the NHSO will mark the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial with … Aaron Copland’s ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ ‘Down a Country Lane,’ ‘John Henry’ and ‘Letter From Home,’ Joseph Schwantner’s ‘New Morning for the World,’ violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain’s ‘Hip-Hop Essay Part 1—Dance’ … … and Tobias Picker’s ‘Old and Lost Rivers.’ [Soprano] Harolyn Blackwell … will narrate Schwantner’s ‘New Morning for the World’ and Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ and sing ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’ … As [Marian] Anderson did previously, Blackwell will alter the lyrics ‘Of thee I sing’ in ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’ … The program’s ‘Songs from the Underground Railroad’ is an arrangement by Joel A. Martin that the NHSO commissioned and premiered in April 2016…. It will feature soprano soloist Kristen Renee Young and the New Haven All-City Student Orchestra, and visual artist Elliott Forrest.”

Posted April 1, 2019

In photo: On April 4, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will mark the 80th anniversary of contralto Marian Anderson’s historic recital at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.