ARTS & IDEAS INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE WORKERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY IN THE “ARTS FOR LABOR” WEEKEND PROGRAMMING SUITE WITH BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, HAROLYN BLACKWELL, DURAND BERNARR, PACO GODOY AND KENNEDMINISATION, THE ADMINISATION
Full Orchestra Return Announces Tribute to Frontline Workers with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Harolyn Blackwell; Sunday concert uplifts New Haven talent including poetry, dance and song
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas unveils a series of Labor Day programs on New Haven Green. September 4 includes a concert with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra featuring soprano Harolyn Blackwell and Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, and the September 5 Sunday Vibe series will feature five hours of concerts featuring Connecticut artist Josh Brown , Darlene Kascak, Team Leggoo and Mulan Dance Ensemble. The concert will also feature Paco Godoy, the Kennedy administration and Durand Bernarr.
Festival General Manager Shelley Quiala is delighted to continue programming after the usual June Festival. “We are delighted to celebrate the joy, the imagination and the reconnection as we enter the 2021-2022 academic season.” She is especially excited to uplift the workers who carried our communities through the pandemic. “We are partnering with NHSO and their formidable guest artists to take a moment to recognize and honor this work, both over the past year and every year. And we look forward to welcoming artists and audiences – from Connecticut and beyond – green again. ”
Saturday 4 September • 6 p.m. Graduation ceremony • 7 p.m. Concert
Presented in partnership with the NHSO, this evening concert will feature Music Director Alasdair Neale who will lead the orchestra’s first full appearance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadway Power Brian Stokes Mitchell and famed soprano Harolyn Blackwell will star on songs including The Impossible Dream, Feelin ‘Good, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, West Side Story’s “Somewhere”, “Wheels of a Dream “by Ragtime, and” It Ain’t Necessarily So “by Porgy & Bess.
Other highlights from the concert include excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Valerie Coleman’s Fanfare for Uncommon Times. The program will include guest performances by cellist Johnathan Moore and other guest instrumentalists to be announced. The concert will conclude with a citywide performance of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing with the full audience as well as vocal ensembles and special guest soloists.
The evening will begin with a graduation ceremony for students who have completed the Arts & Ideas 2021 Scholarship Program and the Arts & Ideas Summer Intensive Program, honoring their hard work and achievements throughout the spring and summer. .
The Festival will also participate in the annual Black Lives Matter New Haven Backpack Drive to further support teachers and students for the 2021-2022 school year.
Sunday September 5 • 4 p.m.
Sunday Vibe, a five-hour concert featuring emerging artists from here and elsewhere, will be hosted by New Haven-based entrepreneur-salsera, Alisa Bowens-Mercado and Omaha-based spoken word poet, WithLove , Felicia, established artists from Connecticut and New Haven. So far for the event include poets Darlene Kascak and Josh Brown, dance groups Team Leggoo and Mulan Dance Ensemble. Coming from further afield, genre singer Durand Bernarr, R&B group the Kennedy Administration, and Ecuadorian accordionist, pianist and composer Paco Godoy and his band will end the evening.
The festival’s director of programming and community impact, Malakhi Eason, underlines the festive nature of the weekend. “We wanted to find a way to give back to the community outside of our normal June programming and in particular to honor populations who have been underserved and who have worked throughout the pandemic. Essential workers are everywhere, from schools to grocery stores to hospitals and restaurants. We pay homage to them through art, music, dance and poetry. ”