William Boughton, Music Director and Principal Conductor for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will be the guest speaker for the Fall Meeting of the Orange Arts and Culture Council at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, at the Case Memorial Library.
Since he assumed artistic leadership in 2007, the vision of the NHSO has widened. Considerably. He has reached out geographically and musically, with the orchestra playing at venues other than Woolsey Hall and presenting innovative programming choices, as well as more traditional choices. In 2008, NHSO was one of seven orchestras chosen to participate in the highly competitive League of American Orchestras’ Institutional Vision Program.
In 2009, the orchestra was featured in the Mira Max film “Everybody’s Fine”, starring Robert De Niro. The first commercial recording made by the NHSO in thirty years was completed in 2010, a CD of the music of William Walton on the Nimbus (London) label, which was recognized as a “Critic’s Choice” by Gramaphone Magazine. Also in 2010, NHSO received an award for Adventurous Programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Maestro Boughton, among his many public appearances, has presented two series for ILR, The Institute for Learning in Retirement, well received by all. Seating will be limited at the Library. Call for reservations at 203-795-3127 or 203-314-2704.
The OACC was founded in 2006 to maintain, to nurture and to promote the arts in our town and in our region. Bringing artists of William Boughton’s stature is important in achieving this goal. Other activities of the OACC have concluded Annual Youth Concerts, adult musical performances, children’s programs, trips to museums in New York and Boston, art exhibits, the establishment of The Gallery at Town Hall and the Build a Better Birdhouse event at the Agricultural Fair.
The OACC also has, with the support of local business and civic groups, as well as individuals, provided free bus transportation to NHSO concerts at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The group plans to provide trips to selected concerts this season, but would like to expand the program to cover all of the concerts.
To contribute to this program that has proven to be successful and valuable to Orange concertgoers, contact OACC President Pat Miller at 203-397-8915.