With this edition of The Arts Paper, we offer New Haven audiences a preview of how several local performing arts organizations will kick off their seasons.
As I wrote in one of our feature stories, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will welcome back to Woolsey Hall an ascendant violinist named Chad Hoopes, who thrilled concertgoers two years ago with his turn at the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major. The NHSO’s opening-night concert on October 3 will also feature Rex Tremendae Majestratis, a fanfare for organ, brass, and percussion, by composer and Yale School of Music faculty member Christopher Theofanidis, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
Amanda May, the Arts Council’s outgoing communications manager, interviewed Gordon Edelstein, Long Wharf Theatre’s artistic director, about the organization’s season-opening production of The Underpants, a work by Carl Sternheim adapted by writer-actor-comedian Steve Martin. Amanda also talked with Mark Rucker and René Augesen about the Yale Repertory Theatre’s first-ever production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which Rucker will direct and Augesen will star in (as Blanche DuBois), alongside Joe Manganiello (as Stanley Kowalski).
This month, Hank Hoffman contributed a profile of Edward Bolkovac, the director of the New Haven Chorale and a member of the Hartt School’s faculty, who explains his passion for making music thus: “You have to have a burning desire to communicate with people—the people you’re working with and the potential audience.”
This edition of The Arts Paper also includes a commentary I wrote about Beware of Mr. Baker, a recently released documentary about drummer Ginger Baker, whose work with Cream and Blind Faith inspired all the generations that followed.
With the October issue of The Arts Paper we’ll celebrate the 16th presentation of City-Wide Open Studios and the people —at Artspace and in studios throughout the city—who make it such a beloved annual event. When you’re done reading this edition and are waiting for the October issue, please remember to recycle.
And please join us in thanking Amanda May for the outstanding work she did for the Arts Council over the past two years. We wish her all the best.
David Brensilver, editor
The Arts Paper