Jennifer's Top Five - Nov. 8

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? How about the end of the week? Arts Council Marketing Director Jennifer Gelband offers her top five arts picks for this week, going into next. These come from our member organizations and are also featured in The Arts Council's weekly newsletter. To subscribe to that, click here

Beethoven's Ninth | Nov. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Woolsey Hall

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Yale Glee Club for Beethoven’s exuberant and masterful Symphony No. 9, known best for its timeless “Ode to Joy." Also on the program is Johannes Brahms hauntingly beautiful Schicksalslied–Song of Destiny. Metropolitan Opera favorite Jennifer Johnson Cano makes her NHSO debut with Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody.

Tickets are $15-74 for adults; $10 students. Kids 17 & younger are free with adult ticket. More info here

Student Production of The Imaginary Invalid | Nov. 9-11, 2 & 7 p.m. | Theatre Arts Center at Quinnipiac University

The second student production at the new Theatre Arts Center at Quinnipiac University is The Imaginary Invalid by Molière. The new 1,300-square-foot, 100-seat center opened in August, and students staged their first sellout production of Doubt in October.

In the story, Argan, a wealthy but penny-pinching hypochondriac who is fed up with the exorbitant fees charged by his avaricious doctors, arranges for his daughter, Angelique, to marry the pretentious but cloddish Dr. Thomas Diafoirerhoea so he can have a lifetime of free medical care. Angelique, though, rebels because she’s in love with the handsome, dashing Clĕante. Fortunately, Toinette, Argan’s sharp-tongued and sharp-witted maid, together with Argan’s brother, Bĕralde comes up with a scheme to save the day.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 students, seniors, Quinnipiac faculty and staff.

Tickets & more info at Quinnipiac's website and or call 203.582.8652.

Neighborhood Music School's Free Faculty Concert | Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall. 

Professional musicians perform for free, what’s not to like! NMS invites the public to its free Faculty Concert Series, which kicks off with Musical Americana – A Veteran’s Day Tribute. 

Harmonia V Wind Quintet: Works include “Three American Perennials” by Rick Sowash and “Crescent City Suite” by Chris Brubeck. Featuring Jennifer Berman, flute (guest); Janet Rosen, oboe (faculty); Jim Forgey, clarinet (guest); Robert Hoyle, French horn (guest); Sue Zoellner-Cross, bassoon (faculty).

Fifth Annual "Soup for Good," Nov. 12 | 4:30-6:30 | Guilford Art Center. 

Enjoy a warm soup supper while supporting two great shoreline organizations -- Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room. 

The meal includes a bowl of hearty soup, bread, dessert, and glass of wine or sparkling water. Each guest gets to choose their own one-of-a-kind soup bowl, handcrafted by Guilford Art Center potters. (After slurping soup, bowls get a wash for guests to take home.)

After soup, guests are invited to The Shop at Guilford Art Center to visit Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays, the Center’s extraordinary annual sale of fine holiday arts and crafts. 

Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at door. More info: (203)453-5947 or

Annual Nonprofit Stars Align Awards | Nov. 16, 7:45-9:15 a.m. | Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford


This is next week, but it isn’t too early to plan for an early morning. The Arts Council’s fearless leader Daniel Fitzmaurice is getting an award and we’re sooo stoked!

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce hosts the first Nonprofit Stars Align Awards Breakfast honoring nonprofits making an impact. 

Fitzmaurice will receive the Starburst Award, given to an individual with up to five years of professional service in the Greater New Haven nonprofit sector who has transformed the community with a fresh approach, creativity, or innovation.

Awardees exhibited exceptional business and community leadership skills, noteworthy results, and active participation in the business community.

Also winning awards: 

  • Constellations Award: United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Stellar Legacy Award: James Paley, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
  • Sunspot Innovation Award: New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Super Nova Impact Award: Christian Community Action Agency

Free admission. Register here. More info at