Jennifer's Top Five - April 11

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? 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.  


Book Talk with Architect Duo Dickinson, April 12, 6-7 p.m., The Community Room, Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton.

Celebrate National Library Week with Duo Dickinson, architect and author, for a celebration of hearth and history across New England as he shares the beauty and character of our region depicted in his latest book. Copies of A Home Called New England will be available for purchase & signing. Free event, no registration.

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Amado Conducts Symphonie Fantastique, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Woolsey Hall.

Music Director of the Delaware Symphony, Atlantic Music Festival and Atlantic Classical Orchestra, David Amado is revered for his talents on the podium and behind the scenes. He will lead the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz’s dramatic, drug-fueled Symphonie Fantastique, American composer George Tsontakis’s colorful Laconika, and Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major featuring piano phenomenon Stewart Goodyear.

Join Maestro Amado for an audience reception after the concert in the lobby and welcome him to New Haven. We will invite all audience members to share their feedback about the performance in a post-concert online survey.

Tickets: $15-74; $10 students; kids 17 & under free with an adult ticket.

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Aaron Jafferis, Selected Performances, April 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Whitneyville Cultural Commons, Hamden. 

20 years of work brought to life by Aaron and a guest ensemble, culminating in excerpts from Aaron and Byron Au Yong's latest work, (Be)longing. Aaron will interrogate the wild ways in which intention and effect converge and diverge in the work of building community and social justice through art. The Deeper Change community will be invited to engage in an afternoon of curated artistic and participatory responses to the central questions and themes in his work. As always this event is free, open to all, and registration is required.

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Elm City Dance Collective Presents National Water Dance, April 14, 4 p.m., Lighthouse Point Park.

For one performance only, Elm City Dance Collective and Friends, a community of movers  – all ages and abilities – will perform a National Water Dance, an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico we create simultaneous, site-specific dance performances with movers of all ages and experience. Created and directed by Dale Andree, National Water Dance believes that our environment is the most pressing issue of this generation and as dancers we are using our bodies to create a community that reaches out for action. The event and parking are free. The 30-minute performance will begin at the Lighthouse.

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Jin Hi Kim’s World Premiere One Sky II for Orchestra, April 16, 7 p.m., Wesleyan University's Crowell Concert Hall.
Guggenheim Composer Jin Hi Kim’s One Sky II for Orchestra is dedicated to the unification of the Koreas. The new work is an attempt to deliver a message that we live under and share one sky regardless of what political or ideological borders have been created.
The World Premier will be presented by the Wesleyan University Orchestra conducted by Nadya Potemkina. The premiere will be followed by a cross-cultural collaboration performance with Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Iranian, and American musicians. Free.
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Jennifer Gelband