All Hail The King’s Block At Bicentennial

by Allan Appel | Sep 30, 2016 12:13 pm | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoNot too many Elm Citizens — even the most preservation-minded — can tell you at the drop of a three-cornered hat to name the oldest surviving Federalist commercial building in the New Haven area.

One woman who can is 95-year-old Deb Townshend, Fair Haven’s most eminent historian, and the woman who three decades ago saved that very building from the wrecking ball.

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Klezmer Swings Through The Elm City

by Brian Slattery | Sep 29, 2016 4:39 pm | Comments (1)

The klezmer chamber quartet Bivolița had just finished its first number at the Orchard Street Shul, a slow, welcoming piece, and the applause had just died down.

“Thank you for coming out on a Sunday afternoon,” said accordionist Christina Crowder. “It is such a pleasure to be here. Because this music would have been performed in a shul like this.”

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NHSO Opens Season With Full Plate

by Lucy Gellman | Sep 28, 2016 12:31 pm

William Boughton nodded to members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, raised his baton, and began to expand his wingspan. He sat up a little straighter in his chair. Cued the reeds with a gentle swish of his left hand. Brought the strings in, their sound immediately swelling around the stage.

And like clockwork, steady strains of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 drifted over the first empty rows of Woolsey Hall, and began to fill every corner of the space.

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Dark “Incident” Unfolds On Chapel Street

by Allan Appel | Sep 28, 2016 8:14 am

Allan Appel Photo Earlier this year, as Donald Trump’s steamroller victories in the primaries were gathering an unstoppable head of steam, New Haven Theater Company actor J. Kevin Smith happened to catch a televised version of one of the canon’s most famous plays about the paralyzing fear and inaction that can result from a perceived all-encompassing political powerlessness. 

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