Eleven-year-old José Sarango has been to a fair number of concerts in his young life in New Haven. A member of the All-City Honors Ensemble, he’d been exposed to big-name composers like Aaron Copland, Jean Sibelius, Beethoven, and Mozart, all before his 10th birthday.
But never had he heard how Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B Minor approximated folk music, early jazz, and work songs at its best moments.
Or received a free book about that tradition, tracing the work of 19th-century composers to Troy Andrews, known more widely as “Trombone Shorty,” wielding his horn through the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans.
Saying it has heard complaints that Fair Haveners had been shut out of the process, the Harp administration has slowed down the process of approving the sale of the old Strong School building in order to give neighbors a chance to weigh in.
The Annual Day of The Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) holiday festival was alive and well Saturday evening in Fair Haven, as a parade of giant skeletal puppets and the passionate people who carried them launched from Bregamos Community Theater to wend their way around city blocks in a cacophony, of blaring horns, cheers, and live marching music.
It was a little hard to locate the line between Joseph Saccio’s studio and his sculpture.
His materials and his finished work were both on display at the final weekend of Artspace’s City Wide Open Studios, at Erector Square. Slabs of oak, round stones, rolled-up maps, bright scarves, and little metal trinkets were scattered throughout the studio — and his stunning natural sculptures almost appeared to grow from this pleasant disorder.
Artists’ studios at Erector Square have been crackling with activity this week as artists straighten out their spaces and make important aesthetic decisions about what to show, and how best to show it, in preparation for the thousands of visitors who will attend their studios during the final weekend of City Wide Open Studios.