On March 21 and 24, New Haven, CT audiences will be introduced to Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), when he joins the New Haven Symphony as violin soloist for performances of his Woodbox Violin Concerto, led by music director William Boughton. DBR serves as the orchestra’s artist-in-residence, and along with Boughton, will also present additional Young People’s Concerts. In April, DBR’s residency culminates when he again joins Boughton for a week-long, on-site program in the New Haven Public Schools and hosts two community concerts.
“I’m both delighted and excited to welcome Daniel Bernard Roumain to New Haven,” Boughton comments. “We’ve been working on his residency with the NHSO for over two years – a long gestation period by any standards! Together with the musicians of the orchestra, Daniel’s [participation] in performances and educational workshops to people throughout the City will make this residency truly unique in the NHSO’s history. [Preparing his] “Woodbox” Concerto for performance has opened new sound-worlds and techniques to me – I look forward with great enthusiasm to the rehearsals and performances.”
“Over 10,000 students will see our Young People’s Concerts,” adds Laura Adam, the orchestra’s Education Director. “Our April Community Concerts – offered in conjunction with the school-residency program – will give students an opportunity to hear and see their musical peers join orchestra members perform pieces in a variety of styles. Daniel and Maestro Boughton worked together to craft an exciting program that vividly shows musical connections all the way from Bach to masterpieces by prominent living composers [including] Daniel’s own music.”
Looking ahead to April, DBR’s new dance work “Far But Close,” created in collaboration with choreographer John Alleyne and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, receives its New York premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. On the 28th, after serving a composer residency at the University of Oklahoma, DBR’s Human Songs and Stories receives its first performance by the University of Oklahoma Civic Orchestra, conducted by Chris David Westover.
For more detail about DBR’s New Haven Symphony residency and performances, click here.