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New Haven Symphony Orchestra
11:48 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra Rediscovers Walton

William Bougton

The New Haven Symphony has released not one, but TWO new recordings.  One features the music of August Read Thomas, and the other is the second in a series of the music of William Walton.  Kate Remington talked with NHSO Music Director, William Boughton about the challenges and rewards of creating these recordings.  

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Augusta Read Thomas
10:12 am
Thu November 6, 2014

New CD celebrates Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas
Credit augustareadthomas.com

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra just released a CD of live performances of their two-year collaboration with composer Augusta Read Thomas.  She says the disc is an important record of her recent work, and is really proud of it.  She talked with Kate Remington about how crucial it is for new music to be heard and recorded.

    

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Ballet Haven program
8:06 am
Thu November 6, 2014

New Haven Teacher Faces Illness By Creating A Legacy Of Ballet

Kesa Whitaker, speaking to the dancers of Ballet Haven (CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

In New Haven, a public school teacher is using ballet to help girls tackle all kinds of challenges in their lives. And she’s doing it while dealing with a serious challenge of her own.                       

About 30 teenage girls wearing black leotards stand in lines on the stage of the Fair Haven school in New Haven – one foot slightly in front of the other, their arms extended.

Kesa Whitaker watches from auditorium’s floor, calling out ballet instructions.

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blessing of the "animals"
12:58 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Patchogue church blesses stuffed animals

Pictured are Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter (left) and Bill Paauwe.
Credit Titus Kana

  Earlier this month, Catholics celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many churches held blessings of the animals, which stems from St. Francis's own love for all Earth's creatures. Yesterday, a Long Island church held a blessing for stuffed animals.

WSHU's Charles Lane went to check it out and brought back this postcard. 

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Frederic Chiu
12:19 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Frederic Chiu's Birthday bash

Frederic Chiu
Credit frederic-chopin.com

Piano virtuoso Frederic Chiu is celebrating his 50th birthday, which happens to coincide with his 25 anniversary as a Yamaha Artist, with a spectacular concert at Columbia University on October 30th.  He's chosen some of his favorite pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, and a two piano version of Chopin's Rondo, Op. 73.  Kate Remington talked with Chiu about his career, and about the immersive experiences offered at his Beechwood Arts salons.

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