Fall. I Mean, REALLY Fall/September in the Elm City

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A Guide to Arts Opportunities in New Haven


Any day now, we are likely to find the odd leaf on the ground in a lovely shade of Shiraz.  Fall in New England is beautiful enough, but why not treat yourself to full-on sensory beautification?

FALL INTO:  A free lunchtime concert at Yale. They happen regularly, and they are free, and you do not need to have a ticket to get in.  It is also kind of a public service.  Every performance artist needs to perform in front of an audience. WE provide that important service, AND we get a chance to intensify our views of the Autumn colors with deeply beautiful music.  And did I mention they are free?

You can check online with the Yale Music Department webpage, or just check in with me and I will give you the scoop.  I might even see you there.


9/13  Ran Dank & Soyeon Kate Lee, 7:30  (Tickets from $23, Students from $11)
9/21 Arturo Sandoval, 7:30  (Tickets start at $27, Students start at $14)
(You can screen the film about Sandoval’s life, starring Andy Garcia to get into the mood. This should be a lot of fun.)
9/27 A Soldier’s Tale, Stravinsky’s Jazz-ish anti-war chamber work. (Tickets start at $28, Student’s from $13)

FALL INTO:  Two concerts to honor the legacy of Allen Forte (really?  what a great last name for a musician.)  According to the Yale Music Webpage:

“Allen Forte (December 23, 1926 – October 16, 2014) was an American music theorist and musicologist. He was Battell Professor Emeritus of the Theory of Music at Yale University and specialized in 20th-century atonal music and music analysis.” 

 There are two concerts in his honor;  September 9th and 16th.  The concerts will be held in Sudler Hall. Sadly, the Yale music department has not given any other information than this. I don’t know (yet) if it is a charge for the tickets.  I am assuming it is free.  Watch for an update.

FALL INTO: El Huracán

September 28th through October 20th, at the Yale Rep.  The Rep describes it:

“An epic hurricane threatens Miami. A mother and daughter ready themselves for the storm as Abuela takes shelter in a world of memory, music, and magic. A powerful tale of family and forgiveness, El Huracán reveals what can be rebuilt in the aftermath of life’s most devastating tempests––and what can never be replaced.”

FALL INTO:  The Guys, Saturday, September 8, 2018 ,8:00 p.m

Playing at Southern Connecticut State University in The Lyman Centre. Dan Lauria,  (This Is Us, The Wonder Years) joins actress Wendie Malick (This Is Us, Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland, Frasier) in The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson, about the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Lauria plays Nick, an FDNY captain who lost most of his men that day.  Malick plays Jofb

an, a writer who helps Nick prepare their eulogies. In the process, Nick and Joan “discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city. ”

FALL INTO: The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, in its first season under the direction of its 11th conductor, Alasdair Neale. Their season will begin on October 4, and it starts with an anniversary concert commemorating 125 years of the NHSO.  A Sinatra Tribute, some Mahler, and the ever popular, Carmina Burana are on the docket, and DON’T FORGET that the NHSO holds several FREE events throughout the year for families and young children. I have attended a few, and they are a fun, cheap way to get the kids excited about the arts. It’s there, it’s free, GO!

FALL INTO:  The wonderful Joan Baez, will return to the Schubert Theatre on September 12th for her first time since 2016. This is her “Farewell Tour” so if you have never seen this wonderful woman in performance, make a point of it this time around.

Starting in early October, Les Miserable Will appear again at the barricade, or was it The Schubert?

FALL INTO:  The venue, just across the street from the Schubert, The Music Hall.  THE DETROIT COBRAS are there on September 12th, Followed by Ziggy Marely and Steel Purse on the 15th. Following are DAWES:Passion Tour on the 18th, and Anthony Jelsinik on the 23rd, and Mexico’s leading alternative band, Cafe Tacvba will arrive on the 23rd.

FALL INTO:  Elm Shakespeare opened LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST on August 16 in Edgerton Park, and that will continue through September 2nd.  In addition, they offer a pre-show lecture on various themes of the play, and offer a closer look at their production.  These are held just prior to curtain on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8/28 and 8/29On 8/29, James Brogan, Humanities Professor Emeritus of Gateway Community College will speak on the nature of Shakespeare’s early comedies.  The shows never disappoint, and they are FREE, WITH a caveat. You are asked to contribute with a donation.  Please be kind.

FALL INTO:  The wonderful New Haven institution that is, The Long Wharf Theatre, as it continues its tradition of top notch productions in a location that is, quite simply, a Long Wharf.  Little more than a black box, (or two, now) this theatre has brought forth some of the best theatre that New Haven (and in some cases, New York and the world)  have seen for the past 50 plus years. I am hoping to put out a more comprehensive look at LWT,  as Gordon Edelstein says farewell and the theatre looks forward.

This month, the Long Wharf will be presenting A weekend of NEW works, and…



By Angella Emurwon
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner

In a small village in Uganda, Maama has ruled her home with a firm hand for 20 years in her husband’s absence. But when she discovers his return is imminent, she and her two grown children must confront a whirlwind of love, loss, and regret. A richly satisfying family drama about the stories we tell ourselves in order to accept the life we’ve chosen.


By Kevin Artigue
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Amina, a black police officer, falls hard for her white partner Ryan—until he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Sheepdog is a riveting drama that asks whether you can trust your heart if the story keeps changing and you don’t know who or what to believe.

By Torrey Townsend
Directed by Knud Adams
Set in an old bar-turned-Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse in Brooklyn, Night Workers tells the story of a disparate group of people that cling to each other for hope. This raw, funny story details the heartbreak, joy, and transcendence they find on the Road to Recovery.

As you can see, it is a hearty dose of New York, right here in New Haven.






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