Yale University is Title Sponsor for New Haven's Summer Jazz Festival

Yale University is proud to be the title sponsor of the Yale Tercentennial New Haven Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank for the summer of 2001 as a special way of celebrating the extensive and strong ties between Yale University and its hometown of New Haven in our 300th birthday year.

On October 21, 2000, Yale began the Tercentennial celebration with a campus-wide open house for its New Haven neighbors that attracted 35,000 people. Thousands of neighbors have participated in Tercentennial events throughout the year. This summer, Yale University will continue its celebrations with its hometown by sponsoring the jazz festival and joining with tens of thousands of neighbors for three Saturdays on the New Haven Green, the heart of the community and the place where Yale University grew.

“Yale University has been one of the sponsors of the terrific New Haven Jazz Festival for many years,” said Yale University President Richard C. Levin. “We thought it fitting that, in Yale’s Tercentennial year, we’d be title sponsors of this longstanding signature event to celebrate the great and growing ties between New Haven and its hometown university. New Haven is a city on the move and the jazz festival will showcase the strengths of this great community for the residents of the city and the region.”

New Haven is a great place in which to live, work, and study, and that fact is increasingly recognized. One of the strongest attractions in New Haven is the quality of cultural life. New Haven’s cultural richness is a major reason why more people are choosing to live in downtown New Haven and why new companies are locating and growing here.

Few communities our size have four symphony orchestras; two nationally recognized repertory theaters; major venues for dance and Broadway shows; two great art collections in the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, plus the Yale

Peabody Museum of Natural History. New Haven now also has a “summer season” which begins with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas that is expected to attract 175,000 people between June 14 and 30. The Yale University campus will host more than 30 festival events and performances and a number of special exhibitions.

This summer season will continue well into August with the line-up that Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and his team have put together for the Yale Tercentennial New Haven Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank: the series opener starring Ray Charles on August 11; Poncho Sanchez on August 18; and concluding with Dianne Reeves on August 25. Yale University will join with the city of New Haven for this special series in this special year, a series that will further demonstrate New Haven’s vibrancy and growth.

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