Yale's Saybrook College Orchestra to Perform Free Concert and Collect Food

Yale’s Saybrook College Orchestra (SYO), made up of students and faculty, will perform its third annual free educational concert and also collect non-perishable food items for a local food bank at Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets, on December 14, at 10:30 a.m.

More than 2,000 Connecticut students, including many from the New Haven Public Schools, are expected to attend.  The concert will showcase the kaleidoscopic sounds of the full symphony orchestra, with musical selections including John Williams’ “Raiders March” (from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” and Williams’ “Theme from Star Wars.”

As part of a drive for the community food pantry, the orchestra is also asking audience members to bring one can of food each to the Woolsey Hall performance.

Founded in 2001, the Saybrook College Orchestra currently comprises over 80 musicians from the Yale community, including undergraduates, graduate students and university faculty members.  Organized entirely by undergraduates, SYO is deeply committed to education and community outreach.  More than 1,500 local, elementary and high school students participated in one of the orchestra’s educational programs in 2005–06.

The Educational Concert will be conducted by Steven Thomas, Music Director of Saybrook College Orchestra. Thomas is principal cellist for both the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra New England.  In addition, Thomas currently works with the orchestral program at the Hartt School of Music.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.

The Educational Concert is open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, visit the Saybrook College Orchestra website or contact Casey Perley at (716) 574-6311 or casey.perley@yale.edu.

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