The Week Ender: Happenings May 18-20

The Week Ender appears every Thursday in Yale News and offers highlights of the many activities taking place at the university.


A female violinist and a male celloist in performance.

Yale Symphony Orchestra Commencement Concert

Enjoy solo performances by graduating members of the Yale Symphony Orchestra as they play Bach’s Double Concerto, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, among other works. Free. Battell Chapel, 400 College St. 6 p.m.

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William Larkin's "Portrait of a Young Lady."

Lace Unveiled

Participate in a workshop that will offer the opportunity to explore representations of lace in the Yale Center for British Art’s collections, and observe the process of making handmade lace. Organized in conjunction with the Beinecke Library exhibition “Text & Textile: Self, Body, and Object in the Woven Word.” Free; pre-registration requested. 1080 Chapel St. 9:45 a.m.

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Styilzed poser for the musical "Into the Woods."

Into the Woods

Attend a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which features characters from classic fairytales, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” among others. Play continues through May 20. Tickets: $6-$35. University Theatre, 222 York St. 8 p.m.

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Painting of a bridesmaids holding the gown of a bride.

The Royal Wedding

View a screening of the royal wedding of Prince Harry to the American actress Meghan Markle. Refreshments provided by Hen & Heifer bakery and souvenir royal photographs of attendees will be available between 2 and 4 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. Noon.

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Two young girls admiring a stuffed bird.

A Night at the Peabody Museum

Be transported back in time to the era of the California Gold Rush: Dig for gold and fossils, search for clues in the gold scavenger hunt, and build a wagon for the journey to the mines, among other activities. Tickets: $18-$20. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 6 p.m.

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Yale Glee Club in performance.

Yale Glee Club Commencement Concert

Savor the sounds of the oldest choral organization at Yale as it performs a variety of music, including motets, spirituals, folk songs, and school songs. Tickets: $15 for guests; $12 for students. Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. 8 p.m.

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A painting of two egrets on a tree branch.

An Artist for Conversation: The Paintings of Albert Earl Gilbert

Explore the beauty and majesty of birds — from hawks to hornbills — through the eyes of renowned artist Albert Earl Gilbert, and discover the process and passion behind the painter’s vision. Tickets: $6-$13. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. Noon-5 p.m.

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Yale Concert Band in performance.

Yale Concert Band Twilight Concert

Hear the Yale Bands perform ceremonial music on the eve of the university’s Commencement. Concert will be held rain or shine; chairs provided. Free. Old Campus, 344 College St. 7 p.m.

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A portrait of John Trumbull hanging on a art gallery wall.

Highlights Tour

Join educators and student guides for an interactive tour of the Yale University Art Gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. Focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view, no two tours are the same. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m.

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