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The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Family Concert Series

May 7 - June 21

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Family Concert Series

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are teaming up for a free, outdoor Family Series at schools, libraries, and parks across southern Connecticut this Spring. Programmed specifically for children ages 3-9, the concerts feature the NHSO Brass Quintet and a showing of live animals and animal artifacts from the Beardsley Zoo.

“After a two-year hiatus, we are excited to bring our free Family Series back to the communities that we serve this year,” said NHSO Education Director Caitlin Daly-Gonzales. “These concerts will be a great way for our youngest audience members to connect music with familiar stories and animals.”

Concert Schedule:

Saturday, May 7, 2022
2:00pm – Fair Haven School (164 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513)

Saturday, May 14, 2022
2:00pm – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo (1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610)

*Zoo admission required for this performance.

Saturday, June 4, 2022
3:00pm – Stetson Library at Dixwell Q House (197 Dixwell Ave, New Haven, CT 06511)

Saturday, June 18, 2022
10:00am – Veteran’s Memorial Park (38 Canal Street E, Shelton, CT 06484)

(Presented in partnership with Plumb Memorial Library)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
2:30pm– New Haven Green (250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511)

(Presented in collaboration with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas for International Make Music Day)

The NHSO Brass Quintet will perform “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, excerpts from Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, and The Race by Gwyneth Walker. Members of the Beardsley Zoo staff will introduce the audience to animals in between musical numbers to encourage children to connect what they learn to the music they hear. Each event will be approximately one hour. Detailed information about each performance, including rain dates for certain performances, can be found at NewHavenSymphony.org.

“We are beyond pleased to once again partner with our friends at The New Haven Symphony Orchestra to bring the arts and sciences together in stellar performance,” said Jim Knox, Curator of Education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “Our collaboration is like no other–weaving stories of animals set to music. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo–making music come alive!”

Covid-19 Protocol: Audience members will not need to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination for these performances. The Family Series is sponsored by The Helen Roberts Trust; Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; and Pitney Bowes.


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June 21
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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
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