Music from Around the World at Classical NightOut

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The Arts Center Killingworth offers a night of electrifying music at its annual Classical NightOut concert, Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Center presents The Haven String Quartet playing a unique and lively selection of music by some of today's most compelling artists. Music to be performed includes works by Peruvian pianist and composer Gabriela Lena Frank, Iranian-born composer Reza Vali, and the Cuban American jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera.

The Haven String Quartet (the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven) includes the award-winning violinists Yaira Matyakubova and Tina Lee Hadari, violist Colin Benn, and cellist Matt Beckmann. They have appeared at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center graduating from Juilliard, the New England Conservatory, and Yale. In addition to their professional touring, the Quartet musicians are exemplary teaching artists who provide access to free music education and world-class chamber music performances to residents in New Haven's most underserved neighborhoods. The Quartet supports Music Haven's mission to "build a vibrant urban community through performance and music education that empowers young people, their families, and professional musicians."

As part of the Arts Center's mission to bring the arts to children and young adults, Classical NightOut includes a fun, interactive Family Workshop with the Quartet that same afternoon (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.). Participants will learn to clap a medieval hocket, dance the Mexican folk dance Huapango, and sing a Persian scale. Through a combination of music, playful activities, and storytelling, the Quartet connects musical ideas with academic and cultural learning concepts. Their workshops introduce the string instrument family to children and adults, while exploring concepts of teamwork, non-verbal communications, emotions, and imagery inspired by music.

The Arts Center Killingworth's Classical NightOut concert and Family Workshop is held at the Killingworth Congregational Church, 273 Route 81, Killingworth. An extra treat open to all is a dessert reception that immediately follows the concert.

Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors aged 65 and older, $15 for students with ID, and $10 for children younger than 10. Workshop is $5 per family, or free for concert ticket holders.

To purchase tickets, call 860-663-5593 or visit


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