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05/25/2023 07:42 AM

NHSO Pays Tribute to Queen of Soul

Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin left an indelible mark on the music industry with her powerful voice, magnetic stage presence, and unwavering commitment to her craft. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will celebrate this American music legend in a three-city tour of Aretha: A Tribute to cap off their 2022-’23 concert season.

Led by Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton, II, the performances will take place on Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Klein Memorial Hall in Bridgeport; Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the John C. Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern CT State University in New Haven; and Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m. at Shelton High School.

The New Haven Symphony will welcome for the first time Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw to star in this soul/classical mashup.

Tickets to June 1 at Klein Memorial Auditorium start at $26 and are available for purchase at or by calling (800) 424-0160. Tickets to June 2 at the Lyman Center and June 4 at Shelton High School start at $15 (June 2) and $35 (June 4), and youth 17 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. To purchase tickets, visit or call 203-693-1486.

The Brooklyn-born and raised actress Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She also can be heard on the soundtracks of Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2. Photo courtesy of NHSO
Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY nominated artist for his solo projects, Columbia Records’ This is Ryan Shaw, In Between, and Dynotone’s Real Love. He has shared the world stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, John Legend, B.B. King and Jill Scott. His Carnegie Hall appearances include Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute, A Celebration of The African American Cultural Legacy, and a Nat King Cole 100th concert. Photo courtesy of NHSO