Sacred Heart University will host a talk by Maestro William Boughton, music director and principal conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in music room 102 of the university's main academic building, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield.

Boughton will share insights into the orchestra's concert, "Angels and Demons," featuring Edward Elgar's masterpiece "The Dream of Gerontius," with text derived from an epic poem by Cardinal John Newman.

Boughton studied as a cellist at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and Prague Academy in Czechoslavakia. At the start of his career, he worked in London with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC and London Sinfonietta.

In 1980, he formed the English Symphony Orchestra and rearranged its repertoire from the Baroque and Viennese classics into contemporary music.

Since 2007, he has served as the 10th music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, where he instituted a composer-in-residence program and started a major Walton Project. He has also created the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

The talk is free.

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