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The Hartt School’s Trombone Ensemble, led by doctoral student and instructor Matthew Russo, performed a benefit concert on Monday, Dec. 17, that raised more than $1,100 for those families affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The concert was the subject of a story in the Hartford Courant and on Fox CT. Click to watch the video, read the story, and see photos from the concert.
Among those directly affected were Hartt School alums Jimmy Greene '97 and Nelba Marquez-Greene '97, whose six-year old daughter Ana was killed in the shooting. Here is a West Hartford News story from Monday, Dec. 17, on the Marquez-Greene family.
Rachel D’Avino, a 2007 graduate of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences who was working at Sandy Hook Elementary School as a behavioral therapist, also died in the tragedy there. Her story was also highlighted in many news outlets, including WTNH-NewsChannel 8 and ABC News.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Hartt Dance Division Director Stephen Pier (who also dances the role of Drosselmeyer), and Hartt Community Division Dance Department Artistic Director Samantha Dunster, along with a Community Division student, gave the “Better Connecticut” show on WFSB-TV audiences a preview of "The Nutcracker," which was performed Friday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 16, in Millard Auditorium. Watch it here.
The Hartford Guardian posted a story on Friday, Dec. 14, about University High School of Science and Engineering teacher Theresa Vara-Dannen's being named the 2012 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year. Click here to read the story. Vara-Dannen and her students will also be the subject of an upcoming story in the Hartford Courant.
Peter Woodard, associate professor of jazz studies at The Hartt School, and faculty member Matt Chasen were interviewed by WTNH News Channel 8 on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a story about the passing of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Read the story here. On the left side of the page is the video version of the story.