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Newsletter: September 26, 2017

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This edition of the eletter contains accolades and events. The next issue focuses on general news. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 9.




HCD Faculty Jianpeng Feng on Broadway

Jianpeng FengHCD percussion faculty and Hartt School DMA candidate Jianpeng Feng will be playing percussion and accordion in the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen, at the Cort Theater in Manhattan, New York City.

The show opens October 7. Visit the M. Butterfly website for more information.

Anthea Luo and Marissa He Place at American Protégé International Competition

Simsbury High School sophomore Anthea Luo (below, top) and Avon High School junior Marissa He (below, bottom) placed second at the American Protégé International Competition. They performed at a winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City this past July. Luo and Zheng study piano with Pi-Hsun Shih.

Anthea Luo

Marissa He


Sept. 30: Francesco Barone at the Wethersfield Public Library

Francesco BaroneSaturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Location: 515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Conn.
Free admission

The classical guitar repertoire is unique to the literature of the piano, violin and other traditionally classical instruments in that it is unprecedentedly influenced by American jazz and popular styles. HCD faculty and guitarist Francesco Barone will present a recital of pieces that draw influence from the rich musical tradition of America. The program will feature the music of Andrew York (American guitarist and composer who compositions are inspired by American music styles), Nikita Koshkin (Russian composer who draws influence from American jazz), and Alexandre Tansman (A Polish composer who incorporated jazz harmonies into his works). The performance will last 90 minutes with 60 minutes of music and a brief intermission.

Oct. 3: HCD Launches New Suzuki Early-Childhood Education Class

Tuesdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., starting Oct. 3 (10 weeks per session)
Location: The Hartt School Community Division at Simsmore Square

HCD's brand new Suzuki Early-Childhood Education class begins October 3. The Tuesday-morning class for young students birth through three years and their caregivers is based on the premise that the potential of every child is unlimited. This program is a family's point of entry to HCD's nationally recognized Suzuki program. Caregivers and children join together in guided musical explorations with experienced faculty trained in the Suzuki method. Get a head start with our life-changing programming. Register today for our first 10-week session.

Learn more . . .

Oct. 8: Hartford Symphony Orchestra Preconcert

Sunday, October 8, 2 p.m.
Location: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts lobby, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Conn.

HCD's Viola Tour Group and Suzuki viola students will perform a twenty-minute concert preceding the Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert at The Bushnell. The HSO concert begins at 3 p.m.

Oct. 10 and 17: Open Rehearsals with the Adult Chamber Choir

Please come to The Hartt School on October 10 or 17 to see what the Adult Chamber Choir is all about! 

Adult Chamber Choir

Tuesday, Oct. 10 and 17, 7 p.m.
Location: The Hartt School, room 21

The Hartt School Community Division Adult Chamber Choir is an ensemble where adults can experience great choral music and come together as a community. Members routinely perform choral music from a wide range of styles and periods ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works. Membership is as diverse as its repertoire and is made up of parents of young HCD students, recent graduates looking for a rewarding creative outlet, working professionals, and people who have always wanted to sing and finally have the opportunity as an adult.

Jennifer FijalThis year we'd like to welcome our new conductor, Jennifer Fijal!

"The adult choir will be focused on vocal health and interpretation," says Fijal. "I really want to be sure each of the singers can experience the absolutely awesome sensation of a free sound! That's what singing is all about," she says, adding that she is excited to be conducting the choir this year.

Rehearsals are typically Tuesday evenings, 7–9 p.m., at The Hartt School, beginning Oct. 10. The first two rehearsals are open to interested students. If you may be interested in joining, please come to our open rehearsals on October 10 or 17 to see what the Adult Chamber Choir is all about! 

Concert Dates:
January 21, 2018
May 20, 2018

Learn more . . .

Oct. 11: Simsbury Library Concert with Anchie Donn

Anchie DonnWednesday, October 11, 1 p.m.
Location: Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, Conn.

HCD piano faculty Anchie Donn will provide a short lecture and a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations at a 1 p.m. concert at the Simsbury Public Library. 

Read more . . .

Oct. 13: Free Concert Featuring the Hartt Orchestra and the Hartford Chorale

Hartt Orchestra

Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Belding Theater, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Conn.

The Hartt School, Hartford Chorale, and The Bushnell offer this free concert at the Belding Theater. Maestro Edward Cumming leads the Hartt Orchestra and the Hartford Chorale for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, "Ode to Joy". The program will open with Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, featuring the internationally acclaimed pianist and Hartt faculty member David Westfall. Tickets are free but required. Please contact the University of Hartford Box Office to reserve tickets. 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Oct. 29: Suzuki Play-in at The Pickin' Patch

Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.
Location: the Pickin' Patch, 219 Nod Road, Avon, Conn.
Participating students: Please arrive by 1:40 p.m.

Pablo Issa and students at The Pickin' Patch 2016

Pictured: Pablo Issa and cello students at The Pickin' Patch, Oct. 2016

Suzuki cello, violin, and viola students are welcome to participate in the Fall Play-in, which will take place outdoors at the Pickin' Patch. Please dress according to the weather. Jeans and sneakers are fine, and costumes are encouraged! Please check with your private and group class teachers about music selections. Join us for hayrides and pumpkin picking afterwards! The public is welcome to attend. We hope to see you all there.

For any questions, please email Pablo Issa, HCD School Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator.

Nov. 27–Dec. 3: Practice-a-Thon

2017 Practice-a-Thon

This year's Practice-a-Thon will be Monday, November 27, through Sunday, December 3. During this one-week fundraising drive, students will secure pledges from family, friends, co-workers, etc., supporting their practice activities. In the spirit of friendly competition, HCD will award prizes to the following participants:

  • Most Hours Practiced
  • Most Money Raised
  • Most Pledges
  • Biggest Gift

One youth student and one adult will be eligible to win each award. Prizes include gift cards, tickets, fun giveaways, and more.

Last year's Practice-a-Thon raised over $3000 for the Fund for Access, which provides need-based financial assistance for HCD programs.

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