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Newsletter: November 28, 2017

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This edition of the eletter contains accolades and events. Please note that there is only one eletter in the month of December. Please submit all content by Monday, Dec. 4, for publication on Tuesday, Dec. 12.




HCD Faculty Perry Roth Wins First Prize at MTNA Competition

Duende Quartet

HCD saxophone faculty Perry Roth captured first prize at the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (MTNA) chamber music competition with his fellow Hartt graduate students, Connor Baba, Bradley Karas, and Joseph David Spence, forming the Duende Quartet. This ensemble is composed of the traditional saxophone quartet instrumentation: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. The Duende Quartet performed a program of works by Joel Love, Roshanne Etezady, Maurice Ravel, Matthew Levy, and Michael Daugherty and is coached by Hartt Professor of Saxophone Carrie Koffman. The quartet will be competing at the second round of the MTNA competition in January 2018 hosted at West Virginia University.

Benefit Concert for Music School in Puerto Rico Raised $1250

Sprucetop Guitar QuartetClassical guitarist Andrew Leonard joined forces with Windy Hill Guitar Studio students Evelyn Danke of Granby and Nicholas DeFranzo of East Granby; and Hartt Community Division students Elliot Moberly-LaChance of Granby, Lang Le of Canton, Rob Avena of East Lyme, and Seth Heye-Smith of West Hartford, for a concert held on Sunday, November 5, at South Church, Granby, to benefit a music school in Puerto Rico.

Suuzki guitar faculty David Madsen has taught guitar workshops for the Suzuki Asociación de Violin de Puerto Rico and has been in touch with his colleagues there, some of whom lost their homes in Hurricane Maria. Since the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, it left most of the island’s residents without shelter or access to electricity and clean water.

Fifty people from Connecticut and Massachusetts attended the recital, an appreciative and generous audience for pieces by João Guimaraes, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Francisco Tárrega and Carlo Domenicioni.

Roughly $850 was raised on the day of the concert and another $400 in donations has been sent in by those who could not attend. Funds raised by the benefit concert are being sent to the teachers and students of La Asociación Suzuki de Violín de Puerto Rico. It is a non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online.

If you were not able to attend but want to make a donation, please make a check out to La Asociación Suzuki de Violín de Puerto Rico with a note about Hurricane Maria Relief, and send it to Laura Mazza-Dixon, PO Box 89, Granby, CT 06035.

Voting is Now Open for the 2017 Broadway World Connecticut Awards

HCD voice faculty Janelle Robinson is nominated for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for Hartford Opera Theater's 2017 production of The Tender Land by Aaron Copland. Voting for the 2017 Broadway World Connecticut Awards is happening now through December 31. Winners will be announced in early January. Cast your vote now! (Best Featured Actress in a Musical is page 27 of the voting screen.)

HCD Students Shine at the First Connecticut Bach Competition and Festival

On Sunday, Nov. 5, HCD piano students participated in the first Connecticut Bach Competition and Festival held at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. Seventy-one students from around the state played in a preliminary round in the morning and a final round in the afternoon. Students were judged by panels of distinguished judges from The Hartt School, the University of Connecticut, Julliard School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. The judges picked 3 finalists in each Division: Elementary (up to grade 3), Junior (grades 4–8), Youth (grades 9–12), and Collegiate.2017 Bach Competition Winners

Eleven HCD students received prizes:

  • Jane Xu, student of Nina Miller, 1st Prize, Elementary Division
  • Alice Li, student of Malgosia Lis, 3rd Prize, Elementary Division
  • Julia Zheng, student of Sima Brodsky, 2nd Prize, Junior Division
  • Noah Yoon, student of Malgosia Lis, 1st Prize, Youth Division
  • Kelly Zheng, student of Sima Brodsky, 2nd Prize, Youth Division
  • Victor Nigri, HCD faculty and graduate student of David Westfall and Luiz de Moura Castro, 1st Prize, Collegiate Division

Congratulations to all teachers, participants, and families!


Mihai Tetel

Dec. 3: Mihai Tetel, Faculty Recital

Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
Location: Berkman Recital Hall 

Mihai Tetel will perform a cello recital Dec. 3 with pianist Gay Chun. The program will include works by Faure, Beethoven, Debussy, and more.

Dec. 3: Connecticut youth symphony concert with Connecticut children's chorus

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford
Connecticut Youth Symphony performs Sibelius' "Finlandia" with special guest performance by the Connecticut Children's Chorus's Men's and Women's Choir and HCD cello faculty Eric Dahlin, guest soloist in the "Lalo Cello Concerto."
Free but ticketed. Reserve tickets.

Dec. 3: Luciana Arraes at Simsbury Public Library

Luciana and JonathanSunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.
Location: Simsbury Public Library
HCD violin faculty Luciana Arraes performs at the Simsbury Public Library with pianist Jonathan Moyer. A program with emphasis on music by women composers. Works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Syrlane Albuquerque, and Robert Schumann.

Dec. 6–8 and 22: Magnet School Early Dismissal

On these days, please plan for heavy traffic congestion between the main Bloomfield Ave. entrance (the entrance with the traffic light) and the turnoff into the Magnet School parking lot between 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. During these peak periods, UHart students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use either the north entrance off Bloomfield Avenue (the one without the traffic light) or Mark Twain Drive (the road adjacent to the Public Safety and Facilities building) to enter or exit campus. 

Dec. 8: Suzuki Strings Performance at Connecticut Science Center

Friday, Dec. 8, 4–8 p.m.
Location: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, Conn.

The Suzuki violin group classes will be performing at 4:30 p.m., while the Suzuki cello and viola group classes will perform at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will have full access to the museum after hours. There will be crafts, cocoa, a teacup auction, and The Polar Express in the theater (limited admission).

Performer registration for this event is now closed. For any questions, please email Pablo Issa at

Dec. 8: Chamber Music at Hartford Hospital

Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Location: Hartford Hospital main lobby

A quartet coached by Christie Felsing will perform.
Members: Calvin Chen, Ashton Ma, Jackson Hill, and Monica Weidman

Selections to be performed include Handel's "La Rejouissance" and a Slovakian dance, "Tancuj, Tancuj."


The Magical Holiday Tradition Returns to the University of Hartford

New York City Ballet’s Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht courtesy of New York City BalletTickets on sale at
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The 2017 production of The Hartt School Community Division’s (HCD) The Nutcracker is featuring four professional dancers in key roles, as well as new choreography and costuming for several sections of the ballet. New York City Ballet’s Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht will perform opening week (Dec. 8, 9, and 10), and Ballet Des Moines’ Eleanor Danaan and Eugeniu Cilenco will join the production for the second week of performances (Dec. 15, 16, and 17).

Admission is $30 for adults, $20 seniors, $20 for students with ID, and $15 for children 12 and under. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587, or visit to purchase tickets. Contact the dance office at 860.768.6000 for more information.  

2017 Nutcracker Performances

  • Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m.

Read more about Erica Pereira, Daniel Ulbricht, Eleanor Danaan, and Eugeniu Cilenco. Photo of Erica and Daniel courtesy of New York City Ballet.

Check out photos from our 2016 production:

2016 Nutcracker photo album

Dec. 9: Sinfonia/Stringendo Concert

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater
Free but ticketed. Reserve tickets.

The Sinfonia and Stringendo orchestras will perform.

Dec. 9: HSO Pre-Concert Performance

Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Lobby

The Sprucetops Guitar Quartet, coached by Daniel Hartington, performs.
Members: Robert Avena, Lang Le, Elliott Moberly-LaChance, and Seth Heye-Smith

Program (as time permits):
"Lotus Eaters" by Andrew York (b. 1958)
"Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
"Intergalactic Express" by Andrew York
"Rumba" by Stephan Rak (b. 1945)

Dec. 10: Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble Concert

Sunday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater
Free but ticketed. Reserve tickets.

Please join us to celebrate our pre-college string program with an afternoon of orchestral music led by maestros Mickey Reisman and David Kramer.

Dec. 10: Suzuki Orchestras Concert

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater
Free but ticketed. Reserve tickets.

Dec. 10: HSO Pre-Concert Performance

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Lobby

A trio, coached by Charles Huang, performs.
Members: Sonya Alexander and Kiku Ichihara, flutes; Lee Ann Cortina, cello 

Program (14 minutes): 
Composer: Peter Schickele b. 1935 
I. Dream Dances
II. Minuet
III. Jitterbug
IV. Waltz
V. Galop
VI. Sarabande

Dec. 10: Adult Cello Choir Performs at Brookside Senior Residence

HCD cello trio 2017

Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m.
Location: Brookside Senior Residence, 117 Simsbury Rd, Avon, Conn.

An adult cello choir coached by Pablo Issa will be visiting Brookside Senior Residence in Avon to share classical music selections along with holiday music. The group is formed by adult amateur students who enjoy practicing and performing together.

Dec. 15: MEET A BALLERINA AT the West Hartford Public Library

Friday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Hartford Public Library (Noah Webster branch)

Children ages 3–5 will participate in a dance class alongside a real ballerina and will have the opportunity to pose for photographs with the ballerina. Parents and siblings are welcome to observe the event.

Dec. 15: CHamber Ensembles to Perform at Hamilton Heights

Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30–8 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Heights, One Hamilton Heights Drive, West Hartford, Conn.

Hamilton Heights Chamber Performance

HCD Chamber Ensembles are continuing their tradition of performing at Hamilton Heights in West Hartford. The performance will include several of our chamber ensembles, and will conclude with 20 minutes of Christmas carols with audience participation.

Dec. 15–16: Primi Voci Performs in Voce's Angels From Heaven

Voce Steve Laurie

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Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford, Conn.

Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, Conn.

Voce will join with the Connecticut Children's Chorus's Primi Voci in presenting carols and anthems of the holiday season. This concert has quickly become a favorite among audience members and is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the holidays.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased online or at the door: $25 for general admission, $20 in advance (Hartford performance only), and $10 for students. 

Tickets for the Simsbury performance are $35. Attendees age 18 and under are free.

Dec. 16: Suzuki Strings Group Class Concerts

Saturday, Dec. 16, 12–1 p.m. (guitar) and 3–4:30 p.m. (violin, viola, and cello)
Location: Lincoln Theater
Free but ticketed.
Reserve tickets for the 12 p.m. concert.
Reserve tickets for the 3 p.m. concert.

Dec. 16: 3rd Annual tuba Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.
Location: Connecticut Valley at Trinity on Main, New Britain, Conn.

HCD Tuba and Euphonium instructor Walter Gibson will be conducting all the assembled tubas and euphoniums at the 3rd Annual, family-friendly, Tuba Christmas. All tuba and euphonium players, any age, are welcome to participate. Participants must pay a registration fee. Prizes will be awarded to participants. For more information, visit

Dec. 17: Harmony Winds and Philharmonia Concert

Sunday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Theater
Free but ticketed. Reserve tickets.


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