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Stamford Symphony Brings Classical Music and Beer to Millennials in a Special Event at Half Full Brewery, Stamford

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STAMFORD, CT - Stamford Symphony gets creative and hosts a special event for Millenials that bring classical music up close and personal with free flowing beer. On Wednesday October 3rd at 6:30 pm, Half Full Brewery on 43 Homestead Avenue in Stamford expects a group of over 50 guests to attend Symphony on Tap. Attendees will enjoy beer and music in a casual environment where Stamford Symphony Clarinets, Pavel Vinnitsky and Jonathan Cohen will entertain with solo clarinet pieces by Bach, De Falla, Poulenc, plus jazz duets and the clarinet cadenza for Copland’s Clarinet concerto.

Symphony on Tap is an initiative of a new group of under 40 newcomers to the Symphony led by 31-year-old Thomas Velazquez who has been elected to the board. Velazquez says, "Symphony on Tap is the first of what we plan to connect the extraordinary talent of the Stamford Symphony to the local community in environments that appeal to a wider demographic."

“This is something new that we are exploring” said Russell Jones, President and CEO. “There is so much literature out there about how the younger audience consumes entertainment differently these days so we thought, instead of trying to bring them into our symphony format, let’s bring the music into their environment”

Stamford Symphony is pleased that the very Brewery and music event at the Half Full Brewery in Stamford is sold out!

For more information on future events, please keep a lookout Stamford Symphony’s web page and on Facebook feeds.

Information about the musicians:

Pavel Vinnitsky was appointed principal clarinetist of the Stamford Symphony in 2013. An avid orchestral musician, he regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. As chamber musician, Pavel Vinntsky is a founding member of ClariAnna Duo that includes his wife, concert pianist Anna Vinnitsky. He also performed with the Met Chamber Players during their Carnegie Hall series as well as with the Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is on the artist roster of many international chamber music festivals.

A dedicated educator, Pavel Vinnitsky has conducted master-classes at universities and music schools nation-wide. He is on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His discography includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, New World and Bridge Records labels, numerous broadcasts on WQXR, CBS, Israeli National TV and Bavarian Radio as well as major motion picture soundtracks.

Pavel Vinnitsky holds degrees in clarinet performance from Tel-Aviv University and Yale University School of Music.

To learn more about this musician, visit: www.pavelvinnitsky.com

Clarinetist Jonathan Cohen lives in New York City, performing with top orchestras and chamber groups around the city. A third generation clarinetist, Jonathan was born in New Orleans. He began lessons with his father, Steve Cohen, at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Upon finishing his Master of Music degree from Juilliard, Jonathan went on to play with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for three seasons. In addition to weekly concerts, he also maintained an active teaching studio as well mentoring young students in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra.

His summer festival performances include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Sunflower, Buzzard’s Bay, Naumburg Summer Series, and Minnesota Beethoven festivals among others.

In addition to his work with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jonathan has also appeared as a guest member with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jonathan's major teaches have been Steve Cohen, Nathan Williams, Yehuda Gilad, Mark Nuccio, and Anthony McGill. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

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