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Stamford students rub elbows with the pros

By Stamford Symphony


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Stamford, CT - Serious Fun was had by over 2,500 fourth and fifth graders from the Stamford public schools as the Stamford Symphony presented its annual “American Experience” concert for students on Wednesday, April 25th at Westhill High School.

One of the Symphony’s signature education initiatives, “The American Experience” is designed to coordinate with the public schools’ 4th and 5th grade social studies standards. The pieces performed were related to such topics as the Revolutionary War, the quest for religious freedom, the Civil War, slavery and the emergence of African American music traditions. According to Stamford Public School’s Interim Superintendent Winifred Hamilton, “the young audience was absolutely mesmerized to see and hear professional musicians perform a wide range of songs they have spent months learning about.”

Now in its fifth year, “The American Experience” is – for many students – the first time they experience a live orchestra performance. Under the direction of Maestro Eckart Preu, the concert was further enhanced by the participation of student musicians from local high schools, playing side-by-side with the Symphony’s professional musicians. Dancers from the Ballet School of Stamford joined in the fun, in a piece specifically choreographed from the concert,
and choirs from both Westhill and Stamford high schools also participated.Said Hamilton “their ability to literally rub elbows with pros is an experience they will no doubt remember for the rest of their lives.”

Since 1965, the Stamford Symphony has delivered Serious Fun, helping audiences build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music. Under the direction of the innovative Maestro Preu, the Stamford Symphony reaches over 18,000 people annually through multiple concerts and educational programs. The Symphony reaches over 8,000 students annually through its Advance the Arts program, the Composer Project program, MusiKids, Meet theMusician, and The American Experience – Concert for Students. Additionally, the Symphony distributes complimentary concert tickets to non-profit organizations, community groups and schools in support of its goal of bringing classical music to all of Fairfield County.




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