Darien Music Department Announces Winter Holiday Concert Schedule

 

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The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce their line-up of school Holiday Winter Concerts. For additional information contact the Darien Music Department at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or visit the Music Department website at: http://blogs.darienps.org/music/

December 5               Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS Grade 6, 7 &  Viva Voce: 6:30 P.M., Grade 8, Camerata: 8:00 P.M.

December 6                Royle Holiday Concert                                                10:00 A.M.

December 7                 Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS            7:00 P.M.

December 8                Middlesex Orchestras Winter Concert at DHS   7:00 P.M.

December 9                Hindley Holiday Concert                                             9:30 A.M.

December 12               Tokeneke Holiday Concert                                        9:30 A.M.

December 13               Holmes Holiday Concert                                            9:30 A.M.

December 14              DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ens., Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) Snow Date: 12/15  7:00 P.M.

December 15               Ox Ridge Holiday Concert                                         9:45  A.M.

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Students Performing In ‘Will & Anthony: A Broadway Holiday’ In Stamford

The Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing at the Palace Theater in Stanford on Dec. 3.

The Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing at the Palace Theater in Stanford on Dec. 3.

 

This Saturday, December 3, the Darien HS Tudor Singers and the Greenwich Public School Honor Choir will be featured in “A Broadway Holiday” with Will & Anthony Nunziata at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford.  A block of discounted tickets for the 8:00 PM show has been reserved for friends and family – to reserve your tickets, call the box office at (203) 325-4466 and use the promo code “CHORAL.”  (You may also use the promo code to order discounted tickets online, but your seats will not be as close in as those in the reserved block available by phone.)  Kick off your holiday season with a great show, and support your school music program at the same time.

http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/events/students-performing-in-will-anthony-a-broadway-holiday-in-stamford/690976/  (Article about the concert)

 

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Darien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive!!

The Daien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive will take place on Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:00 in the DHS Bus loop.

The Darien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive will take place on Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 in the DHS Bus loop.

The Darien HS Band will be holding their annual “Turkey Drive” to collect fresh and frozen turkeys to donate to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Last year the Band donated 107 turkeys to local families in need! The Band will also be collecting sides such as stuffing, corn and mashed potatoes. Your support would be appreciated for this worthy cause. The date and times for this year’s collection will be:

Darien High School Bus Loop

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

7:00-8:00 am 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Darien Band Students Perform at 23rd Annual ASBDA Honors Band Festival

Pictured fro L-R: Teresa Du, Austin Won, James Conroy and Christina Mokenthin

Pictured from L-R: Teresa Du, Austin Won, James Conroy and Christina Mokenthin

 

Pictured L-R: Julia Ford, Jacob Won, Caroline Lacy, Celia Mundt, Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, and JP Barce.

Pictured L-R: Julia Ford, Evan Tong,  Caroline Lacy, Celia Mundt, Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, JP Barce and Jacob Won.

 

On Tuesday, November 15, twelve of our Darien High School Band students performed at the 23rd Annual ASBDA (American School band Directors Association) Connecticut High School Honors Band Festival held at Guilford High School in Guilford, CT. The festival featured students from 15 high schools from throughout the state in both a Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble conducted by guest conductors Mr. Kyle Glaser from the Texas State University-San Marcos and Dr. Matthew Westgate, the Director of Wind Studies at UMASS-Amherst.  Students performing in the Wind Ensemble were: Christina Molkenthin, Teresa Du, Austin Won and Jimmy Conroy. Students performing in the Symphonic Band were: Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, Jacob Won, Evan Tong, Julia Ford, Celia Mundt, Caroline Lacy and J.P Barce. DHS Band Director and ASBDA member is Jonathan Grauer.

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Mozart Visits Elementary Schools

A program on the life and music of Mozart was presented to the students at Ox Ridge Elementary on November 16.

A program on the life and music of Mozart was presented to the students at Ox Ridge Elementary on November 16.

Students in all five elementary schools will have an opportunity to learn more about one of the world’s most celebrated composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , cultural enrichment programs sponsored by the Darien Music for Youth organization. In support of this year’s Music Department’s curricular focus theme entitled, “Mozart & Friends,” the New Paradigm Theater Company is presenting in-school programs to reinforce the musical concepts that music teachers are working on with their students.

 

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Darien Music Teachers and Students Work with Conductor of American Classical Orchestra

String teacher Dawn Hanley is coached by conductor Tomas Crawford on November 8.

String teacher Dawn Hanley is coached on conducting Mozart’s music by conductor Thomas Crawford during a Music teacher Professional Development session on November 8.

Music teachers and students studied the music of Mozart with Maestro Thomas Crawford on November 8.

Music teachers and students studied, performed and conducted the music of Mozart with Maestro Thomas Crawford.

 

As part of the Music Department’s curricular focus theme, the Darien Public Schools Music teachers and several Darien HS Orchestra students had the privilege of performing, conducting and studying the music of Mozart with professional conductor and classical music expert Thomas Crawford.

Artistic Director and Founder of the American Classical Orchestra, Thomas Crawford is a champion of historically accurate performance styles in Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic music.

During the 1980s, Mr. Crawford founded and led two Connecticut orchestras: the Fairfield Orchestra and the period instrument Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy. In 1999 Mr. Crawford founded the American Classical Orchestra, bringing along the internationally recognized period musicians already performing in his Connecticut ensembles. Over the years, Thomas Crawford has attracted top guest artists including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, André Watts, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, Monica Huggett and Vladimir Feltsman; and Mr, Crawford has produced recordings with – among others – the great American pianists Malcolm Bilson and Keith Jarrett.

Music teachers conducted an orchestra made up of both students and teachers performing musical selections composed by Mozart. Each teacher was coached by Maestro Crawford on their conducting skills as well as their interpretation of Mozart’s music.

 

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Darien High School Choral Students Perform at Stamford Palace with US Army Field Band

Member of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing with the US Army Field Band on November 7 at the Stamford Palace.

Members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing with the US Army Field Band on November 7 at the Stamford Palace.

On Monday, November 7, eight members of the DHS Tudor Singers will perform with the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.  Tickets are still available for the free 7:00 pm concert – order tickets (available via print-your-own digital delivery or as will-call reservations) here: https://www.palacestamford.org/online/mapSelect.asp (all available seating is in the mezzanine section).  The Darien Tudor Singers are directed by Mr. Christopher Andrade.

Pictured from left: Top row: Jack Savage, Ethan Stansbury, James Hilton, Peter Marren              Front row: Amina Mobarik, Isabelle Hole, Elisabeth Domittner, Avery Brook

 

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DHS Announces Upcoming Concerts

DHS Band Rehearses for their concert on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

DHS Band prepares for a concert on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The DHS Orchestra will combine forces the MMS 8th Grade Orchestra on Oct. 27.

The DHS Orchestra will combine forces the MMS 8th Grade Orchestra on Oct. 27.

The DHS Chorus students at  prepare for their upcoming concert with the 8th Grade chorus students on Wednesday, November 2.

The DHS Chorus students rehearse for their upcoming concert with the 8th Grade chorus students on Wednesday, November 2.

The Music Department at Darien High School would like to announce three upcoming concert programs.

The Darien High School Band program, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Grauer, will be presenting their fall concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26. The concert will feature the Blue Wave Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.

The Orchestra program under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis will be presenting their annual Orchestra Night Concert “Halloween Spooktacular” featuring the Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Pops Strings Ensemble with a special performance by the Grade 8 Orchestra directed by Mr. Malcolm Karlan. This concert will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The Choral Program, lead by Mr. Christipher Andrade, will present their fall Chorus Night program on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. This concert will also feature individual and combined selections by the Middlesex Middle School grade 8 Chorus directed by Mrs. Kim Sadler and Mr. Thomas O’Donnell.

All of the concerts take place in the Darien High School Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

 

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Jazz Violinist Christian Howes Promotes Creativity with DHS String Students

Darien HS Orchestra students work with Jazz violinist Christian Howes.

Darien HS Orchestra students work with Jazz violinist Christian Howes.

Jazz violinist Christian Howes made a stop in Darien on his recent tour to work with our DHS Orchestra students on Wednesday, October 19. The students were lead through various approaches to improvisation with the accomplished jazz musician, and were engaged in creating their own music and finding their own unique artistic voices. DHS Orchestra Director Jane Minnis arranged the visit and was praised by Mr. Howes for being one of very few string programs in the country to include composition and creativity in the Orchestra curriculum.

Since 2011, performer, educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America for outreach programs in schools, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State department for two tours to visit Ukraine and Montenegro. The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian “arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz.” His recent release on Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure” earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Times, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center in April, 2013. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings. Connect with Christian on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, SoundCloud or www.creativestrings.org

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Announcing Registration for the Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band

Registration is open for the 2016-17 grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band program.

Registration is open for the 2016-17 grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band program.

 

This exciting musical opportunity is open to all students in grades 5 & 6 currently enrolled in their school Band ensemble with exceptions made for a limited number of piano, bass and guitar students. This opportunity is open to students who play all band instruments, piano, bass, guitar and drum set.

Students will be performing music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and will develop skills in improvising and creating and performing their own original music. This ensemble will be taught by Darien Public Schools’ Elementary Band teacher, Mr. Colin Walters, and will be assisted by members of the award winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble.

This ensemble will meet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane in the Band Room, F013.  Depending on the response for this new opportunity, enrollment may be limited, so please respond by promptly retuning the form below to: Colin Walters, Royle School 133 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, CT 06820 or email to: cwalters@darienps.org  by Friday, October 14 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Walters or Director of Music, Rick Sadlon at: RSadlon@darienps.org  or 203-655-3981 ext: 2329

Registration forms are available from all elementary band teachers and on the Music Department blog/web site.

 

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