ASAP performances planned for April 5
ASAP!’s Inter-District Strings Project will culminate with four in-school performances at Nonnewaug High School April 5.
In addition, a free evening performance will be held for the public on April 5 at 7 pm at Nonnewaug School Auditorium, 5 Minortown Road, Woodbury.
ASAP serves Northwest Connecticut.
The Inter-district Strings Project is funded in part by grants from Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, The Rene Bloch Foundation, and Jean & Julien Levy Foundation of the Arts.
The Strings Project, which was spearheaded 10 years ago by ASAP!, provides young musicians from all walks of life the chance study under professionals and play side-by-side with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Students learn a varied repertoire in small groups, focusing on fundamental techniques, ensemble skills, and music interpretation.
The project culminates in performances for more than a thousand school children each year.
Over the past several months, 24 ASAP participants from a dozen Connecticut towns met at Shepaug Valley School in Washington to study with professional musicians from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Classes were led by teaching artist and violinist Lisa Laquidara with help from cellist Mary Costanza and violinist Claudia Hafer-Tondi.
“I love the enthusiasm of the students,” said Laquidara. “They are very motivated and give 100 percent effort and attention.”
“They love to play in orchestra, and it really shows in their attitude in this program,” she said. “I feel very fortunate to have such enthusiastic and motivated students every year.”
Students in grades 6-12, and adults work collaboratively towards a common goal as they prepare to perform side-by-side with 20 professional string musicians and a percussionist from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of WSO Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland.
The concert will also feature a guest appearance by David Yi, a conducting Fellow from the Yale School of Music.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Nonnewaug High School.
The public concert presented by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra was made possible in part by funding from the Ruth Ann Leever Designated Music Education Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation
For more information, call 860-868-0740.