Over 100 stringed instruments will be played in unison on the Cloonan Middle School stage Thursday for a student concert. The Stamford Public Schools String Festival will feature students from 5 different middle schools and Stamford High School.
“Originally there was an annual string festival every year for Stamford and a couple of years ago it died out and we would like to bring it back,” says Cody Annelutz, a music teacher at Dolan Middle School.
Annelutz says it’s easy to lose the feeling of community in a district with so many schools, programs, and students. She says the concert is a great way to get everyone involved.
“We feel that the festival is the best way to bring that out, and we choose the month of March to host this production because it represents NAFME’s music in our schools month which supports our National Association for Music Education,” says Annelutz.
“It’s bringing them up to a new level of performance and it’s really wonderful because they’re not just with their own groups, they’re working with everybody,” says Wendy Delson, music teacher for Stamford Public Schools.
“I’m excited to perform with kids from different schools and different backgrounds and different walks of life,” says Cloonan Middle School student Paola Socca.
“It’s really fun to meet new people and since we’re going to high school next year, to see a bunch of kids that are going to the same place,” says Cloonan Middle School student Meghan Prabhu.
“Preparing for it; not only does it help me musically but also bonds with other kids and helps me with teamwork,” says student Brian Kaether.
The concert will also feature a solo performance by SPS alum and professional violinist Darwin Shen.
“We want it to become a staple in the curriculum and in the community and what better way than to have an alum perform for our audience and also to set a fantastic example as to what could be a product of Stamford Public Schools,” says Annelutz. “Music is science, math, English, literacy; it’s the universal language of the world and since Stamford is such a diverse population, it is extremely crucial to bring back such strong music programs and have these opportunities for our kids.”
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Cloonan Middle School auditorium.