Daniel Hand, Wilbur Cross high-school students collaborate

William Boughton. Image courtesy of Harold Shapiro.

Student musicians from Daniel Hand High School in Madison and Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven will share the Woolsey Hall stage on April 12 for a performance of Yale School of Music composer Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, thanks to a partnership between the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Webster Bank called the Webster Bank Music Exchange Program.

In a press release issued in February by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey A. Klaus, a regional president at Webster Bank, was quoted as saying, “Webster Bank is pleased to sponsor this unique and creative connection through the international language of music.”

In addition to working with Theofanidis, New Haven Symphony Orchestra Music Director William Boughton, and members of the orchestra, “a new real-time video technology called MOVI, developed by Yale University, allows real-time link-up capabilities that enable students to participate in sectionals, coachings and rehearsals virtually,” according to the orchestra’s press release.

Laura Adam, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s education director, was quoted in the press release as saying, “This program utilizes technology to connect students from different neighborhoods, the incredible talents of NHSO musicians to inform students, and the experience of working with a living, local composer and conductor.”

Students from Daniel Hand High School and Wilbur Cross High School will perform Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body at Woolsey Hall on April 12 at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact New Haven Symphony Orchestra Education Director Laura Adam by telephone at (203) 865-0831 x. 13 or by e-mail at ladam@NewHavenSymphony.org.

A version of this story was published in February in the New Haven Independent.

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