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Pre-concert Talk: Amy Christman

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Thursday • February 6, 2020 • 6:30 pm
Sudler Hall 100 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06510 United States

Join us for a free 30-minute lecture before each Classics Series concert. These engaging lectures cover the repertoire, composer insights, and secrets from soloists. Please join us for this FREE learning opportunity!

David Southorn first dazzled New Haven audiences in his role as Concertmaster with the 2018 Opening Night performance of Scheherezade. He steps into the spotlight again for two dramatic works for solo violin and orchestra by Arvo Pärt and Aaron Kernis. This celebration of the orchestra’s string family will also pay homage to beloved masterworks by Mozart and Haydn.

Guest Speaker:
Amy Christman, Music Department Chair at Educational Center for the Arts

Music educator, choral conductor, and pianist, Amy Lachance Christman is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of arts education. As Chair of the ACES ECA Music Department, Amy collaborates with teaching artists in music, theater, creative writing, visual art, and dance to create and sustain programming that provides opportunities for young artists to develop their individual artistic voice. Amy’s career in education is fueled by a belief in the extraordinary capacity of young people to imagine what could be. Her work is dedicated to the cultivation of vibrant music education communities which nurture skill in creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Amy extends this work as a collaborative pianist, as a guest lecturer for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, offering regular Prelude Concert Talks since 2016, and through contributions to the field of music education, including a workshop on Improvisation in the Choral Classroom for the 2019 CT Music Educators’ In-Service Conference. Amy earned a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College Columbia University, with a focus on aesthetic philosophy and its implication for arts education with Maxine Greene and David Hanson. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Brink Fox, William Weinert, and Vincent Lenti.

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