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INTAKE, Norwalk Youth Symphony to Host Free Concert

The first-of-it's-kind, free-admission classical music concert will feature combined works and instruments from Latin America

The following information was announced via Mayor Moccia's Office:

Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia and the INTAKE Organization, which
promotes classical music performed on native instruments, in partnership with the Norwalk Youth Symphony, will host a free-admission Annual Gala Concert on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7PM at Norwalk Concert Hall, featuring a collaborative performance between the Norwalk Youth Symphony and the INTAKE Ensemble (Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics).

Piano and accordion virtuoso, Paco Godoy, will join them directly from Ecuador to perform several classics and Latin American genres such as: tango, bolero, pasillo, rumba, joropo and bossanova. This will be the first time, after 57 years of music making, that the Norwalk Youth Symphony will perform Latin American music and combine it with native instruments.

Under the baton of Richard Brooks, the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra, the lNTAKE Ensemble, ASOVEN­Rhytbm and Folklore from Venezuela, and Dominican baritone Raúl Fernandez, will perform classics like the “William Tell Overture" by Rossini (Italy), "Czardas" by Monti (Hungary), Bizet's "Habanera"  Carmen opera (Spain) among others.

They will also perform Latin American tangos like “El Día Que me Quieras” (The Day in which you love me) and “Libertango“ by Carlos Gardel' and Astor Piazzolla (Argentina)," Alma Llanera“ (Plain-Fields Soul, Venezuelan joropo), a Dominican bolero I'Por Amor" (Through Love) by Rafael Solano, “El Cumbanchero" by Rafael Hernandez lìom Puerto Rico, Ecuadorian pasillo “Cuando te recuerdo” (When I remember you), among other works.

Door will open at six in the evening, with a red carpet entrance hosted by contestants in the Miss Belleza Latina pageant.

Commenting on the partnership between the Norwalk Youth Symphony and the INTAKE Organization, Mayor Moccia supports the need of bringing an innovative approach to classical music by focusing on its interpretation through the use of native instruments from a variety of cultures representing local communities in diaspora, which is why the chosen repertoire will merge classical works with Latin American genres.

“Students from the Norwalk Youth Symphony have gone out and done many great things upon graduation. Some have remained in music and founded non-profit music organizations to give back to our community, while others have also gained success in other fields. We are Very proud of INTAKE Organization founder and Artistic Director, Angelica Durrell, who is truly a Norwalk success story”, said Mayor Richard Moccia during Norwalk Youth Symphony’s past season concert, as they announced the partnership agreement between the City of Norwalk and INTAKE.

For this concert, the orchestra will perform classical music by academic and popular composers, joined by the INTAKE Ensemble, a group comprised of professional musicians who perform classical music on native instruments incluîding the accordion, native harp, marimba, Latin and African percussion, guitar, cuatro and mandolin.

Some original scores and special arrangements will be commissioned by INTAKE’s board member, virtuoso accordionist and pianist of Ecuadoran origin, Paco Godoy, in an effort to showcase the versatility of these classical and native instruments.

During Norwalk Youth Syrnphony’s final concert of the 2011-2012 season, Lisa Petno, chairman, announced its partnership with the INTAKE Organization for a joint concert in the fall.

“We are continually striving to provide our musicians with unique and extraordinary experiences, and it will be especially rewarding to work with an organization founded by one of our alumni. We teach our musicians that music transcends cultural boundaries, and incorporating native instruments into our October 20th concert with INTAKE will further emphasize this concept”, noted Petno.

“Classical music changed my life and being part of the Norwalk Youth Symphony had an enormous impact in my musical development. I remember coming to the NYS rehearsals and presenting a polished product at the end of each concert season, but I also remember wanting to partake in an organization that allowed for cross-cultural connections and created a positive social impact on the community”, said Angelica Durrell.

Advertising for this free-admission concert is being rnade possible with support ñrom the Mayor's the Norwalk Youth Symphony, Norwalk Public School’s English Language Learners (ELL) educational program, the Norwalk Housing Authority, and with the support of private business, educational, civic and community organizations from Norwalk and Stamford.

The INTAKE Organization, Inc., is a Connecticut-based 50l(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2011. The mission of INTAKE Organization (lnstrumentally Native Taking on the Classics) is to bring an innovative approach to classical music by focusing on its interpretation through the use of native instruments from a variety of cultures representing local communities in diaspora. INTAKE has partnered with the University of Connecticut, holding residencies at the United States Embassy in Quito and the National Assembly of Ecuador; the City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism; and the Stamford Public Schools System.

INTAKE strives to increase classical music audiences through public performances, educational workshops, community outreach events, and cultural advocacy. Board members include Afa Sadykhly Dworkin of the national Sphinx Organization, and composers Gabriela Lena Prank  and Tania León as Honorary Board members.

About the Norwalk Youth Symphony:

The Norwalk Youth Symphony is sponsored by the City of Norwalk, Connecticut. The Norwalk Youth Symphony is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people within a musical  community. Founded in 1956, the NYS has expanded since that time to include over 230  musicians  more than 30 area towns each year. Many alumni have gone on to study  professionally at music conservatories and colleges such as Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School
of Music, Berklee College of Music, Hartt College of Music and the New England Conservatory.  All NYS members gain an invaluable discipline and musical experience that instills a lifelong appreciation of music and the arts.

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