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I am privileged to pass along a beautiful gift from a friend and colleague who teaches at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. I will let her explain this gift in her own words:

Dear friends and family, 

Back in State College, I always tried to schedule a beautiful concert with my students on Dec 21. The darkest day of the year seemed to me to be a good time to have as much beauty and joy going on as possible.  (Not to mention the post-concert chocolate cake!) 

Well, today is Dec 21, and I am happy to say that I have something joyous to share with you.  

The Hartt Community School Chamber Music Program usually gives concerts in nursing homes during the holidays. These are some of the most joyous and beautiful concerts of the year, especially because the residents and the performers get to visit with each other at a festive reception for which the performers’ families bring food. Of course none of this is possible in person this year, BUT we found a way to bring the music in anyway! 

The Chamber Music and Y2C programs at the Hartt Community School have put together a playlist of music and videos to share that you can find below.  

Amazingly many of the chamber groups haven’t met in person at all this semester, but created their recordings using the online platform “Bandlab” that has no video feature and requires each person to record their tracks individually (the way albums are made).  

For a social artform like chamber music, it has been a very interesting shift for our generally very social teenagers to make music without meeting in person.  But the students are learning to listen even more deeply and to know the scores better, and the love of music continues to grow. (And of course there are some projects that are still very much “in progress”…) 

The question of how to share our music with audiences in a way that would be as joyful and meaningful as our usual December concerts however, did arise.  

We decided to try something new! The Chamber Music and Y2C Programs combined forces and created a sharable play list that you can find below. One good thing about this format is that we can share our music with many more people than we could have in person, and we can go into places we never could have reached otherwise.  

Please feel free to share this with any people or facilities you think might enjoy having some music from our kids who really wanted to share their music (and creative videography by Reagan Brasch!) with people in need. 

Take good care!

Heart

Melinda  

Here is part 1: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR3KpqC9Fv2WrnI7eJGbxJebyxw6RzvV2

Hartt Chamber and Y2C Holiday Concert Part 1
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and here is part 2: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR3KpqC9Fv2UmggyfuttmBomoXy-4-Ls4

Hartt Chamber and Y2C Holiday Concert Part 2 – YouTube

Melinda Daetsch

The Hartt School

Music at Penn’s Woods

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra  

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer to neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

-Stephen Grellet

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