Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Side by Side

ASAP!'s Inter-district Strings Project 

Thomas C. Duffy, Composer and Guest Conductor

Lisa Laquidara (violin), Lead Teaching Artist
Claudia Tondi (violin) & Mary Constanza (Cello), WSO Teaching Artists

Nonnewaug High School
5 Minortown Road, Woodbury, CT

Thursday, April 6 7:00PM

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Thomas C. Duffy, Composer and Guest Conductor


Thomas C. Duffy is Professor (Adjunct) of Music and Director of University Bands. Composer and conductor Thomas Duffy’s interests and research range from non-tonal analysis to jazz, from wind band history to creativity and the brain. Under his direction, the Yale Bands have performed at conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and New England College Band Association; for club audiences at NYC’s Village Vanguard and Iridium, Ronnie Scotts’s (London), and the Belmont (Bermuda); performed as part of the inaugural ceremonies for President George H.W. Bush; and concertized in nineteen countries in the course of sixteen international tours. more

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ASAP!’s Inter-district Strings Project and Music for the Schools with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra 
We are thrilled to present our Inter-district Strings Project with students from 8 towns in Litchfield and New Haven counties playing side by side with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Over the past four months 25 students from grades 6-12 have been working with three professional musicians (two violinist and one cellist) improving their ability to play on their violin, viola, or cello, learning musical technique, intonation (how to play in tune), and ensemble skills (listening to other musicians while playing themselves). This project culminates in performances for thousands of school children through ASAP!’s Music for the Schools when we present our students playing side-by-side with WSO.

ASAP!’s Inter-district Strings Project and Music for the Schools was made possible in part by:
Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Union Savings Bank, B.O.A.T. Fund at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Rene Bloch Foundation, Jean & Julien Levy Foundation for the Arts, Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust 

About ASAP!
ASAP!’s mission is to foster creative, hands-on learning through the arts. We are a non-profit organization recognized as the place for quality and innovative arts education offering literary, performing, visual, and culinary programs year round for pre-k through adult. The ASAP! community includes families and children of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from over 100 towns. We reach 8,000+ children a year from all walks of life throughout Connecticut. Our program impacts kids by exposing them to experiential learning opportunities that encourage them to think creatively, ask questions, and explore possibilities. Since our inception ASAP! has given nearly half a million dollars in financial aid to families in need. ASAP! never turns a child away. Click here to learn more about ASAP!

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Lisa Laquidara


Lisa Laquidara (violin), Lead Teaching Artist
more information to come

Side By Side Public Concert with ASAP!'s Inter-district Strings Project  
Thursday, April 6 – Nonnewaug High School auditorium, 7:00 PM
5 Minortown Road, Woodbury, CT


Tickets: Available at the door - $5.00 Max price $20 per family.
Questions? call (203) 574-4283

For more information please contact WSO Education Associate Sarah Miller @ 203-574-4283 or smiller@waterburysymphony.org


WSO Education programs receive generous support from:


The Ruth Ann Leever Designated Fund at

The Leever Foundation.

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