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April 24, 2012
Aaron Flagg, Dean
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The Hartt School Dance Division presents Hartt Dances on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 PM; Saturday, April 28, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM; and Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 PM, at Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford's West Hartford campus. Admission is $20, with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Admission is free for University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff with current University ID. For tickets and information, contact the University of Hartford Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

The Hartt Dance Division, under the direction of Stephen Pier, presents three world premieres along side monumental classics from the worlds of ballet and modern dance. These works include Paquita, by Marius Petipa, staged by Hilda Morales, with music by Ludwig Minkus; There is a Time, by José Limón, staged by Hartt faculty member and former Limón Company dancer Nina Watt, with music by Norman Dello Joio; Apsides, choreographed by guest artist Charlotte Griffin, with original score by Milica Paranosic, funded by Bowdoin College; Horseplay, by guest artist Gregory Dolbashian; Beauty to the Bone, by Hartt faculty member Katie Stevinson-Nollet; and a new ballet work by Hartt faculty member Hilda Morales, with music by Frederic Francois Chopin.


The Hartt School is pleased to welcome one of the world's most celebrated composers, John Corigliano, as its 2012 "Unclaimed Property" Composer-in-Residence, with concerts on Wednesday, May 2, Thursday, May 3, and Saturday, May 5. Corigliano's scores, now numbering more than one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (the "Oscar"), and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. This residency consists of three concerts of his music featuring the students and faculty of The Hartt School. The "Unclaimed Property" concerts are generously sponsored by Susan Brake.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Nine run in repertory through April 29. Click on the show name for specific information.

The competition is intense. The words are hilarious. Let the spelling begin! The show centers around a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County, New York. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award winning musical, with William Finn's score and Rachel Sheinkin's book, centers around the experiences, joys, sorrows, and personal discoveries centered around the county spelling bee. Directed by Hartt faculty member Annmarie Davis, choreographed by Denise Leetch-Moore, and music direction by Paul Feyer.

With book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, Nine is based on Ferderico Fellini's semi auto-biographical film 8 1/2. The musical focuses on Guido Contini, a film producer who is dreading his upcoming his 40th birthday and facing a midlife crisis and the romantic difficulties he faces. Directed by Hartt faculty member Ralph Perkins.


Joshua Russell, assistant professor of music education in The Hartt School, authored a study titled "The Short and Long-Term Career Plans of Secondary Music Educators: Characteristics of Stayers, Movers, and Leavers" in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Russell conducted the study in order to build upon his previous research on this topic and examine the career paths of secondary music educators. With this information, teachers, administrators, and policy makers may be better able to combat unwanted teacher migration and attrition, which often negatively impacts student learning.

Hartt Theatre faculty member Diana DiMarzio, who starred as the Beggar Woman in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, opposite Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris, will re-create her performance in a jubilee concert production of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical May 6, at 7:00 PM with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Bavarian Radio Orchestra) at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. Click here to read more.


Hartt Graduate Music Education students Jessica Lenhart, Kelly Frost, and Adam Summerer presented preliminary results of a research study currently in progress at the Connecticut Music Educators Conference, April 12, 2012. The students presented a research poster and a one hour workshop session. The research study is titled, "Examination of relations among early musical experiences, early literacy skills, prosodic development, and aural skills instruction in music in Kindergarten children."

Hartt alumnus Phillip Boykin has won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Porgy And Bess (ART), and has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Porgy and Bess on Broadway!

Christine Dwyer MT '07 has landed the role of Elphaba on the Wicked 2nd National Tour. Click here to read more.

David Marmanillo MT '10 is in Pioneer Theatre's Man of La Mancha. Click here for more information.

Current Hartt student Kevin Sliwoski '12, Jazz trombone, is this year's recipient of the prestigious John G. Martin Scholarship. The Martin Scholarship Program sends every year one of the University of Hartford's graduates to study at Hertford College of Oxford University.


The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) is pleased to announce A Benefit for the Fund for Access, a recital featuring noted violinist Sirena Huang, joined by the Opus 89 Youth Orchestra, on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 7:30 PM in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT. The performance will include works by Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, and Vivaldi. Tickets to this special performance are $35.00 general admission. A limited number of premium seats, which include an exclusive pre-concert reception, are available for $75. All proceeds benefit the Fund for Access, The Hartt School Community Division's financial aid program. For tickets, contact the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased anytime at www.hartford.edu/hartt.

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