The New Canaan High School Band and Jazz Ensemble will team up with the Summer Theater of New Canaan to presentMusicals, Masters and Marches on May 6.
Musicals, Masters and Marcheswill feature medleys from classic American musicals including Music Man, Grease and Hairspray, which the Summer Theater of New Canaan (STONC) will premier as its season opener on June 21. The New Canaan High School Jazz Ensemble also will perform selections from American master, Duke Ellington while the entire 50-piece band will open and close the show with inspired renditions of iconic American marches by John Philip Sousa.
The concert is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. in the New Canaan High School Auditorium. A special will follow.
“We wanted to take our annual spring concert to a new level” comments NCHS Band Director, Scott Cranston “Not only do we want to highlight our many talented students, but also team and pay tribute to one of our town’s great assets, the Summer Theater of New Canaan. We are confident it will result in a special concert experience that the entire community will enjoy.”
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with so many talented New Canaan High School students over the years, many of whom have moved onto professional careers in the theater and music industry,” said Melody Libonati, artistic director, Summer Theater of New Canaan and The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, “We are delighted to team with the NCHS band on this event, reunite with some of our former NCHS performers and showcase select members of our ensemble cast in this special concert.” Returning NCHS grads are Sharon Malane, Kate Bodenheimer and Christian Libonati.
A concentrated effort is being made to reach out to all facets of the community— especially senior groups. Organizers are also working to coordinate transportation to and from the event through local agencies and volunteers.
“We’ve extended invitations to the residents of the Schoolhouse Apartments and New Canaan Inn as well as participants and members of the Lapham Community Center and Staying Put New Canaan,” says Cranston. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to sample the extraordinary talent that’s regularly featured in the Summer Theater of New Canaan’s seasonal performances.”
It’s also a great way to enjoy the talented NCHS band that's won First Place trophies and Best Band Overall in the Music in the Parks competition for the past two years. Music in the Parks is a daylong or two-day festival for student choral, orchestra and band ensembles held annually across the United States.
“It’s really exciting for our kids to win these awards,” says Cranston, “but it’s even more meaningful when the local community can appreciate first-hand the hard work and dedication they’ve invested all year.”