Event To Take Place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.; Will Also Showcase the Musical Talents of Hartt School Faculty and Alumni
Join Colin McEnroe – host of WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show and an alum of The Hartt School – for Hartt & Soul, to be held at the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center in Hartford on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
This engaging evening – the proceeds of which will benefit WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio – will feature special one-night-only performances of jazz, classical musicand dance by faculty and alumni of The Hartt School, the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. The evening’s entertainment will include a special performance by Sirena Huang, an acclaimed violin prodigy and alum of The Hartt School Community Division. At 16 years old, Huang is the First Prize Gold Medalist of 2009’s International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She has already performed with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, and Connecticut’s own Hartford Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few.
“People seem entranced by shows like Glee and Fame, but this is the real deal,” says McEnroe. “Some of these young talents like violinist Sirena Huang and vocalist Ta’Nika Slater are living the dream of those fictional programs. We wanted to present them in an intimate setting.”
Guests will also be treated to a Mionetto Prosecco wine reception, as well as a selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres artfully prepared by The Pond House Café in West Hartford. Like the evening’s performances (which will incorporate everything from classical music to jazz), the hors d’oeuvres will provide a delightful sense of variety, from savory to spicy and everything in-between.
And of course, guests will be able to enjoy the wit and wisdom of WNPR host and Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe, live and in-person.
“This event really encompasses two different things,” says McEnroe. “It's a celebration of the amazing Hartt Community Division and the thousands of professional musicians and dedicated amateurs who have poured through its doors over the decades. If you're one of those people, come back and swap stories with other alumni, and hear acclaimed prodigy Sirena Huang. It's also the first public event we've ever done as The Colin McEnroe Show. It's a chance for listeners to talk to me and the rest of the Colin McEnroe gang and to support the show while enjoying exceptional food, wine and the talents of top dancers and musicians in an incredible series of linked performances."
“We are thrilled to partner with CPBN in welcoming lovers of public radio to The Hartt School in support of a great cause,” says Aaron Flagg, professor and dean of The Hartt School. “As Hartt begins celebrating its 90th year, it is especially exciting to welcome back Hartt alum Colin McEnroe to his alma mater, which now features a vibrant new venue: the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center.”
Completed in 2008, the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the art facility that serves as the instructional home for collegiate and Community Division students of The Hartt School. The building is an extension of the University of Hartford’s main campus, located about one mile away at 35 Westbourne Parkway.
Tickets for Hartt & Soul are $65. For reservations, contact Amy Williamson at [email protected] or at 860-275-7540.
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