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A Night of Jewish Klezmer Music and Latin American Dances at Norwalk Concert Hall; 100+ Young Musicians to Take the Stage; Performances by Norwalk Youth Symphony and the INTEMPO Music School

STAMFORD, CT (February 19, 2019)– INTEMPO will present its annual benefit concert, Klezmer and More Dances, on Saturday, March 30th, at 7:00pm at Norwalk Concert Hall, located at 125 East Avenue in Norwalk. The concert will feature performances by flute soloist Adrianne Greenbaum, the Norwalk Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra under the baton of Australian conductor Russel Ger, and INTEMPO’s Music School. Proceeds of the concert will go towards providing scholarships to students of INTEMPO’s music programs and summer camp. The concert is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program. It is co-presented by SpreadMusicNow, a donor-advised fund of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and is supported by the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts.

The concert will mark the fifth year of a successful partnership between INTEMPO and the Norwalk Youth Symphony, one that reflects the two organizations’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, interculturality and innovation. This year’s concert will feature klezmer music from the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern European, Argentinian tango music, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) songs, as well as Western classical musical, and will spotlight Ecuadorian charangos, Spanish guitar, and Peruvian cajones. An interactive performance by soloist Adrianne Greenbaum, a renowned klezmer flutist and pedagogue, will encourage audience members to dance and participate in the music-making experience.

“Year after year we immerse ourselves in different genres and musical styles, always going beyond our comfort zone” says INTEMPO founder and executive director Angelica Durrell. “With the theme of this concert centered on klezmer and Ladino music, we are seeking to engage new communities. At the same time, we will be reflecting our communities by featuring music from Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela.“

About INTEMPO

Founded in 2011, INTEMPO provides high-quality music education to low-income children predominantly from immigrant or first generation backgrounds and from communities underrepresented in the arts, helping them build critical emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills, and empowering them to leverage these skills to achieve life success. INTEMPO’s accessible, relevant, and inclusive bilingual programs break down barriers that keep children from participating in music education, support their musical interests, and reverse negative patterns that hold back children from realizing their potential. Within an environment that fosters joy, friendship, aspiration, and individual agency, INTEMPO supplements students’ music education with essential youth-development services, to ensure their holistic growth.

About the Norwalk Youth Symphony

Founded in 1956, the Norwalk Youth Symphony (NYS) offers talented young musicians the opportunity to set and achieve high personal standards, to discover their capabilities of working together, and to share the excitement of performing great music before appreciative listeners. The NYS includes over 230 musicians from more than 30 area towns each year. Many alumni have gone on to study at music conservatories and colleges such as Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Hartt College of Music and the New England Conservatory. Graduates have also played in college orchestras at Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Wellesley, Ithaca, Brown, Princeton, University of California at Berkeley, Williams, MIT, Hamilton, Boston College, Columbia and others. One alumnus is a three-time Grammy Award winner.

For more information, please visit: intempo.org

Cultural Crossover Concert

INTEMPO’s annual large-scale multicultural concert is a major initiative with a track record of excellence. We reach audiences of 1,000+ people of all ages and from all walks of life.

The concert is cultural equalizer, featuring symphonic music and highlighting the music of a different culture each year.

We feature more than 100 young musicians on stage, alongside professional musicians and a multilingual choir, coming together in a demonstration of inclusion and diversity.

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