Megan-Geoffrey Prins, The Second Movement, and Project Music!
Our thanks to the HIGHLAND GREEN FOUNDATION and the Community Arts Partnership Program – City of Stamford, David R. Martin, Mayor, event SPONSORS.
MEGAN-GEOFFREY PRINS, piano
THE SECOND MOVEMENT, chamber ensemble
A very exciting and unique program to greet the new year. New Haven's chamber ensemble, The Second Movement, David Perry, executive director, will perform Stamford-born composer David Bruce's composition "Gumboots," an homage to the slaves of South Africa's goldmines. When the mines flooded, their owners spared themselves the expense of pumping out the water, and instead gave the slaves Wellingtons -- e.g., "gumboots" to wade in; the workers were strictly forbidden from talking to one another, and developed a sophisticated language to communicate with each other by slapping their boots and chains, which in turn gave rise to what is now known as a joyous genre of dance called the gumboot dance. This 23-minute chamber work takes us from the darkness of slavery through to the joy and resilience of the dance.
This introduction to South Africa is intentional, because our concert pianist today is award-winning South African Megan-Geoffrey Prins, a doctoral candidate at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where he already earned his Masters with Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
Megan will finish the first half of our concert with an homage American laborers with Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, and -- and a complete change of genre and mood, will celebrate Russian Christmas in our second half with all All Russian Composers program of Liadov, Lyapunov, and Drozdoff.
THE SECOND MOVEMENT celebrates the evolving and expanding role of the musician in modern society by fully embracing the practices of music performance, education, and arts advocacy, so that we may create and nurture a musical community that reflects the diverse and equitable world in which we desire to live.
The Second Movement is and artist-led chamber music collective based in New Haven, Connecticut. For four years, we have nurtured innovative collaborations between professional musicians and under-resourced students, understanding that their rights to the arts will not be realized without direct action. Through a coordinated approach to individual instruction, interactive school performances, and approachable public concerts, we aim to diversify and expand the existing audience for classical music.
We know we must reach into the lives of people who are excluded from the classical music community, both as performers and audience members, in order to earn their trust. We go beyond the typical outreach model, engaging boldly and repeatedly with our students in their schools, ultimately teaching them to perform to a public audience. In this manner, we can use the arts as a vehicle help young people find their voice.
We select and perform music as a direct response to the inequity and prejudice that exists in our society with the aim of invigorating community participation in these issues. Music has a powerful ability to contribute an empathetic, humanizing voice to a world that hears the public discourse growing increasingly cold and divisive.
AND, as promised, the SPECIAL SURPRISE! We will be joined on the stage today by Stamford's own PROJECT MUSIC!!!.
PROJECT MUSIC is an intensive after-school music education program for students in Stamford, Connecticut, dedicated to the memory of Anthony D. Truglia, who founded the original PROJECT MUSIC in the late 1960’s under the premise of providing free music lessons to inner city youth within walking distance to their homes. The current program is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change created over 30 years ago by politician and musician Jose Abreu. In partnership with other community organizations, and with government, foundation and private support, PROJECT MUSIC provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to Stamford's next generation.
We anticipate having a very special surprise for you during this program, above and beyond what is described here. If we told you more, it wouldn't be a surprise. You'll just have to come!
Join us for this amazing and eclectic program. You don't want to miss this.
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