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On April 2, 2017 Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra’s Symphony Orchestra will play Peter & the Wolf at the University of Bridgeport for the original choreographed dance production by New England Ballet Company (NEBC). This will be the first time GBYO has performed for dancers and the first time NEBC has danced to live music.
The ballet features Prokofiev’s classic 1936 score, an opus written specifically to cultivate a love of advanced music in young children. The ballet is choreographed by New England Ballet Company’s Artistic Director, Victor Trevino.
This is a family friendly performance suitable for all ages. Each organization wll perform additional works. New England Ballt Compay will present Benjamin Britten's "Young Persons's Guide to the Orchestra," a perfect complimentary piece to Peter & the Wolf!
One of Fairfield County’s premier youth orchestras, GBYO has become part of the fabric of the local community in its over-half century existence. The group began when the Connecticut Symphony Guild started a youth orchestra for kids interested in developing ensemble experience and today numbers over three hundred young people from all over the state.
The Symphony Orchestra began practicing for the live event in January. The goal of the collaboration is to give Symphony an extra performance opportunity at a high level of musicianship--an enriching experience similar to inviting a guest performer or conductor to work with one of our groups.
“It will be an all-new and completely different experience for Symphony musicians to learn how to match the music to dancers,” said GBYO Executive Director Christopher Hisey. “We expect they will learn a lot from the experience.”
The experience is a mutually beneficial one as well.
New England Ballet Company dancers will have the opportunity to work with live music for the first time in its more than 25-year history. It will require flexibility and agility to stay in time with the musicians versus working with recorded music where the tempo is always the same,” said Kenneth Hopkins, “The dancers will need to pay close attention to the conductor as well. Teamwork between dancers and musicians will be paramount for the success of the performance. The dancers and musicians will realize a new appreciation throughout this collaboration.”
“Working with an orchestra helps not only the dancers and the musicians, but the audience to understand how the arts are related. It is beneficial exposure to all the artists involved,” said Mr. Trevino.
ABOUT GBYO: Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras was founded in 1961 and offers one of the finest opportunities for young musicians in the area to perform in six distinct ensembles. Members of GBYO come from over 30 communities in Fairfield County and beyond for Saturday morning rehearsals in Fairfield. Musicians are selected by competitive audition primarily in late August/early September, although GBYO offers some additional auditions after the Fall Concert. The ensembles include String, Concert, Symphony and Principal Orchestras as well as Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.
The program is developmentally progressive, and gives ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively. GBYO exposes all of its members to all types of symphonic literature and enriches their musical education. Through rehearsals and formal performances, young musicians gain valuable experience and an important sense of achievement and self-confidence, while fostering lifelong friendships and a love of music.
ABOUT New England Ballet Company (NEBC): NEBC is a pre-professional dance company comprising both serious amateurs and dedicated professional dancers from many communities in Southwestern Connecticut. The Company performs for the public and in educational settings. The repertoire includes full-length ballets of Nutcracker, Firebird, Swan Lake, and Romeo & Juliet. NEBC also has a wide variety of children's ballets such as Peter & the Wolf & The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood. Performances take place in Bridgeport at The Klein, The Bijou Theater and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre.
NEBC’s program Developing Appreciation and Nurturing in Cultural arts Education (DANCE) perform abbreviated ballets in local schools, often in under-served districts, to introduce children to the beauty and excitement of classical dance. Through this series, many children experience the joy of live dance for the very first time. For over ten years we have partnered with the ABCD Agency of the Greater Bridgeport Area by providing free dance lessons through it's Carousel programming to the children they serve in our community. We are proud of our involvement in many similar ongoing collaborations with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation at their Bulls Head Hollow Preschool Arts in Education program and the Bridgeport Public Schools in programming such as the Curiale School Arts Enrichment Clusters. Most recently, New England Ballet Company collaborated with the Bridgeport Public Schools in a production of “Nutcracker Our Way,” where more than sixty Bridgeport public school students, most with learning and developmental differences blended together on stage with New England Ballet Company at the Klein Auditorium in a heartwarming production of Nutcracker Suite.