By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory
Jan. 27, 2021: Concordia Conservatory and Stamford Symphony Orchestra will present a concert series for special learners. This new series, called the Unique Series, will debut with concerts at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 6 (elementary-age audiences) and Saturday, May 1 (middle and high school audiences). It will be broadcast for home viewing from Concordia Conservatory Stamford.
Created for learners with special needs and their families, the Unique Series is an interactive, 30-minute concert experience. Host Liz Ast, music therapy faculty at Concordia Conservatory, will engage audiences with elements of music therapy set to accessible classics performed by Stamford Symphony musicians. The inaugural season’s theme, “Feeling Music, Feeling Strong,” will focus on tempo: moving to a variety of rhythms, audiences will explore the beat that keeps music – and our hearts – alive and flowing.
Elizabeth Lim-Dutton (violinist with the Stamford Symphony) serves as Artistic Director of the Unique Series, working with Kathleen Suss, Executive Director of Concordia Conservatory, and Nicolas Gonzalez, Director of Community Engagement and Education for the Stamford Symphony. Longtime Conservatory students Kathleen Moriarty and Lilly Slaughter serve as Series Ambassadors. The Unique Series is sponsored by Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
Concordia Conservatory, which in 2019 incorporated the music and art therapy provider Arts for Healing, is well-versed in providing music therapy and its wealth of developmental benefits. The Conservatory currently provides weekly music and art therapy classes for the Stamford and Norwalk Public Schools, serving 375 students aged five to 18. This year, classes have been delivered remotely from the Conservatory’s broadcast studios in Stamford.
Popular and long-running concert series are a specialty of Concordia Conservatory. From the Musical Adventures Family Series to the annual Holiday Community Musical to the Hoch Chamber Music Series, Westchester and Fairfield Counties’ premier community music school delivers on its mission to enrich lives through music. Concordia Conservatory is a division of Concordia College New York, in Bronxville, New York.
Unique Series concert tickets are $10. Broadcast links may be purchased at concordiaconservatory.org or by calling 203-595-5059 or 914-395-4507.
Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory
Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.
Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
171 White Plains Rd
99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708