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Concordia Conservatory’s UNIQUE Concert for Special Learners Is May 1; Liz Dutton is Artistic Director

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Apr. 28, 2021: Concordia Conservatory’s Unique Series will broadcast its second concert on Saturday, May 1 at 11:00 am. The interactive concert is designed for middle and high school-age audiences and includes a song composed with the help of special education students at West Hill High School, a Stamford Public School.

Created for learners with special needs and their families, the Unique Series is an interactive, 30-minute concert experience in partnership with the Stamford Symphony.

Hosts Liz Ast, music therapy faculty at Concordia Conservatory, and Elizabeth “Liz” Lim-Dutton, the series Artistic Director, will engage audiences with elements of music therapy, family friendly humor and special effects – all set to accessible classics performed by Stamford Symphony musicians – Deborah Buck, Laura Mount and Peter Sanders. 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.

As Artistic Director, Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, a violinist with the Stamford Symphony, is working with Kathleen Suss, Executive Director of Concordia Conservatory, and Nicolas Gonzalez, Community Engagement and Education Manager for the Stamford Symphony. During music therapy sessions, Liz Ast worked with students at West Hill High School to compose the closing song of the concert. Longtime Conservatory students Kathleen Moriarty and Lilly Slaughter serve as Series Ambassadors.

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.
Concordia Conservatory’s mission is to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music offering excellence in education and performance.

Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory


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