(Not) Just For Kids: Free Music Program "One Big Family – Orchestra!" this weekend

The Norwalk Symphony's (Not) Just For Kids series opens its 2017-18 season on Saturday October 28 with One Big Family - Orchestra!  This fun, free program shows how the four instrument families perform together and how each is a unique facet of an orchestra! (Not) Just For Kids demonstrates the range of sounds and how musicians produce notes and tones, that together create a symphony. Music played will include themes from NSO’s upcoming Musical Revolutionaries concert on November 4. The hour-long program ends with youngsters given the chance to try out instruments and make their own music. NSO Executive Director Louis Pietig is enthusiastic, “This is a great way to introduce music from the Norwalk Symphony into the surrounding communities, and reach a new and appreciative audience.”

One Big Family includes Norwalk Symphony Orchestra musicians sharing how, like in human families, the instruments in a particular family are related. They are often made of the same types of materials, look similar, and produce sound in comparable ways. Some are larger and some are smaller, just as parents and children are different sizes with higher and lower voices. Each of the four families (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) have members with specific traits.

NSO is excited that (Not) Just For Kids will begin a special Afterschool Program at Norwalk City Hall on Friday October 27 at 4pm for students from the Carver Center and Norwalk Housing Authority. If you would like to attend on Friday please call 203 956-6771 as space is limited.

Norwalk Symphony’s (Not) Just For Kids program One Big Family will be Saturday October 28 for the public at three locations: Norwalk Public Library, at 11am; New Canaan Public Library at 1pm, and Wilton Library at 3pm. Funding for this program is provided by the New Canaan Community Foundation, the Ruth Krauss Foundation, and donors of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

For Immediate Release - Norwalk Symphony Board Welcomes Four New Members

For the past 78 years, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and its Board of Directors have been an integral part of the local community. For the 2017-2018 Season, the Board is pleased to welcome four new members to its ranks. “We now have 21 members, all of whom play an active role” said Chris Bell, Board President. “We are thrilled to have these four new members join us, and we look to expand our ranks even further in the coming years.”

Chris McCormack is no stranger to the Norwalk Symphony, having played in the viola section since 1981. He is also President of the Housatonic Community College Foundation. His regular “day job” is in environmental law and litigation with Pullman and Comley. Chris holds a BA in Music from Yale, an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, and a JD degree from Fordham School of Law.

Georgia von Schmidt is actually a returning member of the Board, having previously served from 2005 to 2008. Georgia grew up in Norwalk and played with the Norwalk Youth Symphony before attending Wayne State University. Her JD degree is from New York Law School and her Darien-based practice specializes in wills and estates, as well as in family, small business, and real estate law. Georgia served on the Darien Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years.

Eva Toft is also a returning NSO Board member, having chaired the Special Events Committee in years past. She is a licensed real estate broker, an interior design consultant and an Adjunct Lecturer in the home design business at Fairfield University. Eva majored in International Business and French at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and has studied at the New York School of Interior Design, Fairfield University, and at Norwalk Community College.

Robert Bourguignon moved to Norwalk from New York in 2008 with his husband, Brandon. They immediately began attending Norwalk Symphony concerts and having long supported the New York Philharmonic, were delighted to find a symphony orchestra here in town. Robert practices law in New York with Troutman Sanders LLP., and Brandon volunteers with the Family Re-Entry/Champions Mentoring Program in Bridgeport. Robert’s love of classical music began when he was ten and acquired the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's "Hooked on Classics."

Welcome to all!

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