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by Christopher Annino
On Thursday, December 4th, student vocalists and the ConnCollege Orchestra performed in a unique concert. Max Ivanov, vocal professor, and adjunct vocal professors Jason Duckles, and Anthea Kresten, combined the vocal students with the orchestra students to perform Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony,” Bizet’s “Carmen Suit,” and excerpts from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”
“First students learned their parts individually and then we brought them together for a number of piano rehearsals. Finally, when the singers and orchestra members were ready, they started rehearsing together. I think that the concert went very well. I was very proud of what our students accomplished. We are hoping to continue working together with the orchestra because this collaboration gives our students a great deal of experience, confidence and satisfaction. And also it is fun,” said Jurate Waller, famed Soprano and vocal professor at ConnCollege.
Also that same week, ConnCollege’s students, led by Jason Goodman, produced and performed Elie Wiesel’s play “The Trial of God.” The challenging drama, set in 1679, is about the internalization of genocide and the human tragedy. Both a book and play, “The Trial of God,” is based on Wiesel’s real-life experience at Auschwitz, where he witnessed three rabbis, close to death, indicting God. For more information about ConnCollege events, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.