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Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Plans Carnegie Hall Debut In 2016

Christian Capocaccia is Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.
Christian Capocaccia is Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. Photo Credit: Courtesy of SYAP

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Music Director Christian Capocaccia starts his fourth year with Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic by making three key changes as it begins its 56th season, including a Carnegie Hall debut in May 2016.

Capocaccia's first key decision is around expanding SYAP from not only a youth orchestra, but also offering the best in music instruction. Starting this Fall, SYAP will be providing music lessons in partnership with the Suzuki School of Westport, Orange and Stamford for children ages 3 and up, to give young musicians an early start to classical music education.

In addition, SYAP will be partnering with the Stamford Music and Arts Academy founded by renown piano teacher Svetlana Fiorito to offer Chamber Music instruction for older students who want to refine their musical skills in a smaller chamber setting. ‘By partnering with these two schools we are sending a signal to the community that we believe in musical excellence. We know that the majority of young musicians today who go on to become professionals start with the Suzuki method and that Chamber Music are the essential foundations for musicianship,'' Capocaccia said. "The beauty of these offerings is that they give students who join SYAP the optionto receive first class individualized training.

The second key change is the decision to move SYAP’s regular rehearsal venue from Trinity Catholic to Westhill High School. One of the key decisions behind the move was to enablechildren to experience rehearsing on a big stage.

The new rehearsal space was made possible by a donation by Al Barbarotta, of AFB Construction. His donation will help to pay for the annual cost of renting the hall at Westhill High School.

The move to Westhill High School has been very timely especially with plans to perform at Carnegie Hall in May 2016. The students will be practicing to play on New York’s big stage—the experience of a lifetime for many.

The third major change is the promotion of Gregory Robbins from associate conductor of the flagship orchestra to the conductor of Young People’s Symphony (YPS).

SYAP is comprised of talented young musicians from southern Connecticut and northern Westchester counties and who train and perform in three orchestras: Young Strings Ensemble, Young People’s Symphony, and Young Artists Philharmonic. SYAP’s performance season is fromSeptember to May of each year. SYAP’s three ensembles will be rehearsing on Mondays from 5-9:30 p.m. at Westhill High School, 125 Roxbury Road, Stamford.

For more information on SYAP, the Suzuki music lessons at the Palace Theatre, and the chamber music lessons, visit their website at www.syap.org.

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