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Stamford Center for the Arts announces summer education programs

By Stamford Center for the Arts

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Stamford, CT - Arts Education returns to the Stamford Center for the Arts for the third straight year with a focus on music, dance, acting, musical theater and puppetry. With the generous support of presenting sponsors RFR Stamford and Purdue Pharma, SCA will present four unique experiences for the area’s youth: SummerJazz, (generously supported by Pitney Bowes, Purdue Pharma, RFR Stamford and the Italian Center;) the Triple Threat Performer Intensive; Lumina String Quartet’s Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians and Jim West’s “Dinosaurs.”

“SCA’s dedication to providing arts education programs to our community continues to be a major component of our operation,” said SCA Executive Director Elissa O. Getto. “We are so pleased to have Lumina String Quartet back for their 15th year at The Palace, a program that has grown with us. SummerJazz Stamford returns to The Palace for their second year, and our Triple Threat Performer Intensive is back by popular demand. These are excellent programs which are designed to help young artists refine their craft.”

“SCA’s education programs serve as a resource to ignite the imagination, knowledge, appreciation and creativity of our youth, our future audience members. Our summer programs are a result of the cultivation of new relationships and the continuation of established relationships within the community,” said SCA Director of Education and DanceFest Producer, Carol Bryan. “Phil Bashor and Asya Meshberg of Lumina String Quartet have been a mainstay at the Palace for fifteen years. Rick Petrone and Joe Corsello have been conducting their jazz program for eight years and return to the Palace for their second year. David Robertson’s directorship will bring energy, talent and passion to the Triple Threat Performer Intensive and the return of Emmy award-winning puppeteer Jim West will excite the younger ones with his giant puppets; Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex in both puppet-making workshops and a performance on the main stage.”

Now through July 6th at the Sacker Gallery is “The Heart of Mixed Media,” an exhibit, free of charge, by Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne. This artist is drawn to materials and uses feathers, fabric, wood, dried flowers and more, but the sheer joy of creating is what comes through in her work. The combination of vibrant colors and mixed media lures you in on a visual tour. Claybourne embraces her heritage and explores her creativity through the art-making process, giving each piece of work a life of its own. Her desire is to endure this creative journey and originate unique and imaginative pieces of art to be shared with the world. The Sackler Gallery is at 61 Atlantic Street on the second floor of the Palace Theatre. Admission to the exhibit is free. Gallery hours are 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday and during show times. Please call ahead to the SCA box office to let them know you are coming at 203-325-4466. For more information about artist Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne please call 203-354-4091 or visit

SummerJazz Stamford is in its 8th year, created by Joe Corsello and Rick Petrone and it's for students of all ages. Two weeks of music and fun include master classes, improvisation, music history appreciation, and ensemble performances. The program is staffed by professional jazz musicians/educators with guest appearances by top performers and clinicians. All instruments and all levels welcome. Students must be able to read music and provide their own instruments. This year's SummerJazz Stamford program will run Monday through Friday July 9-20 from 9:00am-1:00pm. The cost for both weeks is $600 and $350 for one week. Scholarships are available and Family/Sibling discounts are being offered as well. To enroll, please contact Joe Corsello at 203-323-3450 or Rick Petrone at 203-629-8270. For more information about the program, please visit

Dinosaurs, a creation from award-winning puppeteer Jim West, comes to the Palace Theatre on July 11 at 10:00am. Get ready to hang out with Stegosaurus and hobnob with Tyrannosaurus Rex because Jim West brings the age of the dinosaurs to life in this incredibly fun show. It features a rich musical score from Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Tickets can be purchased at the SCA website, or charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the SCA Box Office at 203-325-4466. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm. This event is brought to you by presenting sponsors Purdue and RFR Stamford with major funding provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

The Triple Threat Performer Intensive will take place July 23 through July 27 at the Palace Theatre, 9am-1pm daily for children ages 11-15. This week-long intensive in the study of theater arts is designed to help young aspiring performers become stronger and more dynamic in their art and to help impart the understanding of the tools required to become a true Triple Threat Performer. It will serve to educate, develop and strengthen their skills as dancers, singers and actors by giving students insight into what it takes to have a successful career in musical theatre. Classes will include Audition Techniques, Theatre Dance, Voice, Acting, Improv, Scene Study and Individual Coaching. Students will be showcased at the end of the intensive in their discipline of choice. NYC Broadway Theatre and area professionals will serve as teaching artists. The Triple Threat Performer Intensive costs $250 for the week. For more information, please contact SCA Director of Education Carol Bryan at 203-517-3431 or by email at This event is brought to you by presenting sponsors Purdue and RFR Stamford with major funding provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

The Lumina String Quartet will have its 2012 Summer String Quartet Festival, in its 15th year of existence, at the Palace Theatre from August 6 through August 19. Two separate weeks (August 6-12 and August 13-19) are offered for talented musicians, giving them a unique place to meet and work with likewise minds. It is a goal and a dream for any aspiring musician to learn and perform works of the great composers, and this Quartet is very happy to give young artists this wonderful opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Each week-long program includes chamber music coaching, private lessons, master classes and scheduled practices and rehearsals (both alone and as an ensemble). There will be other musical activities as well and each week will conclude with a concert held in the Palace Theatre with each student quartet performing an entire composition from the standard repertoire. The festival will be under the guidance of four exceptional Lumina String Quartet musicians who will be coaches: Asya Meshberg, violin; Alex Dzyubinsky, violin; Arman Alpyspaev, viola; Natalia Galebsky, cello; and Phillip Bashor, clarinet. The core repertoire includes Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Borodin, Shostakovich, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. For more information, please call Lumina String Quartet Artistic Director Asya Meshberg at 203-655-8543 or visit

Scholarship opportunities are available to enable children to participate in the education workshops and attend performances. For more information about SCA’s 2012 Arts Education Program, please contact Director of Education Carol Bryan at 203-517-3431 or Tickets, both individual and groups for Jim West’s “Dinosaurs” can be purchased at the SCA website, or charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the SCA Box Office at 203-325-4466. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm.

For additional information (directions, parking) visit the SCA website at or call 203-325-4466.

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