Greenwich’s New Telephone System Highlights Talent of Greenwich High School String Ensemble

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Contributed: Lisa Bologna

Callers to Greenwich Town Hall who are placed on hold can now enjoy a melodious treat – Mozart’s Divertimento No. 1 as performed by the Greenwich High School String Ensemble.

Bringing the music to Town Hall is the result of e collaboration with the Greenwich High School

Orchestra Director Bethany Fuscaldo and the Town’s IT Director Tom Klein,

The effort began shortly after the Town upgraded its phone system earlier this year. The new system allowed for ho’d-music. But Mr. Klein described the default music that was programmed in the system

as “distorted and canned.” He wanted something that was appropriate for the Town of Greenwich.

Klein recalled hearing the High School Ensemble a few months earlier, and was impressed by how professional they sounded. He reached out to Ms. Fuscaldo with the idea of using one of their recordings. Ms. Fuscaldo suggested the Mozart piece because of its low dynamic contrast, and the fact it is in the public domain.

“I’m thrilled for our students’ hard work to have such great exposure in the Town! Our Students feel very proud to have their performance sought after and to be part of the Town at large,” Fuscaldo said.

The recording was made during the High School Orchestra’s March 30, 2016 Spring Concert at the school’s new Performing Arts Center. The String Ensemble is the top-level Orchestra, and is open to 9th through 12th grade students by audition.

The Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 school year will be a Halloween ‘Spooktacuiar’ on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert wiki feature spooky sounds of the season, and a side-by-side performance with eighth-graders from the Town’s three middle schools. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ms. Fuscaldo at 203-987-1368 or Mr. Klein at 203-622-6448.


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