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Concert to raise funds for Saxe auditorium work

Published 10:04 am, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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The Manhattan Brass will perform in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at New Canaan High School.

The New Canaan Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department staff is hosting the concert that will raise money to upgrade the seats, sound and lighting system in Saxe Middle School's auditorium.

More than 1,200 Saxe visual and performing arts students use the auditorium, according to Alan Sneath, the department's director. Built in 1957, it has had only minor safety and sound upgrades. Each year, the Saxe choir, band and orchestra students rehearse and perform in auditorium and two musicals are produced, in addition to three elementary Stringsfests and other uses.

Earlier in the day Feb. 25, the Saxe PTC/Performing Arts Committee is sponsoring two all-school concerts featuring the Manhattan Brass. Grade 6 through 8 brass students will participate in a master class led by Manhattan Brass in the afternoon.

The evening performance will feature some of the Saxe brass students and music faculty.

The concert will kick off a series of events during the upcoming year that are being planned by NCPS staff and students.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students. They are available by visiting www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us under "parents/purchase theater tickets."