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Student’s Work Displayed At Wadsworth

The TapeA student’s photography work from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day is on display at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Visuals Arts senior Julienne Delphonse original work “EhT EapT” or “The Tape” has been on display since this summer in a photo gallery other young artists titled “SNAP! Photography Presents Visual Truths.”

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Academy Is One of a Select to Perform Piece

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Every year, dancers from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day invite well known choreographers from the professional dance world for a collaboration called “Choreographers’ Showcase.” This year, the Academy will have the unique opportunity to present a piece from world renowned dancer Merce Cunningham, one of only a select schools to be granted the rights to do so.

Like many of the guest artist who contribute their time, there is a direct connection with Cunningham and the Academy. Dance faculty member Linda Burns studied with Cunningham under a scholarship many years ago. Recently, to celebrate what would’ve been his 100th birthday, dancers from around the world presented his solos. This inspired the Academy to reach out to The Cunningham Trust to see if one his pieces could be presented for Choreographers’ Showcase.

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Opera Company; First Visiting Artist of the Year

CT Lyric OperaMusic students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts spent the first half of their afternoon watching a World War 2 era opera. On Tuesday, October 8, the Connecticut Lyric Opera presented, “Der Kaiser von Atlantis,” a German opera, written by Vikto Ullman with the libretto by Peter Kien. 



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Dance Faculty Earns Distinguished Achievement

Jeanne GiroirAn artist instructor from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day has been recognized by Connecticut Dance Alliance for her contributions to teaching and performing in the state of Connecticut! Core dance faculty Jeanne Giroir is the latest to be recipient of the “Distinguished Achievement Award.” Every year, the CDA acknowledges someone who has made outstanding contributions in teaching, performing, and promoting dance and who has had a profound effect on the Connecticut Dance scene.




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GHAA Take Part in Breakdancing Shakespeare

Breakdance ShakespeareThree students from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day are performers in this summer’s Hartford Stage’s production of Breakdancing Shakespeare. Every summer, the Greater Hartford Arts Council selects high school students within the region to spend a six week period rehearsing, taking master classes as well as learn interviewing, networking, and resume skills….

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Alumnus Releases Record

Wonderful WorldAn Academy alumni has recently released his debut album which pays tribute to the school that first exposed him to jazz music. On May 29th, Matt Dwonszyk (Academy class of 2010) released his debut “Wonderful World” on Truth Revolution Recording. The album contains 12 original tracks and features contribution from two other Academy alumni. The second track on the album is titled “The Academy” and is about how his experience at GHAA has turned him onto Jazz music.

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