GREENWICH, Conn. — Calling town hall? You might hear a favorite classical treat played by Greenwich High School String Ensemble.
Callers to town hall who are placed on hold will now hear a recording of “Mozart's Divertimento No. 1” from the ensemble’s spring concert.
The music came as a collaboration between the orchestra’s director, Bethany Fuscaldo, and Tom Klein, the town’s IT director.
The town’s new phone system, which was upgraded earlier this year, came with default music that Klein described as “distorted and canned.”
Klein wanted something different. He was impressed by the high school’s ensemble, which he heard a few months earlier, and reached out to Fuscaldo.
Fuscaldo suggested the Mozart piece because of its low dynamic contrast. Both she and her students are thrilled to have their music featured on the system, she said.
“I’m thrilled for our students’ hard work to have such great exposure in the town!" Fuscaldo said in a statement. "Our students feel very proud to have their performance sought after and to be part of the town at large."
Her students made the recording during their March 30 spring concert at the school’s new performing arts center . The school’s string ensemble is the top-level orchestra and open to ninth through twelfth grade students by audition.
Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei lauded the collaboration between Fuscaldo and Klein.
"This collaboration between the town's IT department and the Greenwich High School String Ensemble is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the musical talents of the town's younger residents and gives callers the chance to hear just how talented they are,” Tesei said in a statement.
The Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 school year will be a Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the performing arts center. The concert will feature “spooky sounds of the season” as well as a side-by-side performance with eighth-graders from the town’s three middle schools. Admission is free and open to the public, according to the town.
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