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MUSIC

Our museum and sculpture garden will be be filled with music, starting with an outdoor music festival on June 5 and 6 and subsequent weekends and, when Covid allows, musical performances inside the museum on Friday and Saturday evenings.  We intend to fill our walls with a diverse collection of music, including jazz, chamber music, singer/songwriters, open-mic events, multicultural music and dance. 

Our music program will be guided by our Musical Advisory Committee:

Marc Alan

Director of Marketing as well as the head of the in-house social media team at Norwalk’s own Factory Underground. Marc has 20+ years of experience in the music business working at the highest levels of the industry, having personally worked with artists such as Sting, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, Roberta Flack, Christina Aguilera, Sonny Rollins, as well as rock artists like Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith. He has also managed one of the most established studios in the country, SIR Studios (Studio Instrument Rentals), and has mixed front of house audio on tour with artists in 24 countries.

Sandra Miklave

Justine Stephens

A Norwalk native who has risen to acclaim in the classical world as a flautist. She has given more than 70 world premieres of contemporary classical music and has performed with Grammy-nominated artists across the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Justine also dedicates much of her time to the nonprofit sector having served on the board of Music Beyond, which during her tenure served communities within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An active arts administrator, she also proudly contributed to the success of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and flutemaker Burkart Flutes and Piccolos.

David DeJesus
Musical Director of The Norwalk Art Space, David DeJesus

Amali Premawardhana

Cellist and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, currently enjoys a career as a classical orchestral and chamber musician, as well as Suzuki cello instructor. She co-leads her own ensemble, Karavika, which blends Western chamber music with musical traditions of India and Sri Lanka. Karavika has been hailed by the New York Times as "a soulful blend of classical and folk traditions" and by the San Francisco Classical Voice as "commanding performers... suggestive of some of the adventures of such crossover explorers as Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma." 

Colin Walters

A native of Connecticut, Colin Walters is a dynamic and innovative saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Colin discovered his passion for the saxophone at an early age and credits his exposure to listening to Jazz, Classical, Gospel, R&B, and Reggae while growing up. Colin tours and performs regularly in a wide variety of ensembles and genres, including the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Victor Rendon and the Bronx Conexion, Scott Wenzel Big Band, New London Big Band, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Earl MacDonald 10tet, and the Colin Walters Quartet.

Janet Evelyn

Founder and Executive Director of The NICE festival in Norwalk CT.  For South Pacific: In Concert, NPT and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra are proud to partner with The Nice Festival. Janet Evelyn, Executive Director, states that a?oeNICE is committed to bringing awareness to the multiplicity of our global cultural heritage. 

Jameel Roberts

Norwalk raised Jameel Roberts is a Grammy Nominated Producer and Songwriter who has worked with numerous artists in various genres including Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, Kendrick Lamar, Ella Mae, Jill Scott, Kanye West, Usher and J. Cole. Jameel’s latest collaborator is Ariana Grande with whom he helped create her latest album - Thank U, Next.

Nicole Zuratis

Grammy-nominated American jazz vocalist, pianist, songwriter and arranger from Litchfield, CT. She is very in demand on the NYC Jazz scene as a guest vocalist with various ensembles and is currently the featured vocalist with the famous Birdland Big Band. Nicole also leads a nonet with her husband, Dan Pugach and currently resides in West Haven, CT. 

Rebecca Haviland

Canyon Sharits

Currently hailing from Westport, Connecticut, Canyon. has been making a name for herself as a vocal powerhouse and wordsmith. Known by those that have seen her perform to be a captivating singer/songwriter with haunting and heart-wrenchingly honest lyrics, her intense passion will cut deep enough to hit a nerve. Performing with an acoustic guitar, her catchy vocal melodies will immediately grab your attention while the intimate stories she tells will keep your ears guessing.