Since 2006, Music Haven has been introducing young people to music. Specifically, the organization, whose principals make up the Haven String Quartet, is one that offers free instrumental lessons to those who live and attend school in the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Several years ago, when I was first writing about Music Haven, I attended a “performance party” at which students performed before a room packed with proud and beaming friends and family members.
I was proud to be there — proud of Music Haven founder and Executive Director Tina Lee Hadari and her colleagues who’d created something vital, and proud of the students who played so enthusiastically. With a small point-and-shoot camera, I captured the concentration on their faces and the accomplishment they felt having performed pieces they’d been working on with their teachers.
Over the past two years, Kathleen Cei, Music Haven’s communications manager, has been photographing students during lessons and performances. Cei, a real photographer, worked for 20 years in that capacity at the New Haven Advocate prior to joining the Music Haven staff.
“There’s so much magic that happens in the everyday moments at Music Haven,” Cei said. “It’s hard not to take my camera out.”
Through October 30, a collection of the photos Cei has taken are on view at Claire’s Corner Copia. And during the month of September, a “coins for causes” jar at the restaurant is collecting donations earmarked for Music Haven.
On October 7, at 6 p.m., two student string quartets will perform at Claire’s in celebration of Cei’s photo exhibit.
— David Brensilver