Singer-Songwriter To Release New Album At WestConn

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Singer-songwriter and WestConn graduate Brianne Chasanoff will perform selections from her newest album at the school on Friday. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — Singer/songwriter Brianne Chasanoff soon will release her second CD, “Breathe,” and those who come to hear her perform Friday at Western Connecticut State University will have a chance to purchase the CD before it is available to the public on iTunes and cdbaby.com.

Chasanoff’s performance, sponsored by the WCSU Alumni Association, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The event will be free and open to the public. The CD will be available for $15.

“I decided to perform on campus because WCSU is my alma mater,” said Chasanoff, who received a bachelor's degree in music education with a concentration in voice and piano in 2003.

“My education at WCSU in classical studies gave me a solid foundation for further growth,” she added. “While I love all styles of music, you can easily detect the classical influence in my music. In fact, one of the pieces on the upcoming CD is an instrumental classical piece for cello and piano.”

While at WCSU, Chasanoff performed on trumpet in the jazz ensemble and brass ensemble in addition to her voice and piano studies. She also took conducting and arranging classes, which sparked her interest in arranging.

“Arranging the music, deciding which instruments should be present in each song and writing out each part is just as exciting for me as writing the song,” she said. “I tend to get so into the arranging aspect that I often include instrument solos within each song. I believe the arranging can make the song much more interesting and enhance the message that the lyrics are trying convey.”

Chasanoff, who lives in New Fairfield, has earned rave reviews for not only her songwriting, but also for her voice.

A Danbury News-Times article said, “Brianne Chasanoff is known for her ‘sultry voice, and she writes dark, melodic songs about love.’ … Brianne’s passionate vocals speak to the listener intimately through her sensitivity and her depth of emotional expression. Her angelic voice has a soothing, natural clarity.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at 203-837-8486.

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