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Concert Association Series
2019 / 2020 Season
Second in the series October 20
Pianist Cecile Licad makes her Danbury Concert Association debut on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. We're delighted to present this world-renowned artist, hailed internationally as "a pianist's pianist," in the second concert of our 2019-2020 season.
Known throughout the music world for daring musical instinct, superb training, and repertoire spanning Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century works, Cecile Licad’s boundless talent has inspired the compliment “a pianist’s pianist.”
Her program will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk, considered "the first American composer to introduce the world to music that reflected the melting pot of American culture."
All performances take place on Sunday afternoons at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, located in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus in Danbury, CT.
Single performance tickets are $25 per adult and may be reserved within two weeks of performance by calling the WCSU box office at (203) 837-8732 or by going to wcsupac.eventbrite.com Availability may be limited. Through a grant from the Danbury Cultural Commission, those 18 and under may attend for free, although advance reservations through Eventbrite are required. For more information about the Danbury Concert Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, go to danburyconcert.org There, you can also get directions and contribute to the support of the Danbury Concert Association. You may also call (203) 748-2177. (Artists and dates subject to change.)
Sponsored, in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission.
Richter Association for the Arts 2019 Fall Season
10/20 Cosmos Piano Duo
10/27 Sherma Andrews, Lady of Song
All programs begin at 3 p.m.
Stop by Richter House this Sunday, Oct. 20. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the Cosmos Piano Duo will perform at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served following the presentation. All donations graciously accepted. General parking is in the nearby golf course parking lot. Look for the shuttle service provided between the house and the parking lot, or take a leisurely walk to the house. Handicap parking available directly at the House.
For further information, visit the Richter Arts website at www.richterarts.org Richter Arts is partially funded by the Danbury Cultural Commission.
Pre- Halloween Concert - Danbury Brass Band
Sunday, October 27 ⋅ 7:00 – 8:30pm
Marion Anderson Recital Hall, Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: A mix of known works with new arrangements and some Premier performances as well.
This Annual event highlights the talents of the 8 composers in the Band along with the 15 musicians who make up the entire Brass Band.
The Danbury Railway Museum is pleased to announce that it has received the $10,000 Founders Grant for 2019 from the Amherst Railway Society to aid in the restoration of the Mill Plain Station which was relocated to the museum last year.
The Mill Plain station was located 4.61 miles west of the former Danbury Union Station, now part of the Museum, and dates back to 1881 when it was built to serve passengers on the New York & New England Railroad. While it is 138 years old this year, it served as a passenger station for only 46 years when, in 1927, passenger service was ended by the new owner, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The station building was purchased by a local businessman in 1931 and moved 200 feet to the south side of US Route 6. Several businesses had occupied the structure and, over time, additions were made to the original structure on three sides. These additions proved to be a benefit as they preserved much of the original station from the elements.
When the property where the building sat was sold, the new owner had planned to raze the building unless the Museum was interested in saving it.
It was offered to the Museum at no charge as long as the Museum paid for the preparation and move of the building to the rail yard. The Museum garnered plenty of support for its preservation from state legislators, the City of Danbury, the local Congressional Representative, and historical associations.
The Museum has the base of the structure already built in the rail yard with electric service included. Now, the hard part comes, as the Museum, working alongside Salem Preservation LLC, works to reconstruct the station on its new base; this activity has begun. Once completed, the station will become a destination for the Rail Yard Local train which the Museum operates during weekends most of the year and at special events within the rail yard.
Since 1991, the Amherst Railway Society has funded railroad preservation and restoration projects all over the United States. Including donations made in 2019, the Amherst Railway Society has donated a total of $814,373 to protect and maintain historical railroad artifacts.
As quoted on the Amherst Society’s Web page: “Railroads were key to the growth and development of this country, and continue to play a vital economic role in our society. It is our intent to support organizations working to safeguard our national railroad heritage.”
The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history. The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT. For further information, visit the Web site at DanburyRailwayMuseum, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.
Charles Ives Day! Celebrate with the DMC & Danbury Museum & Historical Society, Sunday October 20th
Danbury Music Centre and the
Danbury Museum & Historical Society
celebrate the 145th anniversary of the birth of Charles Ives
Charles Ives Day – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Larry Deming and Brigid Guertin, hosts
Charles E. Ives
(October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954)
Hike up Pine Mountain
Meet at Ives Court (off Pine Mountain Rd., Ridgefield). Try the “new” trail for more of a moderate climb (weather permitting). RSVP to email@example.com
Meet at Charles Ives’ birth home
7 Mountainville Ave. Danbury, for a tour around the outside of the home (weather permitting).
Ives Film Experience
Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main Street, Danbury , Huntington Hall
Danbury Music Centre Concert
Danbury Music Centre, Marian Anderson Recital Hall, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Barn Dances, Fiddle Tunes and Charles Ives
Local musicians led by Larry Deming
Sailor’s Hornpipe, Fisher’s Hornpipe, St. Patrick’s Day,
The Campbells are Coming , The Girl I Left Behind
A Danbury Music Centre and Danbury Museum Collaboration
DANBURY MUSIC CENTRE BENEFIT
TURNS THE CONCERT INSIDEOUT!
Danbury Music Centre’s benefit concert will dazzle audiences by bringing them inside the orchestra!
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6PM, the Danbury Music Centre and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with InsideOut Concerts, will present their very first immersive concert welcoming audience members on-stage to experience a performance while sitting amongst the musicians. This event, a fund raiser for the Danbury Music Centre, will be hosted and conducted by InsideOut Concerts director David Bernard and will feature Dvořák’s beloved “New World Symphony.”
InsideOut Concerts, Inc. was started to help orchestras develop fully interactive performances, called InsideOut Concerts, that increase audience immersion and adoption of classical music—building audiences and turning new audiences into classical music enthusiasts.
“Hidden deep inside every classical concert—outside the view of the audience–is an incredible show that is as spell binding as the most captivating entertainment produced today,” says David Bernard of InsideOut Concerts. “Sharing the thrilling experience that is usually only available to performers, audiences will not just hear great music, they will be surrounded and enveloped by it. It’s an experience that both immersive and unforgettable!” says Bernard.
“We are thrilled to be working with David Bernard and InsideOut Concerts,” says Danbury Music Centre Executive Director, Barbara Adams Jaeger. “The mission of the Danbury Music Centre is focused on bringing music to our community. By bringing audiences into the full music-making experience, InsideOut Concerts helps us achieve our goals in a new and exciting way!”
“It is so exciting for both our audience and our orchestra to be engaged in this event,” says Danbury Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ariel Rudiakov. “As performers, we have been captivated by the magic of music making for our entire lives. Bringing the audience on-stage to experience this first hand with us is not only amazing for the audience members, but also wonderful for the musicians.”
As with other close-up/immersive productions, InsideOut is a premium event, one which Bernard compared to the effect of IMAX on cinema-goers or Immersive Theatre on audiences.
InsideOut Concerts have been enthusiastically received by both the media and audiences alike. An “experience” rather than a “concert,” every InsideOut event sells out weeks or months in advance. NY1 News entertainment reporter Stephanie Simon attended InsideOut with her colleagues drawn from New York media and cultural institutions. Said Simon, “I loved it for…the fact that I felt like I was one of the orchestra members. It seems the only regret here is that every concert can’t be “inside out.” Reporting for WQXR, James Bennett, II, felt that, “…it’s where you sit that separates InsideOut from other live performances. Here, the conductor’s back isn’t turned to you, nor is the orchestra elevated on a stage on the other side of the room. Instead, the seats are with the players themselves, in the thick of the violins or right next to a harp. And to keep things interesting, the audience regularly rotates to sit with a different section. There’s no separation here, just a mass of pumping hearts joined in a singular musical communion.”
InsideOut Concerts are a new classical music concert format that significantly increase audience development and adoption of classical music. To get a better idea of how InsideOut Events work, please visit www.insideoutconcerts.com
Danbury Symphony Orchestra: Brahms and his Young Contemporary,
Three time Grammy nominated Clarinetist Todd Palmer, joins Maestro Ariel Rudiakov and the DSO once again to perform Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata Op. 120, No. 1 orchestrated by Italian composer Luciano Berio
WCSU, School of Visual & Performing Arts, 43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06811
Admission is free t
Donations will gratefully be accepted at the door
Ives Concert Park
Tucked away in a lush oasis of natural beauty on Danbury’s west side, Ives Concert Park hosts world-renowned artists in a wide variety of music and theater genres. Named for famed local composer Charles Edward Ives, the venue pays tribute to its storied roots in classical music while acknowledging the ongoing evolution of the art of live performance
The Palace Danbury...
your downtown destination for music, theatre, comedy, film and more.
FREE ONSITE PARKING FOR PATRONS DURING EVENTS
Questions? Call The Box Office at (203) 794-9944 between 1-5 PM daily
“OUTSIDE THE BOX”
In Fall of 2017, Mayor Boughton asked local artists and graphic designers to submit draft proposals for consideration in the City’s Traffic Box Art Program. A selection committee chose 7 artists for our first round of 9 traffic boxes. Art was prepped by Merritt Big Color and placed on vinyl wrapping for our traffic boxes.
“Downtown Danbury represents the vibrancy of our city and our community. By partnering with our local residents for this project, we attempt to capture that vibrancy in a new, unique, and artistic way,” said Mayor Boughton. “Our call to artists brought in folks of all ages who live in and around Danbury, to team up with the City and bring this special public art project to life in downtown. We hope you will take a walk through our city center and enjoy these art pieces.”