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We are pleased to announce that the Weekly calendar is now available from Amazon's Alexa family of products. All you have to do is ask Alexa "What's the News in Danbury" and she will read the current calendar. Enable and configure your Flash Briefing today.

Just a few of the things to do in Danbury. Sync to the link for the Complete Calendar

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Oral History Project

The Danbury Library is looking for Danbury residents to participate in their Oral History Project. The project will capture stories and experiences of Danbury residents including their history in the city, their love for Danbury, and the memories they've had with their friends and family growing up in Danbury.


If you are interested in participating schedule an appointment to record your story.

Danbury Music Centre

 

Charles Ives Concert Series: American Violin Sonatas

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Featuring violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick

Acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist Conor Hanick make their Ives Series debuts presenting an evening of sonatas and other works for violin and piano written by American composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Ives’s 4th violin sonata, widely regarded as one of the greatest American violin sonatas begins the program followed by works by Aaron Copland, the series artistic director, Paul Frucht, and selections by Florence Price, who was the first female African American symphonic composers.

Read more about Rachel and Conor here.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

$20 tickets general admission online and at the door

$10 for students with ID online and at the door


Danbury Symphony Orchestra: Mahler, Symphony No. 5

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

The Danbury Music Centre presents the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ariel Rudiakov, performing Gustav Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 5 . This work with its broad emotional sweep, from tragedy to triumph, and distant horn calls, contains the famous Adagietto, Mahler’s beautiful love-letter to his wife, written in music.

Charles Ives Concert Series: Music of Jewish Composers

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Featuring violinist Avi Nagin, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Marika Bournaki

The Ives Series welcomes back Avi, Julian, and Marika for an afternoon of music by Jewish composers, including Josef Engel, Joachim Stutchewsky, Alex Weiser, Leo Zeitlin, Alexander Krein, and the series artistic director, Paul Frucht. Julian and Marika return for their third season on the Ives Series while Avi returns for his second. All three are award-winning chamber and solo musicians. Read more about them here:

Location: Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT.

This concert is generously sponsored by Connecticut Family Orthopedics and Orthoprompt.

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5th Annual Chamber Music Evening

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Featured will be Hat City Flutes, Danbury Trombone Outfit, Westfield Winds and more!

Admission by donations at the door

Friday, February 15th at 7:30 pm

Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810

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Danbury Community Orchestra in Concert

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

The Danbury Music Centre presents the Danbury Community Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, in concert along with the members of the Danbury High School String Orchestra.

This will be the DCO’s second year collaborating with the Danbury High School Strings who are directed by Mary Peters. Works include Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasion Sketches, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and more!

Admission is free, donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Danbury Symphony Orchestra Student Concerto Competition

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

Finalists in our competition will perform for the adjudication panel on Saturday, March 16th at 2 PM at Marian Anderson Recital Hall

This event is open to the public and admission is free

Danbury Concert Chorus: Passover, Passion and Pascha-Music of Faith

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

The Danbury Music Centre presents the Danbury Concert Chorus in concert

Passover, Passion and Pascha – Music of Faith

The chorus will be be singing selections from a number of larger works: Israel in Egypt by G.F. Handel, Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach, Stabat Mater by G.B. Pergolesi and Five Mystical Songs by R. Vaughan Williams.

They will also be singing some well-known compositions by: M. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, W. Billings, and G. Martin; and some less-known compositions by Makarov, and by J. Thoms. 

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

 

Danbury Community Orchestra Spring Concert

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

The Palace Danbury

165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 794-9944

Charles Ives Concert Series in NY: Charles Ives and his Living Legacy

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

The Danbury Music Centre Presents

Charles Ives Series in NY: Charles Ives and his Living Legacy

Featuring Ives Series Artist-Faculty

Join us at the Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre for the New York debut of the Charles Ives Concert Series. The evening will feature Ives Series artist-faculty performing a program that celebrates Ives with one of the most important aspects of his legacy: the music of today’s American composers. The second movement of is famous piano trio sets the stage for works by the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Ives Series composers-in-residence: Justin Dello Joio, Nina C. Young, and Robert Paterson, respectively. Pieces by the series artistic directors, Paul Frucht and Jon Cziner round out the program. Artists performing include pianist Marika Bournaki, violist Molly Goldman, cellist Mitch Lyon, violinist George Meyer, pianist Mika Sasaki, cellist Julian Schwarz, violist Jacob Shack, and violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith.

($20 online, $25 at the door, $10 for seniors, students, and children)

Location: Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY

We are grateful for the support of a Juilliard School Project Grant to present this concert.


The Palace Danbury


SAVE THE DATE

Connecticut Arts Day & Connecticut Arts Hero Awards

CONNECTICUT ARTS HERO AWARDS

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6 pm @ Infinity Music Hall, Hartford CT


Join the Connecticut Office of the Arts in honoring Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in, for, or through the arts during the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. This year's Arts Heroes will be honored in a special evening event on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This will precede and set the stage for Connecticut Arts Day on Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

Do you know a special someone - a HERO - who you would like to nominate? Learn more about the Arts Hero Awards and how to nominate your HERO below!

CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY

Thursday, May 2, 2019 in New Haven CT

Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.  The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and the presentation of Connecticut Office of the Arts' Lifetime Achievement Award! The theme of Connecticut Arts Day 2019 is RELEVANCE!

RELEVANCE is a key concept in COA's R.E.A.D.I. (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion) strategic direction and practice. COA defines Relevance as: Meaningful or purposeful connection to one’s aspirations, interests, or experiences in relation to current society or culture. COA staff is committed to a culture that supports curiosity, action and awareness in, about, and through the arts. 

CONNECTICUT CELEBRATES ARTS HEROES


We are delighted to invite you to nominate a Connecticut Arts Hero!

The Connecticut Office of the Arts introduced Arts Hero Awards to honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, or through the arts in Connecticut. The Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes.

If you know a special someone who is an ARTS HERO, we hope you will take a moment to nominate them for a 2019 Arts Hero Award! The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

NOMINATE YOUR ARTS HERO


Concert Association Series

2019 Season 

Virtuoso performances, in a pitch-perfect setting. Hear top international musicians in an accessible, state-of-the-art venue, at truly affordable prices: season subscriptions are $65. Admission is free for students 18 and under. 

The series pick up again in the Spring.


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. 

Sponsored, in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission.


Lullaby Requiem

In the history of classical music, there has never been a major orchestral and choral requiem written as a memorial for the children we have lost to violence! It was with this thought that Eric Lewis began composing the Lullaby Requiem.

The Lullaby Requiem is conceived as an eleven movement symphony. Six movements are currently completed, the other 5 awaiting funding that will allow the project to continue and move forward into production.

 

Bring Uncle Sam back to Danbury!

Help Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury bring Uncle Sam back home through a Go-Fund-Me campaign!

Uncle Sam once stood at the historic Danbury Fair and it is time that he returns to his rightful place in Danbury.

The Uncle Sam statue welcomed all fairgoers during the final decade of the Great Danbury State Fair. This statue is 38 feet tall, likely the tallest Uncle Sam statue in the world! It was purchased by the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George, NY in 1981 where it stands tall today. We plan to purchase the statue, restore Uncle Sam, and bring him home!

The goal is $50,000 and so far about 3 dozen people have contributed in just a few days. Be a part of the return trip. No donation is too small, and none is too large!

Your donation will help fund the purchase, transport, and restoration of Uncle Sam! Head to the Go-Fund-Me page for your opportunity.

Sync to the Link https://www.gofundme.com/bring-uncle-sam-back-to-danbury .

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Check it out, the full video for the #discoverDanbury campaign! www.danbury-ct.gov www.discoverdanbury.LIVE

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“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.”

The Arts Mean Business 

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.