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Richter Association for the Arts

Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.

Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts proudly presents the Tony LaVorgna Jazz Quartet playing at the Richter House Art Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury on Sunday, October. 14 at 3 p.m.

The Tony LaVorgna Jazz Quartet is led by bebop jazz alto saxophonist Tony La Vorgna who has been playing jazz saxophone in the Charlie Parker style since the 1960s. A veteran of both the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Tony's quartet has been the house band for extended periods of time in Atlanta, GA and Cleveland, OH. His music always conveys warmth and happiness without a hint of supermarket schmaltz. Performing in the quartet with Tony are Roger Post on drums, Marshall Toppo on bass and Joe McWilliams on piano.The doors open at 2 p.m. and the Annual Juried Art Show & Sale featuring many local and regional artists, is on display.

Parking is available at the golf lot at Richter and handicap parking at the house, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. There is a shuttle from the golf lot to the house and donations to Richter for the performances are gratefully accepted.

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Stop by Richter House this Fall Season. All programs begin at 3 p.m.

October 21 - Classical Violinist Ye Jin Han and pianist
October 28 - Madera Sextet Winds

Parking is available at the Richter Golf lot, with handicap parking at the House.

Outdoor concerts will be postponed until next season if canceled due to inclement weather.

Sponsored, in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission.

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Danbury Brass Band
Pre-Halloween Concert

Once again, original works by the Danbury Brass Band will delight the crowd at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall October 28, 2018.

These unique, local, musicians blow their own horn only a few times a year so don’t miss a note. The concert begins at 7:00 P.M. at the Danbury Music Centre 256 Main Street Danbury, CT. There is parking in the Bardo Garage right behind the Music Centre.

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Right Now on Main Street Danbury Connecticut

Come get a look

 

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.

Prohibition was the end result of nearly a century of activism and protest. Although it was nobly intended to better the lives of Americans and protect society from the devastation of alcohol abuse, it had the unintended consequences of turning law-abiding citizens into criminals, making a mockery of our justice system, and permitting government officials to skirt and even break the law. With Prohibition in place, but unevenly enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the "drys" had their law, while the "wets" had their liquor.

The story of Prohibition's rise and fall goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, and speakeasies, revealing a complicated and divided nation in the process of major transformation. Prohibition: Hatters & Hooch in “Dry” Danbury will explore this fascinating era—the intersection of temperance, prohibition, suffrage, and immigration—from a variety of angles. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 9th and will continue through Saturday, November 10.


Danbury Concert Association
First Concert of the Season

Llewellyn Sanchez Werner, piano
Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Recipient of a prestigious Gilmore Young Artist award, given to the most promising American pianists, when he was just 18, he's appeared on some of the world's most noteworthy stages, from Iraq and Rwanda to the White House and Lincoln Center. Moved by his 2016 DCA performance, we're delighted to have him back to open the season.

The rest of the season below.

Concert Association Series

2018/2019 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. 

First Concert Llewellyn Sanchez Werner, piano on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 3 p.m.

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.


Danbury Music Centre An Awesome Autumn

October through December. Check the links for location details.

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2018 Nutcracker Snowflake Chorus

Dear singers, dancers, choral teachers, parents, siblings, and friends,

Audition date and time:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Call the Danbury Music Centre to register!
203 7487-1716


Audition piece for everyone is Happy Birthday
soprano and alto singers - grades 3 – 12 only
(Call for exceptions)

Snowflake Chorus sings during the Snow Scene at each performance!

Nutcracker Performance Dates
Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8 (two performances) at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm

Be a part of this 51-year tradition!

Featuring Violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Cellist Mitch Lyon, and Pianist Mika Sasaki

Join us for the first-ever Ives Series celebration of Charles Ives Day, an annual local celebration of Ives’s birthday. This year – his 144th – is the first year the Ives Series has celebrated this day, which is of great importance to the Series, the DMC, our community, and to classical music. While most Ives Series concerts reflect Ives’s legacy, the American music that came as a result of his innovation, this concert flips the narrative and contextualizes Ives with those that influenced him. He cites Brahms and Beethoven, the latter of whom he quoted, as two of his greatest influences while Amy Beach was a pioneering American woman whose music is iconic the important, but often forgotten generation American of American composers the preceded Ives. The program features selections from Beethoven’s Bagetelles for solo piano, Beach’s Romance for violin and piano, the famous Brahms C Minor Piano Trio, Ives’s Largo, arranged for piano trio, and a selection from his groundbreaking piano trio.

Location: Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre

3:00 pm

The Palace Danbury

165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 794-9944

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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“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.