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Concert Association Series
2019 / 2020 Season
The first Concert in the Series is this Sunday, September 15.
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.
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 3 p.m. Andrew Armstrong, piano / Tessa Lark, violin / Raman Ramakrishnan, cello.
Andrew Armstrong returns to our series,with budding superstar Tessa Lark and cellist extraordinaire Raman Ramakrishnan. Be there as these acclaimed virtuosos launch their exciting new collaboration.
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.
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.
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.”