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  16th Annual Student Concerto Competition


Danbury Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Danbury Symphony Orchestra in Concert March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm WCSU VPAC, 43 Lake Avenue Extension  Danbury, CTThe Danbury Music Centre holds two events on March 10th. First finalists of the 16th Annual Student Concerto Competition will perform before judges, Ariel Rudiakov and Stephen Michael Smith. The competition will be held at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2 pm. The winner will solo with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra in May. 

Then at 7:30 the Danbury Symphony Orchestra will be in Concert at Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performance Art Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension Danbury, Connecticut. They will perform: the Overture to Der Freischutz, Weber; Clarinet concerto No.2, Weber featuring Todd Palmer, clarinet and Symphonic Dances Op.45, Rachmaninov. 

Sync to the link for more [http://danburymusiccentre.org/].

It's time to discover Rugby

It's the fastest growing sport in America. On Friday, March 9, The Palace Danbury is presenting the Connecticut premier of the documentary film Chasing Great about rugby superstar Richie McCaw.

The Palace Danbury RICHIE McCAW:CHASING GREAT Friday March 9, 2018 at 8PMChasing Great is the fascinating documentary about New Zealand rugby legend Richie McCaw who is regarded as one of the greatest rugby players and greatest athletes of all time. The film weaves McCaw’s life story into his final season as captain of the All Blacks, revealing the determination and mental toughness of an international sporting legend who still sees himself as an ‘ordinary guy’ from small town New Zealand.

The film lights the silver screen at 8 P.M. on March 9. Parking is available in the rear of the Palace Danbury 165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810. 

Sync to the Link for more and to make reservations. [https://thepalacedanbury.com/chasinggreat/]


“What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa

The City of Danbury Cultural Commission events calendar is now available on the Amazon Alexa family of services. Share this email and if you or someone know got Alexa this holiday season, enable the Flash Briefing Skill WITH the What's Happening in Danbury app. Search the Skill settings for "Danbury" and follow the simple instructions for all you Need to Know. 

“What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa is the newest app for Danbury, Connecticut. If you have access to an Alexa service just ask “Alexa, What is the news in Danbury”, and the latest listing of cultural and artistic events will be read to you. 

Alexa is a cloud-based voice service from Amazon. Alexa is the brain behind Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. Amazon Alexa lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter. Ask Alexa to play music, hear the news, check the weather, control your smart home, and more. “What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa

Mail and More

The email version of What’s Happening in Danbury is still published every Wednesday. And now, in addition, there is an Alexa edition too. Sign up for the email version from the Danbury Cultural Commission’s website DanburyArts.com. Enable the “Flash Briefing” on your Alexa to hear the spoken version. 

Meet Alexa

Alexa is the brain behind the All-new Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Echo Look, and other Alexa devices. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. Alexa lives in the cloud so it’s always getting smarter, and updates are delivered to your devices automatically. 

Flash Briefing

Flash Briefing lets you put together a personalized lineup of updates from news sources like the City of Danbury Cultural Commission, NPR, CNN, Fox News, and CNET. If you’ve set up a voice profile, Alexa recognizes your voice and can catch you up on the latest without repeating old news. Just ask: “Alexa, What’s the news in Danbury?” 

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A Glimpse of what's happening this week from the Danbury Cultural Commission


Fri. Mar. 9

8:00pm - 10:30pm Conn. film premier Chasing Great - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre
165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: Are you missing football? Depressed over the Patriots losing? It's time to discover RUGBY! On Friday, March 9, we've got the CT premier of Chasing Great about New Zealand rugby superstar  Richie McCaw, who's regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all time... and one of the greatest athletes of all time.


Sat. Mar. 10

2:30pm - 4:30pm 16th Annual Student Concerto Competition - Danbury Music Centre
Where: Marian Anderson Recital Hall256 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810 United States
Description: Finalists of the16th Annual Student Concerto Competition will perform before judges,  Ariel Rudiakov and Stephen Michael Smith. The competition will be held at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2 pm.  The winner will solo with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 12, 2018, performing one movement of a concerto or vocal selection with the orchestra.
6:00pm - 8:00pm Danbury Symphony Orchestra in Concert - Danbury Music Centre
Where: Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension Danbury, Connecticut 06811, USA
Description: The Orchestra will perform: 
Overture to Der Freischutz, Weber

Clarinet concerto No.2, Weber
Featuring Todd Palmer, clarinet

Symphonic Dances Op.45, Rachmaninov

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Art at Ives: Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday June 3.
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There is always something happening throughout the city:
Danbury Museum & Historical Society

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Public Library 

At Western Connecticut State University: 
University Events
In the Neighboring 12 Towns: 

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut 


closed until further notice

Military Museum of So. New England 

Long Term Exhibits



Until March 3

Art & Frame, 60 Newtown Road
Evoke Transformation 
An exhibition featuring the transformative works of Dayna Wenzel & Shona Curtis


Until March 4

Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension.
Parallel Practices: Eleven critically acclaimed artists who work in more than one medium
The March 4 closing reception and gallery walk will be free and the public is invited.


Until March 30

Gallery at Still River Editions 128 East Liberty Street


Until April 13 


Accessible Art

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts 293 Main Street
Portraiture by George Zipparo 
"My work is my statement." George declares.
Filosa/Hancock Hall  31 Staples Street
Different mediums in one piece by Betsy Davidson
A rich vocabulary of shape shifting in space.

Mothership Bakery & Cafe 331 Main Street 
Watercolor by Mary Jane Magoon
The transparency and luminosity of watercolor affords reflections to be even more luscious.

Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
Photography by Keith Jay Raphael
"There is no greater artistic satisfaction for me than to produce an image that speaks to my diverse interests in art, nature, and humanity."

CityCenter Danbury 268 Main Street
Art by Wing Na Wong (Wendy)
Drawing, painting and digital arts. 

Hodge Insurance Agency 283 Main Street
Photography by Colin Harrison
Photography is 90% about Seeing, about being in the right place and the right time and actually noticing a moment that is worth capturing and sharing.

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe 274 Main Street
Exhibit by Clarice Azzoni 
What would life be without art and photographs? BORING. 

Also in the Accessible Series
Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT
Mixed media collage by Jan McClean 
Paint, paper, fibers, fabric, found objects and a 'let's-try-this' approach. 


Until April 20

Gallery @287, 287 Main Street 
The Female Perspective works by KAREN BONANNO



The IN VIEW project is a collaboration between property owners in downtown Danbury Connecticut and area emerging artist who seek a venue to exhibit work.
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In transition 

The Trailer Box Project 15 Great Pasture Rd. 


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Oct - Dec 2013

Danbury, Conn.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

October 12, 13, and 14 is the time to be at the PAL building 35 Hayestown Road, across from the Town Park for the Annual Friends of the Danbury Book sale. This year there are over 80,000 items in 60 categories to browse. From Antiques to DVD's stop by and shop at this excellent event. Beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday those early birds pay $10 admission for first crack at the treasures. And at 10:00 A.M. and for the rest of the weekend admission is free to all. On Sunday books drop to 1/2 price and by Columbus Day books will be $5.00 by the bag full. 

As an added bonus this year on Saturday between 1 and 3, there is a book singing with Bill Devlin and Herb Janick authors of Danbury's Third Century. And for the first time Credit cards are accepted for purchases. Stop over and support the Danbury Public Library through your purchases. Who knows what values you'll find.    

what is to come?

The Danbury Music Centre returns this season with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. In conjunction with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and 200 dancers from the greater Danbury area in this fully staged, costumed production. Arthur Fredrick is Artistic Director and Choreographer and Ariel Rudiakov is musical director and conducts the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale November 21st and traditionally sell out fast but you may select seats early by mail.  Check the Music Centre website for details. http://www.danbury.org/MusicCtr/calendar.htm

First Night Danbury 2012-2013, enjoying its 23rd year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, salutes “Danbury Fare.” The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s historic and iconic “Fair” along with recognition of our City’s “Fare,” continuing to develop and service within our CityCenter downtown hub. First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Danbury downtown venues, all within easy walking distance. http://www.firstnightdanbury.org/ 

Among the many events at the Palace Danbury is "The Great Danbury Fair Revue" October 12th at 7:30. Be prepared for music, memories, and more when Billy Michael and his Cavalcade of Stars take a nostalgic look at the most beloved fair in America. Although you may shed a tear or two, they guarantee you'll leave smiling. Find information about everything going on at the Palace connect to their website. http://www.thepalacedanbury.com/ 

loosing a gallery space

The Mercurial Gallery at 11 Library Place, in the heart of Downtown Danbury, will be closing its doors following this latest show Undone. For over four years Amanda Bloom has brought wonderful and interesting exhibits to the space off Main Street but the time has come to move on to new adventures. But keep your eyes open for an occasional 'Pop-up' show. Thank you, Amanda, for all your efforts showcasing the arts in the City and beyond. We look forward to your next projects.

a message to our supporters

For over 45 years the Danbury Cultural Commission has supported and promoted arts and culture in Danbury. We are a part of the city which nurtures creative and aesthetic projects which support economic stability and a full quality of life. Danbury is one of the “Best Cities in America” in part because the Cultural Commission finds new talent and supports existing outlets.

gallery spaces full of visual art

The Trailer Box is again presenting works at their location at the Arts Project Space at Jim Felice Studios 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15 Danbury, Connecticut 06810. The current show at the Trailer Box Gallery, “Sculpture 2013” Dave Gesualdi & Bob Keating, will be open, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 5pm Thru Nov. 2.  Find additional details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrailerBoxGallery

craft fair season throughout New England and Danbury has its share of events

An Art Trunk at the Sheraton, 745 Baywood Dr. Danbury, the Fall Craft Fair at St. Gregory the Great, a Holiday Spectacular Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Ethan Allen Hotel/Conference Ctr, 21 Lake Ave. Danbury and the Connecticut Handcrafted Holiday Expo at O'Neil Center Western CT State Univ., University Blvd. are only a few of the events. In addition there is The Holidays juried Craft Show November 23rd at the PAL Center with some of the finest Crafters and Artists in the area showing handmade merchandise. Check the Commission web site, DanburyArts.com, for updates and details.

what have you missed?

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CityCenter hosted the Taste of Danbury with vendors arrayed throughout the Downtown green Musical events added to the excitement and festive atmosphere.


At the Richter Association for the Arts in September, the Berkshire Big Band played outdoors and the audience called it "Fantastic". On the 22nd A musical lecture by Charles Berger, “From Classical to Popsical” discussing the use of classical melodies in popular music. And the juried art show set up and exhibited to round out the month.

Want to know more? Browse to Danbury Cultural Commission event calendar and set a bookmark. The calendar is updated often. You can also subscribe to this Newsletter. We publish periodically, we won’t share your address and you can drop off of the list at any time. Send your request to be on the mailing list to Danbury Cultural Commission newsletter request.

In This Issue

Music at the Heirloom
This month more than 8 bands will be performing at the 155 Main Street Danbury concert hall and art gallery. Even more is planned for the rest of the year. Check their website for performance details.




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The Commission supports 40 Arts producers throughout
the City.


Danbury has 4 museums, 10 art galleries, 9 performance spaces, 5 music groups and 10 cultural organizations a University and  a dozen arts schools.


Artists, looking for assistance from the Danbury Cultural Commission? Our Grant application is available on-line to fill out and print in your office. Send the completed forms us. E-Mail with questions. Or call. We meet the fourth Monday most months.


Danbury Museum and Historical Society hosts the 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar! Nov. 30th to Dec. 21st .Visit the web site for more info! http://www.danburymuseum.org



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