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* Spring Auditions

Summer Performances

Musicals at Richter 

Musicals at Richter Weekend SummersIt is time for the 2018 Season auditions APRIL 26, 27 & 28.
You are encouraged to be a part of the Summer Scene. This Year Legally Blond and Annie will fill the main stage at Richter Park.
The audition schedule is designed for your maximum comfort. 
The audition location is Richter Art Center 100 Aunt Hack Road right here on Danbury's West side.Musicals at Richter Danbury, Connecticut 
Here are the dated and times:
For the Main Stage Productions - 
  • On Thursday April 26th and Friday the 27th, from 7 to 10 P.M. for Adults 15 and older. 
  • Musicals at Richter Danbury, ConnecticutOn Saturday April 28, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. for youth  performers 7 to 15. 
  • At the same Saturday youth time are auditions for Fairy Tale Theater. And don't forget there are spots for boys, too. Fairy Tale Theater at Musicals at Richter Danbury, CT
  • NOTE: Fairy Tale candidates will read from a script excerpt that will be provided at the time of the audition. Looking for personality, no experience necessary. There is no singing in Fairy Tale Theater.
  • Then also on Saturday but 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. are auditions for Adults 15 and older. 

Everyone who auditions: 
  1. Prepare two contrasting songs from traditional and contemporary musical theater that show range
  2. Bring sheet music in the proper key 
  3. Be ready to sing if necessary, only your best 16 measures. 
  4. Be prepared to learn a short dance combination  
  5. Read from the script if asked 
An accompanist will be provided.

Everyone must bring completed audition form. Those auditioning are also encouraged to sign up online. Please bring a picture and resume (stapled) if you have them. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend and all roles are open. Please note that positions are unpaid and housing is not available.
For forms and details 

Sync to the Link [http://www.musicalsatrichter.org]. 

* Ironwood Piano Trio


Making Music  

The 2018 Richter Association For The Arts Spring Season continues with the Ironwood Piano Trio April 22. The Trio was founded in 2016, by Kai Pangune Kim, pianist, Janey Choi, violinist and Melissa Westgate, cellist. 

Richter Arts Opening Reception is on Saturday, April 7 from 2 to 5 p.m.This program will include Beethoven’s sublime “Archduke” Trio and Piazzolla’s “Primavera Portena” from the the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. All programs begin at 2 P.M. at the Richter Art Center 100 Aunt Hack Road Danbury, Connecticut. 

For the full Spring Season lineup and more information Sync to the Link [http://www.richterarts.org/]. 


Chamber Music Melodies

4th Annual

Chamber Music Evening - Danbury Music Centre Saturday, April 21 7:00pm – 9:00pm Marian Anderson Recital Hall 256 Main St, Danbury, CTThe Hat City Flutes, Danbury Trombone Outfit, plus wind ensembles, string ensembles and more come together to raise funds for the Danbury Music Centre. The baton drops on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall 256 Main St, Danbury, Connecticut.

Listen to the love as these musicians make their music together!\
Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted at the door and benefit the programs of the Danbury Music Centre. Refreshments will be served. 


“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?” 

Share this calendar with your friends, now, please. The Danbury Cultural Commission thanks you for your support and with your help, will spread the word about the Culture and Arts in our City. Everyone has a Need to Know. 

Need to Know - Danbury 

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


Fri. Apr. 20

8:00pm - 9:30pm Deconstructing The Beatles - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: Composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with the Beatles as they create their bestselling album, the White Album.

Sat. Apr 21

7:00pm - 9:00pm Chamber Music Evening - Danbury Music Centre
Where: Marian Anderson Recital Hall 256 Main St, Danbury, CT, 06810 USA 
Description: The musicians of the Danbury Music Centre come together for their 4th Annual Chamber Music Evening to raise funds for the DMC and to do what they love the most, make music together!
Featuring Hat City Flutes, Danbury Trombone Outfit, wind ensembles , string ensembles and more!

Sun. Apr. 22

2:00pm - 5:00pm * Richter Arts Spring Season - Ironwood Piano Trio with violin and cello
Where: Richter Association-The Arts, 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, CT 06811, USA
Description: Ironwood is an Australian-based ensemble, committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments.


Mon. Apr. 23

6:30pm - 8:00pm City of Danbury Cultural Commission meeting 
Where: Cultural Commission Office 256 Main Street Danbury, Connecticut 06810
Description: Monthly Meeting 


Wed. Apr. 25

Connecticut Arts Day 2018
Where: Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford, CT, US, 06103
Description: Connecticut Arts Day is an annual event that celebrates Connecticut's investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state. The day includes performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sat. Apr. 28

7:00pm - 9:00pm Charles Ives Concert Series: Art Song in America - Danbury Music Centre
Where: Marian Anderson Recital Hall 256 Main St, Danbury, CT, 06810 USA 
Description: Featuring Kara and Peter Dugan  
Mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan and pianist Peter Dugan come to Danbury for the first-ever concert of vocal music on the Ives Series. She’ll sing an array of works that are emblematic of American art song, including works by Ives, family member Leonardo Dugan, and Ives Series artistic director, Paul Frucht, among other works that cross genres into American jazz and musical theatre.

8:00pm - 9:30pm Kiss The Sky: The RE-Experience - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: Kiss The Sky-The RE-Experience, is the #1 Hendrix act in the world and stars Jimy Bleu the world's longest running Jimi Hendrix Tribute Artist. Just like Jimi Hendrix, Jimy Bleu is a virtuoso, left handed, guitarist and performs all of Hendrix's signature stage moves. "Believe the hype! 

Sun. Apr. 29

2:00pm – 5:00pm * David Childs' Quartet - Richter Arts Spring Season 
Where: Richter Association for The Arts 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury, CT 06811, USA
Description: Will perform the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla, and Fritz Kreisler. Free, but donation suggested. 

3:00pm - 5:00pm Danbury Centre Strings in Concert - Danbury Music Centre
Where: Rogers Park 101 Memorial Drive, Danbury, 06810, United States, U.S.A.
Description: The Danbury Centre Strings, under the direction of Glen Lebetkin.
The DCS is a non-auditioned string orchestra of all ages (including adults) performing varied repertoire.

NOW you can ask Amazon's Alexa "What's The News in Danbury" for this weeks Danbury Cultural Commission events listings. Want to know more? E-Mail your questions to me or simply enable your Flash Briefing.


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Funding Opportunities


State of Connecticut: 
Arts Learning: Access Grants
: funding, up to $700, for exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performance(s), "informance(s)" and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups or arts venues. ROLLING DEADLINE

USB Foundation Grant: The Union Savings Bank Foundation makes annual donations to 501(c)(3) organizations and other non-profits that help meet health and human service needs of the residents who reside in the markets we serve. We particularly focus on funding activities that support youth development and education. JULY 31 DEADLINE

Walmart Community Grant Program: funding 1. access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences or 2. after school enrichment. DECEMBER DEADLINE 
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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 April 20

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


Until April 28 

Art & Frame, 60 Newtown Road
Counter Narrative - an exhibition highlighting the illustrative imagery of six artists: 
Jacob Aronow
Leonardo ‘Lagonza’ Gonzalez
Karin Mansberg
Lauren Reeves
Mary Tedesco
Steph Zownir


Until May 5

The Trailer Box Project 15 Great Pasture Rd. 
The Well Worn Path Artist: Erin McAtee
Opening April 14, 2018 with a Reception 5:00pm - 7:00pm


April 19 Until May 6

Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension.


Until June 1

Gallery at Still River Editions 128 East Liberty Street
"FINAL DAYS" Photographs by Hasna Muhammad


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.
IN VIEW Facebook 

In transition 
May 4 until Aug 31

Gallery @287, 287 Main Street 
 Opening Party May 4  5:30 PM RSVP

Accessible Art
YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts 293 Main Street
Filosa/Hancock Hall  31 Staples Street
Mothership Bakery & Cafe 331 Main Street 
Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
CityCenter Danbury 268 Main Street
Hodge Insurance Agency 283 Main Street
Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe 274 Main Street
Also in the Accessible Series
Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT


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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.

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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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