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Danbury Music Centre

Danbury Chamber Music Intensive Weekend Workshop Application Deadline: February 4.

About the program:

The Danbury Chamber Music Intensive invites to its Weekend Workshop all string players, pianists, woodwind players, percussionists of any age who have a driven passion for music and are committed to the pursuit of a high level of music performance. Throughout the weekend, participants will work extensively with Artist-faculty in a unique and inspiring artistic environment to develop their artistry and musicianship. CMI is led by artistic director, Paul Frucht.

General Information:

The Workshop begins on Saturday, March 9th in the morning and ends in the late afternoon on Sunday, March 10th, 2019.

Each participant will perform in one chamber music group culminating in a concert on Sunday. Each group will include at least one Artist-Faculty member who will lead all rehearsals throughout the weekend.

Participants will attend a master class led by the Artist-Faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to perform solo works and receive feedback and instruction. Other specialized group activities may be included as well.

Participants will also receive a ticket to the Ives Series concert on the night of March 9th, featuring Ives Series Guest Artists Rachel Lee Priday and Conor Hanick.

Tuition for the participation in the Workshop is $225.00.

Application Procedure:

Click here to apply!

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 4th, 2019.

All applicants are accepted. Those who have not previously participated in CMI must submit a video for appropriate placement into chamber groups. Videos should be submitted either as e-mail attachments or via Google Drive or another data sharing service such as Dropbox. Please upload a video of yourself performing two contrasting works and put them in a folder titled “‘Your Name’ CMI Weekend Workshop 2019.” Share a link to the folder with CMI@danburymusiccentre.org

Applicants who are returning CMI participants do not need to submit a video and may opt to use their previous experience at CMI as placement. Those who wish to submit a video for placement should follow the video submission instructions above.

 
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Danbury Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition 2019

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

About the Competition:

Since its inception, the Danbury Music Centre has prioritized music education as a cornerstone of its mission to bring music to the greater Danbury area. Building on this long-held value, the Danbury Symphony Orchestra Student Concert Competition launched in 2002 with the intention of giving aspiring musicians in high school or younger the opportunity to gain valuable solo orchestral experience.

Competition Guidelines:

One First Prize Winner will be invited to give a solo performance with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The Winner will perform one movement of a standard concerto or vocal selection with the orchestra.

Selected finalists will compete on Saturday, March 16 at 2 pm at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre (more information below).

How to Apply:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 1st, 2019:

Fill out and submit an application form.

When prompted on the application form, submit a link to an online audio or video of the applicant’s performance. This may be a link directly to a Youtube video or to downloadable video on a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Pay the $45 application fee.


The Palace Danbury

165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 794-9944

2 More Weeks!

THE 2019 accessible art project

Call to Artists

DEADLINE JAN 18

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is seeking art entries for the 2019 Accessible Art Project. We will celebrate 11 years of showcasing artists who live, work, and want to connect in Western Connecticut for a year-long, series of solo art exhibitions in several locations.

what is it?
Wall space for two dimensional work is made available by various business partners in Danbury and Bethel throughout the year. Exhibit spaces range from small to large depending on the location.

how to apply?
Artists apply by submitting samples of their work. Online entries only. Deadline for entries is Friday, January 18th, 2019. Any submissions after that will be put on file for future review.

Our business partners share in the creative and economic values of working together.

We thank you!

2018 BUSINESS PARTNERS

Bethel Public Library 
CityCenter Danbury
Danbury City Hall 
Hancock Hall 
Hodge Insurance Agency 
Mothership Bakery
Pour Me Café 
YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts

Interested in becoming a business partner with us? EMAIL  or call at 203.798.0760

Learn more Accessible Art Project
Questions?  EMAIL or call t. 203.798.0760

Sigh Up Here


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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“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.