May 27, 2016

Musical Masterworks Celebrates Conclusion of its 25th Season

Violinist Chee-Yun

Violinist Chee-Yun

Musical Masterworks’ 25th Anniversary Season will end with a burst of excitement as eight extraordinary musicians perform works of Richard Strauss, Bartók, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima.  The last concerts of this season, which will feature veteran violinist Chee-Yun, will be held Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. 

The anniversary season will be celebrated with a free 25th Anniversary Party after the final concert on May 1, to which all ticket buyers will be invited.

The finale of each concert will be one of the best-loved works in the chamber music repertoire: the Mendelssohn Octet.  It promises to be a wonderful conclusion to the group’s first quarter century. 

Artistic Director, Edward Arron commented,  “I feel privileged to be the curator of this unique concert series. As the years go by, I continue to be inspired by the beauty of the Congregational Church, the art of chamber music, the artistry of my colleagues, and the warmth of our audience.”

To learn more about Musical Masterworks, visit www.musicalmasterworks.org.  This summer information will be posted about the 26th season, which begins in October 2016.

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Lyme Art Association Hosts Two New Shows Through June 3

Del-Bourree Bach's 'The Good Life' is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition opening at the LAA tonight.

Del-Bourree Bach’s ‘The Good Life’ is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition opening at the LAA tonight.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) presents the annual showcase of the best new works of art by Elected Artists Members. These artists are professionals of note and significance whose works are known, collected, and exhibited throughout the country, as well as along the Shoreline.  The LAA hosts an opening reception for this show and Body Language, displaying artwork based on the human figure in all its forms, on Friday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free — come and meet the artists, enjoy the music and celebrate fine art.

The 95th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition and Body Language are both on view through June 3, 2016.

Also on view in The Art Market is an unjuried show featuring an entirely new collection of affordable smaller works.  All artwork on display is for sale.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

 

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Old Lyme Artists Featured in Gallery One Exhibition at Guilford Art Center

Featured in the Gallery One exhibition at the Guilford Art Center is "Cottages, White Sands Beach #9" by Catherine Christiano, oil on panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2014.

Featured in the Gallery One exhibition at the Guilford Art Center is “Cottages, White Sands Beach #9” by Catherine Christiano of Old Lyme. The work is oil on panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches, and was painted in 2014.

Gallery One,  a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, will exhibit at the Guilford Art Center’s Mill Gallery, from Friday, April 22, through Sunday, May 15. The artists’ vision is to provide Southeastern Connecticut with a stimulating resource and to support one another as artists.

An opening reception will be held Friday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. and a closing reception with Jazz Circle improvisational music inspired by the artwork on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

“The Mill Gallery at the Guilford Art Center is a wonderful canvas for us to design the exhibition using our work as the compositional elements,” says Gallery One director Judith Barbour Osborne, “creating a flow from piece to piece (artist to artist), creating juxtapositions of similar and opposite pieces while considering formal aspects such as line, color, form, weight, and so on.”

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‘Blustery Day’ by Ashby Carlisle will also be on view at the exhibition.

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Gray Jacobik, Rick Lacey, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg and Jill Vaughn. Carlisle and Christiano are Old Lyme residents while Thelma Halloran, who uses the artist name of T. Willie Raney, is a teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.  Deborah Hornbake of East Haddam, Conn., and Steve Lloyd of W. Brattleboro, Vt., (formerly of Chester, Conn.) will be joining them for this exhibition.

The Artists of Gallery One exhibit in various locations along the Connecticut shoreline. Additional information about the artists and upcoming exhibitions can be found at www.galleryoneCT.com.

For more information about the Guilford Art Center, visit www.GuilfordArtCenter.org

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‘Discovery Sundays’ at Florence Griswold Museum

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One of the highlights of Discovery Sundays at the Florence Griswold Museum is an outdoor Art Cart that guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists. Explorer Kits are designed for various ages and skill levels.

OLD LYME – Beginning Sunday, April 3, the Florence Griswold Museum invites visitors to shake off any leftover winter blues and celebrate the beginning of Discovery Sundays. In addition to the popular “Make-A-Painting” activities, where visitors of all ages use the museum’s supplies to create their own masterpieces, Discovery Sundays now include an outdoor Art Cart that guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists who famously painted there.

In addition, seasonal buildings including the Chadwick Studio and the Rafal Landscape Center will open for the season. And who knows! With any luck you’ll find some pops of color starting in the garden!

The museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and all activities are included with admission ($10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 students). Children 12 and under are always free.

The museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. For more information, visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org or call 860-434-5542 x 111.

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Registration Opens for Madhatters Summer Theater Programs for Ages 6 – 18

AREAWIDE – Madhatters Theatre Company is currently accepting registration for its youth summer theater programs at Chester Meeting House.

The junior program, open to ages 6-12 years, will be “The Little Rascals, The Musical.” The program runs Monday through Friday, July 25 through July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a performance on Friday.

The senior program, open to ages 13-18 years, is “The Roaring 20’s Musical.” The program runs Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 – 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a performance on Friday.

For further information and/or to register, e-mail: madhattersctc@aol.com or call (860) 395-1861. Information is also available at www.ctkidsonstage.com/madhatterstheatrecompany.

The Chester Meeting House is at 4 Liberty Street in Chester.

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Lyme Art Association Hosts ‘Exhibition in Four Acts’

'Ratatouille,' oil, by Cheryl Weyman is the signature painting of the Palette to Palate segment of the exhibition.

‘Ratatouille’ by Cheryl Weyman in oil is the signature painting of the Palate to Palette segment of the exhibition.

Four new exhibitions, each with a different theme, will be on view in the Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) beautiful historic galleries from Friday, March 4, through April 15.  A Contemporary Look, Drawing Attention, Palate to Palette, and Urban Landscape run concurrently.  An opening reception for all four exhibitions will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Exhibition in Four Acts is one of the LAA’s most dynamic and exciting exhibitions, bringing together four distinct types of representational art. Urban Landscape showcases the work of talented artist members who set out to capture the architecture and life of town and city.  A Contemporary Look is an exhibition of abstracted, yet still representational work. Drawing Attention features work of all themes in charcoal, graphite and ink, and Palate to Palette focuses on food, dining and cooking. Each exhibition is shown in one of the four skylit galleries in our historic building.

“A visit to the Lyme Art Association to see the Exhibition in Four Acts feels like visiting four different galleries.  There is a variety and a shift in mood as you move from one gallery to the next,” states gallery manager, Jocelyn Zallinger.  “This show also allows a visitor to focus on each genre in a way that is not possible in other exhibitions.”

The opening reception for all four exhibitions is free to the public and will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the gallery located at 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Conn.

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is housed in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

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Registration Begins for Summer Dance Programs at Eastern Connecticut Ballet in East Lyme

Registration for all Summer Dance classes at Eastern Connecticut Ballet has begun.

AREAWIDE – Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance program will help all young dancers to grow and improve. The school for classical ballet training is offering many different workshops at its East Lyme studio in July and August with options of taking a single or multi-week program.

The youngest dancers (ages 3½-6) may enroll in a Storybook Magic Adventure featuring ballet, jazz and special crafts. The Petite Dancer Workshop (ages 6-8) is designed to bridge the gap between the young children’s program and the graded classical ballet program. Older children (ages 8-12) will build their skills and have fun in the Young Professional Summer Workshop.

More experienced students will benefit from the Intermediate/Advanced Workshop and/or the Summer Intensive, “In Balanchine’s Footsteps.”

Headlining the guest faculty for the Intensive is New York City Ballet’s extraordinary principal dancer Sara Mearns, described by Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times as “the great American ballerina of our era.” “In Balanchine’s Footsteps” will also be taught by Pennsylvania Ballet principal Amy Aldridge and Gloria Govrin, ECB Artistic Director, master teacher and former New York City Ballet soloist. These distinguished artists were either students of Balanchine or members of companies in the Balanchine tradition. To round out the program, students will enjoy jazz with Broadway veteran Mary Ann Lamb and modern dance with Paul Taylor Company member Eran Bugge.

“There’s no better way for a young dancer to learn than from master teachers who were either students of Balanchine or members of companies that embrace his style and choreography,” said ECB executive director Lise Reardon.

In addition, teens and adults may take classes in ballet and jazz on summer evenings. A full schedule, costs and registration form are available at easternctballet.com. Register by April 8 and receive a $15 discount. For inquiries, call 860-739-7899 or visit ECB at 435 Boston Post Road in East Lyme.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Artists Win Big in ‘Future Choices’ Contest

'Future Choices' First Prize winning self-portrait by Ion Gordon.

‘Future Choices’ Art Show First Prize winning self-portrait by LOLHS junior Ion Gordon.

The Visual Arts Department of Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has again achieved exceptional results in this year’s Future Choices Art Show, sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

In the Drawing category, junior Ion Gordon and senior Samantha Lee took first and second place respectively, delivering those honors to LOLHS for a third consecutive year.  Also recognized in drawing were senior Meredith Kegley with the third place award, and both Caroline Cox and Natalie Rugg received Honorable Mentions.

This self-portrait by Silja Forstein won first place in the Painting category.

This self-portrait by Silja Forstein won first place in the Painting category.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School also took top two spots in the Painting category with senior Silja Forstein earning first place and sophomore Claudia Mergy taking second.  Other award winners were Maggy Biega with an Honorable Mention in ceramics, and Alexis Kolar with an Honorable Mention in pastels.

Additional students juried into the show include Sophia Romeo, Micheline Czlapinski, Keelin Hurtt and James Kolb.

Students who reside or attend school in the 24-town Shoreline region are eligible to submit up to three works to this juried competition. Cash prizes are given for first, second and third place awards, and other prizes and scholarship awards will be announced after the opening reception this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m., in the Sill House Gallery of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

The show will run until March 8, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All artworks will also be available for viewing during the upcoming Region 18 Youth Art Show, also at Sill House, opening Thursday, March 17.  

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Vista Performs “Pirates of Penzance” May 20-22

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“The Pirates of Penzance” will run May 20 through May 22 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — The Kate — in Old Saybrook. Pat Souney will direct.

Editor’s Note: Based in Madison and Westbrook, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. For more information about Vista, visit www.vistavocational.org.

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Two New Exhibitions on View at Lyme Art Association

'Cipollini Onions and Company' by Randie Kahrl is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

‘Cipollini Onions and Company’ by Randie Kahrl is one of the signature paintings of the ‘Annual Associate Artist Exhibition.’

The opening reception for the 24th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition and Wonders of Winter will be held this Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

Both exhibitions are on view from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26.  The 24th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition is on view in the Association’s front galleries and features landscape, portrait, and still life paintings, as well as sculpture by Associate Artist members while Wonders of Winter showcases winter scenes by members of all levels and is on display in the Goodman Gallery.

'Beaverbrook Farm in Winter' by Joan Wallace is found in the 'Wonders of Winter' exhibition.

‘Beaverbrook Farm in Winter’ by Joan Wallace is found in the ‘Wonders of Winter’ exhibition.

“The Annual Associate Artist Exhibition highlights the range, creativity, and excellence of our Associate Artist members. This exhibition includes a variety of subjects, media, and styles: paintings or sculptures that capture the range of human emotion, the beauty and grandeur of the Connecticut landscape, or the personal objects and surroundings of everyday life,” notes Jocelyn Zallinger, LAA’s Gallery Manager. She adds, “The Wonders of Winter exhibition in the Goodman Gallery celebrates the beauty of the winter landscape, its colors, textures, and dramatic lighting.”

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is housed in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the Old Lyme Historic District.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.

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Essex Winter Series Continues with Jeff Barnhart And His Hot Rhythm, Feb. 21

Jeff Barnhart

Jeff Barnhart

The 2016 Essex Winter Series (EWS) continues Sunday, Feb. 21, at Valley Regional High School at 3 p.m. with the Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert featuring Jeff Barnhart and His Hot Rhythm.

The 2016 EWS season, which has been designed by Executive Director Mihae Lee for its quality and variety, promises to be an exciting one, with three very different programs all by world-class artists. Enjoy great chamber music, hot jazz, expressive vocal music, and the thrill of a full orchestra.

All of the concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in Deep River. Concerts take place at Valley Regional High School, with the exception of the March 6 concert, which will be presented at John Winthrop Middle School. The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 21: Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert
Jeff Barnhart and His Hot Rhythm
Valley Regional High School

Jeff Barnhart, our jazz artistic advisor, has thrilled EWS audiences for years with his performances of hot jazz. The renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, re­cording artist, composer, educator, and entertainer will perform seminal jazz and pop standards from the first half of the 20th century with a top-notch band: Scott Philbrick on trumpet, banjo, and guitar; Joe Midiri on reeds; Paul Midiri on vibes and trombone; Anne Barnharton flute and vocals; Vince Giordano on bass, tuba, and bass sax; and Jim Lawlor on drums. Co-sponsored by The Clark Group and Tower Laboratories

March 6: Patricia Schuman, soprano
John Winthrop Middle School

We are delighted to welcome back to our stage the internationally-celebrated soprano Patricia Schuman. Her program, “Winter Romance,” will feature songs of love and loss as well as lighter fare from the great Amer­ican songbook and musical theater. She will be joined by harpist Megan Sesma, pianist Douglas Dickson, and a special surprise guest artist. Ms. Schuman has been engaged by the most distinguished opera houses throughout the world, and has collaborated with many of the foremost conductors and directors of our time. Co-sponsored by Essex Savings Bank and an anonymous foundation

April 3: Fenton Brown Emerging Artists Concert
New Haven Symphony Orchestra with violinist Tessa Lark
Valley Regional High School

Now in its 121st year of continuous operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is one of the country’s finest regional orchestras. Returning to our series, the orchestra under music director William Boughton will perform Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Haydn’s “London” Symphony, and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, featuring our 2016 Emerging Artist, Tessa Lark. Lark won the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, and is one of today’s most sought-after young violinists. Co-sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank and an anonymous foundation

All tickets to Essex Winter Series concerts are general admission. Individual tickets are $35; four-concert subscriptions are $120, which represents a $20 saving over the single-ticket price for four concerts. Tickets may be purchased on the EWS website, www.essexwinterseries.com, or by calling 860-272-4572.

More program information, artist biographies and photos, and much more is available on the Essex Winter Series web site, www.essexwinterseries.com.

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Laurel Double Reed Ensemble Presents Free Concert/Masterclass, Feb. 6

AREAWIDE – Community Music School and the Laurel Double Reed Ensemble will present a concert and master class on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook.

The Laurel Double Reed Ensemble is an eclectic and educational organization comprised of Anne Megan, oboe; Tamar Beach Wells, oboe d’amore; Marilyn Krentzman, English horn; and Rebecca Noreen, bassoon. They perform for schools and communities throughout Connecticut, showcasing the unusual and beautiful sounds of the double reed instruments.

At the Feb. 6 concert, the ensemble will perform a 45-minute “Arts in Education” program geared as an introduction to the double reed instrument family. The diverse musical program ranges from Let it Go from Frozen, to the traditional classical styles of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Franz Joseph Haydn. A master class with student performers will follow the performance.

The concert and master class are free and open to the public of all ages; at-will donations will be graciously accepted.

If you would like to participate in the master class, call Community Music School to reserve a spot, 860-767-0026.

Editor’s Note: Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30-year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so that they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives. For additional information visit www.community-music-school.org or call 860-767-0026.

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Vista Hosts Auditions for “Pirates of Penzance,” Feb. 8-9

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AREAWIDE – Calling all performers! Vista is hosting open auditions for its upcoming production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which sets sail in May. Auditions will be held Feb. 8 and 9, by appointment only, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Vista’s Madison Campus, located at 107 Bradley Rd. in Madison.

Versatile adult performers of all abilities are needed. Bring 16 measures of sheet music for an audition song. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared and dressed to move.

“The Pirates of Penzance” will run May 20 through May 22 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — The Kate — in Old Saybrook. Pat Souney will direct.

To schedule an audition appointment or for additional information, contact Amanda Roberts at (860) 399-8080 ext. 255 or aroberts@vistavocational.org.

Editor’s Note: Based in Madison and Westbrook, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. For more information about Vista, visit www.vistavocational.org.

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Essex Winter Series Offers World-Class Performers in Diverse Programs

Essex Winter Series has announced the artists and programs for its 2016 season. Designed by Artistic Director Mihae Lee for its quality and variety, this 39th season promises to be an exciting one, all four very different programs by world-class artists. Enjoy great chamber music, hot jazz, expressive vocal music, and the thrill of a full orchestra.

All of the concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in Deep River. Concerts take place at Valley Regional High School, with the exception of the March 6 concert, which will be presented at John Winthrop Middle School.

Mihae Lee

Mihae Lee

Jan. 10: The Juilliard String Quartet with pianist Mihae Lee
Valley Regional High School

One of the country’s most revered string quartets will be joined by our artistic director in a program of three favorites from the classical repertory: Mo­zart’s “Dissonance” Quartet, Beethoven’s String Quar­tet in F major, Op. 135, and the monumental F minor Piano Quintet of Brahms. The Juilliard members are violinists Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Joel Krosnick, who will perform his 41st and final season with the quartet before his retirement later in 2016. Co-sponsored by Northstar Wealth Partners

Feb. 21: Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert
Jeff Barnhart and His Hot Rhythm
Valley Regional High School

Jeff Barnhart, our jazz artistic advisor, has thrilled EWS audiences for years with his performances of hot jazz. The renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, re­cording artist, composer, educator, and entertainer will perform seminal jazz and pop standards from the first half of the 20th century with a top-notch band: Scott Philbrick on trumpet, banjo, and guitar; Joe Midiri on reeds; Paul Midiri on vibes and trombone; Anne Barnharton flute and vocals; Vince Giordano on bass, tuba, and bass sax; and Jim Lawlor on drums. Co-sponsored by The Clark Group and Tower Laboratories

March 6: Patricia Schuman, soprano
John Winthrop Middle School

We are delighted to welcome back to our stage the internationally-celebrated soprano Patricia Schuman. Her program, “Winter Romance,” will feature songs of love and loss as well as lighter fare from the great Amer­ican songbook and musical theater. She will be joined by harpist Megan Sesma, pianist Douglas Dickson, and a special surprise guest artist. Ms. Schuman has been engaged by the most distinguished opera houses throughout the world, and has collaborated with many of the foremost conductors and directors of our time. Co-sponsored by Essex Savings Bank and an anonymous foundation

April 3: Fenton Brown Emerging Artists Concert
New Haven Symphony Orchestra with violinist Tessa Lark
Valley Regional High School

Now in its 121st year of continuous operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is one of the country’s finest regional orchestras. Returning to our series, the orchestra under music director William Boughton will perform Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Haydn’s “London” Symphony, and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, featuring our 2016 Emerging Artist, Tessa Lark. Lark won the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, and is one of today’s most sought-after young violinists. Co-sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank and an anonymous foundation

All tickets to Essex Winter Series concerts are general admission. Individual tickets are $35; four-concert subscriptions are $120, which represents a $20 saving over the single-ticket price for four concerts. Tickets may be purchased on the EWS website, www.essexwinterseries.com, or by calling 860-272-4572.

More program information, artist biographies and photos, and much more is available on the Essex Winter Series web site, www.essexwinterseries.com.

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Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Executive Coordinator

Daniel Brandl

Daniel Brandl

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) has announced that Daniel Brandl has joined the New London-based nonprofit arts organization to serve as its new Executive Coordinator. Brandl comes with a wealth of experience in music, education, and arts administration.

Currently, he serves as Resident Music Director of the Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich, Conn., as well as secretary of its board of directors where he was instrumental in helping create a new arts organization after the Spirit of Broadway Theater closed. He is also the Music Director and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Mystic, Conn.

A champion of the arts and arts education in Connecticut, Brandl was most recently an Artist Instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance from Western Connecticut State University and will complete a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Connecticut in December. Originally from Meriden, Conn., he currently resides in Stonington Borough with his wife Kathryn and their two young children.

Brandl comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge at ECSO and look forward to working with the staff, orchestra, musicians, board of directors, and volunteers. I am fortunate to be joining such an amazing arts organization with a strong mission.”

Board President Bob Reed comments, “I’m thrilled to have Daniel Brandl join the ECSO organization as Executive Coordinator. Dan’s background and experience in the performing arts arena brings much to the table and he will certainly assist our Executive Director, Caleb Bailey and our board to achieve our goals.”

The ECSO performs six classical concerts from October to May at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The orchestra offers a range of affordable seating options from $62 to as low as $12 for attendance to one concert. New this season, the ECSO will offer those under 30 years of age $12 tickets in premium sections. Additionally, $12 rush tickets will be available the night of every concert to those under 30 and any active or retired military.

Music director and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada has programmed an exciting season showcasing the ECSO’s critically acclaimed virtuosity and scope of repertoire ranging from Classical and Romantic-era favorites to newly composed, cutting-edge international works. Visit www.ectsymphony.com for more information and follow ECSO on Facebook.

Founded in 1946, the mission of the ECSO is to perform high quality symphonic music and conduct educational outreach programs.

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‘Deck The Walls’ on Show at Lyme Art Association

'Village Morning' by Barbara Lussier is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

‘Village Morning’ by Barbara Lussier is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

The Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) festive art exhibition and sale, Deck the Walls, opened Nov. 27 and is on show through Jan. 8, 2016. An opening reception featuring live music will be held next Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Admission is free and all painting purchases from 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 through 5 p.m. Dec. 5 will be tax-free.

More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts. Artwork by newly inducted LAA Elected Artists will be featured in their own exhibition in the Goodman Gallery.

'Curious' by Kim Muller-Thym is featured in 'Deck the Walls.'

‘Curious’ by Kim Muller-Thym is featured in ‘Deck the Walls.’

“For Deck the Walls, the Lyme Art Association features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. We hope to help solve those gift giving dilemmas – a beautiful piece of artwork is always appreciated!” says Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager.

The LAA is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The building is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road.

Call (860) 434-7802 for more information, or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.

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Visit the Florence Griswold Museum for Exhibitions & More

The current exhibition on show at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, which draws from the collections of 10 partner institutions to present some of the most renowned depictions of Connecticut in art from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The 76 works are from the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the Mattatuck Museum, the Mystic Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Slater Memorial Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Also on show through Nov. 29 is a pop-up exhibition titled, TIME & PLACE Young Artists Inspired by Artworks in the Current Exhibition.  Artist/instructor Susan Stephenson partnered with the Museum to create an immersive learning experience for her sophomore painting students at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. After visiting the exhibition,The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, students were asked to respond to a work with their own interpretation

For more information, contact (860) 434-5542 x122.

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Cooley Gallery Hosts Opening Reception Tonight for ‘All Paintings Great and Small’

'A Winter's Eve' by Herbert McCord is the featured painting of the 'All Paintings Great and Small' exhibition.

‘A Winter’s Eve’ by Herbert McCord is the featured painting of the ‘All Paintings Great and Small’ exhibition.

The Cooley Gallery hosts an opening reception for the annual holiday exhibition All Paintings Great and Small this evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition features historic and contemporary works of art 12″ in size or smaller and for many in the area, this annual exhibition and opening celebration, now in its 29th year, has become an undisputed kick-off to the holiday season. Artists from around the country and Mexico, with a concentration of works by artists in Connecticut, participate in this annual show.

Jeff Cooley, owner of The Cooley Gallery notes, “We had no sense of how this show evolved into a local holiday tradition until we started to talk about changing the format or doing something completely different.  Over the years we thought we would try to revamp the holiday show and freshen it with a little variation.  We were quickly reminded by gallery visitors and friends not to mess with a good thing.”

He continues, “The very first small painting show we did all those years ago had only 15 pictures but they were choice and mainly historical works. Last year’s All Paintings Great and Small ballooned to over 350 works of art and proved too much can be too much. While we’re not going back to only 15 select works, we are simplifying the show this year.”

As in years past, All Paintings Great and Small offers a wide range of subjects and media carefully chosen by the staff at the gallery. Cooley notes, “We are a small operation. Everyone gets involved in everything here but especially with this exhibition: discovering artists and choosing their favorites. Lorre Broom, our gallery manager, orchestrates the logistics and artists. Nancy Pinney our website guru and an artist in her own right, makes sure the images are perfect and gets it all posted in time for people to get a start on their holiday shopping.”

The galleries at 25 Lyme Street are hung “salon-style” with multiples from floor to ceiling, and a wealth of varied artwork. Prices range from the low hundreds on up giving collectors at all levels a chance to acquire some truly wonderful original works of art.  The other exhibition in the back gallery features recent acquisitions, paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The show runs through Jan. 9, 2016.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 12 to 4 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com

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Reception Tonight Celebrates EF Watermelon’s 30th Anniversary in Old Lyme,

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EF Watermelon hosts a reception this evening from 5 to 8  p.m. at the store on Lyme St. to celebrate the business’s 30th anniversary in Old Lyme.  All are welcome.

Guest artist, Paula Crevoshay, will be on hand to present and discuss her line of  jewelry.

The store is located at 24 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.

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Sing or Listen to “Messiah” at ‘The Kate,’ Dec. 20

The seventh annual ‘Messiah’ Sing or Listen, sponsored by Cappella Cantorum will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, when singers rehearse at 3:30 pm in sections, for a performance at 4 p.m. in the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Art Center, 300 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

The Singalong is open to all, featuring professional soloists, Bring your ‘Messiah’ scores if you have them or they will be provided.

There is a $10 fee for singers and audience. The audience is invited to sit in the back, witness the short rehearsal and ‘The Sing’ at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Box Office at 877-503-1286, www.thekate.org or day of performance.  There are no reserved seats.

For more information, contact Barry Asch at 860-388-2871 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org

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