Sunday, November 24 2013

Format: 2015/01/26

Sunday, November 24 2013

Connecticut Master Chorale Annual Holiday Prelude Concert

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor

An eclectic program launching the Holiday season.

Music with steel drums and brass ensemble;

selections by John Rutter; Mack Wilberg; “Christmas in the South Seas”;

lullabies; gospel; music for Advent, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah; and more



Mitzvah Mall

Locations: Congregation Beth Israel &
Beth El Temple, West Hartford
Instead of shopping for holiday gifts at the mall, why
not, in a friend or relative’s name, “buy” crayons for
an after-school program, toys for hospitalized children,
food for a person experiencing homelessness or clothes
for a victim of domestic violence? Come “shop” and
learn about donating to over twenty area non-profits.

9 a.m. - noon


The Most Happy Fella

Abbondanza! From the composer of Guys and Dolls comes a vibrant musical that blossoms in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it’s a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre. Favorite songs include “Standing on the Corner” and “Somebody, Somewhere.” Don’t miss it!

Show Times

Wednesday/Thursday 2 & 7:30pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 3 & 8pm, Sunday 2 & 6:30pm

(Sun evening ends 10/20, Thurs mat starts 10/24)

 Thanksgiving Week Special Times:

Monday 11/25: 2 & 7:30pm

No shows Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Friday 11/29: 2 & 8pm

Saturday 11/30: 3 & 8pm

Sunday 12/01: 2 & 6:30pm



Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


E.V.Day: Snap!

 he Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta - designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery - SNAP! interprets the pavilion's peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson's late work.


World Guitar Ensemble Concert

 This oncert features the World Guitar Ensemble performing a variety of world music under the direction of Carver Blanchard. 


Sugar Plum Tea Party

Join the Nutmeg Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy & Friends for a Very Special Tea Party Adventure
Embark on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Land of the Sweets

TORRINGTON, Oct. 30, 2013/The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory/- The Parent Network and the Dance Shop at The Nutmeg Ballet are honored to host a special Sugar Plum Tea Party on Sunday, November 17th and Sunday, November 24th.
This memorable event includes a meet & greet with characters from The Nutmeg Ballet’s Nutcracker, a keepsake photo, craft, story time, tea party, and so much more!
Come join Sugar Plum, Clara & her Prince, the Dew Drop Fairy, and Snow Queen as you experience all the wonders of the Land of the Sweets and the Land of the Snow. Enter a magical land where Angels, Flowers, Sweet Treats, Clowns, Mice and Toy Soldiers and a very special Nutcracker come to life.
So many surprises in store for the little ones. You won’t want to miss out as it's sure to become a wonderful family tradition!
Tickets may be purchased in the Dance Shop at The Nutmeg in person or by phone: 860.482.4413.
The cost is $20 per child, additional siblings $10 each. Children should be accompanied by an adult.  Proceeds support Parent Network’s fundraising efforts and will fund scholarships, field trips, special events, and productions that benefit the trainees of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory.
This event would not be possible without The Nutmeg Ballet’s parent and student volunteers, the artistic staff, and our sponsors who have so generously supported this event, most notably Dance Shop at The Nutmeg and Parent Network at The Nutmeg. 
Special thanks to our generous Sugar Plum Tea Party Sponsors:  Sweeties Treats Cupcakes, S&S Treats, Lily and Vine Floral Design, and Litchfield Woods Health Care Center. 



Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism

A new exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism will open on November 7, 2013 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. It will feature the works of artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The exhibit will run through December 29th with a fundraising reception featuring harpist Alix Raspe, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods on December 8th from 4:00-6:00pm, tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs. 


The artwork is on loan to the Museum by the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut.  Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fairfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer and educator. 


Ms. Grant has extensive knowledge of the Daggys and wrote the monograph, Father and Son: Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy in 2008. She quotes John Vassos who said, “Richard Daggy …can be referred to as the Van Gogh of New England. His extreme reverence and humility toward his work make him unquestionably one of the most sincere artists of his time.


His water colors are bathed in sunlight and his insistence on essential form at all times is marked. There is nothing of the quaint or superficial in Daggy’s work. It is vigorous and composed and disarmingly sincere.


His palette is the palette of a man who loves trees, loves the sky, loves the country and above all loves life, and does not hesitate to say so. He is now in the period where he has found himself, and, in his full stride, is scheduled to make an important contribution to American painting.”


Augustus (1858-1942), an illustrator and painter, was drawn to Norwalk in 1913 for the artists living in the Silvermine area of the town.  This group of artists would later form the Silvermine Guild of Artists of which Augustus was an original member.  The Daggy family resided at Grumman Avenue in Norwalk.  Richard (1892-1973), Augustus’ eldest, was schooled in art by his father.  His paintings, like his father’s, tended to be landscapes, but of a very different style.  His medium was watercolor. (Copyright - Leigh Grant, November 2, 2008).


Harpist Alix Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. Described as spellbinding, Alix is currently a junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.


Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2010, 2010-2011. In 2007, she received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist and was runner up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2013. Ms. Raspe has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations.


The fall exhibit at the Mansion is made possible in part by Whole Foods and Investmark.


The Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from distinguished benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation


The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. 


Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M.  Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.  Children under 8 are admitted free.  For more information, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 203-838-9799.


5-Show Subscriptions at Playhouse on Park!

WEST HARTFORD, CT- There is still time to subscribe to the exciting 2013-2014 Main Stage season at Playhouse on Park!

Subscribe now for the remaining five shows, and you save 15% off individual ticket prices. With prices ranging from $64-$147, you get five Broadway quality shows for the price of one!

You also receive subscriber benefits, which include the option of switching the date for the shows you attend, little surprises from the theatre, and the knowledge that they are supporting the educational, cultural, and outreach programs that Playhouse on Park incorporates into their Main Stage productions.

The upcoming shows for the Main Stage season include the legendary Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor, the world premiere of Higgins in Harlem, stop/time dance theater’s I’d Rather Be Dancing, and the quirky musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

For more information on the Main Stage season and how to subscribe, visit the company website (, or call the box office (860-523-5900 x10).


"Singing the Great Conflict: The Greatest Hits of the Civil War" at the Trumbull Library

Rick Spencer performs a program of songs which were popular during the War.
CDs available for purchase.

Drop in!

For more information please call 203-452-5197 or visit


7:30 pm Silent Movie: C.B. DeMille's King of Kings

At Hartford's Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Boston organ virtuoso Peter Krasinski will improvise an accompaniment to a screening of Cecil B. DeMille’s immortal silent film epic “King of Kings” on the Mighty Austin Organ. Return with us to the day when the only soundtrack a film had was the one provided by the theatre organist as the images flickered on the screen in front of him.

“King of Kings” depicts the last few weeks of Jesus’ life leading up to the crucifixion. Directed by Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille and starring H.B. Warner as Jesus, the film was originally released in 1927. One of the many unique features of the film is that one of its last sequences (the Resurrection) is filmed in Technicolor. The rest of the film was shot in black and white.


Any Dream Will Do

The New Britain Youth Theater Teen Company will perform Any Dream Will Do, a musical theater revue, on November 22, 23 and 24, 2013, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center.

Any Dream Will Do includes songs celebrating dreams, wishes, "thinks," and the power of imagination in four musical sections: Dreams, I Want It All, Have You Got It In You?, and Stand By Me. Songs include solos, duets, small groups, and full-cast numbers performed by the ensemble. There are some lesser-known gems—like Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I’m Not Afraid of Anything from Songs for a New World—and some show-stopping numbers—like Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man, Oh the Thinks You Can Think from Seussical, and an Oz Medley from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked.  Between songs are famous and inspirational quotes about the power of dreams.

The revue is musically directed and arranged by Angela Klimaytis, Musical Director of Seussical Jr. and Once on This Island Jr. for NBYT. Alison Bogatay is stage director and choreographer.

Any Dream Will Do will be performed at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in downtown New Britain.

Performances are Friday, November 22, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 23, at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors.

Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through a link at


45th Celebration of American Crafts

The Celebration of American Crafts is an annual exhibition and sale of fine, contemporary crafts sponsored by Creative Arts Workshop.

The exhibition is held in CAW's handsome two-story Hilles Gallery.

Over 300 artists from across America are featured, representing the finest in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, handcrafted furniture and much more.

Nov. 1 - Dec 24, 2013 - OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Thurs 11am-8pm; Sun 1-5pm



16th Annual Women's Craft Celebration

16th Annual Women's Craft Celebration

Sun., Nov. 24, at Pond House in Elizabeth Park

Please join us at the Pond House Sunday, Nov. 24, for the 16th annual Women's Craft Celebration--a much-anticipated holiday shopping event.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event will feature a number of women artisans with a variety of handmade items for sale, including soap, pottery, fiber art, hats, bags, journals, jewelry, glass, artistic angels, scarves, clothing, photography, sculpture and collage.

A raffle will also be held to benefit Foodshare. Admission to the show is free.

The Pond House restaurant will be open for brunch and snacks during the event.


Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.