Sunday, April 28 2013

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Sunday, April 28 2013

Art of the Northeast

Art of the Northeast, in its 63rd year, is one of the most anticipated regional juried shows of the year at the Silvermine Arts Center, drawing artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  This year’s juror is David A. Ross, Chair of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Program, New York.  Throughout its history Art of the Northeast (AoNE), originally called Art of New England,  has been a showcase for many emerging artists who have gone on to receive national acclaim.  Jurors have included curators and directors of major galleries and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and the Whitney Museum.

April 13 through May 24, 2013

Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm. – 5 pm; Sunday: 1pm – 5pm.



Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Dylan Thomas Comes to Life

Interpreting Dylan Thomas, Glyn Dowden brings to his performance the magic imagery, and intense lyricism of one of the most prominent and lauded poets of the twentieth century.

In his short life (1914-1953), Thomas found difficulty making a living at writing and became a BBC radio celebrity in the late ’40s. He has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century.

Dowden shares the emotion of Thomas’ words with stories, Welsh witticisms, and Welsh melodies. Be transported back to the era of great promise in poetry. 

Dowden resides in Granby, CT and is a member of local theatre, writers, and poetry groups in Connecticut and Massachusetts. This event is free to the public.


Opera & Oratorio Ensemble Class

Students in the Opera & Oratorio Ensemble perform a variety of selections from its repertory under the direction of Priscilla Gale.

Event begins at 5pm.


Graduate Recital - Jessie Marino

A graduate recital - "ATTN: MGMT" - by Jessie Marino. Performances begin at 7pm.


The Four Seasons Plus Spring Concert

The Four Seasons Plus Spring Concert with Christopher King on the organ and piano, Kurt Briggs, Violin, Suzanne Clune, Soprano, and Jennifer Ponzoni, Mezzo Soprano. Performing Bach Violin Sonata in E with Organ, Beethoven "Spring" Violin Sonata with Piano, vocal solos and duets from Bach to Broadway,organ preludes with some audience singing participation.

Reception following the concert.


"Letter from Italy, 1944"

            Veterans, PTSD, world premiere, Connecticut artists, letters from Italy – what do these have in common? 

            On April 28, 2013 an epic musical drama will unfold in Connecticut. It is about a World War II, 10th Mountain Division soldier, Dr. John K. Meneely, Jr., who served as a medic in the Aleutians and Italy. At the end of the war suffering from PTSD, he returned home to his young family. For the next 18 years he and his family struggled with his internal battles. Half a century later, their collective story is being told and their triumphs being sung.

            The soldier’s daughters, Grammy-nominee composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder and poet Nancy Meneely, both Connecticut residents, have woven their physician father’s letters and their family’s story into a poignant saga of courage and compassion. Meneely-Kyder has set her sister’s ringing lyrics to music in a major musical drama, Letter from Italy, 1944. It calls for a cast of five soloists, a large chorus and orchestra.

            Letter from Italy, 1944 is directed by Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of The Greater Middletown Chorale, one of the state’s preeminent regional choral groups. The Chorale will present the work’s world premiere with a semi-staged production featuring a chorus of 80 voices and 5 professional soloists, accompanied by a professional orchestra under D’Eugenio’s baton. In addition, the Chorale’s Theater Director, Dr. Sheila Hickey Garvey of Central Connecticut State University, will direct technical effects and the projection of World War II archival projections for the April 28 production. The premiere performance of Letter from Italy, 1944 will take place in the state-of-the-art concert hall of Middletown High School’s Performing Arts Center.

         Patricia Schumann, soprano and mezzo-soprano specializing in the Mozart repertoire, will sing the role of Delia, John Meneely’s wife.  She has graced the world’s stages, singing major roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro all Scala, Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. Recently she appeared at the Glimmerglass Festival in the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s and Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard at Marblehead Neck.  She has also appeared in concerts throughout New England and Connecticut.

         Jack Anthony Pott, tenor, will sing the leading role of Dr. John Meneely.  To interpret the part, the tenor soloist has immersed himself in Meneely family stories while examining the physician’s letters and photos from the front.  Well-versed in both secular and sacred music, he has performed in numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah, as well as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and Magnificat.  He is a member of the voice faculty at Central Connecticut State University and is familiar to Connecticut audiences as a featured soloist with CONCORA, Voce, Connecticut concert Opera and Hartford’s Asylum Hill Congregational Church.           

            Letter from Italy, 1944 is a gift to the nation from Connecticut people.  Artistic Director D’Eugenio and tenor soloist Pott are both long-time residents of the state and graduates of Hartt and the University of Connecticut. Patricia Schumann lives on the Connecticut shoreline as does Librettist, Nancy Meneely.  Composer and Connecticut resident Sarah Meneely-Kyder has a twenty-year career teaching composition and piano at Wesleyan University. The singers of The Greater Middletown Chorale reside in over 30 of the state’s towns ranging from West Hartford and Glastonbury to Bridgeport, Madison and Stonington.

            Veterans from the state have been involved in bringing this new American musical drama to the people of Connecticut. Connecticut State Commissioner Linda Schwartz and former Veterans Affairs Director for the City of Middletown and American Legion Post 75 Commander, Phillip Cacciola, sit on the Chorale’s Letter from Italy Advisory Board. Recently, United States Senator Bob Dole and Newc Eldredge of New Hampshire – both WW II 10th Mountain Division veterans – agreed to serve on the advisory board. They are joined by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal; Connecticut Senator Len Suzio; University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Chair and President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence D. McHugh; Middlesex Hospital President & CEO, Vincent G. Capece, Jr.; University of Connecticut Professor of Music, Dr. Peter Bagley; and Wesleyan Professor of History, Dr. Ronald W. Schatz.

            Support for the commission of Letter from Italy, 1944 has been awarded to the Chorale by the Meet the Composer program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Funding for the Connecticut Community Conversations: Letter from Italy, 1944 – A Generational Legacy events comes from Connecticut Humanities.  Support for the world premiere concert has been made possible by Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Award, the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Middletown Mayor’s Ball, and the Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts.  Sponsors include Kaman Corporation, Middle Oak Corporation, Brown & Brown, Pfizer, United Technologies and many loyal patrons.

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"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - Newington Mainstage

Get out your dictionaries! Newington Mainstage is thrilled to be presenting the Tony Award-winning musical comedy THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – one of Broadway's most buzzed-about hits – for one weekend only, April 26-28, 2013!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hip musical comedy which follows six young people in the throes of puberty, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. At each performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique. The show’s Broadway run received critical praise, and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical! 

Join the hilarity, as we meet last year’s returning champion, Chip Tolentino (Ian Lynch-Passarelli), the young and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Emely Larson), the over-achieving Catholic school transfer Marcy Park (Katie Keough), the spastic, wide-eyed offspring of hippie parents, Leaf Coneybear (Ian Galligan), the enormously shy new comer Olive Ostrovsky (Rosanne Gowdy) and the allergy-plagued finalist from last year, William Barfee (Eric Michael Gray). Putnam County’s number-one realtor, and a former Spelling Bee Champion herself, Rona Lisa Perretti (Cindy Lesser) and the frustrated and neurotic Vice Principal Douglas Panch (Michael Cartwright) moderate the Bee, along with Mitch Mahoney (Garth West), an ex-convict doing his community service.
The show is directed by Kelly Boucher, with music direction by Mike Gowdy.
Newington Mainstage will present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE April 26-28 (Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.) at the Newington Town Hall Auditorium (131 Cedar Street, Newington). Please note that parking and the auditorium entrance are located on Mazzaccoli Way/Mill Street with no direct access from Cedar Street – please visit our website for more information & detailed directions.
Tickets are $22.00 for general admission and $18.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling toll-free 1-800-838-3006. Please note that due to some adult language and content, neither of which is excessive, this performance is recommended for theatergoers age 12 and over.
Newington Mainstage: It’s Good Times. Seriously.

Chamber Music at Christ Church Presents: Gavin Black, Harpsichordist

Chamber Music at Christ Church presents: Gavin Black, Harpsichordist.  Join recording artist and founder of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, Gavin Black, for a recital of baroque masterworks performed on authentic instruments Sunday, April 28th at 3pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington Street, Norwich. 

Love early music?  Adore 18th century history?  Passionate about all things antique?  Then don't miss this opportunity to let us take you back to the baroque!  Admission is FREE!  (Free-will offerings may be made to help support Christ Church School of the Arts.)  A champagne reception will follow the program and audience members will have the opportunity to chat with Mr. Black and examine the instruments.

For more information please call us at 860.425.0663 or visit us online at 


Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Steam Punk: Nature and Machine At The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Steampunk Art that has influenced everything from product design to fashion to fine art will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s this spring.  This design movement features a neo-vintage twist on 19th century industrialized looks and Victorian decorative motifs. Steampunk: Nature & Machine, will open on April 25th with a reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and runs until June 15th.   This is the first exhibit dedicated to Steampunk art in Fairfield County.  

           According to IBM’s "Social Sentiment Index", which measures what’s trending on social networks and blogs, 2013 is set to be the year Steampunk surges as a mass-market aesthetic.  The Museum’s exhibit will feature art by renowned Steampunk artists, Bruce Rosenbaum, Leslie Mueller and Katie Shima and co-curated by Rosenbaum and Museum trustee Gail Ingis-Claus.

  •             Bruce Rosenbaum has been dubbed the Steampunk evangelist and guru by Wired Magazine.  His artwork has been on exhibition consistently throughout the Northeastern United States, including the Charles River Museum of Industry, Wooster Street Social Club, The Mark Twain House and Shelburne Museum. Rosenbaum has collaborated with many well-known and emerging Steampunk artists and created the unofficial  Steampunk artists guild Steampuffin.  His design business and home, a retro-future refurbished house, have been featured in Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, NPR and on MTV, A&E, Discovery and HGTV.   Rosenbaum lives in Sharon, Massachusetts.
  •             Leslie Mueller is an award-winning art director and artist.  She is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Africa, Japan and Germany.  Mueller’s artwork has been published in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Southern Living, Manhattan Arts Int’l  and Art Business News magazines and is part of the United States  “Art in the Embassies” program.  Mueller began her studies at the age of thirteen at the Art Institute of Chicago.   She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University’s  Meadows School of Fine Arts in Dallas, Texas.  She is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.
  •             Katie Shima is an artist and architectural designer based in New York City. She has had exhibitions, installations, and performances at the Charles Bank Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Devotion Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, Barnard College, The Tank, SoHo 20, among others. Shima is a founding member of the electronic noise art group Loud Objects.  Residencies with the Loud Objects include Art On Air in New York and Det Jyske Kunstakademi in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently working as an architectural designer at Situ Studio. Shima received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

             Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Franklin Street Works Presents its First Across Disciplines Program with Phyllis Sinrich and Ingrid Semaan

Please join Franklin Street Works for the launch of its “Across Disciplines” program on Thursday, April 25 from 6 – 7:30 pm. The Across Discipline events feature regional artists talking about their work alongside someone from a different discipline -- to create a dialogue that explores the visual arts from multiple viewpoints. For this program, local artist, Phyllis Sinrich, will be talking about her series of photographs titled “Mannequins: A Parallel Universe,” exploring the art world’s recent obsession with fashion, and how mannequins play a powerful role as fashion’s avatars.  She will be paired with Professor Ingrid Semaan, Director of Women’s Studies at UConn, Stamford, who will talk about Sinrich’s series from the perspective of representations of women, advertising, and consumer culture. Please join us for this free, public event that provides additional opportunities for regional artists and thinkers to share their work with the public, while paying close attention to the fluid relationships between the visual arts, the humanities, and popular culture.

Phyllis Sinrich’s portfolio of mannequins includes more than twenty images from her travels in countries such as Hungary, France, Italy, Turkey, Croatia and the United States. According to the artist, the facial expressions, postures and individuality of the mannequins is what has kept her intrigued and transfixed, explaining “it’s fascinating to note both the similarities and differences that are manifested through each society’s mannequin ‘population’”. “Mannequins: A Parallel Universe” is part of Phyllis Sinrich’s solo exhibition, The Thrill of Discovery, at The Gallery at Bistro Latino in Old Greenwich, CT, on view through April 30. 


In 2001 Phyllis Sinrich turned a passion for photography — which had been a hobby since childhood — into her “third life.” Her work is exhibited regularly in juried shows in the area, most notably the annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show at the Stamford Art Association, where she has won several sponsored awards over the years. In 2003 one of her abstract images was a First Place winner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Annual National Photo Competition. Her work has also been shown at other venues such as the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY; Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT; the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY; the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Quick Center of the Arts, and the General Electric World Headquarters, all in Fairfield, CT.


Ingrid Semaan is a committed feminist activist who has worked on campaigns against violence against women and for reproductive rights, workers’ rights, and peace and justice in the Middle East.  Ingrid received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She teaches in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and she is the Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Connecticut-Stamford.  Her research interests include gendered violence, the battered women's movement, and health disparities.


Autism Friendly Family Day

As part of Autism Awareness Month, we'll have an 8:30 am early open for families to become familiar with the environment. Buy one, get one free: With every $12 adult ticket purchased, receive 1 child ticket free ($10 savings). Children under 3 are free. An Autism Speaks representative has trained all zoo staff and a quiet area will be available all day for your family's convenience. Pre-register at and check in at the Autism Speaks table outside the zoo entrance to take part in this discount. Presented by Autism Speaks and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.


Earth Day Celebration

Join more than one billion people who celebrate Earth Day each year—come to Mystic Aquarium’s Annual Party for the Planet! Enjoy scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and games all weekend, plus learn how to reduce your personal impact on the environment.

Activities are included with aquarium admission. Registration is not required.

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.