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Stamford Symphony’s ‘Beethoven250’ Season Continues Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Year

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On May 3, 2020, New York-pianist David Kaplan will play a program of three Beethoven Piano Sonatas at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford. One of the sonatas played will be chosen by the audience. — an announcement from Stamford Symphony

The Stamford Symphony has announced a year-long celebration to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of the iconic composer Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770. “We are delighted to present this survey of Beethoven’s works that demonstrate his longevity and genius,” said Stamford Symphony President & CEO, Russell Jones.

Songs for Seeds

Songs for Seeds, a Kiddie Rock Band, Gives 30-Minute Concert Friday Morning at Darien Library

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Songs for Seeds, a kiddie rock band featuring interactive performances that appeal to all ages, will perform a 30-minute concert Friday morning in the Community Room at Darien Library. — an announcement from Darien Library

Performances include original songs and covers of top 40 hits from various decades that will have even the adults toe-tapping. Your little one will be ready to dance and sing during this high-energy concert! The concert, which runs from 10:30 to 11 a.m., is free and open without registration. All ages are welcome, but children must have a caregiver present.

Music Classes Begin in January at Darien Arts Center: You Can Register Your Kid Now

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Registration is available now for music classes that begin in January at Darien Arts Center. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

DAC instructors, professionals chosen for their individual artistry and teaching skills, include Juanita Bosee, Music Director, Christine DeMaio, Anthony DiTaranto, Christine Geeding, Daniel Hague, Sharon Levin, Stephanie Wong and Daniel Saulpaugh. Private Music Instruction

The DAC Music Program includes private lessons for cello, guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. Private music instruction is available for

— students as young as five years if the young student is ready

— older students including middle and high school students, who develop skills to play music they enjoy,

— adults who have decided to acquire a new skill or to keep minds and hands nimble. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program, which offers adjudicated testing in both music theory and practical application.

Persian Music and Poetry To Be Spoken, Played and Discussed at St Luke’s on Jan 11

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Persian music and poetry will be featured at an evening concert-talk, “Gifts From the Magi: Music and Poetry of the Near East,” by Amir Vahab and Ensemble at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at St. Luke’s Darien. — an announcement from St. Luke’s Parish

Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated composer/vocalists of Sufi and Near Eastern music.

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Gunsmoke ‘Home for the Holidays’ Benefit Concert on Dec 7 at the Piedmont Club

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Gunsmoke, the award-winning, Nashville-recording country western band formed in Darien, will perform its latest Music for Hope benefit concert, Home for the Holidays at the Piedmont Club on Saturday, Dec. 7. — an announcement from Gunsmoke

Admission is $15. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

A Minor

An ‘Interactive A Cappella’ Concert by UConn’s A Minor Sunday Afternoon, Nov 3 at Darien Library

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Darien Library presents interactive a cappella event on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3 with the University of Connecticut’s a cappella group A Minor. The concert is free and takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the library. About A Minor

A Minor has been performing together for 15 years. They competed in the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella in 2016 and 2018, and both times placed top 2 in quarter finals and made it to the semi finals.

Connecticut Choral Festival Coming to Greenwich on Saturday, Oct 19

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The First Congregational Church in Greenwich will be hosting the Connecticut Choral Festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19 with a day-long rehearsal, meal, and evening concert. — This article was originally published by GreenwichFreePress.com

The guest conductor will be Tom Trenney, minister of music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. This festival is also sponsored by the United Church of Church Musicians Association and the Fairfield-West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Tom Trenney shares his passion as pastoral musician, composer, and teacher in worship with his home congregation, First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the college classroom, and in performances, hymn festivals, choral, and organ workshops and master classes all around the country. Dr. Craig Scott Symons, Minister of Music at First Congregational Church of Greenwich says that, so far, there are singers attending the festival from West Hartford, Guilford, Stamford, and Greenwich.

John Lehmann-Haupt

Classical and Contemporary Guitar Concert at Darien Library, 5 PM, Sunday

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John Lehmann-Haupt. will perform a mix of classical works and his own arrangements of popular and traditional songs, including works by Bach, Jobim, Albeniz, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor, as Darien Library’s Music in the Stacks series returns for a fall performance, Sunday, Sept. 29. You’re invited to the performance from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. John Lehmann-Haupt, a New York-based guitarist, draws on the wide range of music he has explored over the years, from folk songs and blues, through popular standards new and old, and on to the varied expanses of the classical realm.

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Darien-Made, Paris-Themed: You Can Savor Art, Music and Food in ‘Artists at Grove Street Plaza’ Art Show, Sept 21

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The fifth annual Artists at Grove Street Plaza open-air art show will feature top local painters, photographers and ceramicists, with live chamber music and five food vendors as part of a Paris-style exhibit produced with Darien talent. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21 (the rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 28.)

— This article is adapted from an announcement from Artists at Grove Street Plaza, with further information from the group’s website. Artists at Grove Street Plaza will feature framed canvases, prints, photographs and ceramics.

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Exit Ramp Band Performs Friday Night at Grove Street Plaza

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Exit Ramp Band performs contemporary rock and “neo-soul” outdoors Friday night, Sept. 6 at Grove Street Plaza as part of the Darien Summer Nights concert series. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Formed in 2017 for special event performances, Exit Ramp Band features some of the best musicians in the area who’ve played individually and together for decades and in multiple bands: Frank Barrese (guitar), Luis Cotto (vocals), Paula Gallo (vocals), John Lamb (keyboard), Richard Colligan, who grew up in Darien playing “Battle of the Bands at the Barn” (percussion). They have a playlist of contemporary rock and neo-soul, clean and powerfully delivered, including: Maroon5, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Billy Joel, Kings of Leon among others you know well and dance to. (The forecast says it will be cool, in the low 60s, and there’s a chance — 30 to 40% — of rain.

Blues and Views Festival in Westport on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 31 and Sept 1

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The Blues & Views Festival returns to Westport with two days of sensational music, soulful sounds, tantalizing tastes and a swingin’ street party vibe along the banks of the Saugatuck River. — information from the Blues & Views Festival announcement and website, where you’ll find directions, links to ticket sales and other information about the annual festival. Once again, the Blues & Views Festival will feature an awesome variety of powerhouse artists, from established acts to breakout bands. A Fairfield County tradition since  2008, the festival will feature an awesome variety of established bands and soon-to-be-famous acts on the way up. FOOD
Food trucks and vendors include Bobby Q’s Cue & Co, Melt Mobile, Rory’s, The Mac Factor, Trolley Dogs, Greek Style Grill and the Westport Library Cafe.

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Wingmen Play This Friday at Darien Summer Nights Concert

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This Friday Aug. 30, start the holiday weekend at Darien Summer Nights: We welcome back to Grove Street Plaza a local favorite, Wingmen. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

The Wingmen are one of Darien’s hometown bands — Robert McMullan, Tom Travaglini, Charlie Howe, John Markham, Ray Bartone and Larry LeHan. They are six Darien dads holding on tightly to their day jobs but who occasionally rock the place at local bars and private parties in town. Their 60s-80s rock and pop tunes mixed with an improvisational style are sure to entertain and get you moving.

Busker Band

Busker Performs Downtown Friday Night in Latest Darien Summer Nights Concert

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Busker performs Friday, Aug. 23 at Grove Street Plaza as part of the Darien Summer Nights concert series. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Busker’s origin dates back to the mid ’90s when Paul Dubanowitz, Kevin Bannerton and Paul Kezmarsky were part of The Blue Route. During those years, they shared the stage with such artists as Mike Peters (The Alarm), Simon Townshend, Cold Water Flat and G.E Smith (Saturday Night Live). They returned to stage after a short hiatus and renamed, Busker and adding new members Kevin McGuire and Chris Telep to the band.

Richard "Cookie" Thomas

Jazz Vocalist Cookie Thomas Performs at 5 PM Sunday, Aug 18 at Bartlett Arboretum

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Richard “Cookie” Thomas performs outdoors Sunday, Aug.18 at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. — an announcement from Bartlett Arboretum

A versatile jazz vocalist in Stamford and an undiscovered treasure, Richard “Cookie” Thomas’ career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at fourteen, to open for B.B. King. Richard’s voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards. Richard draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartman. What to Know Before You Go
The concert will take place on the Great Lawn or in the Silver Educational Center if there’s rain.

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Cha Wa Performs Free Outdoor Concert at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion on Saturday, Aug 17

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Cha Wa will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy” (a nod to frontman J’Wan Boudreaux’s role in the Golden Eagles) is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as “a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.”

About Levitt Pavilion’s Concerts
The Levitt Pavilion offers about 50 outdoor concerts each summer at its outdoor venue along the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport.