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It's the new season:   2014 – 2015
So many changes have taken place.
The only constant is the ARTS – music remains the same.
It is the time to begin making plans for our Concert season. Whether you are a performer or a listener, NOW is the time to become a Patron of the Arts.



DMC News

Rehearsals Begin

Meet  Our New Executive Director

Nancy Sudik Retires

Summer Sing

DMC is now on Facebook

Deming Family Scholarship Winner

Fun-Raising Events

Concerts

Concert Posters

'Letters' to the Editor



Danbury Concert Chorus Summer Sing

Everyone is invited to join members of the DCC on Tuesday evening, August 19th, at 7:30pm in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall. Christine Howlett, our Chorus conductor, will be there to conduct a preview of some of the repertoire for the upcoming season. It will be a fun evening and will give you a chance to get back into 'rehearsal' mode.
Come by and bring a friend!.

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Rehearsals Begin!

Danbury Concert Chorus
Tuesday, Sep. 2nd
7:30 - 9:30pm
Danbury Preparatory String Orchestra
Thursday, Sep 4th
7:00 - 9:00pm
Danbury Symphony Orchestra
Monday, Sep. 8th
7:30 - 10:00pm
Danbury Community Orchestra
Wednesday, Sep. 10th
7:00 - 9:00pm



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Join us on Facebook


Are you on Facebook? Do you have friends, some of which you never see? Now you can be a 'friend' of the Danbury Music Centre (for free) – and you can easily 'see' us at any number of local events. If you are a fan of Nutcracker, we also have a Nutcracker Facebook page. Many people have already joined our Facebook pages, so check them out.

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Fun-Raising Events

Fundraising for the Danbury Music Centre

Save these dates and join in the fun – many more details coming soon

Macy's  +   DMC logo   =   ShopFor A Cause

Stop by the DMC office and pick up your coupon for 25% off most merchandise at any Macy's location on Saturday, August 23rd. The cost of the coupon is just $5 and all of the $5 will go to the Danbury Music Centre! The more tickets we sell, the more money we make - the more people get merchandice at 25% off. And it's tax free!!



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The Deming Family Scholarship Winner

Deming Family Scholarship Winner 2014
Pictured left to right: Mary E. Larew, Anastasia Dolak, and Larry Deming

The Danbury Music Centre has awarded its Deming Family Scholarship to Anastasia Dolak, who is a Violin Performance Major at The Juilliard School in New York City. The scholarship is for $1,000. Ms. Dolak was awarded the Deming Family Scholarship by the new DMC Executive Director, Mary E. Larew, and Larry Deming, son of Danbury resident Mary Deming and the late Robert Deming.

Ms. Dolak graduated from New Fairfield High School in 2012 and is now a Junior at The Juilliard School where she is studying violin with Glenn Dicterow, the concert master of the New York Philharmonic. She recently performed in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall with members of the New York Philharmonic, the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This summer Ms. Dolak will be a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.

In her scholarship application, Ms. Dolak wrote, “It is hard to express in words the love I have for what I do. Music has the undeniable power to stir emotion, create unbelievable beauty, tell stories without words, and bring people from all over the world together to create something so pure and inexpressibly magical.”

The Deming family has made this scholarship available since early 2000 in appreciation of the many musical opportunities the Danbury Music Centre provides for the community. The Deming Family Scholarship is awarded each summer to a student or students from the greater Danbury area attending an accredited college or university for advanced study in music.

For information about the next round of scholarships, contact the DMC office.




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Meet with our new Executive Director

A Note from Nancy

You are invited to meet Mary Larew next week!

Prior to the board's formal welcoming reception, Barbara Jaeger and I will host an open house in the office of the Danbury Music Centre so you can meet Mary.


Tuesday, June 10, from 10am - noon
Wednesday, June 11, from noon - 2pm
Thursday, June 12, from 2pm - 3pm

Stop by and introduce yourself. We will be delighted to see you, and Mary will be delighted to meet you.

Best,


Nancy

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Our new Executive Director

From Our Board President

Dear Friends of the Danbury Music Centre:

The Board of Directors of the Danbury Music Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mary E. Larew to the position of Executive Director of the Danbury Music Centre. The Board's unanimous selection comes with the fullest confidence that Mary E. Larew will continue to further the mission of the Danbury Music Centre and to be a leader and advocate for community music in the greater Danbury area. Mary E. Larew will begin work at the DMC on June 9, 2014 and will work in conjunction with Nancy Sudik through the month of June to ensure a smooth transition. Further information and a full biography will be available on the DMC web page soon along with information about a welcoming reception presented by the board of directors later this summer.

Sincerely,


Laura Flachbart
President, Board of Directors

From Dr. Mary E. Larew

Dr. Mary E. Larew is a singer, violinist and composer originally from Iowa City, Iowa. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition at Oberlin Conservatory, then went on to study Ensemble Singing at the University of York, York, UK; funded by a Marshall Scholarship, where she received an MA in Vocal Studies. Mary also earned a PhD in Performance at the University of York before returning to the US in 2009.

In Connecticut, Mary has worked as a Suzuki Violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and the Community School of the Arts in Storrs; as a Soprano at Christ Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New Haven and Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport; and for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, maintaining the RaisersEdge database for their Development team.

In 2012 Mary enrolled in the 2-year MA program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied best practices in many areas relevant to the field of Arts Administration, including development, marketing, strategic planning, arts law, and entrepreneurship.

Mary is thrilled to join the Danbury Music Centre at this exciting juncture in its rich history, and very much looks forward to getting to know the whole community through music-making and conversation.



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Nancy Sudik Retires

From Our Board President

Dear Friends,

With great regret the Board of Directors of the Danbury Music Centre announces that Executive Director Nancy F. Sudik will be retiring from her position effective June 2014.

Nancy was named Executive Director in 1984 and we owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her 30 years of dedication. She has been an exceptional leader who has overseen the growth and development of our organization. She has worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to raise the level of excellence of our programs.

Nancy says,

“There is a time for everything and it’s time to turn over the reins of Executive Director to someone else. It has been an amazing 30-year journey and I would do it all over again, but a 30 year commitment is plenty long and there are still many things I’d like to do – join a literary club, walk dogs at the dog pound, study Latin, garden, practice, learn the bagpipes, clean the house – and much more.

Since its beginnings in 1935 this venerable organization has made it possible for lovers of classical music to challenge themselves as performers and listeners. I appreciate beyond words the priceless opportunities that the Danbury Music Centre has afforded me, my family, and countless other music lovers. I will continue my association with the Music Centre, which has become my extended family, and will continue to play horn in DMC groups as well as other groups. I stand in awe of what the Danbury Music Centre has to offer our community and am grateful to the organization for having enhanced my life and that of my family.”

We will miss Nancy's guidance and expertise and we wish her many happy years of retirement.


Sincerely,


Laura Flachbart
President, Board of Directors

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Concerts





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Concert Posters


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A Letter to the Editor in the Danbury News-Times
from Mar. 17, 2011


Appreciates musical performance by orchestra, chorus and guests

On Sunday, March 13, I had the good fortune to attend the Danbury Symphony Orchestra (Director Ariel Ridiaka), along with the Danbury Concert Chorus (Director Richard Price) for a truly wonderful and professional performance.

The obvious enthusiasm and skill of the orchestra and chorale in response to their leaders was perfect.

There was also a special performance by the emeritus director of the symphony, James Humphreville, and African drummer Ase-AmenRa Kariamu, which added to the enjoyment of the afternoon.

Our community is fortunate to have this outstanding group of artists perform several times a year. There is no charge to attend the performances and donations are accepted.

Kudos to all and thank you.

Judy Dougherty

Newtown


A Letter to the Editor in the Danbury News-Times
from Jan.1, 2010


Handel’s ‘Messiah’ deserves kudos

If you were in the vicinity of downtown Danbury at precisely 10 p.m. on Dec. 21, that loud noise you heard was the thunderous applause accompanying the standing ovation being given to the Danbury Music Centre’s annual production of ‘Messiah.’ And well deserved, it was.

The location of this year’s performance was at First Congregational Church on Deer Hill Avenue, a departure from its usual venue of St. Peter Church.

No matter ... the smaller accommodations seemed somehow to only magnify the beauty of the production. I imagined Handel himself, smiling down on all in attendance and nodding in approval at the magnificent voices and the soaring orchestral sounds.

And who better to conduct this masterpiece than Richard Price. With his baton, he brings vibrancy, emotion and great joy to the performance. It is obvious that this gifted man enjoys “Messiah” and that all those under his baton respect and admire him. Danbury is privileged to have him.

If  “Messiah” doesn’t reveal to you the true meaning of Christmas, then I don’t know what it would take. My husband and I have enjoyed attending virtually every performance over the past 30 years. It is one of the true highlights of our Christmas season.

Kudos to all — Mr. Price, the soloists, the Danbury Concert Chorus and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra. And Merry Christmas to all.

Margaret Piela
NEW MILFORD
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