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It's the new season: 2013 2014|
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.
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.
“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.
We will miss Nancy's guidance and expertise and we wish her many happy years of retirement.
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Fundraising for the Danbury Music CentreSave these dates and join in the fun many more details coming soon
10th Annual Grand Gala
Moonlight Mardi Gras
Student Concerto Competition
. . . and the winner is!
The Danbury Music Centre presented its annual Student Concerto Competition on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 3pm, in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre. The student musicians were from the greater Danbury area, no older than seniors in high school, and study a standard orchestral instrument, piano, or voice. The initial screening began in September, and 12 finalists were chosen to perform in recital on November 2nd.
The 3rd place winner was Violinist Zoe Lonsinger from Sandy Hook, a student of Joey Corpus. The 2nd place winner was Pianist Robert Linden. from Newtown, a student of Max Vladimiroff. Cellist Isabella Palacpac, a junior at Wilton High School, was the first place winner in the final round of this competition. She is a student of Minhye Clara Kim. She played the first movement of Lalo’s Cello Concerto in d minor, and won the opportunity to perform it with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ariel Rudiakov, at its annual Young People’s Concert on January 26, 2014.
The following students were all finalists for 2013:
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.
A Letter to the Editor in the Danbury News-Times
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