Jacobsen named maestro at Orlando Philharmonic

Eric Jacobsen, who in April completed his first season with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, has been named conductor and music director of the Orlando Philharmonic following a two-year international search. Jacobsen, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has said earlier that he plans to continue in his Bridgeport post. Considered one of America’s on-the-rise conducting stars, […] [Read More]
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Almost time to tango: Festival returns with special stars, workshops, shows

Dynamic dancing will be cropping up across the state this summer when the Connecticut Tango Festival returns for its eighth year. Vitto’s Dance Studio in Danbury will be among the locations, along with spots in Milford, Norwalk, Stamford and Middletown, according to a recent news release. Organizers recently got the word out about the event, […] [Read More]

In Greenwich, you’ll find tales, not tails in this barn

Pictured, Bonnie Levison will “Story Barn” at the Greenwich Historical Society in Greenwich, Conn., on Thursday, May 21, 2015. The Greenwich Story Barn is back on Thursday, May 21, and for this version, the town’s 375th anniversary is inspiring the yarns that will be spun. Storytellers will offer five-minute tales based on personal experiences and […] [Read More]
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Artist and Stamford art space offer a ‘Lonely’ afternoon

For most, a turn at a karaoke mic is but a few minutes. Ryann Slauson is planning a full afternoon of it. On Wednesday, May 20, Slauson, an award-winning multimedia artist, will present “Only the Lonely” at Stamford’s Franklin Street Works. The event is described as an “endurance based” karaoke performance, in which Slauson purports […] [Read More]
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Calling musicians, singers, dancers for a night of Celtic music

Damien Connolly, an All-Ireland champ on the accordion and melodeon, will be among the performers when the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann hosts its traditional Irish music session Thursday, May 21, in Milford. Connolly, who also plays the fiddle, comes from a long line of musicians with roots in County Clare, Ireland. In 2003, Connolly […] [Read More]

Norwalk art gallery makes room for the ‘Boom’

Pictured, “Mermaid No. 17,” a photo by artist Sue Benton of Stratford, Conn., is among the works on display at “Boom,” a show that is running at the Maritime Gallery in Norwalk, Conn., through July 31, 2015. The gallery is located at 11 N. Water St. in the Maritime Garage. How much is too much? […] [Read More]
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‘Eccentric’ is good; film explores why it’s best to be yourself and do your own thing

“A Different Drummer” is a movie that celebrates people who are truly different from the rest of us and who, according to a 10-year study, are healthier, happier and tend to live longer. It will be screened at Bethel Cinema on Wednesday, May 13. This movie examines how and why “dancing to the beat of […] [Read More]
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My stomach could not handle this new amusement park attraction at Quassy, but I bet lots of kids will love it

“Frantic,” the new thrill ride at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, has been a big hit with park guests.  Eight riders are swung back and forth on a huge pendulum while the circular seating platform spins. Frantic continues to swing until momentum carries riders over the top for a series of 360-degree flips.   [Read More]
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