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Norwalk Plus magazine : Norwalk Plus Fall 2007 Published: Aug 30, 2007 - 9:33:20 PM

Gearing up for another great season in Norwalk

By By Rebecca Christopherson, Chairwoman of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Arts and Culture for the City of Norwalk

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Norwalk has long been a welcoming home for the arts, and this year is no exception! The 2007-2008 season is full of treats as our innovative artists of all kinds put together shows to entertain, delight, challenge, and stimulate our hearts and minds. “I often brag that Norwalk is a City on the Move. This year the slogan is especially true in the arts and cultural community,” says Mayor Richard Moccia. Here are some of this year’s highlights, put together by the Advisory Commission on the Arts and Culture (ACAC).

As one of Norwalk oldest non-profits, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra manages to stay fresh in each and every season. Musical Director Diane Wittry is inviting music lovers of all ages to come “Hear the Difference” this season. The orchestra has been lauded recently for its collaborative and creative programming, and this year continues that trend. The season opens on September 29 with a concert entitled Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and a World Premiere! The program will feature Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and the world premiere of Douglas Townsend’s Overture Concertante. The piano soloist is the young virtuoso Yuja Wang. Other concerts include a holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah, a Prodigy showcase, and a Gershwin tribute.

Junior players in the Norwalk Youth Symphony have a great year in store for them with an exciting “first.” Their concert season remains constant, with concerts in November, February, and May. Their traditional senior orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall is on the books again for this year, with the added bonus of a tour in Germany for the top two orchestras! ACAC Chairwoman Becki Christopherson said, “Norwalk is fortunate to have such an excellent training ground for the next generation of musicians.”

Other performing arts organizations include the Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS), the premier music school for children in lower Fairfield County. In addition to student concerts and special events, they are sponsoring a new free concert series at the First United Methodist Church on West Avenue. Entitled Chamber Players, the series highlights chamber ensembles from Fairfield County. The first concert, on September 8, features pianist Claudia Cali and violinist Gary Capeziello as Duo Vivo. The second concert, on October 13, introduces newcomers Justin and Marija Elkins on cello and piano, respectively. The Four Hand Band takes the stage on November 17, better known as Westporters Dr. Paul Levi and Cathy Waldman. They share one bench and one piano as they perform traditional piano duets as well as other repertoire arranged for four hands by Dr. Levi.

Norwalk is also host to a myriad of dance studios, from the ballet studies at Academie de Ballet Etudes and Performance Dance to ballroom at Fred Astaire to jazz and modern at Bernier dance and Jazzworx. On October 5 and 6, they combine in a collaborative CT Meets NYC Dance Fest at Crystal Theatre. Their complete schedules can be found at their individual websites: www.balletetudesct.com, www.performancedance.com, www.dance-norwalk.com, www.bernierdance.com, and www.jazzworx.com.

The Visual Arts are also busy this year. 22 Haviland Street Gallery opens their first show, Land Marks, on August 3. This show consists of photographic C-prints, collage and watercolor, oil painting with collage on board, and mixed media by Torrance York, Susan McCaslin, Cate Leach and Lina Morielli. Future shows include “DIGS”—paintings, monotypes, and found object sculpture by Mindy Green from October 12th to November 5. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paintings by David Gordon will go on the walls from November 9 to December 9. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, Nov. 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The new Flow-of-Art Gallery on River Street opens its season on September 27 with a fundraiser for the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County. This Not for Women Only event features works by a myriad of female artists, and all of the funds raised will benefit the Girls Achieve program of the Center. This special event closes with a fashion show on October 13.

At the Norwalk Community College, ongoing workshops, lectures and special programs are always a treat at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking at Mathew Park. Equipment includes intaglio and lithographic presses, a Vandercook press, silkscreen facilities, a darkroom and much more! In addition there is an Artist’s Cottage with two studios and living accommodations for Artists-In-Residence. They host exhibitions throughout the year.

The Rowayton Arts Center opens on September 16 with a show of Drawings, Prints, Pastel, Mixed Media, and Computer Art. The reception is from 4-7PM. Other shows this fall include the Mavis Fenner Memorial in October and the Holiday Show from November through December.

A full monthly calendar of events, published by the Advisory Commission on the Arts and Culture, is posted on the city’s website at www.norwalkct.org.

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