Thursday, April 25, 2013

Connecticut Arts Connections You Don't Want to Miss!

The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University continues its American Legend Series with A Conversation with Florence Hendersonat at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave. in Fairfield Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm. Tickets: $25 - General Public; $15 - Senior Citizens/Faculty/Staff; $10 - Students 203-371-7908 (Mondays through Fridays from noon-4 pm); EdgertonCenter.org.

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents Tang Xianzu's "Peony Pavilion," directed by Jeffrey Sichel, from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8 pm in the CFA Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. There will also be a 2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, April 27. Tickets: $8 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $4 for Wesleyan students, http://www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice; 860-685-3355; Box Office Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown.
 
In addition, Wesleyan University’s Dance Department will honor Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny, and celebrate her retirement following four decades of teaching Javanese dance with free events Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 in World Music Hall, located at 40 Wyllys Ave. http://www.wesleyan.edu/dance

HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: RHAPSORY IN BLUE
Featuring Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Anderson & Roe Piano Duo – Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe
Thursday, May 9, 2013 │ 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 │ 8:00 pm 
Saturday, May 11 │ 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 │ 3:00 pm 
Belding Theater │ The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and “I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor; plus four hand piano encores including “Ragtime alla Turca,” Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” the “Sacrificial Dance” from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Ticket Information: $35.50-$70.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, May 11, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. 860-244-2999; www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Susanna Salk, right,  author of “A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style,” will speak at “Books Worth Talking About,” on Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse. David Smith, of Cablevision, will moderate. The literary salon will be followed by an 8 pm performance of the A. R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, a witty and heartfelt observation of life among White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. RSVP at marketing@westportplayhouse.org or the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.

Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman has selected playwright Jen Silverman as the winner of the 2013 Yale Drama Series for her play Still, chosen from almost 1,100 entries from 30 countries. As winner of the competition, Still will be published by Yale University Press, receive a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater, and Silverman will be presented with the David Charles Horn Prize, a cash award of $10,000.

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