Monday, January 6, 2014

Connecticut Arts Connections

GOODSPEED
Michael Price, who has led the organization for 45 years, has decided to retire from the position of Executive Director at the end of 2014 but will remain active with Goodspeed in advisory and fundraising roles through 2016. The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director who is expected to assume leadership of Goodspeed in late 2014. “I have had the honor and the privilege of leading Goodspeed Musicals for more than 45 years but believe with my whole heart, that the time has come to pass the reins onto someone new who will lead the institution into its next phase. The greatest joy is working with the most incredible theatrical team ever assembled, a team that together will take Goodspeed to even greater heights. I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees and staff during the transition period,” Price said.

THE PALACE
The Palace Theater in Waterbury is recruiting new volunteers to assist with a variety of Front of House responsibilities during the theater’s busy performance season. Individuals interested in joining the volunteer program are encouraged to sign-up online at www.palacetheaterct.org/volunteering, after which they will be contacted by the volunteer office with information regarding the program’s upcoming orientation and information sessions. Sessions are currently being scheduled during the final two weeks in January. Palace Theater volunteers are charged with providing unmatched customer service to patrons in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, collating and stuffing program books, collecting tickets, and acting as an usher, greeter or coat room attendant. Volunteers must be able to stand for several hours and climb stairs without difficulty, as assigned positions rotate throughout the season.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and have excellent verbal and interpersonal skills. The hours of volunteer work vary depending on the performance, but each shift requires a minimum four-hour time commitment on average. Every volunteer is required to work a minimum of ten shows per calendar year. For more information, visit www.palacetheaterct.org/volunteering or call the volunteer hotline at 203-346-2017.


HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
HSO MASTERWORKS SERIES: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan, conductor and HSO music director; Darko Tresnjak, stage director and Hartford Stage artistic director; Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, chorus - Gabriel Löfvall, artistic director; Amanda Hall, soprano; Jamilyn Manning-White, mezzo-soprano
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert chat led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to each performance. 
Belding Theater - The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Program: Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$67.50. Student tickets are $10.  On Saturday, January 11, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under.  To purchase tickets for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.  

WESLEYAN
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is one of the 2014 Arts Catalyze Placemaking "Arts Leadership" grantees, and will receive $10,000 to support placemaking around two performances taking place on Friday, February 14, 2014— the New England premiere of the dance work "Times Bones" by San Francisco's Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and the Connecticut debut concert by Vadym Kholodenko, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist —as well as the 15th annual DanceMasters Weekend, taking place on Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9, 2014.
THE BUSHNELL
Canadian guiitar sensation Jesse Cook has announced a 25-date US tour in April/May which includes a stop in Hartford at The Bushnell’s Belding Theater on April 17. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900, or at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

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