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June 2020

Pastel Painting – ONLINE CLASS

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 16, 2020

$164.00 – $182.00

Instructor: Jane Penfield Register online or email info@artscentereast.org. This class will help you develop confidence with the pastel medium. Topics will include building a strong composition, understanding values, creating light and shadow, and developing cohesive color harmony to develop a strong painting from start to finish. Various underpainting techniques will be introduced. Reference photos you have taken yourself may be used for subject matter, or you may bring still life materials. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Live-Streamed Recital: Shirley Hunt, Baroque Cello

June 3 @ 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church West Hartford, 679 Farmington Ave
West Hartford, CT 06119 United States
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During this period of social distancing, Music at the Red Door is presenting free, live-streamed video recitals on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12:15 p.m., highly-acclaimed Baroque and early music cellist Shirley Hunt will perform a solo recital from her home studio. The recital will be streamed live, and later archived, at this link: https://youtu.be/VhY48Yb0kMY   Program:   J.S. Bach (German, 1685-1750) Suite No. 3 in C Major: Prelude and Allemande   Francesco Paolo Supriani (Italian, 1678-1753) Toccata V: Solo and Variation   Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco (Italian, 1709-1805) Caprice Primo   Eden Ahbez (American, 1908-1995) Nature Boy   Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” internationally respected baroque cellist Shirley Hunt has performed and recorded with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, TENET, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated. Recent season highlights include performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Fine Art Boston. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hunt was born into a musical family and is the younger sister of the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. More details about this event, including a bio of the artist, may be found here: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/online-event-pop-up-salon-recital-shirley-hunt-cello/ PLEASE NOTE that the St John's building is closed; this is an online event only. To learn of forthcoming events from Music at the Red Door: Subscribe to the newsletter here: https://www.reddoormusic.org/signup/ Subscribe to the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIEVXhY2PTm4jCVbdNVihtw Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsWestHartford And Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjparish

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Objects Tell Stories: Adventures with Art

June 3 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Travel back in time with art! Tune into this episode of Objects Tell Stories to discover how historic artwork can help us connect with the past. Explore the fascinating story of Governor Jonathan Trumbull by looking closely at a unique drawing from the CHS collection. Then, share a piece of artwork that is important to you! This episode will be released on June 3 at 1:00 pm. It is free and great for children ages 5 and up. For more information, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth and Family Programs Manager, at katerina_mazzacane@chs.org, or call 860-236-5621 x222

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Scene and Heard: LIVE!

June 3 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 1, 2020

Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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Free

Scene and Heard: LIVE! is a virtual cocktail hour hosted by Artistic Director Melia Bensussen. Each week features a new theatre topic with special guests, a short play reading and a question and answer period. During this period of isolation, Scene and Heard: LIVE! is a rewarding opportunity to connect with our community until we can return to the stories on our stage.

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Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Art Trail Outdoor Exhibit

June 5 - September 30
Downtown Simsbury, 933 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States
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The FREE townwide Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Art Trail runs from June 5 – Sept. 29 with a display of 36 stunningly realistic life-size bronze sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Seward Johnson. The astonishing art exhibit at various locations around town depicts people doing everyday activities. Each sculpture is designed to be interactive, so selfie-taking is encouraged! Bring the family and make a day of it. The highly-anticipated return of the popular Art Trail celebrates the town of Simsbury’s 350th Anniversary. Visit http://www.simsburyarttrail.com/

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Conquering the Cold Read with Brian Michael Hoffman

June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St
East Haddam, CT 06423 United States
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$25

The 2020 Kids Company Master Class Series has gone virtual! Aspiring young performers 7 years and older are invited to register for a series of 4 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which students will learn new techniques, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and hone their skills in a supportive environment. JUNE 6, 2020 CONQUERING THE COLD READ WITH BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 12:00PM-1:00PM *ADDED CLASS* LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 1:30PM-2:30PM SOLD OUT LEVEL B: AGES 13-18 | 3:00PM-4:00PM In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare students for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by teaching students techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd. BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as Horton in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as Jiggs Thomas in Because Of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include Seymour (Little Shop…), Patsy (Spamalot), Sancho (Man Of La Mancha), Billis (South Pacific), Barfee (..Spelling Bee), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard Of Oz), Czolgosz (Assassins), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man…), Filch (The Threepenny Opera) and Mr. Grimes (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of Annie (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the Seussical, Annie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally Blonde, The Royal Family, Bullets Over Broadway, The Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & THE Wiz Live, SNL, Sesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenance. www.brianmichaelhoffman.com

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Conquering the Cold Read with Brian Michael Hoffman

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St
East Haddam, CT 06423 United States
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$25

The 2020 Kids Company Master Class Series has gone virtual! Aspiring young performers 7 years and older are invited to register for a series of 4 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which students will learn new techniques, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and hone their skills in a supportive environment. JUNE 6, 2020 CONQUERING THE COLD READ WITH BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 1:30PM-2:30PM LEVEL B: AGES 13-18 | 3:00PM-4:00PM In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare students for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by teaching students techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd. BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as Horton in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as Jiggs Thomas in Because Of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include Seymour (Little Shop…), Patsy (Spamalot), Sancho (Man Of La Mancha), Billis (South Pacific), Barfee (..Spelling Bee), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard Of Oz), Czolgosz (Assassins), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man…), Filch (The Threepenny Opera) and Mr. Grimes (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of Annie (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the Seussical, Annie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally Blonde, The Royal Family, Bullets Over Broadway, The Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & THE Wiz Live, SNL, Sesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenance. www.brianmichaelhoffman.com

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Conquering the Cold Read with Brian Michael Hoffman

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St
East Haddam, CT 06423 United States
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$25

The 2020 Kids Company Master Class Series has gone virtual! Aspiring young performers 7 years and older are invited to register for a series of 4 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which students will learn new techniques, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and hone their skills in a supportive environment. JUNE 6, 2020 CONQUERING THE COLD READ WITH BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN LEVEL A: AGES 7-12 | 1:30PM-2:30PM LEVEL B: AGES 13-18 | 3:00PM-4:00PM In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare students for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by teaching students techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd. BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as Horton in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as Jiggs Thomas in Because Of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include Seymour (Little Shop…), Patsy (Spamalot), Sancho (Man Of La Mancha), Billis (South Pacific), Barfee (..Spelling Bee), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard Of Oz), Czolgosz (Assassins), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man…), Filch (The Threepenny Opera) and Mr. Grimes (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of Annie (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the Seussical, Annie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally Blonde, The Royal Family, Bullets Over Broadway, The Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & THE Wiz Live, SNL, Sesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenance. www.brianmichaelhoffman.com

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Pipes A-Live-Streamed Recital: Benjamin Straley, organist

June 7 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church West Hartford, 679 Farmington Ave
West Hartford, CT 06119 United States
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On Sunday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m., Music at the Red Door presents a live-streamed performance by organist Benjamin Straley, concluding the 2020 Pipes Alive! series of organ recitals by regional artists performing on the celebrated Austin pipe organ at St John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford.   The performance will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/WaW0NEs8NdU PLEASE NOTE that the St John's building is closed; this is an online event only.   PROGRAM: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Praeludium pro Organo pleno, BWV 552, 1 Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her, BWV 676 Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 648 Fuga a 5 con pedale pro Organo pleno, BWV 552, 2   The Rev. Benjamin Straley is the former Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. Prior to this appointment, he was Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), New Haven as well as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Yale. Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies with Marilyn Keiser at Indiana University, he entered the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2008, where he studied with Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart.  In 2010, he became one of the few Americans in the history of the Haarlem Organ Festival to compete in its world-renowned improvisation contest. He was featured in the May 2015 issue of The Diapason as one of the “Top 20 under 30” young organists in the country. He holds both Masters in Music and Divinity from Yale, as well as a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, and is a priest in the Episcopal Church. He currently serves as Assistant Rector of St. John’s, Essex, Connecticut, and is the Director for the Anglican Singers, a choral ensemble dedicated to music of the English Cathedral tradition, based in New London, Connecticut. Inaugurated in 2015, the Pipes Alive! concerts take place on the first Sunday of each month from January through June, and draw enthusiastic audiences to hear the region’s finest organists play on one of the most versatile pipe organs in the area. The pipe organ at St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as Austin’s Opus 2761, resounds with 51 stops, 64 ranks, and 3,721 pipes. Since its installation in 1995, this remarkable instrument has been featured often in concert, providing opportunities to share with the greater community the beauty and triumph of organ music. More Info about this event and the artist: https://www.reddoormusic.org/event/pipes-alive-benjamin-straley/   To learn of forthcoming events from Music at the Red Door: Subscribe to the newsletter here: https://www.reddoormusic.org/signup/ Subscribe to the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIEVXhY2PTm4jCVbdNVihtw Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsWestHartford And Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjparish

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New England Charm

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 27, 2020

In the late 19th and early 20th Century, Currier & Ives were known for their quintessential New England prints, from The American national game of baseball to American Homestead Winter. But what is it about New England that makes it such a charming artistic subject? In this New England Charm exhibit, we are showcasing visual depictions of New England and what makes it a unique and distinct part of America, from the costal and woodland landscapes, to its Colonial or contemporary architecture, to the wildlife and the weather. What says New England Charm to you? Artists can submit their work online until May 17. Please Note: This will be a VIRTUAL EXHIBIT, unless the current gathering restrictions are lifted, in which case it will be hung in the gallery.

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