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The Kindness Rock Garden Is Open At High Plains

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Jun 212017
 

Bonnie Copolla of the Orange Arts & Culture Council approached the Orange Community Services Department in collaborating in the creation of a Kindness Rock Garden.

The joint venture is meant to spread goodwill and cheer. On June 21 the ribbon cutting ceremony was held. Please find attached 2 photos from the event. Take a rock for motivation, leave a rock for inspiration.

On Wednesday, June 21 the ribbon cutting ceremony took place in front of High Plains Community Center at 1 p.m.   Take a rock for motivation, leave a rock for inspiration.

Stop by and check it out. You may take a rock for motivation and/or leave a rock for inspiration.

An Opportunity To See The New Haven Symphony Perform Verdi’s Requiem

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Feb 232017
 

The Orange Arts and Culture Council is sponsoring a trip to the New Haven Symphony, on Thursday, March 2 to see Verdi’s Requiem.

The bus is Free from High Plains Community Center to Woolsey Hall, New Haven at will depart from the High Plains Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

To reserve your seat call 203-397-8915.

Hop The Bus To The Symphony

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Oct 312015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 4.51.16 PMOrange Arts and Culture Council  (OACC) is once again sponsoring Hop the Bus to the Classic Series of the New Haven Symphony this year. Thanks to the support of  The Orange Foundation, The Connecticut Department of Tourism and Culture and individual donations,  OACC will this season, offer free bus transportation to the NHSO’s Classic Series in New Haven — Thursday, November 12, Thursday, December 17, February 25, Thursday, March 31,Thursday, April 28 and May 19.

The OACC views this as a service to the community that supports the organization’s goal of  sustaining and maintaining arts in our area. For seats on the bus, call 203-397-8915.

For symphony tickets, call203-865-0831.

Orange Residents To Perform In Youth Concert

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Nov 112014
 

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 1.55.47 AMThe Orange Arts and Culture Council presents its annual Youth Concert on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Milford Arts Center’s Eastbound Theatre, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford.

Each year the Council presents young area artists in concert, providing them with an opportunity to share their considerable talent with the community.

This year’s performers include, Morgan De Angelis, Courtenay Durso, Elizabeth Frieden, Kayla Hanson, Dalia Medovnikov, Andrew Salerno, Sarah Saxe, Luke Sofair and Patrick Weber.

The program includes many musical genres – show tunes, classical music, operatic arias and jazz.

Tickets are $15.00 ($10.00 for OACC Members, Students and Seniors). 

Tickets are available at the door or you may call 203-397-8915. Please come to hear and support our own outstanding young performers.

NHSO Maestro William Boughton to Speak At OACC Fall Meeting

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Aug 182014
 

SS2 William Boughton 5William Boughton, Music Director and Principal Conductor for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will be the guest speaker for the Fall Meeting of the Orange Arts and Culture Council at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, at the Case Memorial Library.

Since he assumed artistic leadership in 2007, the vision of the NHSO has widened. Considerably. He has reached out geographically and musically, with the orchestra playing at venues other than Woolsey Hall and presenting innovative programming choices, as well as more traditional choices. In 2008, NHSO was one of seven orchestras chosen to participate in the highly competitive League of American Orchestras’ Institutional Vision Program.

In 2009, the orchestra was featured in the Mira Max film “Everybody’s Fine”, starring Robert De Niro. The first commercial recording made by the NHSO in thirty years was completed in 2010, a CD of the music of William Walton on the Nimbus (London) label, which was recognized as a “Critic’s Choice” by Gramaphone Magazine. Also in 2010, NHSO received an award for Adventurous Programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Maestro Boughton, among his many public appearances, has presented two series for ILR, The Institute for Learning in Retirement, well received by all. Seating will be limited at the Library. Call for reservations at 203-795-3127 or 203-314-2704.

The OACC was founded in 2006 to maintain, to nurture and to promote the  arts in our town and in our region. Bringing artists of William Boughton’s stature is important in achieving this goal. Other activities of the OACC have concluded Annual Youth Concerts, adult musical performances, children’s programs, trips to museums in New York and Boston, art exhibits, the establishment of The Gallery at Town Hall and the Build a Better Birdhouse event at the Agricultural Fair.

The OACC also has, with the support of local business and civic groups, as well as individuals, provided free bus transportation to NHSO concerts at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The group plans to provide trips to selected concerts this season, but would like to expand the program to cover all of the concerts.

To contribute to this program that has proven to be successful and valuable to Orange concertgoers, contact OACC President Pat Miller at 203-397-8915.

Where Are The Trees Getting Their Sweaters?

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Jun 162014
 

IMG_2498 IMG_2499One of the biggest mysteries in town is where all the trees are getting their sweaters.

On May 23, Orange Live found out, catching the tree dressers in the act.  (other commitments have kept me too busy to post it).

Liz Deluca and another member of the knitting circle were “dressing” a tree with a pink sweater in honor of the Relay For Life and Breast Cancer Awareness, on the Orange Fairgrounds near the fence on Orange Center Road.

The sweaters are handcrafted long, wide strips of knitted yarn that are wrapped around the trees, then the sides are “sewn” together to custom fit the tree.

You will see these well dressed trees here and there, many on the High Plains grounds. Each has a theme, red-white-and-blue, the pink “cancer” wrap and more.

Now when you see them, you know how it’s done.

 

Orange Arts and Culture Council sponsors Youth Concert On Sunday

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Nov 172013
 

arts and culture councilThe Orange Arts and Culture Council sponsors its 4th Annual Youth Concert at the Milford Fine Arts Center’s Eastbound Theatre (40 Railroad Avenue, Milford–northbound side) on Sunday, Nov.17, at 3 p.m.
Music of many varieties, including show tunes, classical music and jazz will be performed by instrumentalists and vocalists.
There will be something for everyone’s taste.
Performing artists include James Bavolacco, Courtenay Durso, Helin Lin, Hather O’Connor, Michael 3o Piano, Andrew Salerno, Luke Sofair and Patrick Weber. The accompanist will be James Teti.
Tickets are $10 for OACC Members, Seniors and Students, $15 for Non Members.
For tickets, call 203-397-8915 or buy them at the door. Come out and support these young artists.

Originally Published on: Nov 10, 2013 @ 22:40

 

A Night At The Symphony, You But The Tickets, The OACC Provides The Transportation

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Oct 302013
 

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

The Orange Arts and Culture Council (OACC), with the generous support of the Milford Bank, is sponsoring a FREE bus ride to the  New Haven Symphony  at Woolsey Hall in New Haven on Nov. 7.

The option of free transportation allows Orange residents to forget the worries of finding convenient parking in New Haven.

The bus will leave High Plains Community Center at 6:45 p.m. and will return there after the concert, around 10:30 p.m.

The concert program will include works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, William Walton, and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Featured artists are Ani Kavafian, violinist and the Yale Glee Club. The emotional heights and depths of Concertmaster Ani Kevafian’s soaring Lark Ascending promise to be thrilling, the haunting melodies of Lady in the Dark memorable, and Barber’s poignant Adagio moving.

To reserve a seat on the bus, call Pat Miller at (203) 397-8915). For concert tickets, contact the New Haven Symphony Office at (203) 865-0831.

The Orange Arts and Culture Council is pleased to be able to offer the community this service as part of its stated mission to support the arts in our area.

 

 

 

The Passing Of Andrea Shiffrin, She Fought Valiantly Against Cancer

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Aug 052013
 

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

The town is mourning one of its well known most civic-minded citizens today.

Andrea Shiffrin passed away this morning. She was known for the many hats she wore in Orange over the years.

She was a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Orange, a member of the Orange Players, producing, performing and directing numerous shows. She also was a member of the Orange Arts and Culture Council.

In January, she was one of two Women Who Make A Difference honorees recognized by the Democratic Town Committee.

She was missed last weekend at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival where she and other members of the Coldwell Banker staff have volunteered in the main food tent for many years.

It was no secret that Andrea battled cancer for many years.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt said “No one fought as valiantly as she did against cancer and she did it with grace.”

Her longtime friend, fellow Orange Player Marianne Miller said she spent most of the past week with Andrea and helped administer her medications.

“She was surrounded by family and she went peacefully without any pain,” she said. “That’s what’s important.”

Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven. — 1 p.m. Thursday is what we’ve heard.

Orange Live will post her obituary as soon as it becomes available.

Art Opening Reception at Town Hall Gallery Wednesday Night

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May 082013
 

Lucia and Rosemary hang the display in the Gallery at Town Hall.

Lucia and Rosemary hang the display in the Gallery at Town Hall.

On Wednesday, May 8, the Orange Arts and Culture Council will  host an opening reception for artist Rosemary Benivegna (Yes, that IS the correct spelling of her last name — not to be confused with Bencivengo, like John, the chef)  at the Gallery at Town Hall from 5-8 p.m.

Orange Live met Rosemary recently when she and Lucia Bloom from the Arts Council were hanging her show in the gallery.

The first thing you may notice when you look at her display is the use of vivid color, some cubist-type pieces next to captivating picturesque landscapes and some very familiar places from right here in Orange.

Rosemary took an interesting path to becoming a painter. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, but shortly after starting her first job in a large New York architectural firm, she returned to school to study architecture. She received a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University and worked as an architect beginning in 1972. In recent years, she went back to her roots in Fine Art.

Since 2003, Rosemary studied drawing, pastel and watercolor painting at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and at other workshops in the New York and New England area.

Subject matter for her paintings has been taken from her excursions to landscape and urban settings and can be divided into three categories; assemblages of New England architecture, transformed into simplified, dramatic compositions using analogous or complimentary colors; candid glimpses of people in exterior settings, which tell a story for the observer; and simplified, emotionally charged landscapes of saturated colors, which express a mood, rather than depicting a reality. Daytime becomes dusk; evening becomes mooring, depending upon her chosen color pallet.

She has a keen eye for subject matter, two women talking outside a cafe, for instance makes you wonder, what are they talking about? How well do they know one another?

Her landscapes seem familiar but she does take some liberties, such as adding a walking path behind the Ewen Barn to make the scene more interesting.

She is a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Hamden Art League, Orange Arts & Culture Council and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and has been in solo and group shows in Connecticut since 2007.

All of the paintings in this show can be made into colored prints on quality paper, matted and ready for framing at a reduced cost. For information call 203-891-9153 or e-mail rbenivegna@optonline.net

Stop by the Gallery at Town Hall, across from the First Selectman’s Office, tomorrow before or after you vote in the Amity Referendum, and meet Rosemary.