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posted Nov 6, 2018, 9:56 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 10:05 AM ]

Saturday, November 10, 2018   

Join some of DAC's young and talented musical performers as they take the stage with some of Broadway's favorite songs. BROADWAY BEAT, a musical revue features music from Hairspray, Grease, Wicked, Rent and more! Led by Open Arts Executive Director, Rocco Natale.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Seating is limited. 

At the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall. 
Questions? Call (203) 655-8683.


posted Nov 2, 2018, 9:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 12:15 PM ]

2nd workshop added! Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring friends!  
Wreaths and decorations will be provided. 
BYO Wine and refreshments. 

Fee: $55 

Friday, November 30, 2018, from 7-9pm. SOLD OUT

Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 7-9pm SPOTS AVAILABLE


For questions, email DAC Visual Arts Director Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org or call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.

Please register by November 27th.

THE 24 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A Staged Reading on Nov. 3

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:11 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:58 PM ]

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please check back here for details about more holiday fun at Scenes from the Nutcracker in December! 

We are excited to bring on the holidays with a staged reading of Madeleine L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas on Saturday, November 3rd at 5 p.m! The play was adapted for the stage by internationally produced playwright Jason Pizzarello and is directed by Carole Claps, director at Curtain Call. All are invited to arrive early for refreshments and to make a holiday craft, and to stay after the reading for a talkback with Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

In The 24 Days Before Christmas, the Austin family has a cherished tradition of doing something special every day counting down to Christmas - from baking cookies to decorating the tree. This year is a stressful one for Vicky Austin as she's cast as the youngest angel in the Christmas Pageant. Plus the family is preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister. Will the baby wait until January? Will Vicky mess up her big role? Will Christmas be ruined? The love between the members of the Austin family shines as bright as a Christmas star in the heart-warming tale for the holiday season. Filled with elves, carols, and laughter, this timeless adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's The 24 Days Before Christmas is sure to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Included in the DAC cast are Adelaide Meny, Luke Ryan, Natalie Treacy, Phebe Childs, Alana Arco Peck, Elizabeth Gonnella, Sofia Condon, Nick Condon and Louis Lehman. Executive Director of Open Arts Alliance and DAC Theatre Instructor Rocco Natale and Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School Musical Director Tim Sorenson also take the stage in the production. 

4:30pm: Refreshments and Family-friendly Holiday Craft, ages 5 & up
5:00pm: Staged Reading of The 24 Days Before Christmas
6:15pm: Talkback with Charlotte Jones Voiklis

There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door for attending The 24 Days of Christmas, which takes place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. 

Seating is limited. For reservations, email DAC Theatre Director Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org, or call (203) 655-8683 for more information.

Welcome Dan Saulpaugh!

posted Oct 12, 2018, 6:01 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 6:02 AM ]

Musician Dan Saulpaugh has joined the Darien Arts Center to lead new group lessons that include a Rock Ensemble Workshop as well as the Young Composers’ Workshop, in addition to teaching private music lessons in guitar and voice. The group workshops each take place on Saturdays, beginning on October 13th and private guitar and voice lessons are ongoing.

Dan is an active performer and teacher throughout the greater New York City metro area and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from City College of New York. He also spent time studying with Douglass Rubio at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music as a Classical Guitar Performance major before relocating to New York City. While at Crane, Saulpaugh toured with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet playing in the guitar orchestra for performances of Shingo Fujii's "Shiki." While at City College, he studied privately with the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition winner, Lage Lund. Saulpaugh also works actively as a composer, bandleader and sideman. He released his debut EP "Before the Fire Is Gone" in April. He was a finalist in The Greene Space's 2015 Battle of the Burroughs: The Bronx and co-hosts the monthly jam session Jamhattan at Harlem's Silvana.

The Rock Ensemble Workshop will accept a group of up to eight students, who, under Saulpaugh’s direction, will form a rock band and play music from across rock music's repertoire, from 1950's rock and roll through modern indie rock. They will learn how to accompany a singer or soloist in a rock style, how to improvise, and how to find a cohesive group sound. The group workshop will be open to bass guitar, two drummers, three guitarists, piano/keyboard, three singers, two each of trumpet, saxophone, and trombone. Students will be encouraged to bring original material and will perform at the Darien Arts Center Holiday Recital. The workshop will take place on eight Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m., October 13th through December 8th. There is no class on November 24th. Fee for the Rock Ensemble Workshop, which is open to grades 5 through 12, is $300.

The Young Composer's Workshop aims to fill a gap in students’ music education that is too often overlooked: the ability to write, notate, record, and perform one’s own music. Within a friendly and supportive atmosphere, students will learn a variety of compositional technics including writing short pieces using short harmonic progressions, form, melody and voice leading, as well as orchestration. Students will have their pieces critiqued and the workshop will culminate in a composition project that can be submitted to the Young Composers’ Festival in the spring. Students will also be invited to perform their pieces at the DAC Holiday Recital. Prerequisites include some level of proficiency with an instrument and reading notated music. The workshop will take place on eight Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., October 13th through December 8th. There is no class on November 24th. Fee for the Young Composers’ Workshop, which is open to grades 4 through 12, is $300.

Private guitar and voice lessons with Dan Saulpaugh, for children and adults, take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information or to register, email DAC Music Director Juanita Bosee at juanita@darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. 

18th Annual Evening of Dance!

posted Oct 5, 2018, 6:15 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 6:16 AM ]

Once again, a dazzling ‘Evening of Dance’ promises to thrill audiences at our annual performances on Saturday, October 20th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, October 21st at 4 p.m. Celebrating it’s 18th year, our ‘Evening of Dance’ will showcase an impressive culmination of performances by the DAC Dance department staff, and the adult and student performance groups that have worked together since 2000.

Under the direction of DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, instructors and students have developed, choreographed and polished performances to feature the versatility of the dancers in a wide variety of dance forms. Performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 90-minute show. New this year: dancers have picked their favorite dances from over the years to perform a “best of” show.

‘An Evening of Dance 2018’ will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended as both shows usually sell out. To make reservations email Bonnie Gombos at Bonnie@darienarts.org or call us at (203) 655-8683 for more information.

Join Us at Family Fun Day, September 29th

posted Sep 21, 2018, 4:41 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 4:41 AM ]

We are participating in the DDAC (Darien Domestic Abuse Council) and YWCA Family Fun Day at Hindley School on Saturday, September 29th from 1-4pm. DAC Visual Arts Director Emily Altman is preparing for the event, where the DAC will have a table for complimentary pumpkin painting and a caricaturist drawing free pictures from 1-3 p.m., with a drawing for a free full color caricature at 3pm. Net proceeds from Family Fun Day will support awareness, educational, and prevention initiatives in Darien. Proceeds will also fund victim services provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Center for Family Justice and a newly established fund called “Wings of Hope”. 

Join us for some family fun!

Martial Arts Classes Begin September 4th

posted Aug 29, 2018, 7:53 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 7:56 PM ]

Martial Arts classes for ages 3 1/2 through adults begin on September 4th & include beginner, intermediate & advanced classes, including Little Dragons for ages 3 1/2 -5, an adult drop-in class, a teen class, the Black Belt Club and a Kung Fu class. Instructors include Joe Kiley and Masters Jamie and Bonnie Gombos. 

See all martial arts offerings and register through the links below. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

Dance Classes Start September 4th

posted Aug 27, 2018, 5:39 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 9:56 AM ]

Dance classes for all ages begin on September 4th and are open now for registration. Classes include ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, contemporary Broadway dance & more for ages 3 through adults. Experience one of the best dance spaces in Fairfield county at one of the largest dance programs in CT, under the direction of our beloved Dance Director Bonnie Gombos. See all dance offerings and register through the links below. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

For ages 8-15: Auditions on Sept. 5th for BROADWAY BEAT

posted Aug 2, 2018, 6:00 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

Ages 8-15 can reserve a spot now to audition for BROADWAY BEAT, a musical revue featuring music from Hairspray, Grease, The King and I, Wicked, Rent, The Music Man & more! 

Auditions on September 5.
Rehearsals, Mondays, 6-7pm, beginning September 10 through November 5. Tech and Performance November 9-10 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

$325 plus $35 registration fee

To book your audition slot for Sept. 5, email DAC Theatre Program Director, Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org. For more info, call (203) 655-8683.

Winners of Darien's Got Talent Announced!

posted Jun 25, 2018, 9:51 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 9:52 AM ]

In an unprecedented showcase of talent, twenty-one finalists from Darien and neighboring towns gave it their all onstage, in our June 23rd fundraiser, Darien’s Got Talent. Competing acts from Darien, Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan, Trumbull, Port Chester, South Salem, Bridgeport and Greenwich included singers, dancers, and musicians that awed both the audience at Darien High School and the panel of judges, making the selection of winners a difficult one.

Accomplished entertainment judges included Jane Bergère, Pat Gorman, Carolyn Paine, Ereka Vetrini and Chloe Bodt Sasson. After much deliberation, six winners were chosen from the adult and children’s categories. A People’s Choice Award was given to the finalist with the most online votes in the online portion of the fundraiser.

Tom Giles took 1st place in the adult category for his original piano composition, Skedaddle. 2nd place for the adults went to Grace Herbert for her ukulele and vocal performance of Percy Mayfield’s Hit the Road Jack, and Erick Sanchez took third place for his operatic performance of Questa a Quella by composer Giuseppe Verdi. Nine year old Cary Wang took first prize in the children’s category for his piano performance of Brillante, Op. 34, No.3 and brothers Anton and Joseph Klettner received 2nd place for their violin and piano duet of Freddie Mercury’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Third place in the children’s category was awarded to Mia and Kai Sparks for their piano duet of Le Pas Espanol, Op. 56, No. 6. Isabelle Seeman received the DAC’s People Choice Award.

Seasoned director, Carole Claps orchestrated the evening’s performances seamlessly, with the skillful help of Chris Coogan as musical director and Raymond G. Michaud as Master of Ceremonies. During the judges deliberations, a slideshow of entries from the DAC’s smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien was screened. Executive Director Amy Allen thanked sponsors, producers and the crowd for their support, and invited all to enjoy the Darien Arts Center’s offerings.

150 guests, including sponsors, winners and judges attended the exclusive post show party, Darien’s Got Taste, enjoying outstanding cuisine, entertainment by pianist and Darien High School 2018 graduate Jonathan Kim and celebrating with winners. Donors to Darien’s Got Taste included Atria, Aux Delices, Blue Wave Taco, Cesco’s, Chocolate Works, Crunch Fitness, Fisherman’s Net, Fjord Fisheries, Height’s Pizza, Meatball and Co., Michael Josephs, Scena Wine Bar, The Goose, Trader Joe’s, Uncle’s Deli and Whole Foods.

Baywater Properties, Maplewood, Shipman and Goodwin, Janney, The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, Total Printing, Darien Athletic Foundation and Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa generously sponsored the fundraiser, which supports the DAC’s efforts in providing unique opportunities for all ages in dance, visual arts, music and theatre. 

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