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Chris Coogan Returns as Musical Director For Darien's Got Talent

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 8:54 AM ]
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Accomplished composer, pianist and choir director, Chris Coogan returns as musical director for Darien’s Got Talent, our talent competition taking place on June 23rd. This popular community event features cash prizes for adults and children, and entertainment professionals as judges for auditions and finals. 20 finalists will compete for top prizes in front of a live audience at Darien High School. 

Coogan, a multi-talented entertainer whose career reflects his passion for jazz and gospel music, brings his own indisputable musical talent to the DGT finals show. He has lead the Chris Coogan Quartet for 10 years and has performed as a jazz musician with the late Sal Salvador, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Newman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jo Ann Woodward, Alec Baldwin, Gene Wilder, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Harold Danko, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow. He has also arranged for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis. He has appeared on television’s Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show, and has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Coogan is also a successful choral director, writer and arranger of gospel music. He founded the good News Gospel Choir in 1993, a 50-voice, multi-denominational singing group that performs on weekends at churches, festivals, fundraisers and community events.

2018 marks the fourth year that Coogan will be lending his support and talent to contestants of all ages at Darien’s Got Talent. Registration remains open until May 11 for auditions that will be held on May 19 and 20 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Contestants of all ages can enter the competition alone or as part of a group, to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform any other talent. Acapella groups, garage bands and dance ensembles are welcome. Residency in Darien is not required to audition. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three adult and top three children winners, for a total of six prizes awarded. Prizes include: Adults 1st place $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500, Children’s 1st Place $750, 2nd Place $500, and 3rd Place $250. Registration fee is $35.

For more information about sponsorship of Darien’s Got Talent, a DAC fundraiser, call (203) 655-8683.