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...to the Richter Arts Fall 2023 Performing Arts season!
All Richter Arts events are free and no tickets or reservations are required for attendance. We ask only that you consider making a modest donation to help us pay for the performances. Enjoy the shows!
For OUTDOOR performances, please bring seating.
SPECIAL NOTE: All Richter Arts performances this season will be held at the Danbury Museum, 43 Main Street, Danbury.
Sunday, September 3rd, at 3:00pm.
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE (INDOOR IN CASE OF RAIN)
Born and raised in Brazil, Marcelo Buby began his musical journey in
1986 at the tender age of ten. As a professional guitarist throughout
more than 2 decades, had the opportunity to record and perform
alongside numerous national and international artists with cover and
original materials, engaging in a vast range of musical genres and
participating in several multi-cultural projects. As an ever-evolving
musician, in recent years he also found the love for singing. Shortly
thereafter, his solo project expanded into a band format while
collaborating with other talented local artists, where BubyBros came
to life. BubyBros highlights the top classics of pop-rock and reggae,
and has been captivating audiences throughout venues and private
events in the Tri-State area ever since.
Sunday, September 10th, at 3:00pm.
Once again, internationally renowned pianist Eric Clark will delight us with a recital.
Eric has performed to great acclaim throughout much of the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, and has received numerous, prestigious awards. Eric’s solo engagements include Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, Grieg Piano Concerto, and Chopin Piano Concerto.
Sunday, September 17th, at 3:00pm.
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE (CANCELLED IF RAIN)
The Berkshire Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece ensemble based in Fairfield County, CT, whose history dates from 1987. The band includes many professional musicians and music educators with great skill and amazing creative solo abilities, who believe in keeping the big band genre fresh and alive.
The orchestra presents big band repertoire from classic swing bands such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, as well as music from more contemporary groups. Their vocalist, Jan Maki, performs classic songs from the American Song Book made popular by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, and other artists.
The Berkshire Jazz Orchestra will bring a smile to your face and get your feet tapping with music to "knock your socks off!"
Sunday, September 24th, at 3:00pm.
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE (INDOOR IN CASE OF RAIN)
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy and television under his belt, Chris Monty continues to delight audiences worldwide. His latest high profile projects include his stand-up comedy special titled "What's the Worst That Could Happen" (Amazon Prime), Vinyl (HBO), Red Oaks (Amazon Prime), Paul Bart: Mall Cop 2 (Sony Pictures), Kevin Can Wait ( CBS), and Orange is the New Black (Netflix). In his stand-up, Chris Monty channels a refreshing and unique style of the 1960's cool funnyman mixed with a modern chic. His unique take on current topics and storytelling are reminiscent of the comics that would keep The Rat Pack in stitches for weeks. He spans generations in that older crowds love his his cool, retro style and younger crowds see a cadence that they haven't seen on stage. It is truly something unique to experience. Chris's experience as a stand-up lends itself to his wide ranging acting work also. He uses his quick improvisational skills and ability to use physical slapstick and timing to enhance his lead and supporting actor's roles. . Whether on screen or stage, Chris Monty has the chops to make your creative endeavor something to be remembered for months and years to come.
Sunday, October 1st, at 3:00pm.
Trio Callie Sorrento, Sergio Mandujano, and Andrew Gordon are thrilled to be returning to Richter Arts this October! Mark your calendars for October 1st at 3 PM. Together, Callie, Sergio, and Andrew will present diverse repertoire, including music from well-known operas and beloved musical theater by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Stephen Sondheim, and more.
Callie Sorrento (soprano), a graduate of Western Connecticut State University (Class of 2020, BM in Music Performance), holds collegiate operatic role credits as well as professional opera chorus and concert performance (i.e Lakeland Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hudson Valley Singers). Last summer, Callie attended the Frost School of Music’s program in Austria, where she performed German lieder, musical theater, and operatic repertoire in various venues throughout Salzburg, including the famous Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace, upon her winning Frost’s Mirabell competition. She has also won several awards through NATS and NOA, as well
as the WCSU Opera Award.
Tenor Sergio Mandujano’s soaring and powerful voice has earned him accolades as a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis in 2022 and as a participant in the renowned Seagle Festival for two consecutive years. His dedication and hard work as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera garnered him the prestigious Outstanding Apprentice Award, showcasing his unwavering passion and commitment to excellence. Sergio also displays magnificence in musical theater repertoire, having participated in and won several KCACTF awards.
Callie and Sergio love to perform together. They have shared the stage as co-leads numerous times in operas such as The Magic Flute (Pamina and Tamino) and L’Elisir D’Amore (Adina and Nemorino). They pair also earned distinction with a scene from Verdi’s La Traviata as finalists in the National Opera Association’s Scenes Competition, and have performed together in recital settings countless times.
Completing this trio of talent is pianist Andrew Gordon, a native of Boston and a graduate of both the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School. As the Organist and Music Director at Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in Cos Cob and principal keyboard player of the Greenwich Symphony, Andrew's musical expertise is highly respected. Additionally, he plays a crucial role as a coach and accompanist for students in the Voice Department at Western CT State University in Danbury, where he is an adjunct professor.
This harmonious collaboration promises an unforgettable musical journey, leaving the audience captivated with every note.
Sunday, October 8th, at 3:00pm.
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE (INDOOR IN CASE OF RAIN)
The Ramblers is a group of seasoned musicians who love to play Dixieland Jazz. The band was born out of an idea to open the 2020 Richter Arts season with a Roarin’ ‘20s theme, but we all know what happened there.
Subsequently, the band has had a chance to get some gigs under its belt, including a very lively one at Richter Arts, last year, and it is looking forward to the upcoming Oct. 8 gig.
Sunday, October 15th, at 3:00pm.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Victoria Schwartzman (formerly Mazin) performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Victoria has appeared with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra chamber players, at Bard Music Festival, at the Music Mountain Festival, in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall, at Summit Music Festival, at Bargemusic, in the Gessner- Schocken concert series in Cambridge, WMP Concert Hall, and the Nicolas Roerich Museum concert series in New York City. As a member of the Yanvar Trio, she was a prizewinner in the Val-Tidone Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Zinotti International Chamber Music Competition, both in Italy.
Sunday, October 22nd, at 3:00pm.
Adam and Margarita will perform music by R.Strauss, Chopin, and Schumann.
ADAM GRABOIS, cello
Adam Grabois has a varied career as chamber musician, soloist, teacher and recording artist and is the founder of the record label, Reflex Editions, about whose first recording the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Sometimes, the way he plays with the sound of a single note has enough emotional sustenance in it to launch a half-dozen distinct feelings in quick succession.” A second disc with violinist, Deborah Wong, DUOS: Martinu, Ravel, Kodaly, was subsequently released to critical acclaim. With the New York Chamber Soloists, Adam Grabois appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the National Gallery, the Getty Center, the Kravis Center and colleges and universities nationwide. Educated at Swarthmore College, he studied with David Finckel. He has a long association with Kinhaven Music School in Vermont, where he performs and teaches cello and chamber music. He is the director of the school’s Young Artist Seminar and previously served as president of Kinhaven’s board of directors. He has been on the faculty of the Weston Music Center in Connecticut since 2004. His cello was made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in Brooklyn, NY (1998) and his bows were made by Ole Kanestrøm (2004 and 2008).
MARGARITA NULLER, piano
Ms. Nuller graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Since her arrival in the United States in 1990, she has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and in New England as well as in Brazil, Russia, Spain, and Portugal. She has been soloist with the Arkansas Symphony (AK), Danbury Symphony (CT), Klassika Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Orchestra Temple Beth (CT), and Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Ms. Nuller played her debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a winner of the Artist International Auditions. Her CD of Russian music was released on L’Art label in 2003. She has attended many summer festivals including the SIPO in Óbidos (Portugal), the Shandelee Festival (NY), and Music in the Palaces Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia). She has taught at the University of Hartford (CT), the Moussorgsky College of Music (Russia) and the Connecticut Conservatory in New Milford (CT). Currently Ms. Nuller has a busy teaching studio in New Fairfield, CT and is on the faculty of the Kent School. She is the organist at the Church of Christ, Scientist in Ridgefield (CT), and a regular accompanist at Camerata d'Amici.