2014 Arts Preview: The Best Of Summer

It promises to be a hot, sizzling summer of entertainment in Connecticut, including some of the biggest names in pop music, an array of premier jazz performers, dance and classical sounds  in outdoor spaces, lots of Shakespeare al fresco and international imports in theater. In other words, a bounty of must-see-and-do events to add to your calendar.

2014 Summer Jazz Festivals In Connecticut

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Jazz Festivals

For Connecticut jazz lovers 2014 brings us the summer of our content thanks to annual festivals presenting an array of premier performers ranging from the sensational, young vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant to the brilliant, groundbreaking violinist Regina Carter.

2014 Summer Dance Performances In Connecticut

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From original modern dance dramas to athletic explorations and abstract ballets, dance this summer has much to beguile audiences, not only in genre, but also in venue, with sizzling Latin dance being performed in outdoor spaces.

2014 Summer Pop Concerts In Connecticut

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Pop Concerts

Summer in Connecticut means some of the best live music on the planet as some of the biggest names in pop roll into the state for a night(or two).

2014 Summer Theater In Connecticut

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International imports, a new Tevye and perhaps the first African-American actress to play Mama Rose are among this summer's top theatrical events.

2014 Summer Exhibits In Connecticut

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A wide range of exhibits include a salon show, an art-glass exhibit, ancient shipwrecks and cartoon art.

2014 Summer Outdoor Classical Concerts In Connecticut

11:30 AM EDT, May 15, 2014

Classical Concerts

During the summer months, the sounds of the symphony outdoors at venues such as Talcott Mountain and Tanglewood are a gift.

2014 Summer Films In Connecticut

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Themes of this year's summer film season include food, classic screen beauties, gay celebrities, documentaries, Shakespeare and more.

2014 Summer Book Events In Connecticut

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Book Events

Highlights of authors and poets scheduled for this spring and summer include a visit from Dan Brown, The Stowe Prize Big Tent Jubilee and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.

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