Winter Book Sale
GLASTONBURY — Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial will hold a books sale in the Friends Room from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2407 Main St. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sale will have books in many categories, including a wide selection of young adult books. Children's books are not included in this sale, but will be available on the cart in the library lobby. A special children's book sale is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25.
Unless otherwise marked, hardcover books are two dollars, trade paperbacks are one dollar and YA books are one dollar. Books on CD and DVDs are three dollars. CDs are two dollars per disc. Please bring your own bags.
The Friends are currently accepting donations for books, CDs, books on CD and DVDs in good condition. Please, no Readers Digest Condensed books, encyclopedias, National Geographic, magazines, videos, and records. Place donations in bags or boxes in the donation container at the library parking lot entrance.
Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song
GLASTONBURY — The Historical Society of Glastonbury presents "Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song," presented by Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main St. This is the first of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.
In "Frost Season," Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits present a unique occasion for guests to enjoy the works of American poet Frost paired with songs that reflect and amplify the power of New England's most beloved poet. Frost was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner for volumes of his poetry. Woodward was formerly a hit songwriter and is now an award-winning author of books about New England history and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. A long-time admirer of Frost, Woodward and his musical partners Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Rick Spencer and Duke York present a unique tribute to Frost with this lecture, love story, poetry reading, and song-pairing, all in one.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is in the rear of the church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway. Phone 860-633-6890 or visit www.hsgct.org for events and more information.
Musical Club Of Hartford Presents Concert
WEST HARTFORD — The Musical Club of Hartford will offer a concert by the young winners of the club's scholarship competition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.
In early January, the Musical Club held its 42nd annual scholarship competition for high school students living or studying music in Connecticut. At the winners' concert the first, second and third place winners in the piano, strings, winds and voice categories will perform.
Piano Competition Winners: 1st place winner, Prairwaa Madden of Glastonbury. Concert performance piece: Hungarian Rhapsody in E Major- Franz Liszt. This 9th grade student at Kingswood Oxford school in West Hartford has an already extensive musical bio. A piano student of Tamila Azadaliyeva, Prairwaa began her piano studies at the age of six at the Hartt Community Division in Hartford. At age nine she won first place in the Crescendo Piano Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall. In the summer of 2016 she was chosen by audition to perform with Orchestra Giovanile Napolinova in Italy. She was invited to participate in master classes and perform in concert at the XXI International Chopin Festival, Poland, in summer of 2015.
At 13 years of age, Prairwaa won the first place in the Danbury 15th Concerto Competition and performed with the Danbury Symphony in January 2017. She also won the CT Youth Symphony (CYS) Concerto Competition 2016, playing with the orchestra in March 2017.
Recently, she received a Watson Morrison Scholarship (2017-2018) from the Hartt School Community division Piano Honors Program, and the 2016 Music Scholarship award sponsored by the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury for talented young students.
Both scholarships apply towards private piano lessons at the Hartt School Community Division.
Other honors include CT state winner of the 2015 MTNA Junior Piano Competition, second prize in the 2015 Chopin International Competition, and four-time first place winner of the all-CT Audrey Thayer competition. Prairwaa has already received master-classes from renowned teachers: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Korsantia, Eduardo Delgado, Younjie Chen, Margarita Nuller, and others.
2nd Place winner: En-Hua Holtz of East Lyme. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 13 in B flat Major, K.333, Allegro. En-Hua is a student at East Lyme High School. She has been playing piano since she was seven, having studied with John Metz, Vicki Reeve and, currently, Maggie Francis. She has performed in many recitals, both as a soloist as well as accompanist for her brother, a cellist.
En-Hua placed second in the 2016 Jumy Festival and was a finalist in the 2016 Fischer competition. She also performed a 4-hand piece at the 2017 Elm City Music Festival, and performed at the first CT Bach Festival in 2017. She is also the accompanist for her HS orchestra and performed in a recital at the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter in Hartford.
3rd Place winner: Kelly Zheng of Avon. Concert performance piece: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op.109. Mov.I: Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo.
Starting classical piano at the age of four, Kelly Zheng currently studies with Sima Brodsky at the Hartt School of Music. Her recent awards include second place in the Connecticut Bach Competition, first place in the Virtuoso Piano Competition, and the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship. She also received first prize and the Judges' Distinction Award in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Besides competing, Kelly enjoys performing with her quintet and in the Hartford Symphony pre-concert series. As a senior, Kelly plans to double major in biochemistry and music in college.
An honorable mention was awarded to Tristan Wong, who is a junior at Farmington High School, and is currently studying piano with Malgosia Lis at the Hartt School Community Division.
Vocal Competition Winners: First place winner. Emily Steele, Soprano, Simsbury.
Concert Performance Pieces: Widmung (Myrthen, Op. 25 no.1) - Robert Schumann (2:20), Will There Really Be a Morning - R. I. Gordon (3:10).
The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Vocal Competition is Emily Steele. Emily is a junior honors student at Simsbury High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M, the Simsbury Singers and No Fella' A Cappella. She has performed in the CMEA Honors Choir, the OAKE Youth Choir, the CT Northern Regionals Choir and the Berkshire Chorale International. Musical theater performances include: Annie, The Music Man, Aladdin, 42nd Street and Mary Poppins. Emily sings with the CCC Primi Voci, is the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship first alternate and is the recipient of the HCD Bel canto award. Emily was also awarded the title of Most Promising Sophomore at the the Schmidt Vocal Competition.
2nd Place Winner: Camille Hoheb, Soprano, Farmington. Concert Performance Pieces: Kiss Me Not Goodbye - Robert Schumann. Lascia ch'io Pianga - George Frederic Handel. The second place winner in the vocal competition is Camille Hoheb, is a junior at Farmington High School. Camille was recently awarded first place in the High School Musical Theater sector of the NATS Competition as well as second place in the Upper High School Classical Competition. This past fall, she played Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible with Farmington High School's Drama program. She is also a fellow with the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship program at the Bushnell.
3rd Place Winner: Sarah Lewis, Soprano, West Hartford. Concert Performance Pieces: Nuit D'etoiles (L 4) - Claude Debussy. Sure on This Shining Night, Op. 13 - Samuel Barber
The third place winner in the vocal competition is Sarah Lewis, a junior at Hall High School in West Hartford. Sarah has auditioned for and performed with the CMEA Northern Regionals choir for the past five years. She is a member of the Hall High School Choraliers, Hall's most prestigious and selective choir.
She performed in a (Hall HS) choral tour of Ireland in 2017. Sarah also was the second place winner in West Hartford's Town Wide Talent Show in 2015 and in 2014, when she placed first for singing and playing the ukulele. While participating in Midfest 2014 she has a solo at the Bushnell. In addition to all of her choral activities, Sarah has acted and sung in several school theater productions.
There were three vocal honorable mention winners.
Rebecca Clark, Soprano: Rebecca is a junior who is homeschooled and studies with Rachel Morris at the Hartt Community Division.
Samantha Scheidel, Soprano: Samantha is a junior at Farmington High School and studies with Joanne Scattergood-Reeves.
Brian Farrell III, Tenor: Brian is a senior at Xavier High School in Middletown who studies with Matthew Campisi.
Winds Competition Winners: 1st Place winner: Grace Helmke, South Windsor. Concert performance piece: Sonatine (1943), Henri Dutilleux.
The first place winner in the Musical Club of Hartford's High School Winds Competition was Grace Helmke, a junior at South Windsor High School. She studies with Greig Shearer. Grace has been playing in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for three years, as principal flute. For the past two summers, she has played in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble. In 2013, she won the Hartt Community Division Honors Recital.
In 2015, she received honorable mention in this competition. Grace has received three honorable mention awards in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest, and an honorable mention in the BYSO's Repertory orchestra Concerto Competition. Grace has been accepted by audition into the Eastern Region Band and Orchestra for the past three years, twice as principal flute, as well as being principal flute in Ct All State Orchestra last year. She was principal flute of the New England Music Festival Orchestra for two years, as well.
2nd Place winner: Steven Mustakos of Guilford. Concert performance piece: Solo De Concours, Opus 10 (1901) - Henri Rabaud. The second place winner in the Winds Competition was Steven Mustakos, a senior at Guilford High School. He studies with Andrew Grenci. Steven is principal Clarinet in his High School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Lead Alto in the Jazz Ensemble.
He is also principal clarinet in the Hartt Community Division Youth Symphony, and the Neighborhood Music School Greater New Haven Youth Wind Ensemble. Steven plays e flat clarinet in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, as well. He has been accepted into the Southern Region Band and Orchestra, and the Ct All State Band. He plans to attend a conservator and major in clarinet performance with a minor in woodwind repair.
3rd Place winner: Trevor Shultz of New Haven. Concert performance piece: Fantasie Sur un Theme original (1860) - Jules Demersseman. The third place winner in the Winds Competition was Trevor Shultz, a senior at Hamden Hall County Day School. He studies with Shane Rathburn at the Neighborhood School, where he currently is in honors programs for both Alto saxophone and piano. He is principal alto saxophone in the Greater New Haven Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the Hamden Day School Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He performs with several Jazz ensembles.
Trevor has been accepted into the Southern Region Middle and High School Festivals. Last summer he studied with Ken Randolfsky at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is hoping to pursue a dual degree in music/alto sax performance and math/statistics/data science in college.
An honorable mention was awarded to Mariel Christiana, a senior at Berlin High School. Her teacher is Dr Barbara Hopkins.
Strings Division: 1st place winner: Sofia Gilchenok, viola, Columbia. La Campanella (1952). Niccolo Paganini. Violist Sofia Gilchenok is a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Molly Carr, and Yi-Fang Huang in the Juilliard School's Pre-college Program, which she has attended since 2013, and where she serves as co-principal of the Pre-college Symphony. In 2016, Sofia was chosen as the winner of the American Viola Society's Solo Competition, Junior Division, and in 2015 she was the recipient of the NFMC's National Wendell Irish Viola Award, Northeastern Division. Sofia has performed Paganini's La Campanella with the Ocala Symphony and has also appeared as soloist with the Willimantic Symphony. Sofia, of Columbia, CT, is in the tenth grade and is home-schooled. She is passionate about chamber music and considers her participation in Music@Menlo among her favorite musical experiences.
2nd place winner: Lillian Yim, cello, Farmington. Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 (1956) - David Popper. Lillian Yim, a current sophomore at Farmington High School, has been studying cello with Katie Kennedy for six years. Yim has been principal cellist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony for two consecutive years, as well as being principal cellist of the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, which she attended this summer. She was also principal cellist of the Northern Regional High School orchestra last year and a member of the All State Orchestra. Yim has participated in masterclasses with Rick Mooney, Jonathan Spitz, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, West End String Quartet, Norman Fisher, and Lynn Harrell.
3rd place winner: Matthew Hill, violin, West Hartford. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (1878) - Pablo de Sarasate. Hill is a sophomore at Conard High School in West Hartford. He studies violin with Kyoko Horowitz in Boston, Mass., and has also studied at the Hartt School Community Division with Teri Einfeldt. This summer he participated in a masterclass given by Kyu Young Kim (Principal Violin and Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), and was featured as a soloist in the University of Hartford's Annual Hartt Gala (2016), performing Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro. He is co-principal second violin of I Giovani Solisti (an internationally-touring chamber orchestra made up of the most advanced high school string players from West Hartford high schools) and is also a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Honorable Mention went to Jisoo Kim, violinist, of Avon, who is a junior at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass.
Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open
BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.
Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from
26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact email@example.com for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.
A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.
For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.
Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.
Free Christmas Tree Disposal
GLASTONBURY — Glastonbury is hosting a free Christmas tree disposal through Jan. 31. Residents in any type of vehicle will be allowed to dispose of one tree (one tree per vehicle allowed) at the Transfer Station or Bulky Waste facility. Residents are encouraged to please utilize the Bulky Waste Facility on Tryon Street since this is the final disposal area for all trees and will reduce town transportation costs. Waste disposal permits are not needed, however proof of residency is required.
Operating hours for these facilities are as follows: Transfer Station, Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Bulky Waste, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questions can be directed to the Refuse Disposal Division at 860-652-7772.
Yale Cello Group Low Strung In Concert
GLASTONBURY — First Church of Glastonbury, 2183 Main St., will host the return of the Yale cello group Low Strung in concert on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and seniors plus a donation for the local food bank and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860-633-5057.
Breaking out of the classical cello repertoire and venturing into the realm of classic rock and pop, Low Strung performs concerts that are characterized by sweeping, innovative arrangements of tunes by Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Coldplay, the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Eagles, U2, AC/DC and many more. Homemade refreshments will be available for purchase at intermission.
A portion of the concert ticket sales will be donated to Heads Up! Hartford, a 501(c)3 organization that brings together approximately 80 urban and suburban teens for a week every June promoting diversity, developing leadership skills, and providing community service in the Hartford area. Visit www.headsuphartford.org for more information.
Cello students of all skill levels in the area also have the unique opportunity to participate in a cello workshop with Low Strung on that Saturday, Jan. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Luke's. Learn from these talented Yale students and end the afternoon by joining in on their rehearsal. Workshop tickets are $25. Space is limited; contact Patti Cole at email@example.com or 860-633-5057 to reserve your place.
EAST HARTFORD-GLASTONBURY-ROCKY HILL-WETHERSFIELD — Free weekend winter walks are co-sponsored by the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield. These events are held late in the morning or early afternoon every weekend from Jan. 7 to Feb 17 in parks and woods in Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and East Hartford. Walkers should dress for the weather and ground conditions. Visit https://www.ctaudubon.org/glastonbury-programs-events for detailed information.
Free Braille Calendars
AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-289-1971.
Special Needs Hockey Team Recruiting New Players
AREA — The Connecticut Chasers, an ice hockey team for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, is recruiting new players for the 2017-18 season, running from Nov. 4, through March 10, 2018.
Weekly practices are at Simsbury Farms Skating Rink in Simsbury from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The team is looking for players of all abilities and skill levels ages 8 and up. "Learn to Skate" sessions are offered for those new to the ice.
Prospective players and their families are invited to attend a practice to see the fun for themselves. Some equipment is available to borrow for anyone who wants to try a practice session before joining.
Athletes from throughout the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are welcome. Current players are from Avon, Canton, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Windsor.
The Chasers were founded in 1997 by former Hartford Whaler Kelly Chase and the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress to provide a team experience for the players while helping them improve their self-esteem, social skills, gross motor skills and coordination. The team is a proud member of the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey International.
Last season, the Chasers had the honor of serving as "Blue Line Buddies" for the Hartford Wolf Pack, standing on the ice with the team during the National Anthem before a game at the XL Center. The Chasers are looking for similar opportunities this season.
The team also has scrimmages with the Southern Connecticut Storm of Bridgeport and the East Coast Jumbos of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Email Ctchasershockey@gmail.com for more information.