Recognizing that arts and cultural activities are vital to the life of Connecticut’s cities, towns and villages, the DECD recently awarded a $14,211.00 Arts Catalyze Placemaking Sustaining Relevance matching grant to the Stamford Symphony for 2013.
Barbara Soroca, CEO of the Stamford Symphony, applauds the DECD for their support of the arts: “The Stamford Symphony applauds the DECD for realizing how important the arts are to our local economies and to our quality of life. Each Symphony concert weekend brings over 2,000 patrons to downtown Stamford, creating revenue for restaurants and local businesses.” Soroca continues, “We are extremely grateful for this support.”
Incorporated in 1965, the Stamford Symphony has built a reputation for providing audiences with diverse artistic and educational programs with a sole mission in mind -- to build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music among all populations of Fairfield County. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.
Under the direction of the innovative Maestro Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony reaches over 18,000 people annually through multiple concerts and educational programs, including the Harman Orchestra Classics at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Exploring the Orchestra family concerts at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, and Mozart & Friends recitals at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Westport. In addition, the Stamford Symphony reaches over 8,000 students annually through its Advance the Arts program and The American Experience – Concert for Students. Additionally, the Symphony distributes complimentary concert tickets to non-profit organizations, community groups and schools in support of its goal of bringing classical music to all of Fairfield County. For more information, visit www.stamfordsymphony.org.
A new initiative by the DECD, the Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) program set out to invest in the state’s art-based cultural activities and infrastructure to advance the attractiveness and competitiveness of Connecticut’s cities, towns and villages as meaningful communities in which to love, work, learn and play. For more information, visit www.CTvisit.com.