Pianist Jeffrey Swann to Perform at Meeting House, Nov. 6

In Art on October 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

jeffrey-swannInternationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. in the 43rd season of the Collomore Concert Series.

Swann’s performing career has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. After pursuing his graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with the renowned Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus, Swann came to the piano world’s attention winning first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan and a gold medal at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Other top honors include the Van Cliburn and Chopin Warsaw Competitions, and the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York.

In addition to presenting recitals worldwide, Swann has performed in this country with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Minneapolis and worldwide with the orchestras in Rotterdam, La Scala, Rome, Prague and London.

Swann is a noted musical lecturer. The depth of his musical knowledge and his enthusiasm for teaching often leads him into spontaneous discussions of the music he is performing, much to the delight of his recital audiences. He continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Swann has also served as judge at many competitions, most recently at the Utrecht International Liszt Competition.

Since 2007 Jeffrey Swann has been Artistic Director of the Dino Ciani Festival and Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo; since 2008 the Adel Artist-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University; since 2010 Professor of Piano at New York University; and since 2012 Artistic Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore Concert Series in Pisa.

At the Chester Meeting House, Jeffrey Swann will perform the Schubert Sonata in G Major and Beethoven Sonata No. 29 (Hammerklavier). After the concert, stay for the reception with refreshments donated by The Wheatmarket, to meet the performer. Tickets cost $25 for adult; $5 for student. Tickets can be purchased online at using PayPal. For more information, check the website or call 860-526-5162.

Halloween Celebrations in Chester

In Chester CT Events on October 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm
The cupcake booth at the Halloween Carnival.

The cupcake booth at the Halloween Carnival.

This year’s Halloween Carnival, sponsored by the Chester Elementary PTO, will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 28, in downtown Chester. Bring your lively spirit and best costumes for an evening of fun, games and community celebration for the entire family.

Free activities include the Children’s Costume Parade, led by Chester’s Fife and Drum Corps, trick-or-treating at Chester’s shops and galleries, music by DJ Gary Torello of the Chester Rotary and dancing with Rayna, as well as scary stories performed by Miss Judy.

Plus tickets will be sold for games (win prizes!), cider, popcorn and cupcakes.

Accompanied children are welcome to meet at Chesterfields for trick-or-treating with residents at 5:30 pm. To walk in the parade, meet at Chesterfields, 132 Main Street, by 5:45 pm. The parade kicks off at 5:50 pm. Chester center will be closed to all vehicles from 5 to 9 pm, but parking is available in several public lots.

This event is sponsored by the Chester Elementary School PTO, Chester Rotary and Chester Merchants. Many of the merchants will remain open during the Carnival to pass out treats and be open for business. Admission is free, with tickets sold for games and food.

The Halloween Carnival is a fundraiser for the Chester Elementary PTO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which sponsors programs such as Cultural Arts, Social Development, Field Day, Teacher Mini-grants and more.

On Monday night, Oct. 31, Miss Margie and Mrs. Applesauce have teamed up for activities for children. Join Miss Margie at 6:00 in the United Church of Chester for a Halloween sing along. Then walk on over to the Chester Library for the Haunted Library put on by the Teen Advisory Group from 6:30-7:30. Perfect events for the little ones – not too scary, not too long and big on fun!

Romance in Maine Portrayed at Meeting House

In Chester CT Events on October 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm
meeting-house-players-tinyThe Meeting House Players will  present John Cariani’s witty, romantic comedy “Almost Maine” this fall.

The production opens on Friday, Oct. 28 and continues on Oct. 29 and on Nov. 4 & 5,  at the Chester Meeting House.  The curtain rises each evening at 8 pm and at 2 pm for a matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 5.

“Almost Maine” is a succession of nine romantic vignettes, set on a cold, clear midwinter night in the mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights drape across the night sky, the residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unanticipated and often hilarious ways. The ensemble cast features five talented performers: Sue Kessler, Betsy McHaley, Jacob Nadeau, Hunter Parker and Adam Pipkin.  The production is directed by Debbie Alldredge.

Tickets for “Almost Maine” are on sale now.  Tickets prices are $20 for Preferred Seating tickets and $15 for Open Seating tickets.  Reservation requests for both Preferred and Open seating are available by calling 860-526-3684 or by e-mail at  Unreserved tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information please contact Debbie Alldredge at  The Meeting House Players is a not-for-profit community theatre organization.