Big weekend for music and theater

Young violinist
Violinist Bella Hristova will perform the Delius Violin Concerto and the show piece “Havanaise” by Saint-Saëns in weekend concerts March 12 and 13 with the Greenwich Symphony at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, Hillside Road. Also on the program are Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, also known as the “Reformation Symphony.”

A free pre-concert lecture is given one hour before each performance. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students; for information, visit or call 203-869-2664.
Cabaret in Ridgefield
The Ridgefield High School Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage the musical Cabaret this weekend at the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at the high school, 700 North Salem Road/Route 116, Ridgefield. Shows will take place at 7:30 Thursday through Saturday, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 (snow date is Sunday, March 20, at 2).

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for college students and younger and for seniors age 60+. For reservations, visit or call 203-894-5750.
99th exhibition
The 99th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society will open Friday, March 11, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show has been curated by Akili Tommasino, assistant curator in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Categories include oil/acrylic, pastel, watercolor, sculpture, photography, computer art, fiber arts and other media.

The show runs through April 7 in the Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue. Weekday viewing hours are 10 to 5 (till 7 on Thursday) and weekends 12 to 4. For more information, call 203-629-1533.
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre Division will stage the rock opera Evita March 11-26 at the theater at 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. Producing Artistic Director Eli Newsom is directing this production, which features Christy McIntosh as Eva. She appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Performers will take place Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 5 and 8:15, and Sundays at 5. Tickets are $21 to $28; for reservations, visit or call 203-576-1636.
Rock the Winter Blues
The New Canaan Nature Center will have a musical benefit evening for adults on Friday, March 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. Rock the Winter Blues will feature MC Rich Riley with Early Morning Shakes, Lost & Found, the School of Rock House Band and comedian Kit Demko. Tickets are $75; VIP tickets with preferred parking and two admissions are $200.

For information, email

Sweet open house

Ambler Farm, the non-profit organization at 257 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton, will have a Maple Syrup Open House on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Families will have time to learn about syrup-making and taste the result. Bottles of Ambler Farm Maple Syrup will be available for sale. For more information, visit or call 203-834-1143.
Irish music
Sean and Deirdre Murtha will perform an hour of traditional Irish folk music and dance on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point. They play fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, piano, harmonica, tin whistle and bodhran.

The free program is planned for families; for more information, visit
Women’s History Month
The Ridgefield League of Women Voters and Ridgefield Library at 472 Main Street will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., starting with a lecture by local historian Jack Sanders. He’ll talk about A Dozen Women Who’ve Made A Difference.

Family-friendly activities will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or 203-438-2282.
Music for Youth
There will be a Free Young Persons’ Concert on Saturday, March 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. The featured performer is Svet Stoyanov, percussionist, who on the faculty of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The concert is free for children; adults attending without children will be asked to make a goodwill donation.

For more information, visit or call 203-259-0346 x15.
The Boxcar Lilies
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse will present The Boxcar Lilies, playing a mix of folk, country and bluegrass-tinged Americana, on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. Advance tickets, available at, are $18 for adults and $10 for children 6-12; at the door, the costs are $23 and $10, with student tickets (ID required) at $15.

The evening begins at 6:30, with open seating and an audience songfest at 6:45. Refreshments are available. For more information, visit or call 914-945-1625.
Mahler evening
Eric Jacobson will conduct the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Saturday, March 12, at 8 at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. The symphony, known as “The Giant,” comprises five movements rather than the traditional four, and requires more than 80 musicians, more than any Greater Bridgeport Symphony concert in decades.

Tickets are $59 to $29; for reservations, visit or call 203-576-0263.
Voices Café
John Gorka will celebrate the release of his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down (Red House Records), with a performance on Saturday, March 12, at 8 at Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Seating is cabaret style and table reservations (minimum four people) may be made by contacting David Vita,  or 203-227-7205 x14, or make reservations at Doors open at 7:30.
Virtuoso guitar
The New England Guitar Society’s International Performer series concerts will continue at the Milford Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 12, with Iranian-American guitarist Lily Afshar. She will play works by Albeniz and Granados and her own arrangements of Persian and Turkish traditional music. The concert begins at 8.

On Saturday Afshar will be at the center for a reception and master class at 2 p.m. For more iinformation and tickets, visit or call 203-878-6647. The arts center is at 40 Railroad Avenue South.
Spanish flavor
The Stamford Symphony will perform works with a Spanish flavor on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. Violinist Rachel Lee Priday will be featured in Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole in D minor; also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Surinach’s Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco, and Bizet’s Carmen: Suites No. 1 and 2. Saturday’s concert is at 8 and Sunday’s at 3; on Saturday a pre-concert event at 6 will include Spanish cocktails, tapas and flamenco in the Upper Lobby. Tickets are $100, including the event and premium concert ticket; for information call 203-325-1407 x10.

On Sunday, when Kids Come Free (under 18), there will be a free Interactive MusiKids program at 2 p.m., preceding the 3 p.m. concert. For tickets, visit or call 203-325-4466.
Chili Festival
The 6th annual Ridgefield Chili Festival, sponsored by the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee, will take place Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lounsbury House (the Ridgefield Community Center), 316 Main Street. Amateur and professional chefs will be offering samples at the festival.

General admission is $25 per person (age 16 and older); a Family Pack ticket for up to four children ages 7-15 accompanied by an adult, is $10 and children age six or younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at or at the door.
Think summer!
The Silvermine School of Art summer camps and workshops for students ages 4-17 will offer opportunities to work with regionally and nationally known artists at the New Canaan campus. There will be an open house on Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. for parents and prospective students to meet faculty, tour the studios and campus, and participate in hands-on art activities.

The event is free and attendees will be able to register early (general registration begins March 16 at 9 a.m.).

Camps and workshops run from June 20 through Aug. 26, in one-week sessions. For more information, visit or call 203-966-6668 x2.
KEYS to Carnegie
A concert featuring the KEYS Orchestra and Suzuki Vivace will take place Sunday, March 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. to benefit KEYS to Carnegie (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.), to cover expenses when the KEYS Orchestra performs in Carnegie Hall in May. The concert will take place at the Westport Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, and tickets are $25. For reservations, visit
Haydn Connection
Rebel, Ensemble for Baroque Music will perform a concert titled The Haydn Connection on Sunday, March 13, at 4 at Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green (Route 22/Route 172), Bedford, N.Y. The works will include pieces by Franz Josef Haydn, Michael Haydn, Mozart, Gyrowetz and Holzbauer, performed on original instruments (flute, violin, viola, cello and fortepiano).

A catered reception will follow the concert; for tickets, $35, seniors, $30, students, $10, and children 5-12, $5 with accompanying parent. For reservations, visit or call 914-734-9537.
And coming up…
The Westport Country Playhouse’s Script in Hand Playreading of A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. will feature Jack Gilpin, Clare Karpen, Ann McDonough and Jake Robards, directed by Anne Keefe. Tickets are $20; for reservations, visit or call 203-227-4177.

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The Bedford Chamber Ensemble, with Anthony Newman, keyboard, will perform an all-Bach program including the Goldberg Variations, the Italian Concerto and Chromatic Fantasia, on Wednesday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, N.Y. Tickets are $35 and includes refreshments at intermission; for reservations and information, visit or call 914-522-51050.

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St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, will bring the Colleens of Comedy, Jane Condon and Maureen Langan, to the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. The show starts at 8 and tickets are $27; for reservations, visit or call 203-325-4466.