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See a concert, an art exhibit and more this Thursday in New Britain

Published: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:58

Courtesy of Maryann Burns
Alec Rich will be playing the tuba on Thursday at South Church.
Courtesy of Maryann Burns Alec Rich will be playing the tuba on Thursday at South Church.


NEW BRITAIN - Looking for a night out? Thursday evening will offer several events including a concert, two art exhibitions and the first American Savings Foundation alumni networking event.

The New Britain Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will hold the “Alec Rich: Solo Tuba Recital” show on Thursday at 6 p.m. at South Congregational First Baptist Church for individuals supported by Family Promise of Central Connecticut.

The planning of the concert started when Rich came up with the idea of performing a free concert for Family Promise. The event is a special occasion for Family Promise but it is open to the public and free will offerings will be accepted at the door to contribute to Family Promise efforts.

The program will showcase the diversity of the tuba during Rich’s performance, which will include an original composition, modern solos with electronics, Bach and Handel. Rich will also feature different techniques and musical styles to help the audience create a new impression of the tuba.

Rich is an Oberlin Conservatory of Music student who is on a Dean’s Scholarship. Rich is also a recipient of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra’s continuing education scholarship.

Another event on Thursday will take place at CCARC, which has announced that 100 pieces of original art work by adults supported by its day programs and residential services will be displayed at the organization’s seventh annual art show.

The gallery’s theme is “Making Dreams Happen Through Art,” and it will highlight the talents of people with disabilities on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at CCARC’s headquarters, located at 950 Slater Rd.

“‘CCARC’s Making Dreams Happen Through Art’ program has opened up a whole new realm of creativity and meaningfulness for the wonderful people we serve,” Anne L. Ruwet, CCARC’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “I encourage members of the community to join us here at CCARC’s Art Show on June 6th where you can witness artistic expression that is truly genuine and undeniably beautiful.”

CCARC’s announcement states that fostering appreciation for the talent of people with disabilities in various ways such as this art exhibit contributes to the organization’s mission to “Make Dreams Happen.”

Admission to the exhibit is free and refreshments will be served.

Stockman Gallery will also offer a visual arts event on Thursday evening. The gallery has announced that its latest show “‘Send me your location’: GNBAA Photographers Exhibition” will hold its opening reception on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The free opening reception is an opportunity to meet the artists, but the show will continue to be available by appointment through July 19.

“In popular social media culture, the use of images can seem more related to laziness than meaning,” Stockman Gallery manager Stephen Hard said. “It’s easier to post a picture than to tap out text. Visual artists, by contrast, use images because they communicate more effectively. The works in this show are not random snap shots. They communicate about a location rather than simply provide a visual reference.”

Thursday evening will also mark history at the American Savings Foundation as it will hold its first alumni networking event for its past scholarship recipients at the New Britain Museum of American Art starting at 5:30 p.m.

During the event, Caitlyn Prescott, a past scholarship recipient, will offer a presentation: “The Next Generation of Nonprofit Involvement … Where Do I Begin?” Prescott is part of the American Savings Foundation’s board of directors. The panel will also include other ASF scholarship recipients that volunteer with other nonprofits.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or