April 25, 2018

Essex Winter Series Receives Community Foundation of Middlesex County Grant

The Board of Trustees of Essex Winter Series is honored to announce their receipt of a grant from the Elizabeth Swaim Arts Enrichment Fund of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.  This grant will underwrite a day of community outreach music programming in the Middletown Public Schools on April 30, 2013.

Essex Winter Series President, Peter Amos, said of this award, “Essex Winter Series is delighted to receive generous support from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for outreach to the Middletown schools. We all hear recorded music, constantly, but the special quality of live performances given by young emerging artists is so different and can be truly inspirational to students.  Essex Winter Series is a vibrant concert series, with a history of 35 years of excellence, but we realize the importance of bringing music to new audiences. For many students these outreach concerts in Middletown may be their first opportunity to be exposed to instrumental music of this quality and genre.”

This sentiment was echoed by Mihae Lee, Essex Winter Series Artistic Director, who added that, “we are fortunate to have loyal and generous supporters who believe in our community outreach program. I am especially grateful to Cynthia Clegg and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for extending our program to Middletown students.”

Three of Essex Winter Series’ 2012 and 2013 Fenton Brown Emerging Artists will perform in two different schools on this outreach day: Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, Carl Oswald, oboe and Adrian Morejon, bassoon.  Marco Gaylord, Director of Fine Arts for the Middletown School District, responded enthusiastically about this new outreach program, “It’s great to have these talented young musicians come to our High Schools and present a master class and interactive performance for our instrumental students.  We are planning for this to be in a classroom setting, which provides a wonderful intimate experience. This is a unique opportunity for our students to have a chance to ask questions that are pertinent to their instrument from professional musicians not too much older than themselves.”

This Middletown outreach day is a first-time addition to the annual community outreach offerings provided by the Essex Winter Series’ Fenton Brown Emerging Artists.  On April 29 the above-mentioned trio of musicians will perform and conduct master classes at Essex Elementary School, Essex Meadows, Apple Rehab Saybrook, and Community Music School in Centerbrook.  The master class at Community Music School, scheduled at 4:00pm, is FREE and open to the public.

The Elizabeth Swaim Arts Enrichment Fund of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County provides grants to enrich minds and expand the horizons of Middletown K through 12 public school students with arts programming.  This is the first year Essex Winter Series has received this grant.


Essex Winter Series’ mission is to bring the finest music, in live performance, to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience.


More information, including details for the 2013-2014 season, can be found at www.essexwinterseries.com or calling (860) 272-4572.