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ESSEX, CT Essex Winter Series is grateful to be one of nearly 170 recipients of The Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) grants in 2023 to support our ongoing mission to bring the finest musical performances to the widest and most culturally, economically, and socially diverse audience possible in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months. The timing is perfect as EWS Artistic Director Mihae Lee finalizes details for the organization’s 47th season of classical and jazz concerts to begin in January 2024.

For this year, The Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) administered $846,233 in Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) grants. These funds provide general operating support that organizations may use toward programming, administrative or operational costs, capital projects, equipment, or to build their own endowments.

The CAEF was established by the Connecticut General Assembly as a way to stimulate the development and long-term stability of CT’s Arts industries. This Fund is managed by the Office of the State Treasurer and is administered by the COA.

About Essex Winter Series:

EWS offers four concerts from January to April each year at schools in Deep River, CT. For 2024, the first concert takes place on January 28: Four Hands • Four Voices with pianists Mihae Lee and Randall Hodgkinson accompanied by vocalists Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Krista River, mezzo-soprano; Charles Blandy, tenor; and David Kravitz, baritone. This performance is followed by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks on February 18 and the Solstice Duo of flutist Viola Chan and harpist Abigail Kent on March 10. The season concludes on April 7 with the Essex Octet: David Shifrin, clarinet; William Purvis, French horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Ani Kavafian, violin; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Timothy Cobb, double bass. All performances take place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm and seating is general admission. Subscriptions, individual tickets, and special student pricing are available beginning in late fall. To learn more, visit or call 860-272-4572.

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