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ESSEX, CT The Connecticut Office of the Arts Supporting Arts Grant is given to many recipients each year to provide unrestricted funding for arts organizations to pursue their missions. This year, 219 recipients received funds totaling $1,014.063. Essex Winter Series is grateful to once again be one of the organizations to benefit from this generous funding. Artistic Director Mihae Lee noted that “Essex Winter Series is proud of our history of presenting world-class artists in the Valley Shore area, but this grant ensures we can continue our commitment to bring the finest musicians to our community.”

Essex Winter Series completes its 2022 season with the rescheduling of last January’s cancelled concert, featuring the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet with Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee, appearing on December 18 at Valley Regional High School (VRHS).

Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks on stage with Essex Winter Series in February 2022

In 2023, the 46th EWS season begins with the spectacular New Haven Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donato Cabrera and with Aya Kaminaguchi, marimba soloist. This concert takes place on Sunday, January 22, at VRHS in Deep River. Livening up February will be Jeff Barnhart & His Hot Jazz Collective on the 26th at John Winthrop Middle School (JWMS). There will be some new faces, but also popular greats like Vince Giordano and Jim Fryer. The season continues on March 12 with our Fenton Brown Emerging Artists concert at JWMS. Mihae Lee, piano, will join the ambassador string trio – Brian Hong (violin and viola), Stephanie Zyzak (violin) and Andrew Janss (cello) – from the in-the-news Project: Music Heals Us. On April 23, the series closes with Grammy-award winning choral group Chanticleer appearing at VRHS.

All performances take place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm and seating is general admission. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit or call 860-272-4572.

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