The Greater Middletown Concert Association is celebrating its 45th Anniversary year with a Musical Gala on Friday evening, December 7, at the Wadsworth Mansion at the Long Hill Estate in Middletown. This fund-raising occasion will feature live musical entertainment, a buffet dinner and a silent auction. Festivities will include memorabilia viewing and reminiscences of the outstanding world-class performances that the Greater Middletown Concert Association has brought to the area. Geraldine Bennett and Marcia Wrubel are co-hosts for the event. Tickets are $75 per person for this fundraiser Gala.
Live entertainment will include opera, jazz and chamber music. Singers from the Connecticut Lyric Opera, instrumentalists from the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and jazz musicians known locally will share their talents with attendees at the Gala. A special baby grand piano has been brought to the Mansion for the occasion.
“We have much to celebrate when we look back at the variety and caliber of those many performing artists that we have brought to Middletown for area enjoyment over the years,” remarks Barbara Arafeh, president of the Greater Middletown Concert Association. This year’s season of the organization includes six varied concerts of which three are an Opera Series in themselves. They are performed in the MHS Performing Arts Center state-of-the- art 700-seat auditorium. The Greater Middletown Concert Association was recipient of a 2012 award and grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts.
Many area residents have attended Greater Middletown Concert Association performances over the years either under the name of Middletown Community Concerts or its present name. Anyone interested in learning more about attending the Gala on December 7 should call Marcia 860-347-2035 or Gerry 860-347-5360.