Ives Concert Park announces open-air theatre, music, cultural festivals
DANBURY, CONN. — Music, comedy and children’s entertainment will be among the many art forms to take the stage at Ives Concert Park on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Ave. Ext. in Danbury this summer. Tickets for most events are on sale at www.wcsu.edu/tickets, by calling (203) 837-TIXX, or at the WCSU Box Office in the Westside Campus Center on the university’s Westside campus.
The Fine Arts season will begin in July when “Reynard the Fox” will be staged at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. A classic French fable written by Arthur Fauquez, “Reynard the Fox” tells the story of merry trickster Reynard, a sly but hilarious practical joker who goes a bit too far with his tricks. A visual highlight of the show will be the detailed, brightly colored costumes and make-up for Reynard and his friends Crow, Hedgehog, Bear, Wolf, Lion and Marmet. Tickets will be $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12. A family four-pack is available for $40. To purchase tickets, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
Shakespeare returns to the Ives at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 – 8, with performances of “Merry Wives of Windsor.” Set in the Gold Rush era, the merry wives pit their craftiness against the braggart soldier-turned-womanizer, Falstaff, to make him the brunt of their practical jokes. An array of characters from the far corners of the world will gather in the small town of Windsor, Calif., as Shakespeare’s comedy comes to life. Tickets will be $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12. A family four-pack is available for $40. To purchase tickets, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
The Ives Festival Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. Traditionally the culminating performance at the annual Ives Family Fair, the orchestra, conducted by Fernando Jimenez, will stage a stand-alone evening concert for the first time. The performance will be free with a suggested donation of $10 to the Ives Authority for the Arts.
As the summer winds down, Ives Concert Park will host a number of cultural festivals. Times and ticket information are still to be determined. These events will include the Ecuadorian Festival on Sunday, Aug. 15, and the annual Irish Festival from Friday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 26.
The annual Ives Concert Park Family Fair will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. This free, multicultural celebration of the arts salutes the diversity and rich history of Greater Danbury. Festivities will include local performers, children’s entertainment and more. A variety of arts and crafts also will be featured, ranging from sand art to Russian handcrafts.
The season finale is on Sunday, Sept. 28, when the world-renowned Manhattan String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12. A family four-pack is available for $40. To purchase tickets, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
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