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Bartlett Arboretum's Sunday Concert Series

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The First County Bank Sunday Concert Series at Bartlett Arboretum opens its season Sunday, June 24.  Fifteen Sunday concerts are planned at the arboretum in Stamford.

The Sunday Morning Classical Concert Series feature a selection of unique performances by a mix of talented student musicians from the Yale School of Music interspersed with surprise appearances from professional musicians who regularly perform at world renowned venues in New York City.  Morning concerts start at 10 a.m.

The 5 to 7 p.m. concerts will feature a host of different pop musical talent from the region.  There is no charge to Bartlett Arboretum members, however, non-members have to pay a $6 garden admission fee; children 11 and younger are free.

Concerts are scheduled to be held in the gardens surrounding the original homestead of Francis A. Bartlett that currently serves as the administration building for the arboretum.  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside the new Silver Educational Center on the same grounds.

“First County Bank is very excited about participating in this relaxed summer concert series at Bartlett Arboretum,” said Kathy Harris, First County Bank president and chief operating officer.  “It’s a perfect opportunity for the public to relax and enjoy Sundays with live entertainment while sitting in the beautiful gardens of the arboretum, which are truly one of our area’s unique natural treasures.

“First County Bank is known for taking care of its customers when it comes to their financial needs,” Harris said, adding, “And through this sponsorship, we’re offering our customers and the general public a leisurely respite from their busy lives.”  Concert goers should bring a folding chair, a beverage or two and a light snack to enjoy during performances.  Cooking is not allowed on arboretum property.

“As a historically significant property in North Stamford, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is pleased to partner with First County Bank whose roots in the community are also generous and deep,” Peter Saverine, Bartlett’s executive director, said.  “Our summer concerts are a wonderful way to introduce families throughout Fairfield County to this hidden natural gem that is open to the public 365 days a year.  

“With the recent opening of our new 8,500 square foot Silver Educational Center and its outdoor complement, the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, the arboretum has quickly become a centerpiece of nature-based learning in the area,” added Saverine.  Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, located at 151 Brookdale Rd. in Stamford, Conn., has hosted this concert series for more than 11 years.

The following performances are scheduled for this year’s First County Bank Sunday Concert Series at Bartlett Arboretum:

Date

Time

Performers

June 24

10-11 a.m. 

John L. Haupt, classical guitar

5-7 p.m.

Orrin Starr & the Sultans of Swing

July 1

10-11 a.m.

Alexandra Lambertson, oboe

5-7 p.m.

Richard “Cookie” Thomas

July 8

10-11 a.m.

Wendy K. Lucas, harp, and Maryly Culpepper, flute

5-7 p.m.

Citigrass

July 15

10-11 a.m.

Fontenay String Trio

5-7 p.m.

Red Molly

July 22

10-11 a.m.

Trevor Babb, classical guitar  

5-7 p.m.

Anya Singleton

July 29

5-7 p.m.

Sister Sun

August 5

10-11 a.m.

Kaitlin Taylor, oboe   

5-7 p.m.

Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band

August 12

10-11 a.m.

Alvin Wong and friend, cello and violin duo

5-7 p.m.

Summer Lost

-- About Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens --

In 1913, Francis A. Bartlett, a well-known dendrologist and founder of F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co., acquired 30 acres of North Stamford woodlands to use as his residence, training school and research laboratory for his tree-care company.  Over the years, Bartlett assembled a large number of woody plant specimens on the property from all over the worldToday, nestled among the historic landscape of Southwestern New England, the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is a natural preserve on 91 acres of irreplaceable open space like no other in this region.  The arboretum serves as a leading recreational and educational resource for area residents and visitors of all ages.  For weekend gardeners to budding young botanists, the Bartlett offers a place to relax, learn and play.  For additional information on Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, please visit http://www.bartlettarboretum.org/.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking.  First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion.  For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com.  Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank.  Follow the bank on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

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First County Bank Sunday Concert Series at Bartlett Arboretum

Performer Details for Sunday Evening Concerts on the Lawn from 5-7 p.m.

For more information call 203-322-6971.


June 24 - Orrin Starr & the Sultans of Swing
Orrin Star is an award-winning guitar, banjo and mandolin player with music ranging from fiddle tunes to topical ballads to western swing.  He has been described as Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson.  He was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion and has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion."
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July 1 - Richard “Cookie” Thomas
A versatile vocalist, and an undiscovered treasure, Richard Thomas’ career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at 14, to open for B.B. King.  Thomas’ voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards.  He draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartman.
Visit his website!

July 8 - Citigrass
The current all-star lineup was formed by banjoist/founder Sandy Israel, who pioneered the concept of Citigrass by combining the speed and virtuosity of bluegrass with the rebel yell of rock and roll.  Israel’s road to banjo nirvana took him from the D.C. punk scene to performing on the crowded streets of Tokyo, and finally to Citigrass headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he leads one of the largest and most active banjo teaching studios in the New York area.
Visit their website!

July 15 - Red Molly
A folk trio consisting of Laurie MacAllister (vocals, guitar, banjo), Abbie Gardner (vocals, guitar, Dobro, lap steel guitar) and Molly Venter (vocals, guitar).  They perform original works composed by each of the group members, as well as covers of other songwriters including Hank Williams, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams. 
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July 22 - Anya Singleton
Singleton’s catchy melodies and dynamic lyrics echo the 70’s classic period Stevie Wonder with nods to the Beatles, giving her music a timeless feel.  Her unforgettable voice, at once powerful, earthy and conversational, expertly combines a bluesy raw edge and a unique delivery, establishing her as an artist for a whole new generation.
Visit her website!

July 29 - Sister Sun
Light Rock and easy listening make this a garden favorite. 

August 5 - Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band
Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band are a modern bluegrass band based out of southern Connecticut.  Winners of the 2010 Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, they perform regularly in the Northeast in an all-acoustic format.  Their show features original compositions and choice covers in a strong, vocal-driven format. 
Visit their website!

August 12 - Summer Lost
Summer Lost is versatile, fusing elements of swing, blues, rock, funk, hip-hop, and of course, jazz to put a unique twist on classic and modern songs.  In a live show, they are capable of moving seamlessly from modern rock tracks, to Motown hits and even hip-hop-inspired performances. 
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