Connecticut Symphonic Winds honored by Town of Fairfield

The Connecticut Symphonic Winds — a grand “wind ensemble” featuring 75 talented and skilled musicians, has received the honorary title of “The Concert Wind Ensemble of Fairfield,” honoring its ongoing cultural contribution to the Town of Fairfield and to the greater Fairfield and New Haven counties.

This announcement was recently made in a presentation at Fairfield’s Sullivan Independence Hall, by First Selectman of Fairfield, Michael C. Tetreau. Selectman Tetreau presented the appointment letter to the Music Director and Conductor of Connecticut Symphonic Winds, Charles DePaul, stating, “I hereby recognize this valued musical group with the honorary title of “The Concert Wind Ensemble of Fairfield, to be used in conjunction with the ensemble’s established name “Connecticut Symphonic Winds,” to underscore our mutually beneficial relationship.”

Selectman Tetreau cited the group’s three Carnegie Hall Concerts and overseas engagements, as well as generous contributions to the cultural environment of Fairfield and surrounding communities. He said,”We celebrate Fairfield’s enrichment of now joining the group of Connecticut coastal towns that have their own, representative concert organizations. By establishing this relationship, we hope to encourage financial support through other organizations, businesses and local supporters who promote appreciation for the arts to the benefit of the whole community.”

The Connecticut Symphonic Winds (CSW) is celebrating its 30th year of performances. Originally founded in Stratford, Connecticut the ensemble had early performances at the Shakespeare Theater in both Stratford, Connecticut and Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, plus Ontario, Canada, and venues in Germany, Austria and Lichtenstein. CSW has consistently expanded its geographical performing reach, as well as its size, and breadth of performed music.

This ensemble is unique in showcasing pieces that no other perfomance group does, according to Music Director and Conductor, Charles DePaul. “We perform a broad range of music, including music from movie soundtracks, contemporary composers, and transcriptions from the standard classical repertory. We also have access to European music that is not available in America at this time, such as Andrew Lloyd Weber’s ‘The Woman in White’ score, which we will be playing next Spring. Our concert “Latin Fantasy” will be performed in the Fall, and “Space, the Final Frontier” will be in our March concert.”

Connecticut Symphonic Winds “themes” its concerts. This year’s May concert was entitled “This is America,” featuring landscapes traversing this magnificent country. Additionally, CSW has introduced new, visual projection technology, integrated with selected pieces of music. Embracing multi-media, the ensemble adds stunning, eye-opening visuals to each of its performances.

CSW President, Vin Florentino says, “CSW offers no plucking, bowing or rosin! As a true wind ensemble, this group will blow you away!” David Pressler, CSW Host, adds: “CSW is truly unique as a grand, wind ensemble – with a strong, dynamic sound that expresses the character of each piece in a way that emotionally moves the audience.”

Pulitzer Prize nominated music critic Linda Phillips, said, on attending a recent CSW concert, and hearing a splendid saxophone quartet performance, “The Connecticut Symphonic Winds is the future of musical performance. As audiences for classical music are shrinking, many different strains and genres of music reflecting a variety of cultures and time frames are being programmed together and creating a synergy for contemporary audiences of all ages.”

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Music Director and Conductor of Connecticut Symphonic Winds, Charles DePaul

Music Director and Conductor of Connecticut Symphonic Winds, Charles DePaul

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