“When the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 80th Anniversary Gala … on May 9, it won’t be by chance that the date coincides with that of the symphony’s very first concert,” writes Mike Horyczun in Friday’s (4/19) Hour (Norwalk, CT). “ ‘The musicians will be playing at least two pieces from that first concert … so it’s very emotional,’ [said Gala Chair Susan Weinberger]…. ‘This gala will be a wonderful opportunity to create more awareness about who this symphony serves, what it does, and what its mission is for the future, and its long history,’ Weinberger said…. ‘We’re finding ways to build new relationships with other nonprofits and other groups,’ said [Sandra] Miklave, the executive director, [including] New Paradigm Theatre, Building One Community, Project Music, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, where Miklave also serves as board chair, The Pantry at Norwalk Community College, The Carver Center, the Norwalk Housing Authority, and Wheels2U Bus Service. ‘The other big piece is education,’ she continued. ‘Our ‘(Not) Just for Kids’ program teaches the kids about the instruments in the orchestra. It’s just an exciting time to be part of this organization and to be in this community.’ ”

Posted April 23, 2019