Hill-Stead Receives Grant from Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

The Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Provides Hill-Stead with $18,000 Grant for its Performing Arts Programming

L’Affaire Musicale Returns to Hill-Stead this Fall

Hill-Stead Museum’s L’Affaire Musicale returns to the historic Drawing Room on Friday, November 12. Ballard Chamber Collective will perform in this much-anticipated live concert, made possible by an $18,000 gift from The Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Hill-Stead is immensely grateful to the Garmany Fund for this generous support, which underwrites the Museum’s robust year-round calendar of musical performances, including this upcoming Musicale with classical selections from some of the world’s most celebrated composers.

According to David Polk, advisor for the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, “Hill-Stead Museum is one of the region’s most treasured and timeless resources. It deserves the support and appreciation of all of us in the greater Hartford community for its art, architecture, accessibility, beauty, history and health & wellness benefits. The Garmany Fund is proud to be a contributor in Hill-Stead’s ongoing success as it embarks on the new chapter.”

This upcoming L’Affaire Musicale will take place among some of the finest pieces in the museum’s collection, including works by Monet, Manet and Degas. This intimate and transporting setting is ideal for the appreciation of music. Furthermore, the performing arts illuminate the fine and decorative arts of the room, creating a stimulating dialogue between various times periods, cultures and art forms. Past performances have featured classical and contemporary styles, including jazz, opera, Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Ballard Chamber Collective, a string trio composed of Jaroslaw Lis (violin), Ari Isaacman-Beck (viola) and Ignacy Gaydamovich (cello), will headline the 2021 performance and present Beethoven’s Serenade Op.8 and Schubert’s Trio in B Flat Major D581.

On the brink of its 75th anniversary as a museum, Hill-Stead continues to offer enriching experiences and is fortunate to be sustained by such incredible supporters as the Richard P. Garmany Fund. The Fund was the leading supportive force behind Hill-Stead’s From the Porch, the multicultural performing arts series, a community-building venture that attracts an extraordinary number of new voices to Hill-Stead. In its second season, these uplifting performances of music, dance, film, spoken word and most recently, famed dance troupe Pilobolus brought much-needed light and joy during dark days.

Dr. Anna Swinbourne says, “We are tremendously grateful to the Garmany Fund. Its enduring and leading support makes it possible for Hill-Stead to host unique programs, with topnotch musical performances in exceptional settings, both indoors and out.”

The generous donation will also champion the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which celebrates its 30th season in 2022. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates Poets Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners and prestigious award recipients. The community cherishes this annual series of readings and music performances on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington, CT. This year’s three-day festival took place on September 10-12, 2021. It featured inspiring presenting poets Jenny Xie, Martín Espada and current Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson.

With the completion of its new Carriage Barns renovation project, Hill-Stead now boasts a brand-new exhibition gallery and a new media space ideal for topical and thought-provoking year-round presentations to engage learners of all ages.

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