Take the edge off of life with the beautiful and inspired performances of the Stamford Symphony. The ensemble of musicians also perform with such orchestras as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra and New York Pops. They also have programs that introduce classical music to young people and perform private fundraising concerts. Be sure to experience the spirit-raising symphony at The Stamford Center for the Performing Arts’ Palace Theatre, where sound fills and elevates the whole auditorium.
263 Tresser Blvd., Stamford, 203-325-4466; stamfordsymphony.org
LIVE MUSIC SPOT
Fairfield Theatre Company
You may love a certain band, but you’re not such a fan that you’re willing to drive into New York to see them. Why would you when FTC is right here in Fairfield? Even better than its great location (near the Post Road, I-95 and the downtown train station), the nonprofit center for the arts brings big names to its venues, StageOne (225 seat) and The Warehouse (640 seats). Get up close to the artists, famous singer/songwriters, jazz musicians, rock-n-rollers, and other artists.
70 Sanford St., Fairfield, 203-259-1036; fairfieldtheatre.org
LOCAL ROCK BAND
For nearly a decade, Christine Tambakis, Kevin Totoian, Andy Abel and Nick Saya have been infusing their band, Tangled Vine, with all the goodness of rock ’n’ roll. They play all the popular tunes that get people up and dancing, forgetting about their worries and enjoying the moment. Singing along adds to the fun.
LOCAL COVER BAND
The Short Bus
Some funky emerging bands might challenge your sense of music, but there are times when you simply want to hear good ol’ songs that you know by heart. The Short Bus knows those tunes and is happy to play them for rowdy, good-time crowds. These are the songs that get Gold Coasters showing off their dance moves.
Fairfield School of Music
Our voters say their top choice for music lessons is Fairfield School of Music. Vocals, wind instruments, piano, strings, horns, percussion—they all require a lot of practice to master, not only proper technique but also real expression. Yes, one has to do the warm-up exercises and become fluent in reading music, but this school also teaches winning performance qualities.
338 Commerce Dr., Fairfield, 203-690-1888; fairfieldschoolofmusic.org
PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
Alive@Five Stamford Downtown
“Taking it to the streets” takes on a new meaning when it comes to Alive@Five Stamford Downtown. In this case, it’s about the big-name bands you’re psyched to see and hear perform—and probably never thought it’d be outdoors in downtown Stamford. So close! The summer concert series will include (save the dates): CeeLo Green, Rachel Platten, Plain White T’s, Phillip Phillips, Dionne Warwick, Ziggy Marley, Sugar Ray, Kool & the Gang, The Four Tops and more. Concerts take place Thursday evening, 5 p.m., at Columbus Park (ages 21 and over only, so bring ID); $10–$15.
Columbus Park, Stamford; stamford-downtown.com
WSTC / 1400
Serving the Stamford and Norwalk areas, WSTC is based in Stamford and owned by Sacred Heart University. Tune in for music, talk and news.
Listen at tunein.com/radio/WSTC-1400-s22986
WFOX / 95.9
The rock you know and have long loved, served up with hosts that help you keep things way less than serious. Laugh, relax and enjoy the songs you can’t help but sing along to, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” Journey’s “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and countless others that make up the soundtrack to our lives.
Ken Tuccio / 95.9
Weekdays from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. is Fairfield County’s commuting “hour,” as we try to crawl our way down I-95, the Merritt or the Post Road. Chill and tune into “First Thing Fairfield County” with Ken Tuccio on The Fox, 95.9 FM. A Connecticut native—and Norwalk bar lover—Tuccio has built a long roster of interviews of fellow residents. He brings his gift of gab to the show and calls on his interviews to inform his table-talk-like commentary, each morning in between classic rock songs. You just might find yourself hoping the drive is a few minutes longer.
Bruce Museum of Arts & Science
The gorgeous Bruce Museum was originally built in 1853 as a private home. In 1858, Robert Moffat Bruce (1822–1909), a wealthy textile merchant and member of the New York Cotton Exchange, bought it, and in 1908 generously gave it to Greenwich. Today, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it is a world-class museum that shows equal interest in fine art, natural history and science. Check out its website for the many exhibits and events that take place at “The Bruce.”
One Museum Dr., Greenwich, 203-869-0376; brucemuseum.org
The Maritime Aquarium
As a coastal community, we are naturally drawn to the wonders of the water. The Maritime Aquarium in the heart of Norwalk is the top destination for anyone who has ever wondered about the life of a shark or hermit crab. There are so many ways to explore sea life at this amazing museum, from hands-on touch tanks, to dramatic aquariums for jellyfish, sea otters and all manner of fish, as well as special exhibits and demonstrations, the popular IMAX theater and even lighthouse and sunset cruises in the warmer months.
10 North Water St., Norwalk, 203-852-0700; maritimeaquarium.org