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Greenwich's famed musical, artistic offerings

19 Jun 2013 4:05 PM
Four Greenwich musicians to perform pieces from the classical canon

Greenwich may be most well known for having the wealthiest residents per capita, but the affluent city is also home to vibrant art and acclaimed classical music.

Boasting both the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and Greenwich Choral Society, this is the perfect area for art and music aficionados looking to purchase luxury homes in a cultured community. Its proximity to New York City allows residents to enjoy cosmopolitan activities by day and residential comforts by night.

Greenwich Symphony
Originally known as the Greenwich Philharmonia, the organization of classical musicians was founded in 1958 by a group of local amateur instrumentalists. It became officially recognized as a professional symphony in 1967 and has maintained a solid roster since. Typically held in the Dickerman Hollister Auditorium at Greenwich High School, the symphony presents numerous performances throughout the year, as well as pre-concert lectures, a symphony gala and an elegant wine and cheese festival.

Greenwich Choral Society
This nonprofit organization, which was founded in October 1924 with a complement of 30 vocalists, has grown into a 120-member troupe and continues to enrich the surrounding community today. Singers range in age, with teens often performing beside septuagenarians. Each season, the GCS presents around four different programs, with the annual highlight being the Christmas Concert that is held each December.

The two organizations often collaborate during the summer months, as "Greenwich Pops into Summer," a free outdoor concert, has been running annually since 1987.

Greenwich Arts Council
First formed after the need to develop enhanced access to the arts was outlined in the 1971 Development Action Plan of the Town of Greenwich, the Greenwich Arts Council was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1973. The group's mission is to promote the performing, visual and literary arts in the community by encouraging area artists, as well as presenting their work and building local audiences for the arts. The council is headquartered at the second and third floors of the Old Town Building on Greenwich Avenue in the city's downtown.

Having been given the twelfth spot on the CNNMoney list of the 100 best places to live in 2005, Greenwich has a lot to offer its residents. If you're planning to make a permanent move or simply acquire a seasonal home, you may want to consider all that this city affords - especially if you are a fan of the arts.