Sousa specialist to lead WestConn wind concert Keith Brion of the New Sousa Band will lead the Western Connecticut State University Wind Ensemble in an authentic recreation of a turn-of-the-century concert Thursday at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, White Street and Fifth Avenue, Danbury. Brion bears a striking resemblance to legendary conductor John Philip Sousa and has dedicated himself to the preservation and revival of Sousa-style performances. "Stars, Stripes and Sousa!" will feature Sousa's compositions and several works by Danbury native Charles Ives . Tickets are $25, $15 for seniors and students; Call (203) 837-8350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music . The More for youNewsThe ArtsNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsThe ArtsNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsTHE ARTSNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsThe ArtsNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsThe ArtsNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT) WestConn Alumni Association and the music department will host a picnic-style dinner at 6 p.m. The meal and reserved seating for the concert are $40; call (203) 837-8298. Music Norwalk Symphony Orchestra presents "Fantastique!," a concert featuring the works of pioneering French composer Hector Berlioz , on Saturdayat 8 p.m. in Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk. The program features "Roman Carnival Overture," "Cléopatre" and "Les nuits d'été". Tickets are $30 to $50; call (203) 847-8844 or visit www.norwalksymphony.org . Conductor Diane Wittry will offer a pre-concert talk, free to ticket holders, at 7 p.m. New Haven Symphony Orchestra 's Gala will take place Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Lanman Center , in the Payne Whitney Building at Yale University , New Haven. The evening includes music, dinner and a live auction. New Haven Symphony Orchestra associate conductor Gerald Steichen and others will perform cabaret classics. Call (203) 865-0831, ext. 21., for details. Putnam Symphony Orchestra will close its 27th season with a performance of masterpieces composed for the silver screen on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Brewster High School , Foggintown Road, Brewster, N.Y. The program includes the overture to "Captain Blood" by Erich von Korngold , "Ride of the Valkyires" by Richard Wagner ; music by John Williams and Henry Mancini ; music from "Gone With the Wind" and "2001: A Space Odyssey"; Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz"; and "The Marriage of Figaro" overture by Mozart. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students; call (845) 278-9133. Jazz pianist Butch Thompson will join the Greater Bridgeport Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Oscar Bustillo on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. The program, "All That Jazz," features ragtime works by Scott Joplin , Fats Waller and Eubie Blake , plus a Duke Ellington big band medley and selections from the Broadway musical "Show Boat." Tickets are $17 to $47; call (203) 576-0263. There will be a pre-concert program with Greater Bridgeport Symphony musicians in the Klein lobby at 7 p.m. Singer Marc Cohn will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and Performing Arts , 80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield. Marc Cohn's debut album, featuring the hit song "Walking in Memphis," won the 1991 Grammy for best new artist. His two subsequent albums featured backing vocals from such artists as Rosanne Cash , David Crosby , Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt . Tickets are $46 to $56; $76 with the meet-and-greet session. Call (203) 438-5795 or visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org . Norwalk Youth Symphony's year-end Mother's Day Concert, today at 3 p.m. in Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk, will feature performances by the four Norwalk Youth Symphony orchestras. The program includes "Jupiter" from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst , two movements from "Scheherazade" by Rimsky-Korsakov, and the first movement of Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor," featuring this year's Norwalk Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winner, Christopher Burkhalter , as soloist. Tickets are $15, $8 for seniors and students. Call (203) 866-4100 or visit www.norwalkyouthsymphony.org . "Spring into Summer Festival" at the Playhouse on The Green, 177 State St., Bridgeport, continues Friday at 8 p.m. with the Butch Taylor Band playing dance music from the '70s and '80s, classic hits from the '50s and '60s, and covers of current hits Saturday at 8 p.m., jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates , named a 2003 "Rising Star" in Down Beat magazine , will sing bebop, ballads and blues. Tickets for each show are $20; call (203) 345-4800, ext. 150, or visit www.PlayhouseOnTheGreen.org . Visual arts There will be more than 200 exhibitors at the Meet the Artists and Artisans 42nd annual spring show Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Milford Green , North and South Broad streets, Milford, rain or shine. The show will feature artists painting, sketching and drawing, as well as musicians entertaining with harp, piano and Andean flutes, panpipes and drums. Admission is free; call (203) 874-5672 or visit meettheartistsandartisans.com. The Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst show will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Estate, Route 9, Tarrytown, N.Y. Three hundred crafts artists from 30 states will sell original jewelry, ceramics, hand-blown glass, fiber, wearable art, wood, leather and more. There will be continuous live music, children's activities and gourmet foods. Admission is $9, $8 for seniors, $4 for children 6 to 16 (children under 6 are free). Call (914) 631-4481 or visit www.CraftsAtLyndhurst.com . Works by sculptor David L. Hostetler that honor and celebrate the female form will be on exhibit through June 20 at the University of Hartford 's Joseloff Gallery in the Harry Jack Gray Center , 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Hostetler, a professor emeritus at Ohio University , has worked in exotic woods and bronze for more than 50 years. He has based his entire life's work on capturing the spirit, romance and earthiness of "the feminine." Call (860) 768-4330 for hours. An exhibit of quilted works by Tobi Andrews , "Quilted Dimensions - These are NOT your grandmother's quilts," will open with a reception Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at White Silo Farm Winery, 32 Route 37 East, Sherman. It runs through May 30. Winery hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free; call (860) 355-0271 or visit www.whitesilowinery.com . The Wilton Arts Council will sponsor an exhibit by Danbury artist Diana Oliveira next Sunday through June 19 at Borders Books and Music, 14 Danbury Road, Wilton. . It will open with a reception at the store next Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Oliveira paints landscapes and still lifes, primarily in oil. "Collections: Jack H. Hellaby and Gregg Welz " will be on display through May 31 at the Wilton Art Gallery , 379 Danbury Road, Wilton. Welz selected the graphic image of the chair as a stage for exploring his abstract ideas in three dimensions. Hellaby's style is best described as abstract realism. Many of his works are done in paint over foil. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays by appointment. Call (203) 762-8311. "Off the Wall: Works from the JPMorgan Chase Collection" will open Saturday at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Museum Drive, Greenwich. This is a rare chance to see selections from the renowned JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, one of the foremost corporate art collections, begun in 1959. The exhibit focuses drawings. The show is on display through Sept. 12. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, free for children under 5, free for everyone on Tuesdays. Call (203) 869-0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org . The Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts presents "A Duet of Artists" today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Richter House , 100 Aunt Hack Road , Danbury. The show features mixed-media work by Charlene Fox Sheila Kowalski . Saturday and next Sunday, the featured artists will be African wildlife photographer Katherine Beattie and Eugenia Wainfeld, a retired physician who works in oils, monotype and collage. There will be an afternoon cafe next Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m., featuring Al Grammatico singing "Songs You Can't Forget" with Ethel Kaufman on piano. Admission is free; call (203) 798-2245. Theater Cameron Mackintosh 's new production of Lionel Bart 's "Oliver!" will be staged Tuesday through next Sunday at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. The musical is based on Charles Dickens' 1838 novel "The Adventures of Oliver Twist," the story of an orphaned boy who escapes to London from a bleak workhouse. Oliver is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin. Bart's songs include "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?," and "As Long As He Needs Me." Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, and next Sunday at 2 and 7. Tickets are $15 to $67; call (800) 228-6622 or visit www.tickets.com or www.shubert.com . Connecticut Children's Theatre will present the musical "The Velveteen Rabbit" Thursday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. at the University of Bridgeport's Mertens Theatre, Arnold Bernhard Arts Center, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport. The play is based on Margery Williams' beloved story of love and unconditional friendship. Tickets are $10; call (800) 887-6639. The Acting Company of Greenwich presents Henrik Ibsen's political satire "An Enemy of the People" beginning Friday at 8 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. In the story, Dr. Thomas Stockman has made a great discovery in a small village on the coast of Norway. His brother, Peter Stockman, who is the mayor, chief constable and chairman of the board of Governors of the Baths, is not impressed. Sparks fly, allegiances are formed and broken, and deviousness and chicanery run rampant. Is Dr. Stockman a madman or a saint? Show dates are Friday, and Saturday, and May 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., and next Sunday and May 23 at 2. Tickets are $12, $5 for seniors at matinee performances only; visit www.tacog.org . Square One Theatre will present Arlene Hutton's historical play "As It Is In Heaven" through May 22 at the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main St., Stratford, to concludes the theatre's 14th anniversary season. "As It Is In Heaven" focuses on a community of Shaker women that is drastically changed when a nonbeliever has an ecstatic experience. A cappella singing of traditional hymns highlights the drama. The cast includes Leigh V. Griswold of Newtown and Alice McMahon of Ridgefield. Performances are today and May 16 at 2 p.m.; May 14, 15 and 21 at 8; and May 22 at 4 and 8. Tickets are $16, $15 for seniors and students; call (203) 375-8778. Symphony Space at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City, will present its annual Dance Sampler, a four-hour mini-marathon of the most talked-about New York choreographers, dancers and companies, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre. The program covers the spectrum of dance past, present and future with living legends David Gordon and Deborah Zall as well as rising talents Jody Oberfelder and Nicholas Leichter. Encompassing styles from the cutting-edge work of Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance Theatre to the cross-cultural inventions of Dwight Rhoden/Complexions, Dance Sampler presents a wealth of dance options in one evening. Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for members; call (212) 864-5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.org or www.tickets.com . Goodspeed Musicals will open "All Shook Up," a new musical comedy featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, on Thursday at the Norma Terris Theatre, North Main Street, Chester. In the story one girl's wish and a guitar-playing roustabout loosen up a small town with romance and rock 'n' roll. The show runs through June 6. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8:30, and Sundays at 2 and 6:30. Tickets are $39; call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org . Auditions Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington, will hold auditions for its July/August production of "The Music Man" Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. (adults only) and Wednesday at 7 p.m. (for children). Male and female roles are open for all ages. Actors should come prepared to read and sing from the show or another Broadway musical. Adults should prepare one up-tempo song and one ballad. Ballet and tap dancers are also needed. Auditions are by appointment only; call (860) 489-7180. Auditions for Putney Players' outdoor production of Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It" will be today and Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 96 Chapel St., Stratford. Actors should bring a comic monologue or be prepared to read from script. The show will run weekends from July 9 to July 24; call (203) 380-2605. Photo gallery An exhibit of photography by John Aylward, Gregory Edwards, Mary Ann Glass, April Hubbard, Linda Hubbard and Peter Tenzer is on display through May 31 at The Back Room Gallery, 475 Main St., Beacon, N.Y. A reception to meet the artists will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment; call (845) 838-1838. Portraits by Kathleen Dalton are on display through June 21 at Sweet Nectar, 28 Route 39, Heritage Plaza, New Fairfield. Dalton specializes in black and white portraits of children and families. Call (203) 746-3356 for hours. The International Library of Photography 's International Open Amateur Photography Contest is open to photographers from the Danbury area, particularly beginners. To enter, send a photograph in only one of the following categories: people, travel, pets, children, sports, nature, action, humor, portraiture or other. The photo must be a color or black and white print, 8 x 10 or smaller and unmounted. Entries must have the photographer's name and address on the back, as well as the category and title of the photo. Send them to International Library of Photography, Suite 101-2619, 3600 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Entries must be postmarked by July 31. They may also be submitted online at www.picture.com . Poetry Dick Allen will be the guest at Wednesday Night Poetry this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Bethel Arts Junction, Depot Place, Bethel. Allen is the author of six books of poetry, one of them runner-up for the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award for best poetry volume of the year, another a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. Admission is $1 to help defray expenses. Call Faith at (203) 426-3388. Celestial Arts is sponsoring a poetry contest with a grand prize of $1,000. To enter, send a poem of 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, PO Box 1140, Talent, OR 97540 or enter online at www.freecontest.com . The poet's name and address should be on the same page as the poem. The deadline for entering is May 22. Classes and talks Shouhua Qui will present a program titled "When the Purple Mountain Burns: an historical novel about the Rape of Nanking" next Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. at The Silo, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Admission is free but reservations are required; call (860) 355-0300. Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Waterbury, is taking registrations for its annual Summer Theatre Camp for ages 10 to 18, which will run in week-long increments from July 12 to Aug. 6. No previous performing arts training or experience is necessary to attend. Call (203) 757-4676. Wooster Community Art Center is offering art workshops for children and adults in May and June. The children's sessions include painting, clay, papier-mache sculpture and photography. They take place weekdays after school. Adult topics include experimentation with different paint media, self-portrait mask making, oil, acrylic and water media and an art history workshop on sculpture gardens. There will be one-week painting workshops in June on alla prima landscape painting and the origins of abstraction. Call (203) 744-4825 or visit www.wcaconline.com . Shakespeare Ventures, a professional theater company at Fairfield University, will offer a summer acting workshop for ages 10 through 19. Student actors will explore acting techniques through physical expression, improvisation, scene study, character development, storytelling and stage combat. The acting workshop runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 5 to 30, with an "informance" for parents and friends July 31. Call (203) 254-4000, ext. 3406. News and notes New Milford artist Deborah Waimon has been accepted as a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan. Waimon's art is inspired by the structure and repetition of pattern in nature. The International Festival of Arts Ideas is seeking volunteers to assist with many aspects of the 9th annual festival June 11 to 26 in New Haven. There are opportunities in areas such as the festival information booth, activities with children, surveying, ushering and festival office work. Call (203) 498-3750 or e-mail email@example.com for an application.