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Each year, the Essex Winter Series, under the artistic direction of Mihae Lee, presents a series of four to five concert performances by top-rated musicians from around the world. These concerts, held at Valley Regional High School or John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, are presented on Sunday afternoons in January through April. A single season may include a mix of such performances as instrumental soloists, opera singers, chamber orchestras, and jazz bands.

The Essex Winter Series is dedicated to the education and development of the next generation of both musicians and audience.  Each year interactive concerts and master classes are held in local primary schools and community venues, the Fenton Brown Emerging Artist Concert showcases a talented, but yet undiscovered, musician, and the Francis Bealey Scholarship provides financial assistance to a Valley Regional High School senior in their college-level music studies.

Essex Winter Series 2013 concert season is comprised of four concerts:

January 13 – A Special 35th Anniversary Concert “Romance on the River” featuring Patricia Schuman, David Pittsinger, William Purvis and Mihae Lee
February 10 – The Orion String Quartet with the 2013 Fenton Brown Emerging Artist, Romie de Guise-Langlois
March 3 – Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert: The Northeast Traditional Jazz Ensemble with bandleader Scott Philbrick
March 17 – The American Brass Quintet

All concerts take place on Sundays at 3pm. The January 13th, February 10th and March 3rd concerts will be held at Valley Regional High School (256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River). The March 17 concert will be held at John Winthrop Middle School (1 Winthrop Road, Deep River).

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit, call 860-272-4572 or email  Tickets are also available for purchase at the door on concert days.  Adult tickets are $30, discounted student tickets are available for $12.

The mission of the Essex Winter Series is to bring the finest music, in live performance,  to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience.


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