A concert to open Connecticut College's onStage season and raise money for New London arts organizations collected a total of $12,000, the college announced.
All proceeds from the performance by the Celtic music group Cherish the Ladies will be donated to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, which will distribute the funds to the organizations. The event, labeled included a dessert reception and remarks by Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. and Mayor Daryl Finizio.
“The arts are vitally important to a city’s cultural and economic health, and the strong arts scene here adds so much to New London’s vibrancy and appeal,” Higdon said. “Connecticut College is a leading sponsor of the arts in our host city and this fundraiser was one more way we could contribute.”
The college said in a statement that the onStage series contributes to the local arts scene by bringing theater, music, and dance performances to the stage; putting on shows by the in-residence dance company, David Dorfman Dance; and public exhibits and performances by the college's faculty and staff. The college brought the Asphalt Orchestra to Parade Plaza for a free performance during New London Main Street's "Big Picture" event and also had the Brentano String Quartet perform at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication in New London and talk with students there.