Farmington Bank is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Series featuring 11 area performances by Simply Swing, a Connecticut-based swing orchestra specializing in favorites from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras.
"We at Farmington Bank are pleased to offer to our communities the wonderful American tradition of enjoying free concerts throughout the summer," said John J. Patrick, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, of Farmington Bank. "Budgets in many Connecticut towns and cities are still feeling the impact of last year's damaging storms. Sponsoring events such as these concerts are important to Farmington Bank. As we grow throughout the region we want to continue to maintain and strengthen the links to the communities we serve," Patrick added.
Simply Swing is a 10-piece ensemble specializing in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high energy Swing Dance favorites.
"We love to get people moving," said Simply Swing's featured vocalist Vivian LaRosa. "Our summer audiences can't sit still. We always see toes tapping, people swaying and singing along from their blankets lawn chairs and if there's a patch of pavement - couples are dancing," she added.
The series will kick off on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., with a special Flag Day performance at Veterans Park in Berlin. "Given the occasion, we're planning several special numbers to honor this special day and our veterans," said Simply Swing's featured vocalist Vivian LaRosa.
"We're thrilled to have Berlin host Simply Swing's initial performance of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Series," said Tina Doyle, Director of the Berlin Senior Center. "We've wanted to bring Simply Swing to Berlin for a couple of years and thanks to Farmington Bank's generosity it is going to happen. We're buying small American flags to pass out to attendees to commemorate the Flag Day concert," said Ms. Doyle. The Berlin Senior Center will serve as a rain site for the concert.
The series performances include: June 20, 7 p.m., Southington Town Green; July 5, 6:30 p.m., Unionville Center Gazebo, Farmington; July 8, 7 p.m., Hubbard Green, Glastonbury; July 10, 7 p.m., Rockwell Park, Bristol; July 24, 6:30 p.m., Norton Park, Plainville; July 26, 6:30 p.m., Town Green, Burlington; and July 31, 6:30 p.m., Keeney Community Cultural Center, Wethersfield.
The series resumes August 15, at 7 p.m., Darius Miller Band Shell, Walnut Hill Park, New Britain; August 23, 6:30 p.m., Westmoor Park, West Hartford, and concludes Sept. 29 1t 3 p.m., at the Thompson Brook School as part of the Avon Day festivities.
Additional details on concert rain sites and rain dates are available at www.simplyswingmusic.com.
Farmington Bank is a full-service community bank with 17 branch locations throughout central Connecticut. Established in 1851, Farmington Bank is a diversified consumer and commercial bank with an ongoing commitment to contribute to the betterment of the communities in our region. Farmington Bank, with assets of $1.6 billion, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Market: FBNK). For more information about Farmington Bank, visit farmingtonbankct.com.