Richard Price was Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Concert Chorus from 2002 to 2010, when he was named Music Director Emeritus. He is president of Candlewood Digital, called by Fanfare Magazine “one of the most respected classical recording firms in the industry.” As a producer/engineer he has over 1000 commercial CDs to his credit over 24 years, and has produced recordings for many major artists, including an ongoing series of recordings with the London Philharmonic. His work has been honored with three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. Prior to entering the recording field, he had a 15-year career as a professional French horn player, serving as solo horn in the orchestras of Broadway shows, and as a baritone soloist with numerous choral and church groups in the NY/CT area. He is also a nationally known arranger, with performances by the Toronto, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies, Westminster Choir College, Pro Arte Singers, Canadian Brass, Philadelphia Orchestra Brass, New York Philharmonic Brass, and many others. He is an alumnus of The University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Advanced Conducting Study. He lives on Candlewood Isle with his wife, composer Meg Bowles, and their daughter, Hannah.
Arthur Fredric, Artistic Director, Director/Choreographer, celebrates his 21st year with the Danbury Music Centre as Artistic Director for the Nutcracker Ballet. He is directing and choreographing with his wife of 28 years, Lisa Denton, for the 17th time. Arthur is also an award-winning teacher with the National Dance Institute and a former Broadway performer.
Arthur is in his 21st year with NDI, the brainchild of the great Jacques d’Amboise and the gold standard in arts education in the United States and around the world. Mr. Fredric performed in the 1980 Broadway revival of West Side Story, touring in the role of Action, as directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. As a choreographer, he collaborated with jazz dance innovator Ronn Forella for 11 years, helping choreograph shows and movies for Liza Minnelli, Ann Reinking, Fred Ebb, Marc Shaiman, and Bill Murray (Stripes). Arthur’s choreography was featured in Off Broadway shows for Liz Swados (The Red Sneaks at the Perry Street Theater), Carey Perloff (Swadosized at the Bottom Line), and Carol Hall (Ain’t Love Easy at St. Bart’s Playhouse). He was Stunt Coordinator for the horror movie Mad Man Marz. He has taught jazz dance and stunt training/stage combat at Columbia University, Binghamton University, Western Connecticut State University, Manhattanville College, and at the University of Colorado. Arthur and Lisa have collaborated with UC Boulder Associate Professor Beth Osnes, contributing to her new book, Performance for Resilience, and directing and choreographing a theater piece as part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. They have also conducted workshops in acting and dance for various casts of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, including Michael Jackson ONE and The Beatles LOVE. Mr. Fredric owns a video production company, which films theater and dance events, and is directing a documentary film about selected poets and a unique poetry conference. He lives in Connecticut with Lisa – the proud parents of three children, Will, Maya, and Dylan.
Lisa Denton is happy to be celebrating her 21st year working on the costumes and staging for the Danbury Music Centre Nutcracker. Lisa is a former gymnast and pursued ballet with the Westchester Ballet Company and ballet, modern and jazz at Denison University and UCLA. She also assisted Ronn Forella and trained with David Storey in NYC. She was a principal dancer and costume designer for the New Dance Collective. As an actress, Lisa performed in movies (Back to School, Tonight’s the Night), on television (Riptide, A-Team, As the World Turns), in many commercials, and portrayed a ménage of character voices on radio for the Imus in the Morning program on WNBC. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, she assisted Arthur at a United Nations conference in NYC, and also taught workshops at the University of Colorado and in Las Vegas for Cirque du Soleil. Lisa is on the Board of Directors of the Heart River Healing Center in New York, is an advisor to the Lightfield Foundation, and is in private practice as an intuitive counselor.