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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
10:00AM - 1:30PM
Heritage Hall, Seabury

Keynote Speaker: Edward Cumming
"The Conductor: Maestro or Teacher?"

Edward Cumming is Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at The Hartt School.  For nine years, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure.  His appointment came after a two year search process involving nearly 300 applicants.  

Before coming to Hartford, Cumming was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  He has taught at colleges all over the country, including Pacific University, California State University (Fullerton), University of South Florida, The Hartt School, and Yale University.  During his time in Pittsburgh, he was Music Director of the nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of only five orchestras invited to the biennial  National Youth Orchestra Festival.  He was the founding Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Institute, and has also taught at the Orange County High School for the Arts. 

In Europe, Mr. Cumming has led orchestras in Spain, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Serbia, and Italy.  He has conducted ensembles throughout the United  States, in Asia, and in Israel.  Last year, he made his South American debut with the Filarmónica de Bogotá. 

Mr. Cumming studied at Yale University where he received a Doctorate in Music.  As an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, he was awarded the prestigious Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts.  In May 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College. 

As an orchestra leader, Mr. Cumming has distinguished himself for his remarkable ability to connect directly with listeners.

See below for meeting agenda, parking instructions and luncheon infomation.


10:00    Pre-paid luncheon verification at table outside Heritage Hall.  You must pick up your luncheon payment sticker to enter the dining room.

10:30    Keynote Speaker       Heritage Hall

11:30    Annual Meeting          Heritage Hall

12:15    Luncheon                Seabury dining room  


Because of limited parking space at Seabury, we must all park at the Beth Hillel Synagogue just west of Seabury on Wintonbury Avenue.  Please park behind the building.  A Seabury shuttle will be available at three times to fit the day's schedule as follows:

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Synagogue to Seabury for morning events

12 noon                      Seabury to synagogue for those not attending the luncheon

1:30 p.m.                    Seabury to synagogue at conclusion of the luncheon



Our popular annual luncheon will be served buffet style again this year. The Seabury chef will prepare the menu below and the event will begin at 12:15 pm Tuesday, June 7 in the Seabury dining room.

Attendees must pay by May 25, then pick up their luncheon verification-of-payment stickers on June 7 at tables outside Heritage Hall before the morning speaker and meeting.  If attending only the luncheon, a verification-of-payment sticker can be obtained outside the dining room starting at 12 noon.

To make your reservation for lunch, please send your check for $12.00 per person (payable to ALP) along with your Name(s) and Phone # to the ALP office: (Attn: Bertina Williams) ALP, Hartford County Extension, 1800 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford CT 06117 2600.  IMPORTANT:  Your check must be received by Wednesday, May 25.


Salad:           Artisan Lettuce, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Blistered  Tomatoes, Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette  

Entrees:       Grilled Salmon Filet with a Sweet Pineapple Relish - Apricot Glazed Chicken Breast with Toasted Almonds - Penne Pasta with Broccolini, Roasted Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic (Marble Rye Bread)

Dessert:       Lemon Panna Cotta


We could use more help.  If you would like to "give something back" to our Adult Learning Program in return for all that you've received (or are about to receive), please visit our Committees page.   After you identify which committee or position could possibly be a good match for your interests, skills or experience, contact our Administrator, Bertina Williams, (860)-380-5038 or  Bertina will put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair.