There something for everyone! Don’t miss the fantastic line-up of concerts, music, comedy and more as Nelson Hall Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary! For 10 years, we’ve been bringing generations of music lovers together, and we want you to be a special part of our season this year. Check out the show descriptions below and be sure to grab your tickets soon. We look forward to seeing you at that next show!
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Thursday, January 18, 2017 – 7PM – Come enjoy the Laudate Homeschool Orchestra, as they present a classical winter concert. Free and open to the public, no tickets required.
Concert features the following:
A savory taste of the Slavic countryside with four peppy Slavonic Dances by Czech immigrant Antonin Dvorak.
A brand new composition custom-composed for LHO by musician, composer and pastor Michael Shawn Carbaugh II. Conducted by Mr. Carbaugh.
A quirky three-part Sonatine for Woodwinds by Toshi Nagata, an amateur composer and arranger living in Nagoya, Japan. Featuring the singular tones of bassoon, oboe, flute and clarinet.
Several warm hymn arrangements by our rich and resonant brass quartet, comprised of baritone horns, trombone and trumpet.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 — An Evening with Piano and Oboe featuring the music of Marcello, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Schumann, and Ennio Morricone. Featuring Tara Lesco, Piano; Ewa Banka, Oboe
Tara Lesco performs as piano soloist and accompanist in the Hartford and New Haven areas. She has played in the pit orchestras of several musicals, including Pippin, West Side Story, and Jekyll and Hyde. She has served as accompanist for a touring company performing throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to performing, Tara has spent many years involved in music therapy programs across CT and has served as a music director, as well as a worship leader in several churches. Tara holds B.Mus and M.M. degrees from The Hartt School in Music History and Piano Performance, respectively. She has studied with the late Susan Tannenbaum, Watson Morrison, and Paul Rutman. She teaches piano at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and in her own private studio in Wallingford.
FEBRUARY 20, 2018 • 7:30PM — The best in traditional New Orleans jazz and a local favorite, this is about the most fun you can have without trying. Galvanized Jazz band boasts years of musical experience, talent and tradition in the form of swing, struts, stomps, spirituals, and a colorful parade of parasols.
MARCH 9, 2018 • 2PM and 7:30PM — A pumped up, energetic 60s throwback in the style of the Beach Boys, featuring Brian McCullough as Roy Orbison, and American music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. A drum-driven surf spectacular led by well-known drummer Joey Pucci and his band: Eric Hoffmanis, Megan Houde, & Scotty Mac.
“From the very first note to the last drum beat—the American Longboards epitomizes what a professional musical concert production is all about.” —Richard Nordmeyer, Castleton, Vermont, Summer Concert Series
MARCH 23, 2018 • 2PM and 7:30PM — Legendary Fanny Brice– Torch Singer, Comedienne, Ziegfeld Follies Broadway Star, voice of “Baby Snooks’ on the Radio, Golden Era Movie Star and inspiration for musical/movie Funny Girl and Funny Lady, come alive in this critically acclaimed solo show, touring across the country and internationally. Starring Kimberly Faye Greenberg; Director: Brian Childers; Musical Director/Arranger: Jeff Biering.
APRIL 6, 2018 • 2PM & 7:30PM — I’ve Got a Little Twist is were The Mikado meets The Music Man. Where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. Where The Pirates of Penzance takes shore leave On the Town. A one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh, and full-of-life as—well—Three Little Maids from School!
APRIL 20 & 21, 2018 — Johnny Rogers transports his audience back in time to when you could go to your favorite malt shops with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands. The Show is a tribute to the music of the legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, beginning with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly and leading up to the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, and many more.
“I have been asked who put on the best show doing Buddy Holly. The guy I enjoyed hearing the most was Johnny Rogers… His performance, look, and mannerisms remind me of my brother.” — Larry Holly (Buddy’s brother)
APRIL 29, 2018 • TBD — From Sea to Shining Sea—the history of our United States of America explored and presented by Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan through the voice of organists past, the thrilling performance of their organ music, and the lens of the camera to not only take you to 1703 but to see in real time the magic of creating the music you’ll come to know and love—the music of America!
MAY 10-20, 2018 • VARIOUS — Triple Espresso tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents. Returning to Nelson Hall for our 10th Anniversary!
JUNE 1, 2018 • 2PM & 7:30PM — Longtime professional entertainer Jimmy Mazz delivers the world’s premier tribute to Glen Campbell, the man and his music, featuring all the great timeless tunes from a music icon who touched the hearts of virtually everyone for over four decades. Sadly Alzheimer’s disease has taken away Glen Campbell’s ability to sing or play. Jimmy Mazz pays tribute to this living legend, capturing the essence of Campbell’s musical genius in The Glen Campbell Experience!
JUNE 21, 2018 • 2PM & 7:30PM — Simply Diamond is one of the most sought-after, musically authentic Neil Diamond tribute bands in the country. Brian LaBlanc and his band focus on the music first and foremost. They pay great attention to the detailed song arrangements that Neil Diamond and his collaborators created. There may be other Neil Diamond tribute bands, but Simply Diamond outshines them all!
JULY 26, 2018 • 2PM & 7:30PM — Changes In Latitudes recreates the Jimmy Buffett concert experience with amazing authenticity. Complete with a full tropical stage set-up of palm trees, surf-boards, tiki-totems, and a full-stage backdrop, you’ll believe that you’re at a Buffett concert before the show begins. Leader Steve Kareta mimics Jimmy’s casual, storyteller style, taking you on a laid-back yet up-beat musical trip through the sun-drenched Caribbean.