Bennett Family Patriotic Concert


Join the Bennett Family for a stirring musical tribute that honors our heritage as free Americans and the source of that freedom – Almighty God. The concert will feature arrangements of many familiar tunes on a variety of musical instruments including: handbells, piano, accordion, banjo, strings and brass. Don’t miss this flag-waving, red, white and blue concert! A donation is suggested.

If you are serving or have served in the military, we’d love to have you come to the concert in your uniform or military attire we thank you for your service to our country. Entrance is free, although a love offering/donation is suggested.
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Laudate Homeschool Orchestra

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 • 7PM Laudate Homeschool Orchestra looks forward to leading you on an exciting musical adventure as they present our 2018 Spring Semester Repertoire. Two pieces by Austrian Anton Bruckner: March in D Minor is an experiment in tension–teasing the listener with resolve that plunges back into uncertainty, pausing mid-point for a serene trio. Overture in G Minor An exciting discovery of the unexpected, leading the orchestra through peaceful meadows then down rocky cliffs with suspense, pathos, wild winds and sudden calm. Through Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612) we discover the unique “Venetian style” — compositions for multiple choirs to perform in tandem from varying balconies throughout a cathedral. =LHO will replicate this style by dividing into three instrumental choirs and positioning throughout the performance hall for Gabrieli’s Latin anthems of praise. […]

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Laudate Homeschool Orchestra

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. […]

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Elm City ChamberFest

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 • 7:30 PM The Elm City ChamberFest presents the first of two Faculty and Guest Artist concerts during its Summer 2018 season. Performers come from around the country and the world and include members of major orchestras. The program includes chamber works for piano and strings by Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart and Mendelssohn, as well as klezmer music performed by Grammy Award-winning violinist Alicia Svigals. Admission is $20 and can be purchased directly from http://www.elmcitychamberfest.org/events […]

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Songs of the Grand Ole Opry

OCTOBER 20, 2017 • 2PM & 7:30PM  — An authentic tribute to the classics that still echo in the Grand Ole Opry’s Ryman auditorium, songs by country legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bob Willis, Loretta Lynn and more. Performed live by the Truck Stop Troubadours with special guest Vicky St Pierre.   […]

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Mutts Gone Nuts

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 • 2PM & 7:30 PM —  “A must see.” — Washington Post. Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only . . . Sammie the Talking Dog!    “I laughed until I wept.” —First Lady, Barbara Bush […]

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Running On Empty

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 • 7:30PM ONLY-– The stellar ensemble “Running On Empty” features studio and concert tour veterans who have worked with major recording acts. With one female and four male vocalists, “Running on Empty” can re-create the exquisite vocal harmonies that were unique to the Laurel Canyon sound. Everything you hear is played live. The “Running On Empty” band features session vocalist and premier band performer Sheila Fabrizio; 13-time Emmy winner Andy “A.J.” Gundell (Helium Brothers); Howard Jeffrey (extensive work with REO Speedwagon, Harry Chapin, Dan Fogelberg); keyboardist songwriter Rob Mack (for other artists and televisionshows); guitarist Shawn Persinger (composer and performer on five continents,in 36 countries and countless cities); studio/live/session drummerGreg Trabandt (Tommy Lee, Jeff Canatta, Arc Angel); and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jordan West (Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd), and as a special guest fiddler, Kenny Kosek, who is one of the most recorded fiddlers in America today (James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson and John Denver).” 11-5-2017 — Effective immediately, we are no longer offering a 2:00pm performance of Running on Empty, please come join us for an energetic evening of music by the Running on Empty Band. […]

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We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

NOVEMBER 30, 2017 • 2PM & 7:30PM —  Long ago and oh so far away . . . the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs. We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is the definitive show one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Featuring Michelle Berting Brett with 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe. […]

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Elim Park Christmas Festival and Rock This Town Orchestra

Saturday, December 2, 2017 2PM ONLY — Rock This Town Orchestra Christmas Spectacular • The ultimate Brian Setzer Orchestra tribute band, playing all your favorite Christmas tunes in an upbeat, energetic swingin’ style! Blending a vibrant fusion of the American sounds of classic 50’s rock & roll and big band swing with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture – with colorful, festive stage props and maybe even a visit from a particular jolly old elf.  Special Festival Ticket Prices: $15/$10/Kids under 12 FREE […]

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A Carnegie Hall to Nelson Hall Christmas

DECEMBER 15, 2017 • 2PM & 7:30 PM — Beloved brother-brother singing act, Will and Anthony Nunziata, will bring a stellar repertoire from their concert at Carnegie Hall straight to Nelson Hall for a Broadway style Christmas celebration! Accompanied by their Broadway pianist and plenty of good humor and brotherly banter, this is sure to be a fun, festive concert event. […]

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Bennett Family Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 • 2PM and 5:30PM   — Enjoy the festive sounds of handbells, vocals, instrumentals, accordions and more as this talented, musical family celebrates birth of Jesus Christ.  This Christmas concert features a combination of new and familiar Christmas carols such as Good Christian Men Rejoice, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night and more. A Free-will offering is suggested and will be collected at the door. […]

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The Waterbury Chorale Chamber Singers

Wednesday, December 20 • 7:00 PM — The Chamber Singers of the Waterbury Chorale, directed by Joseph Jacovino,  present “Wishing You A Merry Christmas” which will feature traditional and popular Christmas carols such as “Love Came Down at Christmas”, “Carol of the Bells,” “White Christmas,” and more. Since its inception in 1967, the Waterbury Chorale performs sacred and secular repertoire that expands over five decades. Filled with energy, excitement, and passion, the Waterbury Chorale has delighted audiences both domestically and internationally. Join us as we present unforgettable musical experiences that have been highly acclaimed! We look forward to seeing you! Free and Open to the Public.  […]

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Evening of Piano & Flute on February 10th

Saturday, February 10, 2018 — An Evening with Piano and Flute featuring a variety of romantic, classical selections.   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.  Tricia Macaboy Blanks is a Sr. Administrative Assistant at Kaman Precision Products, a Division of Kaman Aerospace, in Middletown, CT. She grew up in Hamden, CT and currently lives in Wallingford with her husband, Ray, and has two grown daughters, Katelyn and Emily. Tricia has been playing the flute for over […]

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The American Longboards featuring the music of Roy Orbison

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 […]

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Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice

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. […]

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Whiffenpoofs in Concert

MARCH 27, 2018 • 7:30 PM – Each year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s best known a cappella group. Made famous by their signature “Whiffenpoof Song, the ‘Whiffs’ carry forward their century-old tradition each year with over two hundred performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Lincoln Center, and the Rose Bowl. In concert at Nelson Hall Theater on March 27th. […]

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I’ve Got a Little Twist

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!   […]

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Buddy and Beyond

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) […]

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From Sea to Shining Sea

  APRIL 29, 2018 • 3PM —  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!   […]

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FEATURED PERFORMANCES • Triple Espresso – a highly caffeinated comedy!

Outrageous Family Fun coming to Nelson Hall Theater, MAY 10-20, 2018 • VARIOUS PERFORMANCES — 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!
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Glen Campbell Xperience

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!
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Simply Diamond

JUNE 21, 2018 • 2PM & 7:30PM (SOLD OUT) — Added performance on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 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!
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Annie

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre).[1] It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers. St. Peter’s Drama Camp of Cheshire, brings this popular musical to Nelson Hall Theater Stage. Buy your tickets now!     […]

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A Tribute To America • Bennett Family in Concert

Sunday, July 2, 2017 • 2PM (Free, Tickets Required) Join the Bennett Family as they present a stirring musical tribute that honors our heritage as free Americans and the source of that freedom – Almighty God. They will be performing arrangements of many familiar tunes on a variety of musical instruments including: handbells, piano, accordion, banjo, strings and brass. Don’t miss this flag-waving, red, white and blue concert! Reserve your seat. A free-will, love offering (donation) is suggested.  […]

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