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MUSIC

The Fine Arts Connection MUSIC group is probably the most well known as it has been providing programs for the longest time. Most notable is the annual Summer Band Concert Series which began in the late '90's with a few concerts by the American Service Bands.  The Concert Series began in 2003 with six bands and has grown to today's nine bands!



MUSIC has brought the Connecticut Opera Express into the school system with their presentation of "Amahl and the Night Visitors".  A joint concert with the New England Symphonic Band and the Farmington Valley band was held in 2004 at the historic Thomaston Opera House.  Future plans include assisting with providing new presentations for the schools and the greater Thomaston Community.

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We are very excited to announce our 16th season of Summer Concerts for 2018.

We are starting our fundraising campaign to raise the necessary funding so we can again offer these concerts free to everyone. This Is LIVE MUSIC!

If you wish to donate to our concert series, we are a not-for-profit organization under IRS 501 (c) 3.  All donations to the Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston are tax-deductible.  There is no amount too small and all doantions are extremely appreciated.

A great big thank you to Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation for being our faithful corporate sponsor for all the past season's concert series so you and your families could come and enjoy some wonderful entertainment free of charge.

 

Go to our Facebook Link and see some photos and video links from the past summer concerts.

 

Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018

Seth Thomas Park
Thomaston, CT 06787

Monday Evenings

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

(June, July & August)

 

June 25

The Harmonious Brass Choir

7:00 p.m.

July 2

Windborne

7:00 p.m.

July 9

60's Satisfaction

7:00 p.m.

July 16

Deni Bonet

7:00 p.m.

July 23

Chris Coogan Quartet

7:00 p.m.

July 30

The Page Turners 

7:00 p.m.

August 6

Goldrush

7:00 p.m.

August 13

The Afro-Semitic Experience

7:00 p.m.

August 20

Clearview

7:00 p.m.

In Case of Inclement Weather - Performances will be held inside at:

Thomaston High School Auditorium
185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
Thomaston, CT 06787

Watch this website or our facebook page for
last minute updates as to the rain location.

 

 

  • The Harmonious Brass Choir

    Jun 25th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents THE HARMONIOUS BRASS CHOIR in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    The Harmonious Brass Choir is a community music ensemble that has entered its second quarter-century of music making. Coming from all walks of life, the members are brought together by a love of playing music of all styles and creating the unique and thrilling sounds that only a choir of brass instruments can produce.

    The Harmonious Brass Choir was founded and organized by David Wheeler, a retired music educator from the Torrington Public Schools. Convinced that there was an interest in playing some of the great literature that had been written or arranged for brass instruments, Mr. Wheeler assembled a list of brass musicians from the greater Torrington / Winsted / Farmington Valley area. He was assisted in this effort by music teacher colleagues Frank Shea, of Northwest Regional School #7, and Willard Minton, of the Gilbert School. When contacted, the response from this original list of musicians was overwhelmingly positive, and the Harmonious Brass Choir had its first rehearsal in the Band Room of The Gilbert School in January 1989. Its first concert was presented at The Second Congregational Church of Winsted in June, 1989. Since that time, the choir has presented more than 70 concerts for churches, synagogues, civic, school and community organizations. The ensemble has appeared in Avon, Bristol, Canaan, East Granby, East Hartland, Falls Village, Glastonbury, Norfolk, Plainville, Riverton, Simsbury, Springfield, MA, Suffield, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Waterbury, and Winsted.

    Boasting a large library of original and transcribed music for brass, The Harmonious Brass Choir can play music of all styles and from all periods of history. Several members of the choir have written or arranged works for the ensemble, and new music is always being sought.

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • Windborne

    Windborne

    Jul 2nd 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents the vocal folk group WINDBORNE in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Internationally acclaimed folk band Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

    Praised for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements,” Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

    Windborne

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • 60's Satisfaction

    60's Satisfaction

    Jul 9th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 60’s SATISFACTION in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Relive the era we all loved with Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on bass, Loren Evarts on piano and vocals and John Rispoli on drums. This hot band of high level pro musicians, who have been playing together in an assortment of bands since the ’80s, will have you on your feet singing and dancing from start to finish and leave you smiling at the end of the show!

    The band started in June of 2015 after being asked to play The New Haven Arts Council’s 50 Year Anniversary Party on Audubon St in New Haven. It was a ’60s themed party and the council was having trouble finding the right band for the event. Pierce suggested his classic rock band, The Scramble, which already knew many 60’s songs. With a bit of rehearsal, and about 15 strategic new songs added, they could play an entire night of ’60s music. He re-named the group for the event, ‘60s Satisfaction, and the party was a huge success. Both the band and the audience had such a great time, the guys said,” Ya know, maybe we should do this more often, let alone, we already owned the tie dye t-shirts,” and as they say, the rest is history. ’60s Satisfaction was born.

    The band picked up several more shows right away through Pierce’s contacts in CT Park and Rec organizations and they were off and running. One administrator commented that the group was the perfect band for people who come out to summer concerts. ’60s Satisfaction has top notch players, is fun, upbeat, and everyone can sing along. What more can you ask of a summertime concert!

    60’s Satisfaction

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • Deni Bonet

    Deni Bonet

    Jul 16th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents international sensation DENI BONET in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Deni Bonet is a pop/rock singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist who has recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon among many others. She was an original member of the cast of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show “Mountain Stage”; singing and performing in her own right and accompanying guests on the show. Deni left the show to pursue a solo career, with a mission to prove that there is more to the violin than concertos and hoedowns. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Lilith Fair and the White House for President Obama, the First Lady and Vice-President Biden. Deni Bonet has become an in-demand act, headlining various festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and international venues. Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines, several film and modern dance projects, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52’s”.

    Deni Bonet

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • Chris Coogan Quartet

    Chris Coogan Quartet

    Jul 23rd 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents the CHRIS COOGAN QUARTET in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Coogan as Jazz Musician
    For over 20 years, Coogan has led the Chris Coogan Quartet, a combo with a repertoire that includes straight-ahead jazz, fusion jazz and boogie-woogie.

    S’Funky, Coogan’s first jazz album containing his original songs, was released in 1995 and re-released in 1999. It features the song Cranberry Isle which took the top jazz prize in the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Coogan’s credits as a jazz musician include performing with the late Sal Salvador, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Newman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jo Ann Woodward, Alec Baldwin, Gene Wilder, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Harold Danko, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow, as well as arranging for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis He appeared on television’s Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show and has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

    Coogan as Gospel Musician
    Coogan also leads a successful career as a choral director; as well as a writer and arranger of gospel music. He weaves jazz black gospel and white choral music into a new brand of music that engages a broad, cross-cultural audience. In 1993, he founded the good News Gospel Choir with 15 members. Today, this 50-voice, multi-denominational singing group performs nearly every weekend at churches, festivals, fundraisers and various community events throughout the state of Connecticut. The group has released two albums, 1997’s Joy, Unspeakable Joy and most recently, Light a Candle. Through a choral workshops, Coogan has begun to help reinvigorate church and community choirs by teaching directors and members the vocal techniques and gesture that accompany Gospel music. These workshops have been offered throughout California and in Sydney, Australia and will be offered to churches throughout the country in Spring, 2001.
    I see myself as a catalyst who uses the medium of music to bring people together” Coogan said. “It’s my passion to help people find joy in making music and singing from their souls”.

    Chris Coogan Quartet

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • The Page Turners

    The Page Turners

    Jul 30th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents singer/songwriter folk duo THE PAGE TURNERS in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    The Page Turners, Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, are an award-winning group (2016 Freshgrass Best Duo) who have a strong foothold in the acoustic music scene. Their partnership began as musical friends at Berklee College of Music, and they started playing together through a mutual admiration for musical authenticity and adventurousness.

    The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music, as well as put new twists on old favorites. All together, they blend their love of bluegrass, old-time, country, swing, and fearless song-writing into one all-purpose seasoning of good ole’fashioned roots music. Although a duo at heart, the Page Turners have had the opportunity to extend themselves and oftentimes play with friends who have become honorary Turn-ees.

    Now on tour nationally, their debut album is available and you can catch them where they turn the page next.

    The Page Turners

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • GOLDRUSH

    GOLDRUSH

    Aug 6th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents country/bluegrass/folk band GOLDRUSH in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Goldrush is a cutting-edge acoustic country band that brings a powerful blend of country and bluegrass energy to the stage. What makes the “Goldrush” sound distinct is a unique mix of instruments augmented by soaring vocals. Acoustic Guitar, 5-string banjo, upright bass and mandolin deliver a solid bluegrass foundation that is beautifully colored by the rich tones of Piano and Pedal Steel Guitar. Featuring vocalist Mary Beth Sippin, Goldrush provides exciting entertainment both in sight and sound. The Goldrush repertoire features a mix of original songs, as well as classic country, swing, acoustic and traditional bluegrass songs.

    GOLDRUSH

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • Afro-Semitic Experience

    Afro-Semitic Experience

    Aug 13th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents the multicultural jazz/soul/gospel group AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community. Their music has been heard around the United States—the group has performed at festivals, in churches, synagogues, colleges, and wherever people come together to share their love and respect for community. Their performances are celebrations of community and culture that invariably get audiences up and dancing.

    With their unique instrumentation, solid grooves, and their ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert. This is a band beyond category—their music is an intricate tapestry of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa, swing . . . soul-driven music. Their concerts are celebrations where they play great music, tell stories, and offer a positive and meaningful message: Unity in the Community.

    Their CDs have garnered critical acclaim and made numerous best-of lists. Their newest work, Jazz Souls on Fire, pays tribute to some of the Afro-Semitic Experience’s favorite composers, ones whose own creativity inspired that of the members of the group. On this recording we visit pieces by Leon Thomas, Duke Ellington, Hank Mobley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others. We honor their music, forged out of the struggles from which they emerged, lighting a way for us. It brings us back to the groove and passion of blowing, dancing, and soaring freely in sound and spirit—it brings us back to our musical roots. It brings Unity in the Community.

    Afro-Semitic Experience

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, this performance will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

  • Clearview

    Clearview

    Aug 20th 2018

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents the classic rock/oldies/country band CLEARVIEW in concert as part of its FREE Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018.

    CLEARVIEW’s humble beginnings came about in December of 2001 when Darlene Brasche, Dave Bordeau, and Dennis Collins were rehearsing music for Christmas services at their church. They had sung together for a few years and Darlene off-handedly asked if they should try putting together some non-church music. A year later they had the core of the band and their music and started playing in public. The learning experience and the coming-and-going of several members brought them to their current makeup. While they classify themselves as a “classic rock” band, their sets are comprised of a wide variety of music, including rock, Motown, and an occasional hint of country. Their love of music and their enjoyment in performing are evident in their appearances.

    Clearview

    In case of rain or other inclement weather, performances will be held at:

    Thomaston High School Auditorium
    185 Branch Road (Rte. 109)
    Thomaston, CT 06787

    For more information please call Carol@ 860-484-4976

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