A new year calls for a new schedule of events to keep New Britain entertained over the next 12 months.
From concerts and theater to giant bees, 2018 is looking good for arts and entertainment in the Hardware City.
One of the most talked-about things to look forward to in 2018 is Bees Across New Britain, an art project launched by Mayor Erin Stewart in conjunction with the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.
Twenty-five six-foot-tall bee sculptures will start appearing around the city beginning in late spring and will be painted by artists to reflect the sponsor behind each bee.
“Bees Across New Britain is a playful nod to the many worker bees who have played a role in the development of our city over many generations,” said Stewart. “This projects expands upon our vibrant arts scene, pays homage to our city’s rich industrial past and invites residents and visitors to come ‘Experience the New’ in our community.”
The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 70th season in 2018. Four concerts are planned in the year’s first four months.
The first is on Feb. 13, featuring the Jazz Quartet, at Trinity-on-Main. On March 11, the Klezmer Quartet will perform at the New Britain Museum of American Art. On April 4, the 20th annual Young People’s Concert will take place at Welte Hall at Central Connecticut State University. On April 23, the Steel Drum Ensemble will be at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
The year also will feature a diverse lineup of performances at the Connecticut Theatre Company and the Hole in the Wall Theater.
Upcoming shows for the Connecticut Theatre Company are “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (March 10-25), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (May 4-20), “The Color Purple” (July 13-Aug.5) and “Bat Boy” (Sept. 21-Oct.14).
Scheduled at Hole in the Wall will be “The Glass Menagerie” (Jan. 19-Feb. 10), “Much Ado about Nothing” (March 16-April 7), “Comedians” (May 18-June 9) and “Our House” (July 13-Aug. 4).
New Britain-based CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) will have a “Masses Ancient and Modern” concert, part of its Masterworks Series, on Feb. 11 at Trinity College Chapel in Hartford at 4 p.m.
CONCORA’s Friends of Bach will host “Wine, Jazz & Song” on Jan. 20 at the Porter Memorial in Farmington.
Visit Concora.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will host a concert in celebration of Women’s History Month and in honor of Constance “Connie” Collins and other exceptional women in the community on March 24 at Trinity-on-Main.
Collins was an African-American woman who was deeply involved in the Greater New Britain community.
The South Church Chamber Music Society will present pianist David Westfall, violinist Peter Winograd and cellist Wolfram Koessel in concert at the church on Sunday, April 22. On May 2, the church will host Chanticleer, a male classical vocal ensemble from San Francisco.