Arts in The Center 2019-20 Season

Come to West Hartford Center to dance, sing, and enjoy some local music! Families welcome. Our concert season runs from October to April. We are excited to announce our first two concerts in the Arts in the Center Series.


Paul Winter Consort
Saturday, April 25th, at 7 pm in the Meeting House
The Paul Winter Consort will present a performance of music from their ecological mass Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, along with the First Church Choir, conducted by James Boratko. The Paul Winter Consort was commissioned to create this Mass by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, where they have been artists-in-residence since 1980. The Mass is a joyous, rhythmic and contemporary celebration of the entire Earth as a sacred space. The music features the renowned voice of gospel singer Theresa Thomason, along with the recorded vocalizations of wolf, whale and loon. Paul Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured Latin America for the State department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, mules, kayaks, tug-boats and Land Rovers. He has produced 45 albums, of which seven have been honored with Grammy® Awards.

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Concerts take place at First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main Street and are open to the public. Parking is free in our lot which is accessible from Farmington Ave.