December 2014 – January 2015

Dec
5
Fri
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 5 – Dec 14 all-day

Festival of Trees & Traditions: Join us for the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions and delight in dozens of holiday trees and festive music in the galleries.

Please note: As a museum fundraiser a $3 surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

The 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Women’s Committee.

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Winter Wonderland featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert, Winter Wonderland featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights!

Visit hartfordgaymenschorus.org for tickets and more information.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 6 at 8pm

 

Dec
6
Sat
Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Winter Wonderland Featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert. Visit hartfordgaymenschorus.org for information and tickets.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Friday, December 5 at 8pm

Dec
12
Fri
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
13
Sat
Second Saturdays: Festive Days
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays_Festive Days_2014_4886Second Saturdays: Festive Days: Celebrate world holiday traditions during the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions! Make ornaments inspired by Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Three Kings Day.

FREE ADMISSION 10 AM – 1 PM.

Facebook event here.

View photos from last year’s Second Saturdays program during Festival of Trees & Traditions!

Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
14
Sun
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm

Dec
20
Sat
Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic The Nutcracker Suite.

For tickets and more info visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 4pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic The Nutcracker Suite.

For tickets and more info visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 1pm

Jan
19
Mon
MLK Community Day: Spread the Word
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

MLK2013-113_WEBMartin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Spread the WordSpread the word! Join us in celebrating the powerful message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this free, family-friendly event. Dream big and receive an ice cream from Ice Cream for a Dream, explore the power of poetry at a spoken word jam, create your own work of art to send in the mail, and much more! FREE ADMISSION 10 AM – 5 PM!

Check back soon for a complete schedule of activities and performances!

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright
 

Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5