February – June 2014
Dance: Life, Death, and Immortality: Full Force Dance Theatre presents Life, Death, and Immortality, a multimedia collaboration with local artists inspired by the Thomas Cole painting, Life, Death, and Immortality, on view now in Avery Court.
This new work fuses together film, dance, original set and costume designs, and an original compositional score. Artists working with Full Force Dance Theatre on this project include choreographer, filmmaker and artistic director, Katie Stevinson-Nollet; composer/double bass player, Robert Black; costume designer, Mary Sheldon; and visual artist Anne Cubberly. Also included in the evening performance are two more of Stevinson-Nollet’s works, Common Ground with music by David McBride and Ritual of Rivals with a new score by Lief Ellis.
$25; $20 Members; $15 Students; 2 for $30 Let’s GO Arts! Members.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100 Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Doors open at 1 pm. Use the entrance on Atheneum Square North (opposite the Travelers Tower).
On street parking is FREE on weekends. Additional parking is available for $5 at the Front Street South garage.
Watch a promo of Life, Death, and Immortality:
This event is funded in part by the generous support of The Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
Jazz Brunch: Sylvia Mims Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Sylvia Mims Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
First Thursday: Sing Me A Song:
- DJ Jon Eastman in Avery Court
- A Cappella music by Business as Usual in Avery Court
- Join a docent at 6 pm for a Collection Focus Talk on Thomas Dewing’s The Days, 1884-1886 – meet at Information Desk
- Watch break dancers from Young! Studios at 6:30 and 7:30 pm in Avery Court
- Create your own music video in the Hartford Courant Room
- Take a break at the coffee and dessert bar in The Museum Café
- 8 pm screening of Philomena
$5; Free for Members.
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!
Second Saturdays: Shades of Green: How many shades of green can there be? We’ll celebrate the color green as we anticipate the spring and Saint Patrick’s Day. Wear something green, listen to traditional Irish music by Celticado, and get ready for the parade next weekend!
Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us every month year-round!
Second Saturdays for Families are funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., the Ensworth Charitable Foundation (Bank of America, Trustee), the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation (Bank of America and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees). Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Jazz Brunch: Mary Corso Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Mary Corso Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Easter Jazz Brunch: Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Easter Jazz Brunch with the Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. $35, $25 members.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Ticket sales are closed. No sales at the door.
Farm-to-Table Dinner: Salute the spring with Fine Art & Flowers Honorary Chair Ray Hardman! Sample the latest crop of locally made beer and wine during cocktail hour - Onyx Spirits Company will unveil a new specialty cocktail - followed by a four-course farm-to-table dinner prepared with garden fresh ingredients from area farms, businesses, distilleries, and vineyards including Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Winding Drive Jams, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford Baking Co., NoRA Cupcake Company and more. Throughout the evening enjoy music by The Hartt School’s Elizabeth Grace Band, and Connecticut Lyric Opera will perform selections from their upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. From cocktails to dinner, be inspired by resplendent works of art paired with imaginative floral interpretations. $95
6 pm: Cocktail Hour – Morgan Great Hall
Sample Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres and sip on a fresh selection of local beers and wine, and a specialty Onyx Moonshine cocktail.
7 pm: Farm-to-Table Dinner - Avery Court
1st Course (Antipasto)
A balsamic dressed tri-colore antipasto salad with endive, radicchio, and arugula served with olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, Italian cheese and a selection of artisan breads
2nd Course (Il Primo)
Potato Gnocchi served with a mushroom ragu and topped with a pancetta crisp
3rd Course (Il Secondo)
Braised beef Tuscan style over a polenta cake served with sautéed spinach and white beans
4th Course (Dolce)
Cannoli Cupcake, NoRA Cupcake Company
ABOVE: Spoon, apostle, silver, The Elizabeth B. Miles Collection of English Silver
The 33rd Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Concert: Whistler & Ives: This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.
Horatio Parker (1863-1919): Suite, Op. 35
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970): Concerto a Tre
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Violin Sonata No. 2
Peter Schickele (1935-): Quartet
Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
ABOVE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Coast of Brittany (Alone with the Tide), 1861, Oil on canvas, In Memory of William Arnold Healy, Given by his daughter, Susie Healy Camp, 1925.393
Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with the Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Men On Broadway: In its second season, the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus sings in the spring with Men On Broadway, a joyful review of Broadway melodies, including selections from more than 20 shows, such as Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Godspell, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Both the full Chorus of 28 singing members and their a cappella group, On That Note!, will perform.
“With our graduation to a new venue with a stage, lights and costumes, this is going to be a thrilling evening for all ages!” — Artistic Director JD Bauer
Tickets: $25; purchase tickets online or call the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151.
Saturday, May 17 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25; purchase tickets online or call the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151.
Free admission & family art activities from 10am – 5pm.
JUNETEENTH FAMILY DAY: Fresh Faces of Freedom: Join us to celebrate African American art and culture and to commemorate Juneteenth, an important date in history that marks the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the enslaved in Galveston, Texas, first learned of their freedom – two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Explore artwork of African American artists in the collection and The Amistad Center‘s traveling display, Fresh Faces of Youth. Create a fresh face of your own using kente cloth patterns, pose for a picture, explore faces in art with a docent, and learn about historical figures in the abolitionist movement with performances by the Ray of Hope project. This free, fun-filled family event includes something for everyone!
Facebook event here.
WHERE TO PARK
We’re offering FREE parking all day at Front Street North Garage located at 105 Columbus Blvd – validate your parking stub at one of our activity stations (museum visitors only). On street parking is also free on Saturdays & Sundays. View a map of all downtown parking options.
Presented by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture in partnership with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Juneteenth Family Day is sponsored by The Hartford.
ABOVE: Robert Tomlin, Bazooka Bubble Gum, 1998. Tempera on board. Collection of Joyce Willis.
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Father’s Day Jazz Brunch with June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky and Norman Johnson! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa
Concert: Approaching the Garden: Approaching the Garden is a multimedia musical work by American jazz drummer and composer William Hooker that fuses percussion, spoken word, electronics, alto sax, piano, and 3D animation.
This performance features guitarist Ed Kasparek and alto sax player Richard McGhee III. Stay for a Q&A session with the musicians after the show.
Doors open 6:30pm; music starts 7:30pm.
Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wed. through Sun., 10am – 4:30pm. Online sales end June 24. Tickets also available at the door.
William Hooker: A native of New Britain, CT, William Hooker is one of the most innovative composers and drummers of his generation. His disciplined, visionary, and energetic approach to his work distinguishes him as an important contemporary musician.
Ed Kasparek: Ed Kasparek is a multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer with an interest in exploring the inner self and mystical aspects of creativity through music, sound, and integrated digital media. His work is diverse and includes the utilization of unconventional systemic graphic notation, interactive video scores, the use of performance art and installation within musical contexts, and most recently 3D animation, “with music and as music, which establishes a new dimension in creative experience and the realization of a new hybrid art music for the 21st century.”
Richard McGhee III: With over 30 years experience, Richard McGhee III has worked with many world class musicians including Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Sabir Mateen. He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat concert series, the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz series, and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. In 2010 the U.S. Department of State sponsored Richard to travel as a musical ambassador to Capetown, South Africa.
IN THE NEWS
CTNow, June 16, Sounds in Bloom: Drummer William Hooker At The Atheneum by Mike Hamad
Approaching the Garden premiered at the 2013 Vancouver Jazz Festival.