The campus of Central Connecticut State University offers an abundant variety of culturally rich and interesting activities as well as numerous concerts. The Music Department alone is host to many faculty and student performances. The Theater Department gives regular productions. The Samuel Chen Art Center features works by both faculty and students as well as local and international artists.
The following is a brief description of local cultural centers:
The New Britain Museum of American Art
NBMAA houses one of the finest collections of American art in the country. Located near downtown New Britain, the museum is open to the public with many services such as lectures and tours. There are often concerts on Sundays most notably performed by The Connecticut Trio and other faculty artists.
The Wadsworth Atheneum
Located in downtown Hartford, the Atheneum contains a superb collection of art from all periods, and also hosts occasional concerts.
The Hillstead Museum
Just seconds away from the campus, this beautiful turn of the century mansion houses some extraordinary paintings from the impressionists. You must call ahead to reserve a tour, but it's worth the effort.
The Bushnell Auditorium
Located in downtown Hartford, it is host to the Hartford Symphony, Hartford Ballet, Connecticut Opera and a renowned visiting orchestra series.
Hartford Stage Company
one of the country's leading regional theaters, it presents about six plays a year in its theater in downtown Hartford.
Other universities within close proximity to CCSU provide rich opportunities for fine concerts and other productions. These include:
University of Hartford - The Hartt School - Lincoln Theater; Wesleyan University- known for world music; Yale University - New Haven; CT Trinity College - Hartford; University of Connecticut - Jorgensen Auditorium
Listings for concerts and other events may be found in The Hartford Courant and the Advocate. Students discounts- most concerts/theater offer student discounts or rush (last minute) seats to those with a current student I.D. On occasion, the Music Office is offered free tickets to concerts such as the New Britain Symphony or Connecticut Opera. Groups such as the New Haven Symphony will offer free admittance if you are willing to usher. Contact the specific organization for details.
There are always opportunities to perform as a soloist or in small ensemble, on or near campus. Some may even pay an honorarium. Of course, the more you practice and study in your applied area, the more you will find that "professional" performances are within your grasp!