News from Our Resident Arts Organizations

News from Our Resident Arts Organizations News from Our Resident Arts Organizations

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

There is no question that New Englanders need to work extra hard right now to find reasons to celebrate the season, as this year’s onslaught of snow has all but buried our thoughts of Spring.  As a celebration of music, life, and defiance, Mardi Gras fits our needs splendidly – and therefore the Chelmsford Community Band continues the celebration long after the actual date has passed.  At 2pm on Sunday, March 8th, at the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, the Band will take you away from the snow to visit the Big Easy in spirit as they celebrate jazz and the music of the south.

From Gottschalk’s steamy “Night in the Tropics” to the sentimental folk inspiration behind “Shenandoah” to Sousa’s “King Cotton March,” the Concert Band’s performance will take your attitude to a warmer latitude.  The highlight of the performance will be the jazz-inspired “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli.  “If there are any two composers who exemplify New Orleans more than Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Frank Ticheli,” states band director Lucinda Ellert, “I have yet to learn of them.”  The Concert Band’s performance will be prefaced, as always, by jazz standards performed by the Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the March 8th event are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.  Coffee and home-baked goodies will be available for purchase, and the Elks will provide a cash bar.  Learn more about the Band at or follow them on Facebook.


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Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble Series

Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble…everchanging…unpredictable…delightful!

The CCA Stage Series is proud to present a series of four concerts by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble in 2015.

Tickets are $20 Adults or $75 for the series and $15 for Senior/Students or $55 for the series.  Available at the CCA or on line HERE.




Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm – CANCELLATION: This Sunday’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble concert (Feb. 22) has been cancelled. If you hold a ticket, please call 978-250-3780 or email or bring the ticket to the next concert in March and you will receive a refund.


Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm – With a program representing three centuries of chamber music, Kaleidoscope Chamber ensemble returns with a quartet for winds and strings by J. C. Bach; two French masterpieces, the Cello Sonata by Debussy and the Piano Quartet in C minor by Fauré; and for dessert, tops things off with a delightful set of Tangos by the great Astor Piazzolla.


Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM – In its final program of the season at Chelmsford Arts Center, Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble presents two Boston area premieres touching on war and peace, and brings back guest soprano singer Jessica Cooper to add new dimensions to the chamber music experience.  Local composer Mark Latham’s “Four Meditations on War” for Voice and String Quartet is complemented by music of another local composer, Jonathan C. Rappaport, who offers his “Peace Now” for Piano and String Quintet.  These new works are accompanied by two classics: J. S. Bach’s beloved Wedding Cantata, and, to end the program, the famous nineteenth-century Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann.

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Travel with the CCA and Collette: The Gardens of London

Travel with the CCA and Collette:  The Gardens of London Travel with the CCA and Collette:  The Gardens of London

Join us on a May tour to London which will benefit the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.  This is your chance to see the famous Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show on the Members Opening as well as the famous gardens of London.  Highlights: London, City Tour, Traditional Pub Dinner, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, RHS Wisley Gardens, The Savill Garden.

You can read all about it HERE.  Collette offers insurance that allows you to cancel for any reason, so now is the time to make your plans to see the world renowned Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show as a member.

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4th Friday Open Mic Hosted by Ruth Canonico

4th Friday Open Mic Hosted by Ruth Canonico 4th Friday Open Mic Hosted by Ruth Canonico


All ages and abilities are warmly welcome.  Perform or come and enjoy our performers and features in this intimate café style performance space in the CCA Cabaret Café.  Sign up at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start.  $5 at the door.  Coffee, Tea, Refreshments available.

Features updated as they are booked, so check back!

February 27  The Proper Ladies  

Commemorate the last February of The Civil War with The Proper Ladies , Deborah Goss & Anabel Graetz. In the midst of the bloody conflict between North and South, the sheet music industry thrived. Songs of romance, of war, of patriotic fervor rolled off the presses endlessly. The Proper Ladies program includes a selection of romantic songs — many familiar some rare, some humorous. Amazingly beautiful songs and great sing-a-longs; an evening of romance for the end of the most romantic month.

March 27

April 24  Come to our second”Eisteddfod” (Welsh for Bard and Poets conflab) in honor of Poetry Month. Poets Trisha Knudsen and Sheri Stepakov will be our Shared Feature Poets.

May 22

June 26

July 24

August 28

September 25

October 23

November 20*  NOTE 3rd Friday

December Break  See you in 2016!





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