An historic venue located at 51 Walden Street in Concord, Massachusetts

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2021-22 Season

The resident groups have planned many exciting performances and concerts for the new season. Take a look at our scheduled events and mark your calendars now! We ask that you wear masks in the building for your protection and that of others.

Air Disinfection at 51 Walden

We are making progress in the design and installation of our new ventilation system. In the meantime, in order to help cleanse and disinfect the air at 51 Walden, we have installed UltraVation BioGardUV™ Upper-Room Convection Germicidal UV Units in the main hall and lobby areas. We have also installed three AIRDoctor™ HEPA Professional Air Purifiers in the lobby area. For details, refer to our Airborne-Virus-Mitigation-Notice-Spring-2021 document

Annual Appeal FY '22

The 51 Walden annual appeal is underway–our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, which aligns with our season. Click here to read the appeal letter and to donate on-line. We are very grateful for the support of our contributors which helps to ensure the continued operation of 51 Walden. 

Upcoming Events

January 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

“A Most Remarkable Jackass”: An Hour with Mark Twain

Come spend an evening with legendary author, humorist, and original curmudgeon, Mark Twain. Portrayed by Kit Webb, also a humorist and curmudgeon, Twain will recount his stories known for their humor, satire, honesty, and blasphemy, as well as share some passages from his now sadly “classic” novels. Purchase tickets

February 11-26, 2022, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. matinee Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

Concord Players presents Harvey, by Mary Chase. This Pulitzer Prize winning comedy tells the story of the charming Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey … who happens to be a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit. Elwood’s choice of friends doesn’t mesh with his sister Veta’s socialite lifestyle. To preserve the family’s reputation, as well as her daughter’s matrimonial prospects, Veta turns to the staff of the local sanitarium to deal with Elwood — and, of course, with Harvey. What follows thereafter is life-altering and life-affirming. For everyone. Purchase tickets.

The Concord Band

The Concord Band performs regularly at its permanent home, the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord, at its summer home at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, and has also performed summer concerts at several towns in the Greater Boston and MetroWest regions. The sixty-five volunteer members of the Band represent many area communities and a wide variety of professions.

The Concord Players

The Concord Players mount three major productions a year with multiple performances of each play. Recent seasons have included Barefoot in the Park, Funny Girl, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Sound of Music. The Players’ staging of Little Women is regarded by many as Concord’s Passion Play.

The Concord Orchestra

The Concord Orchestra plays a dozen concerts each season including a Family Concert and two Pops weekends. Each year one of our concerts features a performer from one of the Boston area schools who has won our Young Artist Competition. The winner also receives a cash prize from the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was founded in memory of Charles and Arlene Ehlers.

Opera51

Opera51 raises funds to support 51 Walden through opera performances, associated corporate sponsorships, program ads, individual donations, and through special events like Gala Gatherings and Opera Favorites. Proceeds contribute valuable funds to the maintenance and operation of the facility, a community resource supporting hundreds of local residents each week throughout the year.