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

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2021-22 Season

The resident groups are performing concerts and plays as permitted. Take a look at our scheduled events and mark your calendars now! The Town of Concord has rescinded the mask mandate but the performing arts groups all require proof of vaccination of themselves as well as audiences. Individual groups may ask that audiences wear masks. 

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. 

Up Next at 51

Opera51 presents concert performances of Puccini’s dramatic masterpiece Turandot, conducted by Alan Yost. This is one of Puccini’s finest efforts, and was his final opera. In addition to the wildly popular Nessun dorma, there are other arias of transporting beauty as well as richly textured orchestral and choral passages. Opera51 presents a semi-staged performance of Puccini’s much loved opera Turandot, with chorus and orchestra conducted by Alan Yost. Leads are Margretta Beaty (Princess Turandot), Ethan Bremner (Calaf), Alyssa Mae Doggett (Liu), Timur (Thaddeus Bell), James C. S. Liu (Ping), Stephen Chrzan (Pang), Len Giambrone (Pong), Chris Loschen (the Emperor), and Carlo Bunyl ( a Mandarin). All tickets $30, buy online. Open rehearsal on Thursday, June 9 is open to the public. Pay $20 cash at the door.

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. Visit the Band’s blog for more information.

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.

51 Walden Art Gallery

An exhibit of the paintings of Siri Smedvig, inspired by two pieces being played by the Concord Orchestra May 21and 22:  The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Kahn by Griffey and Copeland’s Billy the Kid Suite.