The Arts in Concord

The arts have been important in Concord since Louisa May Alcott and her sisters staged their hilarious kids’ plays at Orchard House and The Wayside.

In the 19th century, renowned Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French’s first major commission was his famous The Minuteman sited at Old North Bridge.

The arts are alive and well, with groups that draw members from surrounding towns and farther afield, including semi-professional, professional and world-famous performers.

Concord arts organizations include the Concord Band, Concord Orchestra, Concord Players, Concord Chamber Music Society, Beyond the Notes, Concord Youth TheaterBalkan Music Nightand numerous choral groups.

Arts and entertainment venues include: 51 Walden, The Umbrella, Concord Art Association, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Academy, and Concord-Carlisle High School.

Music

Concord Band summer concert
Concord Band summer concert

Lots of music all year long in Concord! In summer, a variety of groups perform on the lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, and the Concord Band offers its outdoor concert series.

In colder months, the music moves indoors, with the Concord Orchestra performing classics and pops concerts. The Concord Chamber Music Society brings noted musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and internationally-renowned soloists to play at Concord Academy. 

Beyond the Notes is a series of ensemble performances in a range of styles, with lively interaction between musicians and listeners; and Balkan Music Night is a raucous and varied musical treat, with several hours of Eastern European and Middle Eastern music followed by a late-night dance party.

Theater

The Mikado, by Gilbert & Sullivan, 51 Walden, Concord MA
The Mikado, by Gilbert & Sullivan, 51 Walden, Concord MA

The Concord Players trace their roots back to Louisa May Alcott and her sisters as portrayed in Little Women. The play based on her novel is performed every decade, with Concord citizens playing the parts. 

In other years, the troupe offers comedies, tragedies, Broadway shows and operettas.

Painting & Sculpture

Concord Art Association
Concord Art Association

The Concord Art Association and the Concord Museum are the centers of graphic and plastic arts, but the Concord Free Public Library also has prized art, including paintings by famous New England artists, and Daniel Chester French’s grand marble statue of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The library’s free mobile art tour shows you it all.

Then there’s the public art, including French’s The Minuteman at Old North Bridge,  and his Mourning Victory at the Melvin Memorial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.