Merry Mansfield: Performances

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Celebrate the end of one year and the start of the new year with music and dance!  

Find details on each performance below.

Calendar at a glance:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2: UConn Symphony Orchestra presents Spirit of the Season: Vivaldi's Winter
  • Saturday, Dec. 4: E. O. Smith Choirs + More at Winter Welcome in Downtown Storrs
  • Saturday, Dec. 4: Boston Pops Holiday Concert at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, Dec. 5: UConn Jazz performs the Music of Frank Zappa
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7: UConn Fall 2021 Dance Showcase at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts 
  • Saturday, Dec. 11: Take Note! at Storrs Congregational Church
  • Saturday, Dec. 11: E. O. Smith Drama Club presents Alice in Wonderland
  • Saturday, Dec. 11: Kristin Chenoweth at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts 
  • Thursday, Dec. 16: E. O. Smith Choirs present a Winter Concert
  • Friday, Dec. 17: Holiday Singing and Storytelling at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Join the UConn Symphony Orchestra for a concert entitled Spirit of the Season: Vivaldi’s Winter on Thursday December 2 at 8:00 PM at UConn's von der Mehden Recital Hall (875 Coventry Road).

General admission is $10. Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are Free.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audience seating is limited to 200. Tickets may be pre-purchased here.

A live stream of this performance can be accessed here.

For more information, please email Kirk Matson.

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Decorative text "9th Annual Winter Welcome Saturday, Dec. 4, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM"

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership hosts its 9th Annual Winter Welcome on Saturday, December 4 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM in Downtown Storrs.

In addition to seasonal treats and specials at participating businesses, creative community displays, and a visit from Santa Claus, there will be a variety of performances to enjoy!

On Betsy Paterson Square:

  • 4:00 PM: E. O. Smith Choirs leads a Community Sing-Along
  • 4:30 PM: Performance by the Southeast School Singers and Songbirds
  • 5:00 PM: Seasonal songs with "The Snow Sisters"
  • 5:30 PM: The Nutcracker, a Community Production (film) by Mansfield Parks & Recreation and Miss Kelly Productions

Strolling through Downtown Storrs:

  • 4:15 PM: Consonare Choral Community - Choir Matrix
  • 5:00 PM: Mansfield Middle School Chorus
  • 5:30 PM: Husky Hungama

Winter Welcome is free and open to everyone. For more information, please visit downtownstorrs.org/winterwelcome

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This performance has SOLD OUT.

On Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 PM, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts presents Boston Pops Holiday Concert! Celebrate the magic of the season with "America's orchestra." Perfect for music lovers of all ages, this beloved annual concert is just bursting with holiday music favorites. Treat yourself to a festive evening, including the traditional carol sing-along and a surprise visit by jolly old St. Nick. 

Please note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required. Masks and social distancing required. Limited capacity. Review Jorgensen's full COVID policy here.   

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit jorgensen.uconn.edu.

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Join the UConn Jazz Ensemble for an evening concert featuring the music of Frank Zappa on Sunday, December 5 at 6:00 PM at UConn's von der Mehden Recital Hall (875 Coventry Road).

General admission is $10. Students, faculty, children and military members with ID are Free.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audience seating is limited to 200. Tickets may be pre-purchased here.

A live stream of this performance can be accessed here.

Program:

  • Tip Toe Thad Jones (1923–1986)
  • 'Sno Peas Phil Markowitz (b. 1952) arr. Richard DeRosa (b. 1955)
  • Frank Zappa Suite Frank Zappa (1940–1993)
  • Jazz From Hell; Phi Beta Zappa arr. Michael Holober (b. 1957)
  • Peaches en Regalia
  • Transition to We Are Not Alone
  • We Are Not Alone
  • Cookin’ On All Burners John Mastroianni (b. 1960)
  • To You Jones
  • Harlem Nocturne Earle Hagen (1919–2008) arr. Bret Zvacek (b. 1960)

For more information, please email Kirk Matson.

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts invites you to enjoy an evening of dance! The UConn Fall 2021 Dance Showcase featuring UConn Dance Company & University Ballet Company will be Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM.

UConn Dance Company will perform in the first half of the program beginning at 7:00 PM, with University Ballet Company in the second half beginning at approximately 8:20 PM.

UConn Dance Company is a student run and choreographed dance company, established in 2008, with routines ranging from contemporary to hip hop. These talented students are excited for their first chance to perform in almost two years!

University Ballet Company will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker Ballet. This beautiful performance will include the dances of the Sugarplum Fairy, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen as well as corps performances following Clara's journey from the Battle Scene and Land of the Snowflakes to the Land of the Sweets.

Please note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required. Masks and social distancing required. Limited capacity. Review Jorgensen's full COVID policy here.   

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit jorgensen.uconn.edu.

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Flyer promoting Take Note! concert on December 11 set against snowy background

On Saturday, December 11, Take Note! presents Music to Warm the Heart, Winter Concert to benefit the Windham Region No-Freeze Project. This free, a cappella concert will take place at 3:00 PM at Storrs Congregational Church (2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs).

Take Note! will accept donations at the door to benefit to benefit the Windham Region No-Freeze Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the short and long-term survival of adults experiencing homelessness in our community.

Please note: COVID precautions will be in place. Visit take-note.org for up-to-date information.

Please email Take Note! with questions about this performance.

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with E. O. Smith's Drama Club on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM, respectively as they present Alice in Wonderland directed by Madelyn Bonkowski.

Masks are required for everyone in attendance. Seating will be limited.

A suggested donation of $15 would be greatly appreciated by the club.

To reserve tickets, please email Mrs. Abercrombie.

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On Saturday, December 11, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts welcomes back Emmy and Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth to Storrs! 

Enjoy an evening of good humor and personal reminiscences, featuring songs from her album, For the Girls, and selections from her latest album, Happiness is…Christmas! In fact, the Jorgensen audience will be treated with a preview of her one-night-only "Christmas at the Met" concert, on Monday, December 13th!

Her latest album, Happiness is…Christmas!, released on October 22, is her first collection of holiday music in more than a decade. The album features a delightful range of holiday favorites from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Every Day?,” and “Happiness (is Christmas)"/"Christmas Time Is Here,” a nod to Chenoweth’s Tony-winning portrayal of Sally Brown in the 1999 Broadway production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 

Please note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required. Masks and social distancing required. Limited capacity. Review Jorgensen's full COVID policy here.   

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit jorgensen.uconn.edu.

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts want to treat you to Dinner & A Show! One lucky winner will receive:

  • 2 Tickets to An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, live from Jorgensen Stage on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8:00 PM
  • 2 Autographed copies of Ms. Chenoweth's album For the Girls
  • $50 Gift certificate to Kathmandu Kitchen & Bar (33 Wilbur Cross Way)

It's free and easy to enter! Click here to learn more and to enter.

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, December 7. A winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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E. O. Smith High School Choirs present a Winter Concert on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 PM in the E. O. Smith Auditorium.

The concert will include performances by:

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Treble Choir
  • Panthertones

For more information, please call E. O. Smith High School: 860.487.0877

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On Friday, December 17 at 7:00 PM, St. Mark's Episcopal Chapel will host Holiday Singing and Story Telling: A Celebration for All Ages.

The St. Mark's community invites everyone to enjoy an evening of holiday songs, stories, poems, and readings performed by UConn a cappella groups and St. Mark's Choir. There will be opportunities for everyone to sing classic carols. 

Masks are required. A festive outdoor reception will follow - dress warmly!

This event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome. For more information, please visit stmarkschapel.org.

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We want to hear from you!


If your Mansfield-located business or community organization has plans for a celebration, special event, charitable campaign, sale, seasonal offering, or promotion occurring between November 20 and New Year's Day, let us know!

We will include only events, etc. that are open to the public (e.g. no members' only events) and that will take place in Mansfield, CT.

There is no fee to be included in "Merry Mansfield" - we just need your info! 

Please click here to submit your information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Mansfield Downtown Partnership (please call 860.429.2740 or email us).