The Peter C. Herald Sunday Series


HAMDEN, CT - The Hamden Arts Commission is proud to present a fantastic winter line-up of shows perfect for a mature and sophisticated audience. The Peter C. Hereld Sensational Sunday Series this year incorporates talent from local CT musicians playing French-style jazz, a full women’s choir singing all of the classic favorites, a two-person play featuring two well-loved Hamden actors and more! All shows take place at the handicapped accessible Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518. All shows start at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 for Seniors/Students under 12, $7 general, available at the door only and cash only. Doors open at 1:30pm. 

On November 17th at 2pm, be transported back to the 1930’s with French-style jazz by Luke Hendon and Friends. Hendon’s group performs in combinations of acoustic guitar, drums, upright bass, and violin with a modern gypsy jazz sound that parallels the great Django Reinhardt. Hendon and his pals strike all the right chords that any gypsy guitar fan will recognize. While they know how to keep the spirit of 1930’s France alive through sound, Hendon and Friends also know how to put their own modern spin on each medley.  

On January 12th at 2pm, Hamden’s very own all-women’s chorus, Another Octave will be here to share a canon of sound consisting of standard concert pieces as well as traditional and contemporary music that reflects women’s lives. Rooted in the lesbian community, Another Octave is an auditioned chorus with an eclectic repertoire open to all women and encourages diversity. Members come from varied backgrounds and lifestyles, and bring with them differing degrees of musical training. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear members from your own community sing their hearts out to you on stage!  

On February 9th at 2pm, we proudly bring the two-person play, Love Letters, to life on the Thornton Wilder stage featuring two of our very own local celebrities, Lois Jason and Albert Glassman. Love Letters is s a play by A. R. Gurney and centers on characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form of communication sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards – in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats – that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. This show is a testament to how far people can be from each other physically but how close they can remain through love.   

On March 8th at 2pm, come out for the last show in the series featuring The Kerry BoysCT’s Irish Balladeers. With their signature vocal harmonies and high energy instrumentation, The Kerry Boys are just plain Celtic fun! The Kerry Boys performances are truly a shared experience as they engage audiences of all ages in singing and clapping to high-energy performances of engaging Irish ballads and sea songs. In their years performing together they have been welcomed into Irish festivals, library and municipal performances, Irish pubs, clubs and festivals, including The Connecticut Irish Festival, the Danbury Irish Festival, the Fairfield Irish Festival, and more!

For details: or call the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546. 

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