Cultural ActivitiesSupport for the Arts is strong in the Monadnock Region. There is a wide spectrum of cultural activities that may surprise the first time visitor. A quick overview reveals that the Arts abound throughout the region
MUSIC:Music is a strong force in the Monadnock Region. Take a trip to Apple Hill in Sullivan one summer evening and listen to master musicians perform in casual splendor. Monadnock Music, another excellent group of musicians, performs throughout the summer at beautiful settings. The Keene Chorale and the Keene Chamber Singers are truly treats for lovers of music. The New Hampshire Symphony stops in Keene yearly. Budding musicians perform in the Keene Youth Orchestra. Opera fans will be tantalized by the Raylynmore Opera Company""'s performances at the Colonial Theater. Even barbershop fans will be treated in Keene to the sounds of the Cheshiremen.
In a category all-its-own is the Colony Mill Marketplace. It is a shopping center, but also a carefully restored historical old mill. Many musicians perform here and artwork is frequently displayed. This jewel in the community is well worth a visit.
PERFORMANCES:Since 1981, Keene State College's Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond has been bringing outstanding professional music, theater, and dance companies to the region from throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. With its three theaters and the state-of-the-art Putnam Film-Lecture Hall, it is the home to many productions by KSC's Department of Music, Theatre, Dance, and Film.
The Colonial Theatre has steadily been bringing quality sell-out performances to Keene. At the Colonial, a majestic and magical old theatre, one may see family productions, popular music celebrities, renowned folk musicians and quality films. The Colonial Theatre is truly a signficant contribution to the arts community.