Performing Arts

Moving parts: Dance, concerts, and theatre that will move you to tears or to your knees.

Allegro Music School

Allegro Music School

P.O. Box 46, Natick 01760

508-655-3733  

AMS offers private voice and instrumental instruction, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Introduction to Piano classes for ages 3 to 6 in two Natick locations: 113 Union Street and Riverbend School.

Amazing Things Arts Center

Amazing Things Arts Center

160 Hollis Street, Framingham 01702
508-405-ARTS (2787)  

Bringing together a diverse community of artists, arts supporters and arts appreciators of all ages, cultures and interests to experience the transformational power of rich and varied art forms.

Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

PO Box 650061, West Newton, 02465

617-782-2251 

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities. 

Center for Arts and Wellness

Center for Arts and Wellness

125 Turnpike Road, Suite 10, Westborough 01581

508-561-4334   781-354-8990

 

Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

14 Summer Street, Natick 01760
508-647-0097  

TCAN is one of the best-loved concert venues in Metrowest, where national acts like Peter Wolf, Joan Osborne, Paula Poundstone, Tom Rush, or The Smithereens perform. A busy calendar of events includes theatre, family concerts, open mike nights, and arts education programs.

Centre Music House

Centre Music House

18 Main Street, Framingham 01702

508-875-0909  

A local family-owned and operated music studio and store serving Framingham and the MetroWest area for over 40 years.  Specializing in private lessons for all ages. We provide an interactive and creative learning environment that is comfortable, fun, and professional.

Charles River Chorale

Charles River Chorale

Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, Millis 02054

 

Charles River Sinfonietta

Charles River Sinfonietta

58 Union Street, Millis 02054

508-376-4761

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Inc.

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Inc.

208 Main Street, Milford 01757

508-478-5924 

Dean College

Dean College

99 Main Street, Franklin 

508-541-1605  

Season and custom ticket packages for theater and dance performances in the Main Stage and the Guidry Center.

Drama Kids of Metro West

Drama Kids of Metro West

19 Dean Avenue, Franklin 02038 

617-391-0369  

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

3 Bent Street, Franklin 02038  508-533-7700

352 Village Street, Millis 02054  508-376-2776

 

Enter Stage Left Theater

Enter Stage Left Theater

98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton 01748
508-435-2114  

We are a non-profit, full-service community performing arts organization dedicated to promoting quality performing arts in the community.

Framingham Community Theatre

Framingham Community Theatre

140 Pearl Street, Framingham 01702

508-875-5554  

We provide a venue for local playwrights and community artists to display their craft while providing the MetroWest community high-quality theatrical productions at affordable prices.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Franklin

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Franklin

38 Main Street, Franklin 02038

508-528-8668  

A unique place where extracurricular programs in music, dance, and drama are offered under one roof through private lessons, classroom instruction, and extensive performing opportunities.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Hudson

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Hudson

14 Main Street, Hudson 01749

508-875-5554 

Ghost Light Players of MetroWest

Ghost Light Players of MetroWest

29 Fontaine Street, Marlborough 01752

Performances: 37 High Street, Marlborough 01752

508-263-0052  

Greater Milford Ballet Company

Greater Milford Ballet Company

28 Bellingham Street, Mendon 01756

508-473-3354  

Heritage Chorale

Heritage Chorale

P.O. Box 1335, Framingham 01701  508-270-3999 

An auditioned adult community chorus, with over 90 members from 25 different towns. We sing three concerts a year, two classical and one Pops (Broadway, Pops, Jazz). New members are welcomed twice a year.

Holliston’s Washington Street Players

Holliston’s Washington Street Players

Performing at 703 Washington Street, Holliston 01746

 

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton 01748

508-435-9222  

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts provides visual and performing arts programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Each year, we present many juried and community art exhibits, concerts, theater performances, art sales, and classes and workshops.

Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music

36 King Street, Littleton 01460

978-486-9524  

Indian Hill Music shares the transformative power of music through instructional programs for all ages; professional symphonic, chamber, and jazz concerts; and community engagement initiatives that provide access to music for everyone in our region.

LiveARTS—First Universalist Society of Franklin

LiveARTS—First Universalist Society of Franklin

262 Chestnut Street, Franklin 02038

508-528-5348  

MetroWest Harmony Chorus

MetroWest Harmony Chorus

MetroWest Harmony Chorus is a small women’s a cappella chorus, which rehearses in Marlborough, as a member of Sweet Adelines International. We are a fun-loving and warm group, who love to learn and welcome new members.

MetroWest Singing Lessons

MetroWest Singing Lessons

Framingham 01701

508-788-0532  

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

In residence at Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School

750 Winter St, Framingham, MA 01702 

508-686-3100  JoinMSO@metrowestsymphony.org

The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra is a community of professional and trained players who come together under the leadership and inspiration of Conductor Peter Cokkinias to create a vibrant musical and educational experience for Metrowest audiences.

Milford Performing Arts Center

Milford Performing Arts Center

150 Main Street, Milford 01757
508-473-1684  

Musicians of the Old Post Road

Musicians of the Old Post Road

318 Bear Hill Road, Suite 9 Waltham 02451

781-466-6694

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn 01501

Also in West Boylston and Shrewsbury

508-791-8159  

Suzuki Violin program in Auburn and West Boylston. Easily accessible from major routes, Pakachoag attracts families from 50 communities. Programs include student performance and music exam opportunities, and Music Together for ages birth to 8.

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

140 Pearl Street, Framingham 01702
508-875-5554  

We’ve provided high-quality instruction in the performing arts for more than 30 years and are the home of PAC Family Players, Framingham Community Theater, and Moving West Repertory Dance Theatre.

Rhapsody Music & Art Center

Rhapsody Music & Art Center

138 Hartford Avenue, Hopedale 01747

508-733-2299  

Rivers Edge Arts Alliance

Rivers Edge Arts Alliance

155 Apsley Street, Hudson  01749
978-562-1646

Stacey Peasley Children’s Music

Stacey Peasley Children’s Music

Natick 01760

617-861-7477  

Steps Off Broadway

Steps Off Broadway

799 South Main Street, Bellingham 02019

508-876-9797 

Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band

5 Washington Street, Natick 01760

508-655-9223  

Symphony Pro Musica

Symphony Pro Musica

14 Main Street, Hudson 01749

978-562-0939 

SPM enriches the cultural life of our communities with live performances of the best symphonic repertoire, opera and choral music. SPM showcases area instrumentalists and gifted young soloists.

Umbrella Community Arts Center

Umbrella Community Arts Center

40 Stow Street, Concord  01742

978-371-0820  

Voices of MetroWest

Voices of MetroWest

P.O. Box 497, Natick 01760
 

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

12 Highland Street, Natick 01760

508-650-5020

Exciting performances in dance, theatre, and music, open to the public and suitable for all ages.

Wellesley College

Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481  781-283-1000  

Offering visual art, theater, film, lectures, concerts, visiting artists, lectures, and other cultural events to the public throughout the year.

Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Concerts at 50 Oak Street, Wellesley 02457 

781-235-0515 

 

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.