2019 Winter Performing Arts Series

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman

"I Can't Die But Once" 

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman. 

​January 13 at 2 pm

Whipple Hall - Main Street, New London


Come be inspired, educated and entertained! Gwendolyn is an expert in African-American history and has won numerous awards.  Her one-woman play, "I Can't Die But Once" will tell the true story of Harriet Tubman an inspiration to us all. ​​

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti’s portrayal of historical women introduces untapped history, drawing on a wide array of primary historical resources. For the past 20 years 

Gwendolyn has engaged audiences with performances giving voice to real life accounts, struggles, self-determination and triumphs of women she portrays. Each performance is infused with her unique finger print giving an integral portrait of a historical event or person. An award winning artist, in recognition of the quality and range of her work

  •  Received Theatre in Museums/Theater and Interpretation Techniques Certification at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
  • Alliance Award for valuable service and support; Institute of
    Texan Cultures of San Antonio
  •  Institute of Texan Cultures Director’s Award for Excellence
  •  Recipient of ESA Connecticut Chapter Portraying Sarah Harris at
    State Museum/Prudence Crandall
  • Certificate of Merit from the Office of the Secretary of State
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council ; Boston Fund Individual Artist
  • 1st place International Toastmaster Award
  • Connecticut Arts for Learning Signature Core Services Certificate
  • Crowned Ms. Senior Connecticut 2010.

Tickets: $15 CFA Members/ $17 nonmembers/ $7 Students


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Crooners, Cabaret, and Chocolate with Nancy Tripp & Trio

Join us for a Valentine's Treat! Champagne, Desserts, and Chocolate!

...and Dancing!
Saturday,  February 16th at 7:00 pm        


The Glory of Love


Goody Goody

How Long has this been Goin’ On


Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

On a Slow Boat to China

Nice Work if you can Get It

I’m just a Lucky So and So

Side by Side


My Funny Valentine

You Can’t Take That Away From Me

Accentuate the Positive

Mean to Me

That Old Black Magic

That Old Devil Moon

Lullaby of Birdland

Nancy studied for her Masters Degree in voice and piano at Manhattan School of Music before becoming a professional singer in New York City in both the worlds of opera and musical theater.  At Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, she performed as mezzo soloist in the Mozart Requiem and with many major orchestras throughout the United States. Nancy's resume includes six Broadway musicals, an Off-Broadway play, dozens of cabaret and nightclub performances in New York City, development work with Ray Bradbury and Jonathan Tunick at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, performances in leading roles at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Minnesota Opera, The Lake George Opera Festival, the Chautauqua Opera Festival (starring as Kate in Kiss Me Kate with John Reardon), and performing many leading roles in regional theaters. 

Nancy left “show business” in 1987 and taught elementary school in New Hampshire for 20 years. She currently enjoys her position as the president of Summer Music Associates in New London and as the director of the Sunapee Singers. She loves performing her cabaret show in the Lake Sunapee Region to raise funds for various organizations. 

Tickets: $25 CFA Members/ $30 nonmembers

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The New Hampshire Troubadours - An A Cappella Concert

 Sunday, March 10th at  2:00pm  

 Whipple Hall, 25 Seamans Road, New London NH 


 The New Hampshire Troubadours, founded and directed by Susan Church Cancio-Bello, is a group of thirteen volunteers specializing in madrigal a cappella music. The group performs for local schools and businesses to help with fund raisers and to support music programs. The group recently recorded their first cd "Christmas at Epiphany" with all proceeds to benefit the UpBeat music program at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Newport. The New Hampshire Troubadours will be presenting an all A Cappella Concert which will include music dating from the mid 13th century to music of today, including  

madrigals by the following English and Italian composers: John Bennet, William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso, John Farmer, Orlando Gibbons, Gustav Holst, Luca Marenzio, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, John Rutter, Thomas Vautour, and Thomas Weelkes. They will also be performing songs by Vermont composer Brendan Taaffe.  

The members are: David Almond – (bass) New London, Linda Barnes – (soprano) Salisbury,  Susan Cancio-Bello – (soprano) Sunapee,  Carol Foss – (tenor) New London, Jonathan Fowler - (tenor) New London, Elizabeth Howell – (alto) South Sutton., Molly Kidane – (alto) New London, Laura McCoy – (soprano) Newport, Knick Moschella – (bass) Enfield, Dave Munn – (bass) Sunapee, Fred Ogmundson- (bass), Nina Rogers – (alto) New London, Judy Thackaberry – (soprano) Sunapee, Kendra West-Senor – (alto) Warner.

Tickets: $15 CFA Members/ $17 nonmembers/$7 Students

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The Bradford Bog People - Old Time Music

 American Roots Music at its best!
Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 pm  

​Warner Town Hall - Main Street, Warner



Take a step back in time, meet, and listen to the Bradford Bog People. Often aired on NHPR, they present mostly traditional acoustic music from the Appalachian Mountains on banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Beautiful harmonies and some clogging too.
Beth Eldridge: fiddle, guitar, vocals; Tii McLane: banjo, fiddle, guitar, vocals; and Woody Pringle: banjo and mandolin.

The Bradford Bog People have performed throughout the US have recorded a number of CDs and can be heard on the radio. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to stamp your feet and enjoy some real rocking music! 

Tickets: $15 CFA Members/ $17 nonmembers/$7 Students