Norfolk, Conn., has long been a mecca for those who love music of all kinds, but Weekend in Norfolk, its town-wide open house coming up August 5, 6 and 7, promises to be extra special. From Infinity Hall’s pop, rock, blues and jazz concerts to classical music and other performances at the Music Shed to pop-up musicians all around town, you’ll find music in the air everywhere you go.
Infinity Hall, with its Queen Anne architecture and vivid green paint, is an unmissable presence on Route 44. Built in 1883, the building housed an auditorium for concerts and lectures upstairs and a grocery and a dry goods store on the ground floor. The theater fell into disuse in the 1940s and had subsequent ups and downs, but in 2007 Infinity owner Dan Hincks bought the building and completely redid the interior, adding a state-of-the-art sound system and creating an intimate, friendly setting for live music of all genres. Singer Jane Monheit and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will both appear on Saturday, and bluegrass band Seldom Scene is slated to perform Sunday.
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival is believed to be the oldest summer music festival in North America. Since the 1940s, it has held its concerts in the Music Shed, hailed as “an acoustic marvel” by the New York Times. The Music Shed, modeled after Steinway Hall in New York City, was built in 1906, and over the decades its beautiful redwood interior has welcomed many world-famous musicians to its stage. During
Weekend in Norfolk, the Music Shed will feature concerts by the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, faculty and students from the Yale Summer School of Music, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band.
And don’t forget those unexpected pop-up musicians, many of them recruited from Norfolk’s talented residents, who will be performing at the farmers market, on the village green, in the library, in the center of town and …well, come and be surprised.