The New Groton Hill Music Center

A new music venue is in Groton.  The design, acoustics, and architecture are world class, with multiple concert halls and studios.  One opens like an airplane hanger so people can enjoy the concert outside.  This will rival anything outside of Boston.  It has been years under construction, because Groton is an upscale mostly rural community with strict guidelines to preserve the agricultural landscape.  That was a challenge.  Roads have been repaved, and sidewalks added for people to walk from the town center.

The tour was informative and eye-popping.


Foyer


One of the concert halls.  Video below.


Upstairs.  You get the feel for how big it is.


The enormous main concert hall will open in January.

They are non-profit, committed to the town, and will be philanthropic as they support children, seniors, and schools.  They maintain an excellent music school, too.  Concert music will include every genre, from classical to bluegrass and everything in between.

When our children were young, the music center was small, talented, and well respected.  They now have grown to rival the best of the best.  I’m excited!

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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76 Responses to The New Groton Hill Music Center

  1. willedare says:

    Wow!!! That is SUPER EXCITING and BEAUTIFUL!!! It looks a bit like the music hall my highschool built a decade ago. Lots of light… and a grand piano!!! You have done SO MUCH to nurture and cultivate a love of music-making with your students over the past many decades! I will visit their website and see about attending a concert there. With no traffic it appears to be a 42 minute drive from my home. ps: Jennie, I’d love to send you a copy of the new eight-song CD I’ve done with my friends Molly and Carole. If you feel comfortable sharing your street address with me, I will put one in the mail to you. My email address is will@willsings.com.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi, Will! It is something else!! Most of the studios have a grand piano. Imagine that.
      If you get tickets to a concert, let me know. I’d love to hook up with you there. Yes, music makes the world go ’round, and the heart sing.❤️ I would love to have your new CD. Thank you!!! Jennie Fitzkee, P.O. Box 739, Groton MA 01450

  2. Ritu says:

    What an amazing venue to have right on your doorstep, Jennie!

  3. beetleypete says:

    That’s a wonderful space, also beautifully designed and constructed. I am sure you will enjoy some great music in there, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Luanne says:

    Wow, it looks amazing. We have some strange music venues here in Phoenix. First of all, we have a FANTABULOUS music museum–just so so cool–but their little concert area has the absolutely worst seats ever. I can’t even go there. No way for me to sit. I have to turn sideways, stiffly, and look over my shoulder. Then our Gammage at the university was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Should be cool, right? Worst acoustics. And not enough bathrooms (although I heard they were fixing that issue). The university music department has a smaller venue, and I haven’t been there but would like to. And of course we have several others theatres and concert halls, mostly lovely.

    • I’ve always gotten the sense that Frank Lloyd designed for his own aesthetics, not so much for people. I attended an event at a building of his on a college campus. The bathrooms were tiny and shockingly inaccessible for anyone with any kind of mobility issues. You had to walk through this narrow, low-ceilinged, winding tunnel on a downhill grade to get to them.

    • Jennie says:

      What a shame about the museum’s concert area. And how wonderful that it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright… but what a bummer that the acoustics are terrible. When he was designing houses I guess he wasn’t thinking about acoustics. Sigh! Best to you, Luanne.

  5. Great, and all sustainable, built with wood. Wood also has the best resonance, i think. Jennie, now you are forced not only to read aloud. You have to add instruments to your classroom too. 😉 xx Michael

  6. joylennick says:

    What a great facility, Jennie. We love watching the Proms (UK) on TV and can imagine the intense pleasure it will give so many people, of all ages, in the future!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Joy. I was awestruck. I think of all the people who will get to hear music – live. That’s a big deal, and this center has it all.

  7. Darlene says:

    How wonderful to have this state-of-the-art facility near you. What a boost for the community!

    • Jennie says:

      It really is, Darlene. As you can imagine, there are residents who are not pleased, fearing the influx of people into town. I think the music center knew that, and it was addressed upfront on the tour. It will be a huge boost for the community.

  8. What an asset to your community this concert hall will be!

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, it will! There are those in town who fear this will be like Lenox when Tanglewood opened. I must say, they have addressed all of these concerns in a kind and proactive way. It really is magnificent, and the music line-up is terrific. Liz, if there is a concert you want to attend, let me know and we can hook up. Maybe this summer?

  9. Looks fabulous! Am sure it will be a great success!

  10. Beautiful hall, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  11. All that tongue and groove, all that uplifting space, all that light, all that inspiration! This will sound weird, but the first thought that came to me was: my fingers are salivating at the thought of performing there! HA! So in my case it’s inspirational first and foremost to see (and read) this place is for the advancement of the arts and enabling of youth, seniors and other community members to become immersed in the aural beauty of sound! Are ticket prices reasonable?
    Love it!

    • Jennie says:

      Laura, that is not weird at all. On the tour, one of the first things they told us was that the building was designed for the artist, and also the guests. If it wasn’t as you described, artists wouldn’t be enthusiastic to perform. Brilliant! I wanted to touch everything. The full light against blonde wood everywhere was beautiful. Actually, your impression and vision is spot on. You have many talents, Laura! I haven’t looked at ticket prices, but I’m guessing they are reasonable. Google Groton Hill Music Center, and everything is there. If you come here for a concert, you must let me know so we can hook up. The one I’m hoping to go to with friends in February is the Handel and Haden Society. They use period instruments!

      • I would love to give Groton a listen! HA! If I ever do come up, you can bet I’ll let ya know so we can hook up for a bit. Period instruments are fascinating to listen to in and of themselves but also listen to the music presented itself. It will no doubt be performed according to the performance practices of the times (ie, dynamics of baroque music are tiered/terraced which is different than what we commonly do in these days of performing any of ‘classical type’ -not era- music). And listen for the dominance of the Basso Continuo – in the Baroque pieces. Then contrast their performances with the Classical era ones in the program…..Anyway. ENJOY it!

      • Jennie says:

        Thanks so much, Laura. Your knowledge and suggestions are truly appreciated! I know I will enjoy the music!

  12. This looks like a fantastic place and space, Jennie. Very attractive and creative look and design.

  13. quiall says:

    It looks wonderful! It is so nice to see architecture being designed sympathetically with the surroundings. It is a symbiotic relationship, or should be.

    • Jennie says:

      It is just as you said, Pam. It must have been a challenge to consider the surroundings, and create a great venue for artists to perform. They did it!

  14. Dan Antion says:

    That’s an amazing center, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      It really is, Dan. People talk and worry that this will be like Lenox when Tanglewood came in. The tour talked about these concerns, and they’re very proactive. I’m so glad I got a ticket to see the gorgeous venue and have a full tour. Big wow!

  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Groton is a wonderful town. I like the vibe and all of the community support. It’s no wonder you’re happy living there.

    • Jennie says:

      It really is just as you say. I like the old and the new. There is much community support. I was surprised I only knew a few people on the tour. I need to get out more. 🙂

  16. K.L. Hale says:

    It does the heart and soul good to see these beautiful structures being built! Let the music play! 🎶 it already makes me wonder what students and families, hundreds of years from now, will appreciate and use. Long live the Arts! The one thing that keeps us connected in humanity, in my belief. 🎶💕

  17. Don Ostertag says:

    I can see why you are excited, Jennie. It looks like a real winnwe.

  18. Wow, that place looks lovely, Jennie! We just spent an evening listening to music in a new arts center near-ish to us. It’s wonderful and inspiring to know that communities still value music and the arts and are willing to invest in them. Thanks for the good news!

  19. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is wonderful!

  20. It looks beautiful. I love all the natural wood.

  21. dgkaye says:

    Looks amazing Jennie. Enjoy! xx

  22. Wow, Jennie, this music centre is amazing. How marvelous for your town.

  23. bosssybabe says:

    Spectacular! Somehow I feel like the pictures just don’t do it justice!

  24. srbottch says:

    That’s wonderful, Jennie. And when the big crowds come, you can sell parking spots on your lawn. A win-win. The place looks fantastic.

  25. therealtalkfromaj says:

    The new groton hill music center looks amazing. I like the fact that it’ll be close to functioning as a community hall for community inspired events. It definitely looks like a fun place to be.

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  29. Halalisani says:

    This is worthy of being seen in movies. The wood reminds me of those nice bamboo materials

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