Worcester, MA Arts and Culture

World-class stage performances, opera, chorale and classic music – the Worcester arts scene has something for everyone.

Arts and Performance Venues

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester started in 1904 as the Franklin Square Theatre. It regularly featured burlesque shows, Broadway touring shows, and silent films starting in 1912. It continued primarily as a movie house until it closed in 1998. In 2002 the ownership transferred to the non profit Worcester Center for the Performing Arts and it reopened in 2008 as the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts (named after Hanover Insurance, a major donor).

With a seating capacity of 2,300, patrons enjoy nationally recognized entertainers, concerts, dance, touring Broadway shows, and local artists and productions.

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
554 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
Phone: 877-571-7469

Mechanics Hall

Workers in Worcester formed the Mechanics Association in 1842 to help all the mill workers learn their trade and hone their skills. In 1857 they built Mechanics Hall to house educational and cultural activities. Mechanics Hall featured a large concert hall on the third floor where the acoustics were so well balanced the audience could hear performers voices and music distinctly without benefit of electronic amplifiers.

The perfect acoustics of Mechanics Hall continue to attract orchestras, bands, and nationally recognized performers from Ella Fitzgerald to Yo Yo Ma. Past performers have included famous names such as Enrico Caruso and Mel Torme.

Mechanics Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mechanics Hall
321 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-752-0888

Chorale / Chorus

Masters Singers of Worcester

The Master Singers of Worcester were founded in 1976 and are a non-profit, volunteer community chorus of nearly 60 men and women. The group has performed a rich program of delightful classics and lesser known sacred and secular compositions, as well as contemporary composers and commissioned works. In addition to regular scheduled events, there are also community outreach events and programs.

They present their concerts at various venues in the Worcester area.

The Masters Singers of Worcester
P.O. Box 7203
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-842-1349

The Salisbury Singers

Founded nearly forty years ago by the late Malama Robbins Collinsworth to encourage the appreciation of the musical arts, The Salisbury Singers are a chorus of more than 80 men and women singers based in Worcester.

The mission of the chorus is the enhancement of cultural life in Worcester and central Massachusetts as well as expanding the musical experience of its members. The Salisbury Singers offer professional performances of a cappella and accompanied choral repertoire inspired by a vast array of traditions and styles.

The Salisbury Singers perform at various venues in the Worcester area.

Salisbury Singers
370 Main Street, Suite 1200
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-799-3848

Worcester Children’s Chorus

The Worcester Children’s Chorus provides children with training in chorale singing. They perform at various venues throughout the Worcester area in a season that runs from November into May.

Worcester Children’s Chorus
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-767-7077

Worcester Chorus

Part of Music Worcester, the Worcester Chorus was founded in 1858 to perform at the Worcester Music Festival, which they do every year. In addition, the chorus also does other performances including an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, a Spring Choral Concert, and more.

Music Worcester
323 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-754-3231


Opera Worcester

Opera Worcester has been presenting professional opera and other musical and cultural activities since being founded in 1973. Their motto is to “bring opera to Worcester” and to “take Worcester to opera”.

A season typically includes two fully staged operas, (one in the fall and the other in the spring) with a narrated preview and pre-opera food event previous to each opera.

Opera Worcester
P.O. Box 60126
Worcester MA 01606
Phone: 508-341-5685

Worcester County Light Opera Company

The Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) was founded in 1937 to perform the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. The company provides summer musical theater workshops for children. In addition, they also produce four in-house productions and a “Broadway-Style” musical each season. Performances take place at the WCLOC Playhouse on Grand View Avenue in Worcester.

Worcester County Light Opera Company
21 Grand View Avenue
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508-753-4383

Symphony / Classical

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1976 and presents performances in a season that runs from June through December. Performances are in Tuckerman Hall, Mechanics Hall, the Hanover Theater and other venues in the Worcester area.

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra
Tuckerman Hall
10 Tuckerman Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Phone: 508-754-1234

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