Driving Route 9: January 27, 2023

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Driving Route 9

The Marlborough Arts Center is pleased to open this new year’s season of 4th Fridays @ the Arts Café with Driving Route 9, an original band from East Haddam who last performed in one of our summer concerts on the lawn at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough. They will play on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. inside the beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery.

The group met at an open mic event and from various connections in the music community here in the river valley area. The music experience of Driving Route 9 fits the description of modern folk/pop with a Celtic twist. Fronting are Becca Gripp of Wilmington, Delaware and Barry O’Doherty, of Donegal County, Ireland, who have been a song-writing duo since 2017. They are accompanied by Paul Emmerling of East Haddam, CT on bass guitar and Dana Takaki of California on violin. Berry also brings his rhythm guitar to their sound. Barry’s Irish heritage and Becca’s poetic stories bring listeners to a place you simply can’t find anywhere else, so join in for a rousing evening of song and laughter.

The Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7:00. Admission at the door is $10/person. Masks are a personal choice. The Arts Center is fully accessible and provides ample parking.

Click the videos below to get a feel for Driving Route 9’s music before you come see them!

“Matter of Time”



Exciting News & Upcoming Events

2023 is starting off with a bang here at MAC!

The Marlborough Arts Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit at the Marlborough Town Hall. Featured is artwork by artists who are members of the Arts Center’s Board of Directors. There are watercolors by Audrey Carroll, acrylic paintings by Roy Wrenn, wire sculpture by Neal Alderman, mixed media and acrylic paintings by Laurie Gelston Alt, and watercolors by Mary Horrigan. The exhibit is open to the public during business hours at the Town Hall: Monday through Thursday, 8AM – 5PM, and Fridays from 8AM to Noon.

Mary Horrigan will be starting her excellent series of Watercolor Classes in March. If you are a beginner or you want to sharpen up your painting skills, definitely consider attending! Registration information will be posted on the website in the near future, but feel free to click here to learn more about Mary’s previous classes.

Finally, MAC will be hosting a Members’ Show just after Easter. Please keep an eye out for a prospectus and printable entry forms – both coming soon!

Winter Tag Sale: February 4, 2023

Time to clean out the OLDies and the GOODies! Bring over past treasures of working household goods (BUT no books, TVs, or clothes) for our Winter Tag Sale on Saturday, February 4th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the tag sale’s snow date will be Saturday, February 11th.

If you would like to drop off items for our Winter Tag Sale, please come to MAC at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT during the following dates/times:

January 10th, 17th, 24th
February 1st
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
January 14th, 21st, 28th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


New Year’s Eve @ MAC

Join us for the New Year’s Eve Open House at MAC from 6-9 p.m., weather permitting. Feel free to bring a snack and a drink to this gathering of old and new friends. Enjoy the night in our cozy space while socializing and admiring the Art Gallery. All are welcome!

*SOLD OUT* Charles Denler: December 16, 2022

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Emmy Award Winning Artist Charles Denler

Charles David Denler, a Marlborough native who is an Emmy Award winning composer and pianist, is bringing his music back home in a Benefit Concert at the Marlborough Arts Center on December 16th, 2022. Reviewers have called him “a genius” and a “national treasure”. He is considered to be one of today’s preeminent modern composers and has written scores for over 200 film and TV programs, while winning 4 Emmy Awards, 2 Park City Film Music Gold Medals, 2 Gold Medals at the Global Music Awards, and many festival honors and awards for his film scoring. He has also played internationally with the Prague National Symphony Orchestra, a recording of which was named the Best Neoclassic Album of 2022. His music has been described as beautiful, triumphant, epic, inspiring, and dramatic. He even wrote fun pieces for children on STARZ!KIDS. Clips of his works can be listened to by scrolling to the bottom of this page, or by visiting Charles’ website at charlesdenler.com

Charles is an incredibly prolific composer. His music has been featured with many well-known artists such as Creed, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon. His music has also been featured on TV Channels including Disney, National Geographic, History Channel, PBS, Animal Planet, Honda, Coca Cola, Oprah, American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, Dateline, NBC, NASA, the Colorado Rockies, and the New York Yankees. He has written for many feature films starring actors such as Helen Mirren, Robert Duvall, Susan Sarandon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dreyfuss, Louis Gossett, Jr., Charles Durning, Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah and many others. His concert works include “Portraits of Colorado”, “American Symphony #1”, and “Portraits in Season”. In 2014 he was asked to compose a new theme for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team. That music was recorded with the Colorado Symphony and premiered live on Coors Field on Opening Day with Charles conducting. He shares his gifts by lecturing at film festivals and universities across the United States and continues his teaching as a professor of composition, music theory, and music production.

This very special concert will be at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT on Friday, December 16th. Doors will open at 7 PM with the concert beginning at 7:30. There is ample parking and the building is fully accessible.

“Vivet I”

“On Tapered Meadows”

“The Spring”