Chorus of Westerly 2016

Building History

The George Kent Performance HallThe George Kent Performance Hall, formerly the Immaculate Conception Church, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1886, the building was Westerly's first Roman Catholic Church, prior to becoming the permanent home of the Chorus. After careful restoration, renovation and expansion, the hall was rededicated in 2005 as the George Kent Performance Hall in the music director’s honor. Its beautiful granite foundation was constructed as a gift, after their regular working hours, by the skilled granite cutters for which Westerly is so justly famous.

The acoustics of the building are outstanding and it is considered by some to be the finest small concert hall in New England. Musicians from across the country and abroad, including Rudolf Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Pete Seeger, and Charles B. Fisk, have praised the Hall's acoustics.Weathervane on the George Kent Performance Hall

The Performance Hall is available for rental by other community organizations and individuals. The Hall is not only the venue for Chorus performances, but is available to other community groups for concerts, lectures, private parties, receptions, weddings, and meetings.

Westerly is becoming known in Rhode Island as an “arts community” and, thanks to George Kent’s vision, it now has one of Rhode Island’s finest performance halls as well.