Listen to traditional tunes for fiddle and pipes including toe-tapping jigs and reelsalong with soulful airs and strathspeys at the Library.
David Feltner, Conductor of the Nashua Symphony
Nashua Chamber Orchestra Presents Winter Concert
NASHUA – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, music director, David Feltner, presents its winter concert on Feb. 23rd and 24th. The program consists of works by Gounod, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and a world premiere violin piece, Introduction, Meditation and Can’t Help It Jig, by living composer Mark Latham. The featured soloist is concertmaster Beth Welty.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23rd, at 7:30 PM, Judd Gregg Hall, Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24th, at 3:00 PM, Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square on the Milford Oval
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua, and the Toadstool Bookstore in Lorden Plaza, Milford, or on line at the web site: www.nco-music.org. Prices are $20: adults; $15: seniors, college students and military; students under 18, free. Each concert is followed by a reception where audience members can mingle with the musicians. For more information, check the web site or phone NCO President, Jackie O’Dowd, at (603) 582-5211.
Composer Mark Latham's Introduction, Meditation and Can’t Help It Jig for Violin and Orchestra was written for the soloist, Beth Welty, and is dedicated to her. Much of the melody of the piece is derived from a four-note rising and falling motive. The Meditation explores this material in ways that are both lyrical and chromatic.
Soloist Beth Welty has been concertmaster of the NCO since 2005. Since earning her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in violin performance from Indiana University, Ms.Welty has had an active career performing in ensembles and as soloist in the Boston area, Spain, England, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa. She made her Lincoln Center debut in New York in 1991 with the Boston Quartet, of which she was a founding member. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Welty is a founding member of the Aryaloka String Quartet and Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble.
Phil Bean to Demo Painting Style
PETERBOROUGH – Join us in the gallery on Saturday, March 2 as we welcome our friend and artist Phil Bean of Milford, NH. Phil will be doing a demonstration on painting Miniatures with Oils.
The demo will include a variety of techniques using the brush and knife to create a composition that works within a small space. Some of his works are also included in the current miniature exhibit.
Primarily a self-taught artist, with additional art courses and painting workshops in both oils and watercolors, Phil is a signature member of both the New England and Alaska Watercolor Societies and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the Sharon Arts Gallery. His oils and watercolors have been included in both national and regional exhibitions.
Phil looks forward to the challenges of a new painting. His artworks are developed in the studio from reference studies and outdoors, en plein air where he draws on the inspiration from the effects of light and shadow on landscapes and classic architecture. Painting at other locations in the US and Ireland have been a great source of learning and inspiration for Phil as well.
Demo will be on March 2nd from 1 to 3pm with a snow date of March 9th. Fry Fine Art, 36 Grove St, Peterborough, NH 03458 Ph. (603) 784-5420
Watch a Phil Bean demonstration recored by The Amherst Citizen ©2015: https://youtu.be/dsOnmIZ099k
Mrs. Jeanne Crowell of Amherst (highlighted) will sing with New England Voices in Harmony on March 2 at their annual show.
Chorus to Present Treasures from the Heart Concert
LITCHFIELD – March 2 at Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH. The concert begins at 2 pm but the doors will open at 1 pm for the silent auction.
The 40+ women who come from all over southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, sing traditional four part a cappella music in the barbershop style. They are currently the reigning champions, winning the gold this past November in Orlando, Fl with a Disney themed song package in competition with other choruses from all over the United States and Canada. Mrs. Crowell sings bass with the chorus, and plays the pitch pipe to tune the chorus. She also records the notes from each rehearsal to be distributed to each member. The chorus won first place in 2014 also, and has consistently placed in the top five in the past ten years.
Other performers include two mixed quartets: Second Chants and Sweet and Sour. They will be joined by the following quartets: Just Sayin’, Happy Hour, True Colors and Kismet. Happy Hour consistently placed in the top 10 quartets while competing, and Kismet won the 2017 audience entertainment award.
Refreshments will be included at the show. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $10 for children under 12 and seniors over 65. For more information or for tickets call 603 686-SING (7464) or go to www.newenglandvoicesinharmony.org/treasures
A Concert with Virginia Eskin
JAFFREY – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a March concert with Virginia Eskin, who will perform the works of Amy Beach and Florence Price. The performance will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Auditorium Gallery.
A native of San Diego, California, Virginia Eskin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, throughout the United States and Europe.
She studied in London with Gina Bachauer and Dame Myra Hess and developed a strong interest in Spanish music during a four-year appointment at the International Institute in Madrid, 1983-1987. In 2007, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Edward MacDowell's death, Ms. Eskin performed his Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and with Boston's Civic Symphony at Jordon Hall. She has continued her lengthy collaboration with the Portland String Quartet, with whom she performed the Amy Beach Quintet to open their 2008-09 season. In 2009 she premiered Vítezslava Kaprálová ‘s “Partita” with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston at Jordan Hall and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No. 3 and No. 5 with the Boston Civic Symphony. Recent performances include a recital tour of Croatia (June 2014), a presentation of works by African American women composers at Boston University (March 2014), a recital at the U.S. embassy in Madrid (January 2014), performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466, with the Augusta (Maine) Symphony (April 2013). Virginia is adjunct professor music at Keene State College, which in 2009 awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition recognize her contributions to women's music.
Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased via the website or at the JCC. Light refreshments will follow the performance.
The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 10-5pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com
“Snowy Owl in Flight” by Amherst nature photographer, Howard Muscott
“Wild and Wooly” Art Exhibit at the ArtHub Gallery
NASHUA – The show opened on Wednesday January 9th, followed by an artist reception Saturday January 19th. The show will close on Saturday March 2nd
The ArtHub gallery will have a special exhibit during the next two months, accepting 2D Art as well as fiber art, felted wool paintings, sculpture, ceramics, reliefs, pottery, and other free standing art.
The theme, Wild and Wooly is inviting artists to use their imagination and creativity during the bleak months of Winter, unleashing the wild and embracing the wooly for this Open Call Art Exhibition. They NAAA is looking for Art that explores everything from wild weather, wild locales, wildlife to wooly creatures, fiber art and art made from wool.
“Treading Light” 30x48 by Daryl JohnsonThe Nashua Area Artist’s Association is a nonprofit organization with a gallery, The ArtHub, located at 30 Temple Street in Nashua, New Hampshire. It is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11-3 and Saturdays 10-1
Oil Exhibit by Amherst Artist Dick Fischer
JAFFREY – The Jaffrey Civic Center will host an oil exhibit by Amherst, NH artist, Dick Fischer. The exhibit now hangs through March 15th in the Cunningham Gallery.
Dick Fischer started painting in oils at the age of 32. Following the advice of Artist John F. Carlson in his classic book on landscape painting, he decided he would first try to master the skill of painting in oils before moving on to the more difficult medium of watercolors. Now, 50 years later, he is “still trying to master the oil medium.” The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, and 1 pm to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at email@example.com find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com.
Teen Fiona, Ella Hogan, Princess Fiona, Autumn Fichera, Ogre Fiona, Alexandra Hallett and Young Fiona, Natalie Conklin
Shrek The Musical Jr! Comes to AMS, March 15-17th
Shrek, Miles Biskovich and Donkey Julia DowdAMHERST – The Amherst Middle School is proud to present Shrek The Musical Jr!
The cast and crew have been working hard since October to prepare and to share the story of everyones favorite Ogre. Shrek and Donkey (played by eighth grader Miles Biskovich and eighth grader Julia Dowd) lead a cast of fairytale misﬁts on an adventure to rescue a princess and ﬁnd true acceptance.
Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. shares a powerful message of acceptance. The cast has been busy learning songs, dances and blocking for the March performances while the crew are working tirelessly on production aspects including costumes, sets, props, photojournalism and brand ambassadors.
Join AMS Theater Club in the swamp on March 14th, 15th, and 16th at 7pm and March 16th and 17th at 2pm. Tickets go on sale starting February 12th at Amherst Middle School, Moultons, The Homestead and The Black Forest Cafe in Amherst NH and Toadstool in Milford NH.
Annual PTA Play to Feature First Junior Production of Disney Hit
AMHERST – The Amherst PTA is casting Souhegan Valley’s most talented young thespians for its annual fundraising play. This year’s production is the organization’s first junior endeavor, Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”
Auditions for the hit Disney production took place January 2 & 3, 2019 at Clark Elementary School in Amherst for students grades 3 through 12 auditioning for over 20 speaking roles and in several large ensembles. Singing and dancing talent was sought but nothing was more critical than a love of entertaining!
When the show is cast, rehearsals will begin in January on Tuesday nights (6-8 p.m.) and Sunday afternoons (1-6 p.m.) at Clark School. In March, additional rehearsals will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evenings. The show runs April 12-14 at Souhegan High School in Amherst.
Interested individuals can gather more information by visiting the PTA Play’s website, https://sites.google.com/site/mulanjrauditions2019/. Additional volunteer opportunities for off-stage help, including set and costume designers, organizers, crafters, and many more, will be available after auditions.
The PTA play is the Amherst PTA’s premier fundraising event, generating thousands of dollars for crucial curriculum enrichment programs and teacher grants for Amherst schools. In 2018, over $17,000 was raised by the PTA’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”
The Amherst PTA will present Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” for the 67th edition of the its annual theatrical fundraiser. Show dates are April 12-14, 2019 at Amherst’s Souhegan High School. Tickets for the family-friendly, all-volunteer production are now on sale. For additional information, visit www.AmherstNHPTA.org.
Symphony NH Announces 2018-2019 Season: Celebrating Mozart
NASHUA – Symphony NH presents the 2018-19 Season: Celebrating Mozart, to include The Music of John Williams; Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony"; An Irish Christmas performed previously.
Coming up: Mozart 40 and Elgar Cello Concerto (Saturday March 9, 2019 in Nashua and Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Concord); and Barber’s Adagio and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Nashua); with performances at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street Nashua and the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince Street Concord.
The orchestra’s 95th season introduces an exciting new concert series, “Symphony NH Presents,” which combines exceptional performers with your symphony.
Whether you enjoy a fresh take on your favorite Beatles songs or delving into a piece of music to listen in new ways, Symphony NH’s 2018-19 season has music for everyone. Season subscription tickets are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale July 1st. Subscription Series tickets are $18 to $52, with subscriber discounts, discounts for seniors 62 and older, $10 student tickets and free tickets for younger audience members ages 15 and under. Symphony NH Presents tickets are $25 to $65. For concert and ticket information visit: www.symphonynh.org, call (603) 595-9156, or stop by the Symphony NH office located in the Court Street Theater Building at 6 Church Street in Nashua.