From theatre by The Riverbend Youth Company, to music performances by Souhegan Valley Chorus, and art exhibitions at Jaffrey Civic Center and elsewhere.
The Strawberry Festival has kicked off the summer season for more than 70 years. It’s an all-volunteer event to make it a cherished community tradition.
The Riverbend Youth Co. Presents “The Last Five Years”
MILFORD – The Last Five Years, a musical rarely performed in New Hampshire, is being brought to the stage by The Riverbend Youth Company on June 29th, 30th and July 1st at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts.
The Last 5 Years, by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, is a musical which presents a couple’s love affair from both party’s points of view without taking sides. Their five-year love story is presented almost entirely through song. Jamie Wellerstein, played by Ethan Reeves formerly of Merrimack, is a young and talented novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, played by Maddy Gillespie of Amherst. The show has a unique presentation of the timeline of their relationship. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to their first date. Meanwhile, Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their relationship and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
The show is typically produced with a two-person cast. However, director and choreographer, Anna Quinlan, has added a ten-person dance ensemble playing various side characters to further engage the audience in the couple’s relationship. The cast consists of actors and actresses between the ages of 15 and 20 from local communities who have been rehearsing since mid-May. Helen St Cyr, Music Director, has been working with the leads so they can bring their full vocal range and stamina to the production. The score will be performed by a six-piece pit orchestra consisting of students and local community members.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are available online at www.amatocenter.org or at the door. Last Five Years will play on June 29th and 30th at 7:30pm, and July 1st at 2:30pm. For those unable to attend the show that weekend, there is another opportunity to experience The Last Five Years by attending the understudy show performed at 7:30pm Wednesday, June 27th. Jamie will be played by Ryan Quinlan of Amherst and Cathy by Brooke Wolz of Bedford. This musical is rated R for strong language and sexual material.
Phil Bean's Oil Landscapes on Exhibit at JCC
JAFFREY – Milford, New Hampshire artist, Phil Bean, will exhibit a display of oil landscapes at the Jaffrey Civic Center beginning June 1 through June 29 in the Auditorium Gallery.
October's PalettePrimarily a self-taught artist, with additional art courses and painting workshops in both oils and watercolors, Phil is a current Signature member of the New England Watercolor Society & Alaska Watercolor Society, juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and associate member of Oil Painters of America.
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. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
“For me, painting is a continuous process of learning how to express what visually captures my attention.” — Phil Bean
The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm 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.
Stella Arvanetaki to Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center
The Jaffrey Civic Center will host an exhibit of oils by Stella Arvanetaki beginning June 1 - June 29 in the Cunningham Gallery.
Stella, as she is called by her friends, is a mother, nurse, wife, homemaker, gardener, and most important an artist. Having an innate ability, and formal art schooling, she has put to paint and canvas her thoughts and visions. Each rendering has a message, whether a simple country scene or a complex portrait. Although the art is two dimensional, she leaves a portion of herself in each and every piece of art, creating that third dimension of a free spirit. Using her God given talent, she has developed “Stella’s Corner” a non-profit business, with all income given to needy charities, national, state and local. This priority has become her calling card, and has become a driving force in her creativity. Stella has a BSN as well as a MBS specializing in children with severe behavioral problems and adults on life support. She taught children art having to use latex house paint and worked with the adults as long as they had use of their hands and on two occasions utilized the use of toes. Stella has shared with many that these two opportunities were the most satisfying experiences of her art career.
The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 532-6527, e-mail at email@example.com.
Mark O’Connor will perform his Concerto for Fiddle and Orchestra and a duet with his wife, Maggie, Strings and Threads for Two Violins, September 29th.
Symphony NH Announces 2018-2019 Season: Celebrating Mozart
NASHUA – Symphony NH announces 2018-19 Season: Celebrating Mozart, to include Grammy Award-Winning violinists Mark and Maggie O’Connor; The Music of John Williams; Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony; An Irish Christmas; Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles with Symphony NH; Mozart and Beethoven; Mozart 40 and Elgar Cello Concerto; and Barber’s Adagio and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony; with performances at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street Nashua and the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince Street Concord.
Join Symphony NH for their season opening concert with guest conductor Scott Parkman on Saturday, September 29th at Keefe Center for the Arts at 8 pm and Sunday, September 30th at the Concord City Auditorium at 3 pm, featuring violinist Mark O’Connor.
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.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular
(Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m., Main Theatre)
Redfern Art Center Announces 2018-19 Season
KEENE – The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College announces its 2018-19 performance season, encompassing nine performances and packed with free and ticketed events, artist residencies, lobby exhibits, workshops, class visits, receptions and post-show discussions. The Redfern’s 37th season features: world-class ballet, comedy, extraordinary family circus, intimate storytelling highlighting veterans’ experiences, the return of Keene State dance alumnus Alexander Davis ‘14, and the acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Continuing its mission to present and foster dynamic and multifaceted arts experiences, the Redfern has programmed a range of exciting opportunities to appeal to and engage varied audiences across campus and the general Southern New Hampshire region.
Redfern’s 2018-19 Season, which runs from September 2018 to April 2019 opens with the annual celebration Redfern Season Kickoff Party on Thursday, September 13 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. This year’s party moves onstage to the Main Theatre, inviting guests to eat, drink and connect behind-the-scenes, hear about the performing arts programs at Keene State, and get highlights of the upcoming performance season. The Season Kick Off party is free and open to the campus and community, no reservations are required.
• DANCE YaNOWsky (Saturday, September 22, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre).
• The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company (Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre).
• Roger Guenveur Smith (October 1-2). Award-winning stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith returns to the Redfern in October.
• Vicki Kristina Barcelona (Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.),
• Castle of Our Skins (Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall).
• Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular (Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m., Main Theatre).
• Alexander Davis Dance (Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre).
• The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus (Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre).
• The Telling Project (Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre).
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