Symphony NH Presents Classical Indian Music

For Immediate Release
Date: 9/22/2017
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org

Symphony NH Presents Classical Indian Music

Nashua, N.H. – Symphony NH presents an Evening of Classical Indian Music featuring Durga Krishnan playing veena and Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar playing mridangam on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30pm. This is a free event taking place at a private home in Nashua. RSVP is required and available online at www.symphonynh.org/events/intown928.

Durga Krishnan, a graduate of Carnatic Music College of Chennai, India, has been teaching music for over four decades. She lectures across the Boston area including at Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts, Berklee College of Music, and Wellesley and is involved in various Boston area organizations that promote the importance of music in the community.

Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar has over two decades of experience performing with leading artists and dance ensembles. He has guest lectured at Berklee School of Music and collaborated with Bluegrass & Jazz artists to create a recording for Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Companion, a web project designed to inspire young composers.

Durga Krishnan will perform on the veena, India’s oldest and most authentic instrument. The national instrument of India, the veena is four feet in length and played while sitting on the floor in lotus position. Musicians pluck the instrument with two fingers on the right hand while pressing notes with the left hand. Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar accompanies on the mridangam, a percussion instrument from India which is played parallel to the floor. The instrument rests on the foot and ankle and provides a resonating bass sound when stroked.

Symphony NH is proud to highlight such talented musicians in our community. Symphony NH
Executive Director Marc Thayer proposed this performance by Durga Krishnan and Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar, explaining that “Nashua needs to celebrate its diverse neighborhoods and by bringing a variety of music to our community we are able to highlight the many cultures in our own backyard.”

Do not miss out on this memorable evening of live music happening Thursday, September 28
from 7:30-9pm in Nashua. Attendees will receive the address for this event with their RSVP
confirmation. RSVP to this event at www.symphonynh.org/events/intown928 or by calling the Symphony NH office at (603) 595-9156. A limited number of tickets are available.

For a list of all Symphony NH events and for tickets to upcoming performances, visit
symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156.

Symphony NH Opens Season with Dvořák New World and Highlights New Hampshire Composer

For Immediate Release
Date: 9/19/17
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org


Symphony NH Opens Season with Dvořák New World and Highlights New Hampshire Composer


NASHUA, NH – Symphony NH opens its 2017-18 season – the Year of Beethoven – with Dvořák New World on Friday, October 6th at 8 pm at the Concord City Auditorium in Concord, Saturday, October 7th at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts in Nashua, and Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm at the Paul Creative Arts Center as part of the University of New Hampshire Celebrity Series.

To kick off a season featuring Beethoven, Symphony NH’s October concert series includes one of Beethoven’s greatest accomplishments, his Coriolan Overture. This ten-minute opera is a dark preview of the drama, betrayal, and retribution found in a German author’s interpretation of Coriolanus.

The title work of this program – Antonin Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony “From the New World” – is widely recognized and considered one of the first “American” pieces of music. This bold symphony draws on Dvořák’s time spent touring the United States and features African American and Native American folk music that he studied during his travels. His symphony premiered in the 1800’s, at a time when American music was not globally recognized.

Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony is paired with Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony and draws on the Irish and English roots common among many United States residents and immigrants of the time. Growing up in Henniker, New Hampshire in the 1800’s, Amy Beach was one of the first highly acclaimed American performers and composers, at a time when few women were recognized for their artistic achievements. In response to Dvořák’s Symphony, Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony is a romantic work, highlighting her own heritage along with a vital piece of America’s culture.

In a season opening concert of highlights, this concert recognizes Music Director Jonathan McPhee as his final concert conducting the orchestra. After nine years as Music Director and Principal conductor, Maestro McPhee will be moving on from Symphony NH. President of Symphony NH’s Board of Trustees Dr. Robert Oot says, “we are very grateful to Maestro McPhee for his dedication and contributions to Symphony NH over the past decade, which have brought artistic success to our organization. We know he will continue to bring artistic excellence to new audiences and wish him the best.”


Join Symphony NH for Dvořák New World on Friday, October 6th at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince Street, Concord, NH) at 8 pm; Saturday, October 7th at Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH) at 8 pm; and Tuesday, October 10th at the Paul Creative Arts Center (30 Academic Way, Durham, NH) at 7 pm. Tickets for the Concord and Nashua concerts are $18-$49, with $10 student tickets, and free tickets for children 15 under. Senior discounts are available. Tickets for the Durham concert are $10-$30 with senior discounts available. For more information about the concert and Symphony NH’s season kick off events visit www.symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156.

Fulchino Vineyard and Symphony NH Partner in First Annual New Hampshire Grape Festival™

For Immediate Release
Date:9/6/2017
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org


Fulchino Vineyard and Symphony NH Partner in First Annual New Hampshire Grape Festival™

Hollis, N.H. – Sample local wine, have a good time and support Symphony NH at Fulchino Vineyard’s first annual New Hampshire Grape Festival™! Fulchino Vineyard, located on 187 Pine Hill Road in Hollis, NH will be hosting this event on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 1 pm to 5pm, a free event for all ages.


Nestled away in beautiful Hollis, Fulchino Vineyard’s ambiance creates the perfect environment to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Take a moment to enjoy and appreciate the experience and begin a New Hampshire tradition with your family.

Indulge in gelato, cool off with Italian Ice, and savor table grapes (proceeds of sales support Symphony NH). Learn about the wine-making process and how grapes are picked, commemorating your day with a picture in the grape stomping barrel. For the adults, enjoy a complimentary tasting of Fulchino Vineyard’s fine wines. There is sure to be something enjoyable for the whole family, so stop by any time, no ticket or RSVP is required. Don’t forget to purchase a bottle of Fulchino Vineyard wine while you are there, where 20% of the event’s proceeds will benefit Symphony NH’s community and education programs.


Be sure not to miss out on the first ever New Hampshire Grape Festival™ in support of Symphony NH on September 17 th from 1-5PM.  Please visit our website at symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156 for more information about this event.  Information is also available with Fulchino Vineyard on their website fulchinovineyard.com or call (603) 438-5984.


This is just the start of SNH’s 2017-18 season kick-off events.   Symphony NH will be performing free string quartet concerts at Canterbury Shaker Village and Nashua Public Library.  The season also kicks off with Beethoven Brunch on September 24th, a toast to exceptional live music with a string quartet concert and brunch.  For a list of all Symphony NH event information and for tickets, visit symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156.

Symphony NH Announces 2016-17 Season

For Immediate Release
Date: 5/26/2016
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org

Symphony NH Announces 2016-17 Season

NASHUA, NH – Symphony NH announces its 2016-17 season, featuring world-class soloists, two New Hampshire premieres, and additional concerts across the Granite State.  Maestro Jonathan McPhee leads the orchestra into its 94th season with The Essential RING – Part II in Nashua on Sunday October 2nd.   Praised as “outstanding Wagner” by The Boston Globe, this monumental adaptation brings the stellar soloists, the combined forces of Symphony NH and the Lexington Symphony, and the epic story of Wagner’s Ring Cycle to New Hampshire audiences.  McPhee recalls the finale of Symphony NH’s previous season with the Essential RING – Part I: “The singers were amazing, the orchestra was fabulous.  Part I brought the most enthusiastic audience I’ve ever seen to a Symphony NH concert.”

In November Irina Muresanu returns to Symphony NH as violin soloist and conductor, leading and inspiring the orchestra’s string musicians in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and other iconic stringed instrument repertoire.  Audiences across the state can enjoy this concert in Nashua, Concord, and Lebanon.

Now a Nashua tradition, Symphony NH will be performing the beloved Holiday Pops twice with an additional concert in Concord.  McPhee says, “Holiday Pops is always a meaningful time for our community as we celebrate some of the great music of the holiday season.  Now we get to share this time with an even larger community across the state.”

The season continues in January 2017 with the return of pianist Max Levinson performing Beethoven’s transformative Piano Concerto No. 4 on a concert with Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Schoenberg’s darkly romantic Verklärte Nacht.  Another Symphony NH favorite, cellist Sergey Antonov, returns in March to perform Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Variations on a Rococo Theme alongside Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and the New Hampshire Premiere of Theofanidis’ Dreamtime Ancestors.

The 2016-17 season concludes with Symphony NH’s own Cheryl Bishkoff, principal oboe, performing Martinů’s Concerto for Oboe, which McPhee calls, “one of my favorites”, on a program with Smetana’s beloved work The Moldau and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.  This final concert featuring the works of Czech composers and their musical heritage will be performed in Nashua, Concord, and Lebanon.

Symphony NH continues to expand across the state and bring exceptional music to new audiences.  Tickets and subscriptions go on sale June 1st.  For more information visit www.symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9156.

Symphony NH Hires New Executive Director

For Immediate Release
Date: 6/6/2016
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org

Symphony NH Hires New Executive Director

Nashua, NH - The Symphony NH Board of Trustees led by President Dr. Robert Oot is pleased to announce the selection of Marc Thayer as the new Executive Director of Symphony NH.  Mr. Thayer is currently the Deputy Director of the Association of American Voices.  A search committee of individuals from the Symphony NH Board and Orchestra, assisted by Polly Kahn of PK Orchestra Solutions of New York City, conducted an extensive national search of industry professionals.

Board President Dr. Robert Oot gave the following statement upon Thayer accepting the position: “We at Symphony NH are delighted that Marc will be joining our organization.  His vast experience in the music world is an excellent match for Symphony NH, and we are very excited that he will be leading us as we continue to grow and perform across the state of New Hampshire.  I am confident that he will be successful as our Executive Director and am looking forward to his arrival next month.”

Symphony NH, New Hampshire’s leading professional orchestra, is committed to performing high quality classical music across the Granite State and concluded its 2015-16 season with Jonathan McPhee’s adaptation The Essential RING – Part I.  Part II of what The Boston Globedescribed as “intensely dramatic” and “outstanding Wagner” will be Symphony NH’s 2016-17 opening concert in Nashua on October 2nd.

Upon notification of his selection, Mr. Thayer made the following statement: “I’m excited and honored to join the Symphony NH family with Music Director Jonathan McPhee, whose vision has turned this organization into the premiere professional orchestra in New Hampshire.  The orchestra’s proud past and terrific potential promise a future of exciting growth, meaningful collaborations, and community connections throughout the region.”

Thayer worked with American Voices since 2011, where he managed cultural programs for the US Department of State and coordinated performing arts and education programs in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  Previously he was Vice President for Education and Community Partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony and the Founder and Manager of Community Engagement for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.  Marc has been on faculty at Washington University, St. Louis University, and the Community Music School of Webster University.  Thayer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Thayer will begin his role as Executive Director with Symphony NH on July 1st.

Symphony NH will be holding a public event for members of the community, press, and government wishing to learn more about Mr. Thayer’s goals for the future of Symphony NH and its work in the community.  This event will be scheduled for early fall; for more information call (603) 595-9156 or visit www.symphonynh.org.

Symphony NH Announces New InTown Community Music Series

For Immediate Release
Date: 1/25/2017
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156
audrey@symphonynh.org

Symphony NH Announces New InTown Community Music Series

NASHUA, NH – Your favorite coffee shop, a gallery at the art museum, your neighborhood library – now all places you can also enjoy live music.  Symphony NH’s new InTown Community Music Series aims to bring live music to community spaces with performances by small groups of musicians in collaboration with local organizations and businesses.  The series begins with a free concert at the Nashua Public Library on February 3rd at 12 pm.  Reservations are required.  Stop by the library during your lunch break or start your weekend early while listening to violins, viola, and cello performing Mozart and more.

The free concerts at the Nashua Public Library features Symphony NH concertmaster Elliott Markow performing with Rose Drucker on violin, Kathleen Kalogeras on viola, and Harel Gietheim on cello.  “These chamber music concerts – only a few musicians performing rather than the entire orchestra – are a unique experience for the audience and the performers,” explains Markow.  “Especially with this program featuring Mozart and his contemporaries, the audience can listen for the musical ‘conversations’ and more closely enjoy these moments between the individual musicians.”

The series continues later in February with Debussy aFire, a concert in collaboration with Riverwalk Café and Music Bar in Nashua.  On February 17th join Symphony NH strings to hear works by Debussy and Glass alongside aFire, the band of brothers from global mothers that begins with the soul of freedom and space.  Debussy aFire will be a world of music and centuries on inspiration in one evening.   Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

In March the Hunt Memorial Building, thanks to the support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, hosts an InTown concert with cellist Nathanial Lathrop and pianist Rebecca Plummer performing Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms.  This free concert will be March 29th at 6 pm.  Reservations are required. 

More information about Symphony NH’s InTown music series is available online at www.symphonynh.org or by calling (603) 595-9156.