Symphony NH Brings Grammy Award-Winner for November Concert

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Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156

Symphony NH Brings Grammy Award-Winner for November Concert

NASHUA, NH— Symphony NH features all American composers to honor Veterans during their November concert of Copland and Barber with guest conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, November 11 at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua.  Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer joins Symphony NH to perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer or 1915, a musical portrait of a dreamy summer night in the American South, on a program featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Joseph R. Olefirowicz on piano with Brewer performing Harold Arlen’s Happiness is a Thing Called Joe, I Had Myself a True Love, and Come Rain or Come Shine.

Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya is hailed as “superb,” and “expert,” while “coax[ing] every possible expressive note from the instrumentalists.” This Russian born conductor serves as Music Director with Chicago Opera Theater and Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble/Boston New Music Festival and Refugee Orchestra Project.  She has held previous positions including conductor with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and as Music Director with Harvard’s Lowell House Opera.  

Christine Brewer, named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music) is recognized for her unique timbre, boundless power and vibrant personality. She has performed worldwide making appearances in opera, concert and recital. She sung with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New World and Boston Symphonies, Sydney Opera House and more performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and more and has appeared in the Boston Celebrity Series, Lincoln Center’s “Art of the Song” series and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Passionate about passing a love of opera to the younger generation, Brewer introduced “Opera-tunities” to students at the Marissa Elementary School where she once taught in Marissa, Illinois.

Symphony NH bassist, Robert Hoffman will host his popular “Words on Music: Pre-Concert Talk” at the Nashua Public Library, Thursday, November 9 at 5:30 pm.  He will be joined by guest conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya and will discuss the program for the performance November 11 featuring Rounds for Strings, David Diamond, Happiness is a Thing Called Joe, Harold Arlen, Knoxville: Summer 1915, Samuel Barber, and Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland.

The Nashua Community Music School will host Christine Brewer for a free public masterclass Thursday, November 9 at 5:30 pm featuring select voice students singing the New Hampshire All State Audition aria, Vittoria mio core by Giacomo Carissimi.  This is an opportunity for voice students looking for professional tips or avid lovers of opera to watch an international opera star foster the next generation of great singers.  This event takes place at the Nashua Community Music School, 5 Pine Street Ext. Nashua, NH.  For more information call 603-881-7030 or email

Veterans and Active Duty Military receive free tickets to this program thanks to generous support from BAE Systems.  Regular tickets are $18 - $49, with senior discounts, $10 student tickets, and free tickets for children 15 and under. Copland and Barber will be performed November 11 at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua.  For more information visit or call (603) 595-9156.