For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Alessi
Music Kitchen in Nashua: Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and Symphony NH Partner for Free Concert
NASHUA, NH – The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and Symphony NH announce a collaborative performance featuring the symphony’s January guest artist, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. On January 26th at 4:30 pm at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, 2 Quincy Street, Nashua, NH 03060, Hall-Tompkins will perform a free concert during dinner. The public is welcome to attend and no RSVP is required. Seating is first come, first served.
Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a sought after soloist, known for her role as fiddler for Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof and was recently selected by The New York Times as a New Yorker of the Year for her work as President and founder of Music Kitchen - Food for the Soul in New York. The non-profit brings professional musicians into New York City soup kitchens and shelters to perform for residents, and inspires the performance in Nashua this January.
In an interview with The New York Times, Hall-Tompkins discussed the experience of playing in shelters, saying, “there’s something more profound reaching people with these pieces at this time in their lives,” recalling the audience at a soup kitchen concert of Brahms’ Sextet in G Major, “they were cheering like it was a sports game.... By the time we actually reached the end, they cheered like it was the winning point at the Super Bowl, and it was incredible.”
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter Executive Director Michael Reinke looks forward to this and future collaborations, saying “at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, we believe it is important to feed the heart as well as the stomach. We are excited about our partnership with Symphony NH. As the saying goes, ‘you’ve got to have art!’”
This performance is in conjunction with Symphony NH’s “All Beethoven” concert on January 27th at 8 pm at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH 03060, featuring Kelly Hall-Tompkins performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and her Fiddler Rhapsody and Scherzo, inspired by her time as fiddler for Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, with guest conductor Roderick Cox leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”. For more information, visit www.symphonynh.org or call (603) 595-9165.