For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Alessi
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.