NH Music Festival’s 61st season offers old favorites, new outreach
PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival is celebrating its 61st season with a new music director and exciting new concert offerings in Plymouth and beyond.
The festival’s beloved Orchestral Classics Series presents a fabulous array of repertoire beginning Thursday, July 11. In this season — the first under new Music Director, Donato Cabrera — the Festival Orchestra will continue in its tradition of presenting well-loved repertoire sideby side with engaging recent works.
Drawing on programs from the early days of the festival and celebrating the anniversaries of Britten, Verdi and Wagner, the festival Orchestra will also perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and Vivaldi alongside pieces by Stravinsky, de Falla, and an East Coast premiere by American composer Mark Volkert.
The festival also welcomes back its Conductor Laureate Paul Polivnick, and Director of Choirs Joel Johnson, who, along with several Orchestra members, celebrate their 50th summer season.
The Pops Series kicks off the 2013 season on Saturday, July 6 led by returning Festival Pops Director Matt Catingub. This patriotic program includes jazz standards and popular favorites to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The season continues with the commencement of the Chamber Music Series, featuring intimate musical experiences performed by members of the festival orchestra. This series begins on Tuesday, July 9.
The Classics, Pops, and Chamber series take place at the Silver Center for the Arts, on the campus of Plymouth State University. Last year, the Festival signed a ten-year contract with PSU, drawing upon a decades-long relationship between these two institutions, and securing a permanent performance space for the Festival.
New this year, are two performance initiatives that will broaden the reach of the Festival to new audiences across the state. The Family Concert Series, piloted by Cabrera, will be offered on Saturday, July 13 and August 3.
Entitled the 603 Series, this endeavor will reach across the Granite state with concerts offered in Gilford and Concord, and will include a joint presentation with the Great Waters Music Festival in Wolfeboro. See the full schedule on the festival’s website for dates and locations.
For a complete schedule of the New Hampshire Music Festival’s 2013 season, go to www.nhmf.org.