New Hampshire Music Festival Kicks Off 2014 Summer Season: ‘The Romantic Spirit’

July 8th, 2014 by Lynn

    Photo of Donato Cabrera by Anastasia Chernyavsky

    The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) presents its 2014 summer season, with a theme of “The Romantic Spirit.” The six-week season, running today July 8-August 14, will explore and celebrate the many facets of Romanticism, from the 18th century to the modern day.

    The 62nd festival will take place in multiple venues throughout central New Hampshire. The Silver Center at Plymouth State University is the festival’s primary venue, where it will offer full orchestra performances on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Tuesday night chamber performances.

    “We will not only perform music we all know and love, from a beloved Mendelssohn overture to Tchaikovsky’s towering masterpiece, his Fifth Symphony, but we will present new and exciting music, fulfilling our need and desire to keep music a living art form,” said NHMF Music Director Donato Cabrera. “We also welcome to the NHMF family Dan Perkins, our new principal guest conductor, who will prepare the chorus for Verdi’s epic Requiem.”

    Highlights of the season include concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Conus, and Copland, and the festival will welcome four internationally renowned soloists to sing Verdi’s Requiem. Composer Nathaniel Stookey will be the first contemporary composer in a new concert series called Composer Portraits. Stookey’s The Composer is Dead, with the composer himself acting as narrator, and his newly composed overture, Go!, will be featured.

    The New Hampshire Music Festival is a six-week summer music festival that honors the tradition of classical music while exploring new artistic paths. The NHMF strives to connect the Lakes Region with an engaging, immersive festival experience by presenting world-class performances, creating strong collaborations with community partners, and offering educational programs to students of all ages. The festival was founded in 1952 as a small chamber orchestra performing on Melody Island in Lake Winnipesaukee and has grown to be a highly-valued community asset. Every summer during July and August, musicians from around the country come to Plymouth to perform well-known classics and contemporary works.

    Maestro Donato Cabrera, who had his first season at the helm of the festival in Summer 2013, enjoys an international career as a music director and conductor. Last year, he expanded the festival’s orchestral and chamber concerts, and reestablished the family concert series. In addition to his role at NHMF, he is the music director of the California Symphony and Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and is resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO).

    Bank of New Hampshire is the festival’s first lead corporate partner, providing sponsorship for this season. “Bank of New Hampshire is proud to have been a lead supporter of the New Hampshire Music Festival for more than a decade,” stated Mark Primeau, President and CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. “The New Hampshire Music Festival provides access to top musicians from all over the United States to enrich the lives of New Hampshire residents.”

    Subscription sales begin in March 2014 and single ticket sales will start in April 2014. Ticket prices range from $15-$69. More details can be found at


    Donato Cabrera, Music Director

    Week 1: The German Romantic

    TONIGHT, July 8, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

    Thursday, July 10, 8 PM
    Opening Celebration
    Festival Orchestra
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in E major, Op. 21
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, Frances Renzi, piano
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

    Sunday, July 13
    Jazz Brunch at Wolfeboro Inn

    Week 2: A Musical Cornucopia

    Tuesday, July 15, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

    Thursday, July 17, 8 PM
    Saturday, July 19, 8 PM

    Festival Orchestra
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Schreker: Intermezzo, Op. 8
    Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484, Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon
    Mason Bates: Icarian Rhapsody
    Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Jennifer Cho, violin

    Friday, July 18, 8 PM
    Lincoln Financial Presents
    Chamber Concert
    Concord Community Music School

    Week 3: Composer Portrait-Nathaniel Stookey

    Tuesday, July 22, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

    Thursday, July 24, 8 PM
    Festival Orchestra
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Stookey: Go!
    Milhaud: Concertino d’Hiver, Op. 327, David Loucky, trombone
    Stookey: The Composer is Dead, Nathaniel Stookey, composer/narrator

    Friday, July 25, 8 PM
    Chamber Concert
    Wolfeboro Congregational Church

    Saturday, July 26, 10 AM
    Family Concert
    The Composer is Dead

    Week 4: The Russian Soul

    Tuesday, July 29, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

    Thursday, July 31, 8 PM
    Saturday, August 2, 8 PM

    Festival Orchestra
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
    Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor, Yulia Iglinova Milstein, violin
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

    Week 5: Verdi’s Requiem

    Tuesday, August 5, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
    and Heidi Melton, soprano

    Thursday, August 7, 8 PM
    Saturday, August 9, 8 PM

    Festival Orchestra and Chorus
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Dan Perkins, director of choral activities
    Verdi: Messa di Requiem
    Heidi Melton, soprano
    Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
    AJ Glueckert, tenor
    James Westman, bass

    Sunday, August 10, 8 PM
    An Evening with Lisa Vroman – Gala Concert
    Broadway and cabaret music featuring soprano Lisa Vroman and the Festival Orchestra

    Week 6: Latin Love

    Tuesday, August 12, 8 PM
    Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

    Thursday, August 14, 8 PM
    Festival Orchestra
    Donato Cabrera, conductor
    Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
    Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet
    Bizet: Carmen Symphony in 12 Scenes
    Márquez: Danzón No. 2

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