Plymouth State University Student Ensembles Brighten May

April 30th, 2013 by Heather

    Plymouth State University Student Ensembles Brighten May

    PLYMOUTH  — Four student ensembles in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present public year-end concerts in early May.

    The PSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 1 in the studio theatre at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth. Under the direction of Tim Gilmore, the ensemble will perform an eclectic program of music from the American drum core tradition, as well as ragtime, Latin American and contemporary jazz styles.
    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at
    The PSU Jazz Ensemble and Combo under the direction of professors Mark Stickney and Rik Pfenninger will perform “What is Hip: An Evening of Traditional Jazz and Funk” the following night at 7 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center. The program includes the music of Count Basie, Tower of Power and more.
    Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office. (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at
    Coming up at 7 p.m. May 6, the PSU Guitar Ensemble will perform a wide variety of music from classical to pop, under the direction of Jim Alba in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center. Alba says the players will perform guitar quartets including a Mozart Minuet and a Scarlatti Sonata, followed by some Jazzy pieces like Wes Montgomery’s “Road Song,” some Limehouse Blues with solo guitar pieces by Segovia, then back to a couple of dance numbers, with dancers as a closer. There is no charge for admission to this program.
    Closing out the concert season, the PSU Chamber Players under the direction of Professor Mark Stickney will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Smith Recital Hall. The program will include performances by the piano ensemble, flute choir, woodwind ensemble and more.

    Folk, pop, rock groups booked, author series scheduled at Sliver Center for the Arts in 2013

    January 30th, 2013 by Heather


      Folk, pop, rock groups booked, author series scheduled at Silver Center for the Arts in 2013

      Union Leader Correspondent

      The spring season of performances at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University will feature New England favorite Tom Rush, Grammy-winner Kathy Mattea and the annual Eagle Pond Authors Series produced by New Hampshire poet Donald Hall.

      The center’s first guest artist for 2013 is folk icon Rush, whose string of New England dates includes a sold-out Plymouth show Feb. 1. Rush, celebrating 50 years of performing this year, helped shape the national folk revival in the 1960s and renaissances that
      followed in the 1980s and 1990s. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Rush as a major influences on their careers.
      Next up, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, is a free concert by The New England Winds, a part of the Air Force Band of Liberty and featuring a Plymouth native Mickey Ireland on clarinet. The winds are known for performing a challenging repertoire with music from the Baroque era to newly commissioned works.Then, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Mattea, who is touring with music from her 18th CD, “Calling Me Home,” comes to the center for an 8 p.m. show. Her 30 hit singles are woven through bluegrass, gospel, country, pop and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple Grammy Awards.

      Tickets are $35-$25 for adults, $33-$23 for seniors and $25-$15 for youths.

      March will features two concerts of guitar music. The Brasil Guitar Duo performs on Thurday, March 14, with a program of classical and songs from its native country. Performers Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than 12 years. The show is at 7 p.m.

      Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 seniors, and $15 for youths.

      Then, on Friday, March 29, Nashville’s bluesy-rock rebel Todd Snider brings his show to the stage for an 8 p.m. performance in the Smith Recital Hall. Snider is known for casting a critical eye on the state of the world with his trademark blend of wry wit and compassion.

      Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $15 for youths.

      Friday, April 26, brings Girlyman to the center, a group known for its folk and pop songs in three-part harmony. The show is at 8 p.m.

      Tickets are $20-$15 for adults, $18-$13 for seniors, and $10-$5 for youths.

      The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series continues with the help of Hall, who on Thursday, Feb. 28, will introduce Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. On Thursday, April 4, Dick Allen, Connecticut’s poet laureate will close the series. Both performances are at 7 p.m., and are offered with free admission.

      For more information, call 535-2787 or go to

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