Celebrating Season 65 with new concerts, series, and exciting guest artists under the direction of Paul Polivnick
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The New Hampshire Music Festival celebrates their 65th season this summer with free outdoor special events, an expanded orchestra, a new concert series in Wolfeboro, a new series of ArtsWalks as part of the Music in the Mountains series, the 4th annual Make Music Plymouth, international soloists, and the return of music director Paul Polivnick.
This summer’s popular orchestral events continue in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts on Thursday evenings offering a range of orchestral emotions beginning with the opening night featuring the Festival’s concertmaster and international soloist Yulia Milshtein performing the Bruch Violin Concerto paired with Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 5. The season finale features renowned 26-year-old pianist Steven Lin performing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto and the orchestra on Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. In between these two masterwork concerts, the Festival presents a series of diverse concerts including Mozart and Mahler featuring a concert version of Mozart’s short opera The Impresario which pits two competing sopranos against each other and Copland in Mexico, a multimedia exploration of Copland’s time in Mexico and featuring a full showing of the film Redes accompanied by live orchestra. This performance is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This year the Festival is also thrilled to present their 4th annual Composer Portrait concert welcoming to New Hampshire composer Huang Ruo who has been lauded by the New Yorker magazine as “one of the world’s leading young composers.” A variety of Ruo’s music will be performed including his piece Leaving Sao, where Ruo will be featured as a vocalist in traditional Chinese folk style. This concert will conclude with Haydn’s powerful Lord Nelson Mass performed by the Festival’s Symphonic Chorus, conducted by Dr. Dan Perkins and featuring four Plymouth State University alumni who have continued their professional careers in opera and voice performance returning to the region as soloists for this great work.
Alongside the orchestral series the New Hampshire Music Festival continues the long-standing chamber music series on Tuesday evenings in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. This acoustical gem of a venue showcases the Festival musicians in an intimate setting performing Mozart piano sonatas to large scale compositions by contemporary composers. The full programming schedule for this series is personally curated by the musicians of the Festival and will be updated online as information becomes available. These concerts have been known to sell out the last several years so purchasing tickets early is recommended.
To celebrate Season 65, the New Hampshire Music Festival is expanding their orchestral offerings to a new region of the state by bringing performances to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. On the opening and closing weekends of the New Hampshire Music Festival the entire orchestra will present repeat performances of their Plymouth concerts at the Kingswood Regional Performing Arts Center. Other weeks during the summer will showcase chamber music on Saturday evenings and select outdoor events as part of the Music in the Mountains series. A Wolfeboro series subscription for all concerts will be available for purchase.
With generous support from the Lincoln Financial Foundation and with new support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire Music Festival is excited to continue their third annual Music in the Mountains series presenting free informal concerts on lakesides and mountaintops. This year the series evolves to include a new set of events called ArtsWalks. On Friday mornings in select communities musicians will be performing along nature trails partnered with local artists who will be creating new work. At the head of these trails, local conservation organizations will be present to provide guided walks describing their efforts to promote and improve the ecology of their specific region. Details about ArtsWalk events will be available on the Festival’s website – www.nhmf.org – along with other Music in the Mountains series concerts that will be taking place across the state, including a chamber concert at St. Gauden’s National Historic Site, a free series of concerts at the Taylor Community in Laconia, the fourth annual Make Music Plymouth with a free family concert on July 22 and the second annual New England Choral Institute.
Single tickets range from Free-$75. Subscription packages begin at $90. Subscriptions are available for the Plymouth chamber series, the Plymouth orchestral series, and the Wolfeboro classical series. Free events include Make Music Plymouth, our Family Concert, ArtsWalks, and Music in the Mountains.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nhmf.org or by calling the New Hampshire Music Festival Office at 603-238-9007 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the NHMF office at 7 Main St, Plymouth, NH May 1-19 and at the Silver Center for the Arts for the remainder of the season at 114 Main Street, Plymouth, NH. Wolfeboro tickets can be purchased starting at 4:00pm on concert days at the concert venue. Full season details can be found at www.nhmf.org.