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For Immediate Release: 20 February 2017

CONCORD, N.H.—From African-American spirituals to Broadway show tunes, explore how migration and immigration have shaped and inspired vocal music at March’s free Bach’s Lunch programs at the Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, March 2, Peggy Senter, president and founder of the Music School, will give a lecture titled “Musical Migrations: Schubert, Spirituals & Show Tunes.” The following week, on Thursday, March 9, Music School faculty members Hannah Schramm Murray, soprano, and Calvin Herst, piano, will team up to present a concert titled “Taking Flight: American Songs of Migration.” Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord.

In her March 2 lecture, Peggy Senter will ask: What do we seek when we leave our homeland for a new home? The journey may be for romantic or familial love, or for freedom from persecution, or for reasons we do not choose.  This program will examine vocal music inspired by the history of migration in Europe and America, including beloved Schubert songs, African-American spirituals important to the Underground Railroad, and the 20th century Jewish refugees who shaped American musical theater.   Since the early 20th century, immigration has shaped the course of American music, expanding the talent pool of musicians and composers, as well as providing some of its ongoing themes.

The March 9 concert, featuring Hannah Schramm Murray and Calvin Herst, celebrates American song, including African-American spirituals, songs of westward migration, traditional folk songs, and Broadway tunes from the mid-1950s until today.

“Musical Migrations” is the theme of this year’s Bach’s Lunch programs, which are an outgrowth of the Music School’s leadership work on the Steering Committee of the Welcoming Concord Initiative. Welcoming Concord began through the statewide efforts of the Endowment for Health’s Immigration Integration Initiative, and is a forum for collective action and shared learning, with the goal of warmly welcoming New Americans into the cultural, economic, and civic life of the region.

The Bach's Lunch Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail Walker Lecture Fund and the Gertrude Couch Trust; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.

About the Speaker and Artists

Peggy Senter, founder and president of the Music School, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina in music education, and also holds a master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin with further study in arts administration, voice, and piano pedagogy at Harvard, Longy, New England Conservatory and CCMS.    She has received such honors as the Governor's Award for Arts Education (1993), the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumna Award (1999) and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2007).  Her work with national foundations includes participation in the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund’s Leadership Forum on Cultural Participation and a presentation for the Mellon Foundation’s Orchestra Forum, as well as a national evaluation of the Surdna Foundation’s Arts Program.  Her piano teachers include Michael Zenge, Howard Karp, and Victor Rosenbaum, and her previous faculty positions include the Rivers Music School, North Shore Community College, and St. Paul’s School. She has performed in recital and as concerto soloist and chamber musician in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and New England, including many premieres of new works with Composers in Red Sneakers, Nuclassix, and the Musicians of Wall Street.

Hannah Schramm Murray, soprano, earned a master’s degree in music from Westminster Choir College. Additional studies include Connecticut College (B.A.), the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sangerin Program. Mrs. Murray is a frequent soloist throughout the Northeastern United States, including singing for the Nashua Symphony, Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mass., the Monadnock Chorus, and Concord Community Chorus. Mrs. Murray is also an in-demand voice teacher. Her students have gone on to some of the nations leading schools of music and have sung off and on Broadway. She is the Chair of the Voice and Choral Department at Concord Community Music School. Mrs. Murray is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the mother of two girls, Grace and Caroline.

Calvin Herst, piano, performs frequently as a collaborative pianist. He has appeared in concert performances at the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, throughout the People’s Republic of China, and in venues across northern New England. He has performed in numerous regional, state and national competitions supporting both student and professional performers. He can be heard on recordings with Peggo Horstmann Hodes (Summer Nights) and the Larksong Trio (Homeward Bound), of which he is the founding pianist. He is the pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord and the Suncook Valley Chorale. Recognized with the NH Governor's Arts Award in Education in 2015, he has previously been on the faculty of the Ithaca College School of Music, the Community Music Center of Boston, and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Mr. Herst received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees magna cum laudein piano performance from Ithaca College, along with the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Teaching License. He has also studied conducting extensively, including a summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  

About the Concord Community Music School

Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.# # #