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Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch!Hannah Schramm Murray, soprano and Calvin Herst, piano"Taking Flight: American Songs of Migration"
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. This concert, featuring Hannah Schramm Murray, soprano, and Calvin Herst, piano, 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 Welcome Concord Initiative. Welcome 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 B. Walker Lecture Fund and The Gertrude Couch Trust; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, call 603-228-1196 or visitwww.ccmusicschool.org.
About the Artists
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 laude in 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.
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