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For Immediate Release: 24 January 2017

Media Contact: Liz Faiella, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 603.228.1196

CONCORD, N.H.—As Valentine’s Day approaches, celebrate songs of love—and love of song—at February’s free Bach’s Lunch programs at the Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, February 2, Mark Shilansky, Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, will give a lecture titled “When the Singer Meets the Song: Vocal Interpretation.” The following week, on February 9, Music School faculty members Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, and Kent Allyn, piano, will team up to present a concert titled “By the Light of the Silvery Moon: Valentines by Moonlight.”

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 his February 2 lecture, pianist, composer, and vocalist Mark Shilansky will ask: Where does the song end and the singer begin? Often, a song is transformed through its performance by jazz and popular music vocalists, and even by the life circumstances of these artists, accruing meaning that its composer may not have intended.  Audience members will explore this process, listening to various versions of the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen which has become almost ubiquitous in popular culture through versions by Jeff Buckley and a cartoon Ogre, and “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men,” by Fran Landesmann and Tommy Wolf, as performed by Anita O’Day, Roberta Flack, Mark Murphy, and Kurt Elling.

On February 9, Peggo Horstmann Hodes and Kent Allyn return for their annual and well-loved Valentine’s-themed Bach’s Lunch. This year’s concert will feature love songs that take audience members to the moon and back, with selections like “Blue Moon,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “Dancin’ in the Moonlight” among others. From corny to romantic, the duo’s songs will include favorite movie songs, jazz ballads, and Van Morrison.

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

Mark Shilansky studied jazz piano with Michael Annicchiarico and was a member of the 1987-88 Scholarship Jazz Ensemble at the Concord Community Music School under the direction of David Tonkin. He went on to a BA in piano performance at the University of New Hampshire, and an MM in Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory, where he is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, while maintaining his busy performance schedule with a number of jazz artists, as well as teaching Ear Training, Arranging, and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music.

Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, is an extraordinarily versatile performer. She holds master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Lesley College and in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory. Director of the Songweavers women’s community chorus at the Concord Community Music School, where she also presents Vibrant Voice workshops, Peggo has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Granite State Symphony, the Concord Chorale, and the Musicians of Wall Street. In recital, she has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. In 2009, Peggo premiered Kaddish, a new work about the Holocaust by Lawrence Siegel. Peggo has recorded six CDs with her husband, Paul Hodes, in their groups Peggosus and Peggo & Paul, two of which won Parents’ Choice Awards. Peggo has recorded numerous other CDs, including with femme m’amie, a solo CD, Peggo: In Love, and recently, Homeward Bound with Larksong Trio. Peggo loves to sing anytime, anywhere.

Kent Allyn, piano, is an in-demand accompanist and studio musician, as well as a key sideman for several groups and songwriters including Ben Baldwin & the Big Note, Susie Burke & David Surette, Cosy Sheridan, Paul & Peggo, and Kathy Lowe. His stellar bass, piano, and electric guitar work have been heard on numerous recordings. At Berwick Academy, since 1989, he has taught private lessons in guitar, piano, and electric bass. Kent says his only claim to fame is that he took piano lessons from Constance (Mrs. T) Tallarico, Steven Tyler's grandmother. When not playing or teaching music he can be found relaxing in a recreational rowing shell or sailing a peapod on Pepperrell Cove in Kittery Point, ME.

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.

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