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For Immediate Release: 25 October 2016
CONCORD, N.H—Tracing traditional tunes from the Celtic Isles to the American West, two folk-themed programs will kick off the 2016-2017 Bach’s Lunch Series of free, lunchtime lectures and concerts at the Concord Community Music School.
On Thursday, November 2, singer, fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist Skip Gorman will give a lecture titled “Across the Pond: Celtic Airs to Cowboy Tunes.” The following week, on Thursday, November 9, Gorman will return to the Music School stage with singer Susie Burke and guitarist and mandolinist David Surette, chair of the Music School’s Folk Department, to present a concert titled “Along the Crooked Road: Songs & Tunes from the Old World to the New.” Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord. Bring your lunch!
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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2016
CONCORD, N.H.—Weaving jazz through the fabric of Bluegrass, Celtic, and Classical music, the genre-defying band Fugue Mill will take the stage in an evening concert at 7:30 pm. on Friday, October 21 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord.
Headed up by pianist and Music School alumnus Mark Shilansky, Fugue Mill creates a complex yet attractive blend of musical styles and traditions. Original group pieces are featured side by side with music by such composers as Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, and Samuel Barber. Violin and mandolin augment the lineup, creating a transparent and vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint. Members of the group combine their wide-ranging experience playing with such artists as Luciana Souza, Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, and Darol Anger into a musical melange that explores diverse idioms, linked through improvisation and groove.
For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016
CONCORD, NH—With credits ranging from operatic solos in Vienna, to performances with the New York City Ballet, to appearances at Carnegie Hall, three new Voice Department faculty members are bringing rich and varied experience to the Concord Community Music School in the 2016-2017 school year.
The Music School is pleased to welcome Sharon Baker (soprano), Julie Braun Haines (soprano), and Petra Pacaric (mezzo-soprano), who will teach private lessons and coach vocal ensembles.
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2016
CONCORD, N.H.—For bassist Scott Kiefner, the Concord Community Music School was a home away from home during his childhood and student years. There he studied jazz and classical bass playing, and gained long-lasting mentorships and friendships with his teachers. Now he is returning to the School in a new role—as a faculty member in the Jazz Department.
“On a personal level, CCMS has had a greater impact on my life than any other institution,” said Kiefner. “Because of this school and the teachers here I had the resources to explore and develop my love of music. The guidance I received enabled me to seriously pursue music at a high level.
For Immediate Release: November 10, 2016
CONCORD, N.H.—The Concord Community Music School is pleased to welcome multi-genre trumpet player Matt Davis to the faculty. Davis will bring performance experience in jazz, classical, and theater to his work at the Music School.
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