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Concord, NH. A new season of lifelong learning gets underway at the Concord Community Music School on Monday, September 13th. From 6-month-olds in Music & Movement to ninety-nine-year-olds in individual instruction, the Music School encourages students of all ages to enjoy a lifetime of music. This year, the Music School is pleased to continue its tier of instruction for children ages 5-9: the Musical Bridge. This is a core group of classes linking early childhood classes with individual instruction and ensemble participation. Musical Bridge classes are being offered this fall in recorder, percussion and Suzuki Violin. Please call the Music School at (603) 228-1196 for information and schedule, as well as for a registration form.

Included in the Musical Bridge curriculum are classes for children ages 5-9 in recorder, percussion, and strings. Children build musicianship and basic instrumental abilities in preparation for individual instruction in the corresponding instrument families, while learning and building relationships in small group settings. In addition to the instrumental classes, the Music School offers children in this age range the opportunity to participate in the Purple Finches choruses, which develops children’s natural voices through a varied repertoire of songs. Purple Finch rehearsals will take place on Monday afternoons beginning September 27th.

Located between Wall and Fayette Streets in downtown Concord, the Music School employs a faculty of 59 artist teachers who teach 1,400 students from more than 100 communities each week. With a mission “to foster a sense of community through music… for people of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds,” the Music School welcomes adults, teens, and children, emphasizing the importance of ensembles and performance as well as individual instruction. It also partners with more than 20 New Hampshire schools, human service agencies, retirement homes, and public housing communities to bring musical participation to people unable to travel to CCMS. Call the Music School at 603-228-1196 or visit our website at www.ccmusicschool.org for more information.


CONCORD, NH - Back by popular demand, the Concord Community Music School will once again offer its series of Summer Sings on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, from July 8 through July 29.  These community gatherings are open to all, no experience necessary, with no age limits. Picnic in Fletcher-Murphy Park next door, and bring the whole family! Featured during the four weeks (with words on screen for easy sing-alongs) will be:

July 7: Beatles Sing, led by David Tonkin, Kent Allyn and Carolyn Parrott;

July 13: “A Round is a Circle, a Circle of Sound,” led by Susie Burke and Carolyn Parrott;

July 20: African Drumming and Dance, led by Lindsey and Grace Schust; and

July 27: Broadway Night, led by Peggo Horstmann Hodes and Calvin Herst.

To register, call the Music School at (603) 228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org to download a registration form. Walk-in’s are most welcome to attend as well.

If a Tuesday night Sing whets the appetite for music making, Wednesdays in July are full of additional opportunities for singers of all ages and abilities to broaden their knowledge and skills. Voice department faculty will offer several workshop series covering such topics as: Beginning Voice (for kids and adults), All-state preparation, Mastering Dramatic Intent, and Beginning Yoga for Singers. Classes meet at the same time each week (start times are as early as 10 am and as late as 7:30 pm), for three or four weeks. Complete descriptions of these workshops as well as registration forms can be downloaded from the Music School’s website www.ccmusicschool.org or can be requested by calling the Music School at (603) 228-1196.

In addition to the Summer Sings and Voice Workshops, the Music School offers its ever-popular Jazz Camp running the week of July 12 – 16, for pre-teens through adults. The camp meets daily, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, and includes ensemble, performance, recording technique, improvisation and instrumental master classes. The week is team-taught by members of the Music School’s jazz faculty.  For the younger set (6-months – 7-years), Music and Movement classes, led by Heather Oberheim, director of the Music School’s early childhood program, meet Tuesdays through August 3rd.

Private lessons in most instruments and voice are offered on a flexible basis as are ensemble coachings (chamber music to garage bands), and music therapy sessions.



CONCORD, NH – The 2009-10 Bach’s Lunch Series concludes in June with a lecture on Thursday, June 3rd by Daniel Beller-McKenna entitled “An American from Paris” and a concert the following Thursday, June 10th, entitled “Poems and Rhapsodies” featuring Stefani Burk, oboe; Harold Lieberman, viola; and Gregg Pauley, piano. Bach’s Lunch programs are free, and take place in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St., downtown Concord, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

In his June 3rd lecture, Mr. Beller-McKenna will explore the shift in the source of stylistic inspiration for later 19th and early 20th century American composers from Germany to France. Charles Martin Loeffler--who was born German, trained in Paris, and settled in America--provides a microcosm of that development.  His Two Rhapsodies (1901) for oboe, viola, and piano demonstrate the influence of French Impressionism while simultaneously paying their debt to German models from the mid-nineteenth century.

The following Thursday, June 10th, Stefani Burk, oboe; Harold Lieberman, viola; and Gregg Pauley, piano, will perform not only the Two Rhapsodies by Loeffler, based on poems by Maurice Rollinat, but also Schlilflieder (Reed Songs) by August Klughardt. Klughardt's Schlilflieder (Reed Songs) were patterned after poetry by Austria's leading lyric poet, Nikolaus Lenau. The reeds in this case are botanical, and refer to a lover mourning his lost love along the banks of a pond. Klughardt's music has been compared to Schumann's, with similar melodies, more heartfelt than mournful. Three of the five "songs" will be performed.

The Bach’s Lunch Series received a 2007 Best of NH Award from New Hampshire Magazine, named as an Editor's Pick - “best place to bring a brown-bag lunch.”

The Bach’s Lunch series is sponsored by The Duprey Companies; The Couch Trusts, TD Banknorth, N.A., Trustee; and The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund. Call 603-228-1196 for information, or visit the website www.ccmusicschool.org