NEWS OF NOTE
Tickets for the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season went on sale on June 1, 2019. We will open our season on October 19 and 20, 2019 with an all-Beethoven program, featuring piano soloist George Lopez, in a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor” concerto. We will conclude our concert with Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5.
If you can’t wait until October to hear the orchestra, The Phil has been invited to help the town of Kingston, NH celebrate its 325th anniversary. We will be performing a pops concert of Broadway hits, marches, and other familiar music on Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 PM under a tent in the town common. The Phil played at the town’s 300th anniversary, as well, and we were thrilled to be invited back for this celebration.
Roric Cunningham, our fantastic soloist in the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at our Winter Concert, has been accepted as a student at New York City’s prestigious Juilliard School. With only a 6% acceptance rate, Juilliard is one of the most selective music schools in the world. Roric has been an exceptional member of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra during his high school years, and we all wish him the greatest success as he begins his studies at Juilliard.
The New England Dance Ensemble has invited the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra to join them in their annual ballet production of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, November 30, 2020 and Sunday, December 1, 2020 at the Seifert Performing Arts Center in Salem, NH. Both concerts are at 4:00 PM. Tickets are available on the NEDE website: or call 1-800-595-4TIX. This will be the first time in over 30 years that The Phil will return to the orchestra pit in a full length performance of the ballet. The annual production of Nutcracker has been a sellout event for NEDE, so concert goers are encouraged to buy their tickets early.
The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra has received a $1000 grant from the Arthur Getz Trust in support of our "Drawn to the Music" program. We are grateful for the support of the Getz Trust for Drawn to the Music. This program reaches out to elementary school students to merge their artistic talents with their interpretation of classical music. After receiving hundreds of drawings, we select those that, when combined, best tell the story about that music. We invite the students, teachers, and parents to a concert where those drawings are projected above the orchestra during a performance of the music. This year, our music is the suite from Stravinsky's "Firebird". The Drawn to the Music concerts are on March 14 and 15, 2020. Both concerts are at 2:00 PM.
The cheers may still be echoing in the Seifert Performing Arts Center after The Phil's sold-out Holiday Pops concerts, but the orchestra is not resting. Preparations are underway for the February 1st and 2nd "Winter Idylls" concert, featuring Anton Bruckner's powerful 4th Symphony, "The Romantic". The Phil will be performing the 1878 version of the symphony, which graphically depicts "A Knight's Tale", the 19th century romanticizing of noble knights, majestic castles, magical forests, hunting scenes, and soaring mountain peaks from days gone by. The Phil is nearly doubling the size of its violin section, and adding more French horns and trumpets to ensure that the power of this masterpiece is realized in these performances. This is the largest collection of musicians The Phil has assembled for a concert, so don't miss this opportunity to hear music you would normally need to go to Boston, New York, or Philadelphia to experience. All this in the comfort of the Seifert Performing Arts Center in Salem, NH.