Drawn To The Music

NH Phil Orchestra members and staff,

I had the pleasure of attending the Drawn to the Music concert tonight (where I had over 200 students' artwork featured), but it was truly an honor to hear the premiere of the new orchestral work composed Tim Cohen, entitled "Old Man of the Mountain." Tim's modest delivery of his narration depicting the history of the former landmark was just perfect. Before we listened, I am glad he explained how based his melody off a six note theme - "OLDMAN" - which my ears delighted finding the ways he toyed with this melody throughout. My music teacher geekiness was just captivated. I also fondly remember visiting the famed Old Man as a child, and remember feeling modest loss when he met his fate. This piece truly made me smile and reminisce in my own childhood as well as tell his story anew through the music. Brava!

I highly suggest if it all possible professionally recording this piece as it is something I'd so enjoy sharing with all of my students!


NH Elementary Music Teacher

March 2019

Drawn to the Music is a collaborative arts project in which students listen to great works of western art music and create original illustrations in response. The resulting artwork (at least 150 images will be selected) will be scanned and projected above the orchestra during their performance of the piece. This season's Drawn to the Music performances takes place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday, March 15, 2020 (2:00 p.m.).


Over the past eleven years, schoolchildren in grades K - 6 from 35 schools across southern and central New Hampshire have submitted nearly 4000 illustrations. Participating students have created unique, illustrated versions of Stravinsky’s Firebird, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Adams’ The Chairman Dances, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Ravel’s Mother Goose. In 2019, students were invited to illustrate a selection of pieces all of which fall under the theme exploring the beauty of the earth through music.

In 2020, the NH Phil will once again perform Stravinsky's Firebird Suite illustrated by NH elementary school students. Artwork submitted by students in Salem's surrounding communities (Windham, Pelham, Hampstead, etc.) will be featured during the Sunday, March 15th performance. Submissions from other communities will be shown during the Saturday, March 14th concert. The NH Phil will inform all teachers, students and parents of the date on which their students' work will be shown. 

All artwork must be received by January 31, 2020. Later submissions will not be included in the presentation.


Students, parents and teachers will receive a code to secure their tickets online at no cost for the day on which their students'/children's artwork will be featured. There will be no paper certificates this year.


For more information, please contact Toni DeGennaro toni@nhphil.org or(603) 785-8770

Tel: 603.647.6476 | Email: info@nhphil.org | P.O. Box 1651 Concord, NH 03302

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