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CONCERT CHOIR SINGS IN SALEM: KSC AND PSU JOINED FORCES WITH NH PHILHARMONIC TO PERFORM MAHLER

February 24 & 25, 2024 - Musically driven students and faculty from the Keene State College Concert Choir and the Plymouth State University Choirs had the chance to showcase their talents alongside the New Hampshire Philharmonic as part of a series of concerts showcasing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 on Feb. 18, 24 and 25 at Plymouth State University, and the Seifert Performing Arts Center in Salem, N.H.

The KSC and PSU choir members and faculty provided the vocal component for Symphony No. 2. Vocal solos were provided by KSC’s soprano soloist Dr. Evan Leontis, and PSU’s alto soloist Hannah Murray.

KSC music Professor Dr. Sandra Howard sang alongside the choir and said the performance opportunity correlates with student success.

Howard said two choral professors, two solo vocalists and an orchestra, among other musicians, collaborated to realize the performance.

“This isn’t something our students have the chance to experience often,” Howard said. “This is a fantastic chance for our student musicians to level-up their musicianship, and hopefully build confidence that can translate into their future goals.”

Howard said the collaborative concert offered interdisciplinary opportunities to musically-minded members of the KSC community.

“Concert Choir is open to anyone on campus. We’re not just talking choral students, but anyone who connects with music. We have members from over 20 different majors, including instrumental students who wanted the chance to get up close and personal with the professional level New Hampshire Philharmonic,” said Howard.

Val Zanchuk is a trumpet player and the treasurer of the New Hampshire Philharmonic’s board of directors. Zanchuk said the Mahler concert series was the orchestra’s first collaboration with college-level musicians.

“This isn’t an opportunity they have every day, being able to play with a professional orchestra doesn’t happen all too often, and it was exciting for all of us,” Zanchuk said. “They did a great job, and we didn’t have to rehearse for more than one session. The choir came in so softly that it felt like heaven.”

Zanchuk added, “I hope they had the chance to embrace the personal, emotional, and spiritual feeling you get from performing for an audience,” Zanchuk said.

Junior James Slipp, a music performance major who sang with the Concert Choir, said Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 was a challenging and rewarding piece to work on.  “This semester has been almost constant work on Mahler. It’s a challenging piece, and most people don’t get to perform at this level until later in their musical careers,” said Slipp.  “It’s been great to work alongside so many talented people, and I hope the audience feels the same kind of awe we do. Mahler knew exactly what he was doing,” Slipp said.

Reporter: Ryan Pacheco can be contacted at rpacheco@kscequinox.com

https://kscequinox.com/2024/03/concert-choir-sings-in-salem/

2023 - 2024 Season

October 14 and 15, 2023

Dvorak’s 7th Symphony, Bohemian Rhapsodies

Sorry Queen fans, but these are rhapsodies by real Bohemians. This vibrant concert explores the rich tapestry of Czech and English music, traversing spirited overtures, evocative suites, fantastical scherzos, soul-stirring concertos, and impassioned symphonies. The evening begins with Smetana's energetic Overture to The Bartered Bride, transitioning seamlessly into the pastoral scenes painted by Kaprálová in her Suita Rustica. The ethereal beauty of Suk's Scherzo Fantastique lends a whimsical touch, before the concert delves into the profundity of Elgar's Cello Concerto, a cornerstone of the Romantic era. Concluding the night is Dvořák's Symphony No. 7, a triumphant blend of folk elements and symphonic tradition. This concert provides a captivating journey through diverse emotional landscapes, perfectly showcasing the enduring charm of these musical masterpieces.

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Sep 17, 2021 - Eagle Tribune


SALEM, N.H. — The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its 2021-2022 concert season with performances on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, at the Seifert Performing Arts Center at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive.


Tickets for the concerts, which includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Barber’s haunting Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky’s forceful and triumphal Symphony 5, are available at www.nhphil.org. Click on the tab for “2021-2022 Season.”


The season includes the annual Holiday Pops concert, with Santa conducting. The February winter concert features Schumann’s Symphony 3 and Wagner’s Prelude to Das Rheingold. In April of 2022, the orchestra performs Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.


Visit https://nhpo.booktix.com to purchase in-person or live stream tickets. The box office will be closed before each concert until further notice, and tickets for in-person concerts must be purchased online in advance.


You must purchase a live stream “ticket” in order to receive a unique URL link that will be emailed to you after your live stream ticket purchase.



Join The Phil for our second FREE live stream concert experience on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT.


The Mother's Day concert will include music by Mozart, Bartok, Respighi, and Mahler. We will welcome Manchester Community Music School director, and professional harpist, Piper Runnion-Bareford as soloist in the Mahler and other pieces. We'll also feature a lighthearted medley from the show and movie "Mamma Mia".



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