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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.

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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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Sunday, February 14, 2021, 3:00 PM EST

The romantic strings of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra were recorded for the first live stream concert on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 PM EST. The lush music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Handel and love songs from the movies will whisk you away from the pandemic for an hour in the comfort of your home. We live streamed from the facilities of our partner, the Manchester Community Music School. We will take no responsibility for the outcome of romantic interludes after this concert!

This is our gift to you with support from our many partners making this possible. Thank you to The Brook, Northwoods Casino, Graphic Explosions and Events United.

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Hello Friends of The Phil,

As you are well aware, many New Hampshire charities have been hit hard by the COVID crisis. Fortunately, charities across the state have continued to benefit from revenues generated through charitable gaming. Now more than ever, charities are relying on these funds to deliver critical services to our friends and neighbors and some of New Hampshire's most vulnerable populations.

In 2020 The NH Philharmonic benefited from gaming revenue generated from The Brook, in Seabrook NH, and Northwoods Casino, in Berlin, NH.

This year, the Legislature will consider legislation to create a limited expansion of charitable gaming, through the addition of Historic Horse Racing electronic games. This will create much-needed revenue for New Hampshire charities, and expand the number of participating charities. It will also provide critical dollars for our state to support education funding.

We need your help to advocate with New Hampshire lawmakers and ask you to sign up so that we can connect you with your elected officials and your organization's voice can be heard.

Please share this with those who can help support this initiative. We are hoping to have as many voices as possible participate.

Please join us in supporting legislation to allow Historic Horse Racing.

We need your advocacy.

Thank you for your support!

NH Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.

NH Charitable Gaming Operators

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