An excerpt from the article "Remembering Tomie dePaola" by Keith Spiro. Full article available here.


During the early 2000s I was the photographer for the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. Most all the action took place on one side or the other of Hanover Street, utilizing the Odd Fellows building with its gilded-age manually-operated elevator doors for rehearsals and the elegant Palace Theatre for performances. In 2004, during their 100th season, I actually got to meet Tomie dePaola and to work with him and NHPO conductor Anthony Princiotti as I took photos of their rehearsals for the Children’s Holiday Concert which took place at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in Concord.



"TnT (Tonie & Tony)" Photo/Keith Spiro.

From the series of photos I took during the dress rehearsal came powerful images of both men deeply engaged in their respective crafts working in total synchronization without actually seeing each other. I used a framed and autographed print as a key part of a photo exhibition of that amazing time.


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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.


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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.

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