NH Music Festival's 61st Season Offers Old Favorites, New Outreach

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival is celebrating its 61st season with a new music director and exciting new concert offerings in Plymouth and beyond.
The Pops Series kicks off the 2013 season on Saturday, July 6 led by returning Festival Pops Director Matt Catingub. This patriotic program includes jazz standards and popular favorites to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The season continues with the commencement of the Chamber Music Series, featuring intimate musical experiences performed by members of the Festival Orchestra. This series begins on Tuesday, July 9.
The Festival's beloved Orchestral Classics Series presents a fabulous array of repertoire beginning Thursday, July 11. In this season - the first under new Music Director, Donato Cabrera - the Festival Orchestra will continue in its tradition of presenting well-loved repertoire side-by-side with engaging recent works. Drawing on programs from the early days of the Festival and a number of major musical anniversaries, works by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Vivaldi will be presented alongside pieces by Britten, Stravinski, De Falla, and an East Coast premiere by American composer Mark Volkert.
"I truly believe that the New Hampshire Music Festival can be a place to enjoy music you know, and a place to challenge yourself, perhaps hearing something you like that you've never heard before," said Cabrera.
In the Classics series, the Festival welcomes back its Conductor Laureate Paul Polivnick, and Director of Choirs Joel Johnson, who, along with several Orchestra members, celebrates his 50th summer season.
The Classics, Pops, and Chamber series take place at the Silver Center for the Arts, on the campus of Plymouth State University. Last year, the Festival signed a ten-year contract with PSU, drawing upon a decades-long relationship between these two institutions, and securing a permanent performance space for the Festival.
New this year, are two performance initiatives that will broaden the reach of the Festival to new audiences across the state. The Family Concert Series, piloted by Cabrera, will be offered on Saturday, July 13 and August 3, and will feature orchestral and chamber classics for all ages.

"The Festival is delighted to bring back these concerts for our youngest audience members," said Executive Director Frank Pesci. "These afternoon performances will welcome children and parents alike, and we are delighted to offer free admission to kids under 15 years of age."
In the newest addition to its lineup, the Festival will bring chamber and orchestral performance outreach across the region. Entitled the "603 Series," this endeavor will reach across the Granite state with concerts offered in Gilford, Laconia and Concord, and will include a joint presentation with the Great Waters Music Festival in Wolfeboro. See the full schedule on the Festival's website for dates and locations.
Tickets for all performances (with the exception of the 603 Series) will be available at the Silver Center for the Arts Box Office beginning in April 2013. Tickets for the 603 Series will be available at the door at each venue.
For a complete schedule of the New Hampshire Music Festival's 2013 season, go to www.nhmf.org.