Published DatePLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival's Orchestral Concerts begin on Thursday, July 11, giving audiences the chance to experience selections from both well-loved repertoire and engaging recent works.
This season, the first under Music Director Donato Cabrera, the Orchestral Series will draw upon programs from the early days of the Festival and celebrate the anniversaries of Britten and Wagner. The Festival Orchestra will also perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and Vivaldi, alongside pieces by Stravinsky, de Falla, and an East Coast premiere by American composer Mark Volkert.
The Festival also welcomes back its Conductor Laureate Paul Polivnick and Director of Choirs Joel Johnson, who, along with several Orchestra members, are celebrating their 50th summer season with the Festival.
"I am really looking forward to continuing the Festival's tradition of great classical music in New Hampshire," said Cabrera. "I truly believe the 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."
Concerts are held in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. The Thursday, July 11 concert will include: Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture; Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 4, Malcolm Stewart, violin; Stravinsky - Dumbarton Oaks and Haydn - Symphony No. 85. The Thursday, July 18 concert will include: Verdi - String Quartet (arranged for String Orchestra by Drew); Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings.
For a complete schedule of the New Hampshire Music Festival's 2013 season, visit www.nhmf.org. Tickets for all Plymouth performances are on sale now and are available at www.silver.plymouth.edu or by calling (603) 535-3300.