NH Music Festival Announces 2014 Summer Season

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) announced its 2014 summer season today. With a theme of "The Romantic Spirit," the six-week season, July 8-August 14, will explore and celebrate the many facets of Romanticism, from the 18th century to the modern day.

The 62nd festival will take place in multiple venues throughout central New Hampshire. The Silver Center at Plymouth State University is the festival's primary venue, where it will offer full orchestra performances on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Tuesday night chamber performances.

"We will not only perform music we all know and love, from a beloved Mendelssohn overture to Tchaikovsky's towering masterpiece, his Fifth Symphony, but we will present new and exciting music, fulfilling our need and desire to keep music a living art form," said NHMF Music Director Donato Cabrera. "We also welcome to the NHMF family Dan Perkins, our new principal guest conductor, who will prepare the chorus for Verdi's epic Requiem."

Highlights of the season include concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Conus, and Copland, and the festival will welcome four internationally renowned soloists to sing Verdi's Requiem. Composer Nathaniel Stookey will be the first contemporary composer in a new concert series called Composer Portraits. Stookey's The Composer is Dead, with the composer himself acting as narrator, and his newly composed overture, Go!, will be featured.

Bank of New Hampshire is the festival's first lead corporate partner, providing sponsorship for this season. "Bank of New Hampshire is proud to have been a lead supporter of the New Hampshire Music Festival for more than a decade," stated Mark Primeau, President and CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "The New Hampshire Music Festival provides access to top musicians from all over the United States to enrich the lives of New Hampshire residents."

Subscription sales begin in March 2014 and single ticket sales will start in April 2014. Ticket prices range from $15-$69. More details can be found at www.nhmf.org.


Donato Cabrera, Music Director


Tuesday, July 8, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 10, 8 PM

Opening Celebration
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream in E major, Op. 21

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467,Frances Renzi, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Sunday, July 13

Jazz Brunch at Wolfeboro Inn


Tuesday, July 15, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 17, 8 PM

Saturday, July 19, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Schreker: Intermezzo, Op. 8

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484 Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon

Mason Bates: Icarian Rhapsody

Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Jennifer Cho, violin

Friday, July 18, 8 PM
Lincoln Financial Presents
Chamber Concert
Concord Community Music School


Tuesday, July 22, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 24, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Stookey: Go!

Milhaud: Concertino d'Hiver, Op. 327, David Loucky, trombone

Stookey: The Composer is Dead, Nathaniel Stookey, composer/narrator

Friday, July 25, 8 PM
Chamber Concert
Wolfeboro Congregational Church

Saturday, July 26, 10 AM

Family Concert

The Composer is Dead


Tuesday, July 29, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 31, 8 PM

Saturday, August 2, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor, Yulia Iglinova Milstein, violin

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Tuesday, August 5, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musiciansand Heidi Melton, soprano

Thursday, August 7, 8 PM

Saturday, August 9, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Dan Perkins, director of choral activities

Verdi: Messa di Requiem
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Heidi Melton, soprano

Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano

AJ Glueckert, tenor

James Westman, bass

Sunday, August 10, 8 PM
An Evening with Lisa Vroman – Gala Concert
Broadway and cabaret music featuring soprano Lisa Vroman and the Festival Orchestra


Tuesday, August 12, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, August 14, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet

Bizet: Carmen Symphony in 12 Scenes

Márquez: Danzón No. 2