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NH Music Festival has big plans for its 63rd season

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) today announced its 2015 summer season to be held from July 7 through August 6 in Plymouth and the surrounding communities of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. With a theme of "American Landscapes," the festival's 63rd season will explore and celebrate American music and the great outdoors.

The Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University is the festival's primary venue, where it will offer full
orchestra performances on Thursday nights and Tuesday night chamber music concerts. New this year will be a
live orchestra concert with film, Oz with Orchestra, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook.
"Festival attendees will experience the complete range of orchestral grandeur, from the thrilling Four Seasons by
Vivaldi to the groundbreaking music of Nico Muhly, a New England native and the focus of this summer's Composer
Portrait Series. Principal Guest Conductor Dan Perkins opens the season with an exciting concert of American music
and ends the season conducting the NHMF Orchestra and Chorus in Vaughan William's moving Dona nobis pacem,"
said NHMF Music Director Donato Cabrera.

"I'm also proud to announce we've been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 'Music Unwound' consortium. The grant supports our presentation of the acclaimed Dvořák in America program, including a performance of Dvořák's stirring Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World,' complemented by multimedia and narration by scholar‐writer Joseph Horowitz."
In addition to the main festival programming, the NHMF is enhancing its season offerings with all‐new collaborative
events: Families Making Music programs with students, children and parents; Music in the Mountains, featuring
sunrise, sunset and campground concerts; music in area bars and cafés; art showings with Women's Caucus for Art;
and more. Support for these family and outreach events is provided by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.
The NHMF will be working with Lakes Region Airport Shuttle Service LLC as the exclusive transportation sponsor
for its 2015 season. The company will provide airport shuttle service for musicians and staff as well as
transportation to and from concerts and special events for ticket holders.
The New Hampshire Music Festival is a summer music festival that honors the tradition of classical music while
exploring new artistic paths. The NHMF strives to connect the Lakes Region with an engaging, immersive festival
experience by presenting world‐class performances, creating strong collaborations with community partners,
and offering educational programs to students of all ages.

The festival was founded in 1952 as a small chamber orchestra performing on Melody Island in Lake
Winnipesaukee and has grown to be a highly‐valued community asset. Every summer during July and August,
musicians from around the country come to Plymouth to perform well‐known classics and contemporary works.

Maestro Donato Cabrera, who had his first season at the helm of the festival in Summer 2013, enjoys an
international career as a music director and conductor. In addition to his role at NHMF, he is the music director
of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and California Symphony, and is resident conductor of the San Francisco
Symphony (SFS) and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
(SFSYO). www.donatocabrera.com

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I-LHS student is appointed to National Society of High School Scholars

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School student Alyssa Champagne has been selected to become a member of the The National Society of High School Scholars (NISHSS). The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment.

The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Alyssa has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," said Mr. Nobel. "Alyssa is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a community that represents our very best hope for the future."

"Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opporhrnities," stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "We aim to help students like Alyssa build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community."

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational parhrers, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

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Emergency preparedness training classes to begin in May

LACONIA -- Preparations for the spring emergency preparedness training classes hosted by the Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team are under way.

The next series of classes is scheduled to start on May 5 and will continue for the each of the following eight Tuesdays.

Modules are taught by local first responders and include disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, fire safety, terrorism, first aid, CPR/AED, light search and rescue, and incident command systems.

Students who complete the class may apply to become volunteers with the Lakes Region CERT team.

Those interested in taking the class can email Kathleen Merriam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Belknap County commissioner to speak at GOP meeting in Barnstead

CENTER BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has arranged to have recently appointed Belknap County Commissioner Hunter Taylor of Alton to be the guest speaker at their next monthly meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant upstairs dining room.

Commissioner Taylor will share his motivations to apply for the position that opened up when former Commissioner Steve Nedeau resigned effective this past January 1. In addition, the Commissioner will discuss some of the current county concerns including the need for county jail improvements, and economic efforts to create more jobs and draw young people back to Belknap County.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. Those interested in eating dinner are encouraged to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m.

The Committee reminds you to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries. For more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 06:48

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