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Winnipesaukee Playhouse to host 2 holiday concerts

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites audiences to get into the holiday spirit with two concerts which will kick off the holiday season with great music and lots of fun.
On December 3rd and 4th at 2 pm, the Playhouse welcomes back audience favorite Kristhani Pappas for a show called Sleigh Bells Swing. Krisanthi has performed at the Playhouse on and off since 2004, and this time she will be joined by her band. They will be performing jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Santa Baby, and many more. The show contains some audience involvement, adding interactive fun into the mix. The Jazz Times says, "Krisanthi Pappas has a soft, dusky voice like Norah Jones' or Diana Krall's... her performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty."
On December 6th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, NH-based theatre company Not Your Mom's Musical Theatre will be at the Playhouse performing "Something Wonderful I Missed! Holiday Edition." This innovative concert mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment, will present a concert of holiday selections from musicals, from now classics like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "We Need A Little Christmas" to lesser-known gems you might have missed from shows as varied as Striking 12 and Promises, Promises. The show gets into the holiday spirit with a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest - actors onstage, telling a story through music. The Nashua Telegraph says, "NYMMT consistently provides cutting-edge, lesser-known -- and FUN! -- theatrical performances. Go."
Tickets for both productions are $25 in the orchestra and $15 in the balcony. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

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Christmas Cookie Buffet supports Minot-Sleeper Library

BRISTOL — The Friends of the Minot Sleeper Library are asking people who are baking their favorite cookies to bake an extra few dozen for the Friend's Annual Christmas Cookie Buffet.

The Christmas Cookie Buffet proceeds provide materials and support for the many free library activities during the coming year and those cookies can help. Participants can bring their home baked cookies to the Minot Sleeper Library on Thursday December 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday December 12th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Friends would really appreciate those special cookies, no bars or brownies please. To help the purchasers of the cookies please label them with the name and nut products if any are used.

The Cookie Buffet itself will be held at the Mason's building on Friday, December 12th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then on Saturday the 13th from 8 am to 12 noon the Cookie Buffet combines with the Masons' free Breakfast with Santa.

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PSU holiday concert to be held Dec. 7

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will continue a 24-year holiday tradition with the presentation of A Joyful Noise! at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The New England Musical Artists, a professional brass ensemble, will join PSU Chamber Singers and the University Chorale in the concert, directed by Professor Dan Perkins.

PSU Professor Jonathan Santore's composition, "The Return (Armistice Poems)" will be the featured work on the program. "The Return" was originally commissioned and premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale. "The performance of Santore's piece is part of the choirs' yearlong theme of honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the American civil war," Perkins said.

Two of the three texts set in the work deal specifically with WWI and the Armistice—from an English soldier in the trenches, and an American woman far from the battlefields of Europe, receiving news of the war's end, according to Santore. The third text, contained in a larger work by Robert Louis Stevenson which predates the Armistice by some 40 years, "seems apt for a piece about the conclusion and aftermath of war, particularly as seen through the quickly-dimming lens of remembrance," Santore says.

Sacred works for brass and chorus by 17th century composers Gabriele (Jubilate Deo) and Praetorius (In dulci jubilo) are also on the program.

The Chamber Singers will present excerpts from their repertoire for an upcoming January study performance tour in the Southern California desert. Chamber Singers includes 21 auditioned singers whose majors are primarily music and music theatre. The University Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble of 70 singers from a wide variety of majors and disciplines.

Tickets for A Joyful Noise! are $15-13 for adults, $14-12 for seniors and $12-10 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

 

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Lakeland School students enjoy instruction in orchestral instruments

MEREDITH — Students at Lakeland School feel fortunate to study music under the expert guidance of John Whitney. Mr. Whitney, who is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, has designed a program of instrument instruction that he feels is unusual. Few schools in New Hampshire, particularly north of Concord, have instruction in orchestral string instruments such as violin, viola and cello, and Lakeland School begins instruction at a very early age.
Lakeland students begin their instrumental music education in the first grade with instruction in music theory and musical concepts, and lessons on the recorder. Following this introduction, students transition to instruction on a stringed instrument. "A student as young as first grade can be successful on a stringed instrument because these instruments are available in various sizes and can be fitted to smaller bodies and smaller hands" said Mr. Whitney. "Currently all Lakeland students in the second, third and fourth grades are successful participants in our string ensemble."
At the fifth grade level, Lakeland students may choose to continue in the string program or move to a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument and participate in the band program. "At this age, students are physically, much better suited to these larger instruments and have had the advantage of early exposure to and instruction in music theory. Our experience has shown us that these concepts transfer easily to a new instrument and that these students quickly become productive members of our band program."
Educational research indicates that academic achievement, as measured by scholastic testing is enhanced by participation in a music program. Lakeland School students are currently in the third year of John Whitney's redesigned program. Participation among first through eighth graders has climbed to over 80%. "Students are really enjoying their instruments these days and their progress shows this, The addition of stringed instruments at the early stages of instruction has made all the difference."

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