Wolfeboro Friends of Music holds its last concert of the season May 16

WOLFEBORO — On Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. pianist Thomas Pandolfi will bring his acclaimed program "One Singular Night: Music of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch" to Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall. This finale concert in the Wolfeboro Friends of Music's seventy-ninth year is sponsored by Benefit Strategies, LLC, and a Season Sponsor.

Juilliard trained Pandolfi has been hailed as one of America's finest virtuoso pianists, sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. The Washington Post has described him as "an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line," and the Bucharest Cultural Observer [Hungary] extolled his "virtuosity, beautiful touch, sensitivity and broad scope...logical phrasing and expressive percussiveness...a soloist whom we would like to hear again." Indeed

Pandolfi has had multiple return engagements to Eastern Europe, the most recent being December 2014 in the cities of Chisinau, Moldova, and Tiraspol, Transnistria. In the past seven seasons his solo and ensemble recitals, coupled with multiple orchestral performances have placed him in concert halls nationwide, and in Canada, Germany, and two tours in China.

Wolfeboro's "One Singular Night" will open with Gershwin's 1927 Solo Version of "Rhapsody in Blue," "a thrill ride of skyrocketing notes" and one of the ten most performed works of the 20th century. The all Gershwin first half will continue with a kaleidoscopic auditory display of the composer's musical genius at blending the elements of pop, blues and jazz. The second half of the program, "Hamlisch Fantasy," Virtuoso Fantasy on Marvin Hamlisch's most beloved melodies) will bring the Oscar, Pulitzer and Grammy award winning composer's prolific legacy to the stage with selections from his more than forty motion picture scores, including "The Way We Were", "A Chorus Line," "Ice Castles" and "Sophie's Choice."

Tickets are available for $25 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org. Please note WFOM's special policy: high school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.

Fisher Cats president to receive PSU 2015 Granite State Award

PLYMOUTH — Rick Brenner, president of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, will receive PSU's 2015 Granite State Award at Plymouth State University's 144th Commencement ceremony on May 16, where he is also scheduled to give the Commencement address.

"There are many people in New Hampshire who work hard to make this the great state that it is," Brenner said. "To be recognized by my alma mater is truly an honor."

Brenner has made community service a hallmark of the Fisher Cats brand. Under his direction, the Fisher Cats Foundation has made nearly $4 million in financial and in-kind donations to thousands of non-profits in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts since 2006. Brenner, who earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Plymouth State in 1994, returns to campus frequently to speak with students about the importance of setting and achieving goals.

He has garnered many awards over his 22-year career, including the 2009 Baseball Executive of the Year by Ballpark Digest. The Fisher Cats received the Larry MacPhail Award as the nation's best in promotional effort in 2010, and Baseball America's Double-A Bob Freitas Award, which is presented to the organization with the best overall operations at each level of Minor League Baseball, in 2009. Previous honors include the John H. Johnson President's Trophy for the nation's best baseball franchise, which Brenner earned with the Trenton (N.J.) Thunder in 2005, and the Larry MacPhail Award, which he also earned with the Thunder in 2003.

Brenner credits his parents with instilling his work ethic and ethos of giving back to the community. "My parents taught me the value of hard work and the ability to stay focused on my goals," Brenner noted. "The combination of great parents and the great education I received at Plymouth State has provided me with the tools I need to do my best every day and to take advantage of new opportunities along the way."

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen noted Brenner's community service and business accomplishments have made New Hampshire a better place.

"Rick Brenner is a model of living PSU's goals of excellence and service," said Steen. "He has excelled in every aspect of his career, and thousands of young people have benefited from his leadership through the Fisher Cats Foundation, an organization that supports youth programs in education and healthy living. His work is impressive."

CAPTION — Rick Brenner receives the PSU 2015 Granite State Award. (Courtesy photo)

Belmont community wide yard sale set for May 16

BELMONT — As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure". Come search for your own treasure at our town wide yard sale in Belmont on Saturday, May 16. Residents, non-residents, civic organizations and clubs are encouraged to rent space near the Belmont Mill on Mill St. (off Main St.). The fee for a space is $15. You may also choose to hold a yard sale at your own home and pay $5 to be included on our yard sale map. Several people have already signed up.

For all of you treasure seekers, please visit us starting at 9 am on Saturday, May 16 on Mill St. (off Main St.) in the Belmont Mill parking lot. It's a great space for such an event and offers plenty of room to roam about the sales tables. You can also purchase a yard sale map for $1 and continue on "treasure hunting, one yard sale at a time" throughout the back roads of Belmont.

If you would like to rent space or would like to add your home yard sale to our map, contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Events Coordinator at 603-998-3525, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Forms and other information can be found at www.belmontnh.org.


PSU contemporary dance ensemble showcases original works

PLYMOUTH — The PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) will present original choreography in contemporary, modern and theatre dance styles at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, in Hanaway Theatre in the Silver Center for the Arts. A highlight of the program will be the premier of a new work for PSU dancers by award-winning choreographer Helen Simoneau.

A a native of Québec, Simoneau has received numerous prestigious commissions and was a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC and Bates Dance Festival in Maine. She also received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation and from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Simoneau earned a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a MFA from Hollins University. She says, "I am interested in the intricacies of human dynamics. Through my dance making, I explore the ways we, as individuals, interact and relate to the larger group. I frequently dance in my own solos and duets and relish pushing my own physicality to extremes, experiencing the work from the inside."

Student choreographers are:

Rebecca Mansfield of Westmoreland, a first-year theatre arts major and dance minor who created a work about "the demons inside all of us and how they can come back to haunt us when we least expect it."

Mariah Rasmussen of Pomfret, Conn., a junior interdisciplinary major in dance and wellness administration, whose piece explores patterns, symmetry and balance.

Amara Decker from Rochester, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major with a focus in dance and theatrical design, whose piece is about toys, and what we think they are doing when we leave the bedroom.

Lauren LaBreck from Thornton, a sophomore business administration major with minors in professional communication and dance.

PSU Dance Team Captain Sequoya Molzan from Sudbury, Mass., an art history major with a dance minor, whose piece includes natural elements, duplicates and small yet intricate movement.

Alexandra Cardi, a senior psychology major and dance minor from Cranston, R.I., who is also a dance team captain.

Faculty choreographers are Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa, Amanda Whitworth and Helen Simoneau.

Travis says, "From a teacher-choreographer perspective, our Contemporary Dance Ensemble is a unique opportunity to create and collaborate with the dancers in our program. Having an entire semester to develop a dance is a gift. The uniqueness of the program stems from the diversity of our dancers, who come to the program with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds in dance. Throughout the semester they become an ensemble. The audience feels this—it is evident in the performances."

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at Silver.plymouth.edu.