Lorentz plays solo jazz at schuster's tavern April 11

GILFORD — Schuster's Tavern at the Gunstock Inn located at 580 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford will host saxophonist, pianist and vocalist Jonathan Lorentz on  Saturday, April 11. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge.

No stranger to the mountains, Jonathan Lorentz grew up in a ski town in Vermont. In the 1990s Lorentz studied music at Plymouth State and soon began playing with Lakes Region stalwart Holy Cow Band before making his way to New York City.

Several years in New York afforded him opportunity to play and collaborate with a variety of artists, including Count Basie director Frank Foster, SNL sax-man Lenny Pickett, rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Gospel artist (and Grammy winner) Hezekiah Walker. Jon left NY to teach full time at Castleton State, and landed in Albany, where he eventually moved on to work for acclaimed music publisher Jazz Lines Publications.

Now a resident of the Lakes Region, Lorentz works as a live musician, DJ, and entertainment consultant. Whether he's counseling a young couple considering options for weddings or helping a new music club find their stride with local press, he is modest, unassuming, quick on his feet, and operates with a strong desire to provide the best possible experience for a client or listener. He's garnered praise from the legendary Downbeat Magazine, and multiple tips-of-the-hat from NH Magazine, the Hippo Press & New Hampshire Public Radio.

A passionate live musician, Jon plays saxophone and piano, and is an active vocalist. His album Borderlands (his first for the United Kingdom's Métier Jazz label) was released to critical acclaim in 2010, and is receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the world. In March of 2011 Fanfare Magazine's Lynn René Bayley remarked that "Jonathan Lorentz has really got it: a great style, an explorative mind, and a concept that goes beyond the usual fare."


Little Church Theater holds a youth summer program

HOLDERNESS — A three week summer workshop will be held at The Little Church Theater that is designed to familiarize teenage actors with the language, stories, characters and ideas in one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The workshop will conclude with two performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" open to the public on July 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Students will learn all about the Elizabethan style, as well as modernization of Shakespearean performances. Many students are only exposed to the Bard as text, but Shakespeare's plays were not meant just to be read; they were meant to be performed.

The students will audition for parts, do table and scene work, and go through a full-production process similar to a professional theatrical company. The actors will learn how to approach Shakespearean text, rehearsal techniques, character development, and many other theatrical skills that can be applied to Shakespeare or any other style of theater.

Young@Arts will be an ensemble piece. However, there are opportunities for students to learn stage managing, teching or lighting the show. About the Director: Dan Pelletier has been immersed in the world of theatre for the last ten years. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Dan has performed in, directed, and written more than forty productions. He has worked with many different groups across the state, including the Palace Theatre, Windham Actors Guild, Majestic Theatre, and he regularly trains with TheatreKapow.

The cost is $175 per student. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duo pianists presenting a recital and master class at PSU on April 12

PLYMOUTH — Pianists Deborah Martin and Jairo Geronymo will present a recital featuring Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program also includes Selections from Candide by Leonard Bernstein, Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, Gershwin preludes and Porgy and Bess Fantasy for Two Pianos, Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud and "Ballet" from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph von Gluck.

Deborah Martin is professor, and chair of performance studies in the Ithaca College School of Music, and has taught at Wabash College, DePauw University and Indiana University. She earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Baylor University and continued her studies at Indiana University, earning both master and doctorate of music degrees. In California she was a member of the Young Artists Guild and performed with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra while still in high school. In addition to her university teaching, Martin maintains a private studio for young piano students.

Jairo Geronymo began piano studies at the age of eight years in Brazil, his home country, and earned a bachelor's degree in music from São Paulo State University. He moved to the U.S. in 1990 and earned a masters degree at Arizona State University and a doctorate at the University of Washington, both in piano performance. He currently teaches at the Leo Kestenberg Musikschule in Berlin, Germany, and has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Washington University and Ithaca College in New York. He has been active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator and has performed and lectured in Brazil, Germany, England, Portugal, Austria and Israel in addition to the United States and Canada

Martin and Geronymo will also present a master class in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, during which the public is invited to observe the duo working with Plymouth State students.

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

Belmont legion post 58 will install officers

BELMONT — Charles Kilborn American Legion Post 58 will be holding their annual installation of officers and monthly meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Post 58 meets in the Senior Center on the second floor of the Belmont Mill, usually on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.

Post 58 supports several local charities and undertakes many public service projects and invites all qualified veterans to join them. Any veteran who qualifies for the local property tax exemption also qualifies for membership in the American Legion. For more information about the American Legion, contact Woody Fogg at 524-8268.