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Wolfeboro Friends of Music’s 6th concert of the season to feature Beacon Brass Quintet

Wolfeboro Friends of Music's sixth concert of the 2014-15 season will present the Beacon Brass Quintet, Dana Russian, trumpet; Hans Bohn, trumpet; Kevin Owen, french horn; Dana Oakes, trombone; and Don Rankin, tuba. Their performance will take place on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Hall, Brewster Academy. The concert is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Since its origin as a student group at Boston University in 1978 the Beacon Brass Quintet has crafted an ensemble lauded for its artistry. Hailed by the Berkshire Eagle as "A fine blend which at times approaches the kind of delicacy one expects of a string ensemble," the Quintet in 1983 gave their Carnegie Recital Hall debut as the first brass group ever to win the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Award.

In addition to concert venues throughout the Northeast and Midwest, they have been featured at numerous special events, including the opening ceremonies of the John F. Kennedy Library, the Centennial Dinner for members of the Boston Symphony, and informal lectures and recitals with famed Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart. Their numerous performances in radio and television have included recording the theme music for "The Advocates" on PBS.

The Quintet artists separately hold teaching and performing posts in Boston's top educational institutions and orchestras, including MIT, the Boston Conservatory, and Brandeis and Tufts Universities; Boston Philharmonic, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and Portland (Maine) Symphony. Such impressive resumes reflect the talents and staying power of Beacon Brass as they turn the corner of their fourth decade in existence.

Beacon Brass is also noted for their expertise across a wide spectrum of music, having presented nine world premiere performances and commissioned several new works. At the Friends of Music concert they will display music by Baroque composers G.P. Telemann, J.S.Bach, and Russian Romantic composer Victor Ewald (1860-1935). Among their classical spectrum of music; a commissioned piece titled, yes, "Brass Quintet" by Bostonian Scott Wheeler; and then delve into the "American Brass Band Journal: A Collection of New and Beautiful Marches, Quick-Steps, and Polkas."

This is the sixth of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May. Tickets are available for $20 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org. 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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:08

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Retired Educators Association to meet on March 17

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Retired Educators' Association will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. with check-in starting at 10:30 a.m.

A luncheon will be served following the meeting. The cost of the meal is $15.50. The Phone Captains will be calling people for reservations. The program will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m. The speaker will be Nancy Hanson, Master Quilter, who will bring some of her  quilts and share her story with lots of humor.

Those who do not receive a phone call from a Phone Captain may call Sue Karsten at 536-4050 or Mary-Ellen Azem at 527-8089 to make a reservation. All reservations must be called in by March 11, 2015.

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Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health receives $50,000 gift

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH) recently received a $50,000 bequest from the late Richard "Dick" Dearborn, local resident, business executive, and founder of EPTAM Plastics.

"It's difficult to find the right words to express my appreciation and that of the Partnership Board of Directors and staff for this generous gift,"said Lisa Morris, executive director of LRPPH. "Although, I did not know Dick, I do know of his exceptional devotion to this community, philanthropy, his business and its employees. The Partnership staff care deeply about the health of our community and are committed to the work we do to improve health outcomes. It is amazing to be recognized with this unexpected gift!"

The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health goal is to improve the health of the community through disease prevention and health promotion. Programs include services and supports for older adults and family caregivers (ServiceLink) substance misuse and suicide prevention, healthy eating, active living-public health emergency preparedness, school based immunization clinics, oral health and melanoma prevention education, immigrant integration and more.

Learn more about LRPPH and make a donation by visiting their website at www.lrpph.org or calling them at 528-2145.


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Squam Science Science Center to host water issues workshop on March 12

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is creating a major new trailside experience called the Water Matters Pavilion that will open in the summer of 2016. Paired with this project will be various workshops offered, the first being held on  Thursday, March 12, during Plymouth State University's annual Water Week. The free workshop is at 3:30 p.m. in Boyd Hall, room 144. Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will be on hand to share information about local water issues.

Funding for the Water Matters Pavilion is from the Science Center's almost completed $4 million Nature Matters capital campaign. The Water Matters Pavilion will house almost 20 exhibits, including live animals - mink, turtle, warm and cold water fish - and will use water as a theme to teach about water cycles, watersheds, threats to water, and water as a resource.

To build excitement and awareness about water and the upcoming new Water Matters Pavilion, the Science Center is working with the non-profit organization Art for Water to create a three-dimensional Stream of Conscience art installation to be on display at the Science Center from May 1, 2015 through November 1, 2016. The Stream of Conscience project is made possible by funding from the Steinwachs Family Foundation.

Through visits to schools and with Science Center attendees, Art for Water Founder and Director Christine Destrempes and her associates will talk with groups about global and local water issues. Participants will be invited to help create the Stream of Conscience display. During the workshops, Art for Water staff members will give a slide presentation about global and local water issues, followed by questions and answers, ending with solicitation of written contributions with participants' thoughts and reflections about water. The resulting written-upon paper pieces will be formed into a river of thoughts that represents the interconnectedness of all life. By bringing people together in the making of public art, this project will also foster stewardship of water as a precious natural resource.

Other workshops are planned for local public schools and at the Science Center where members of the public will be able to view and add their thoughts with help from trained Science Center volunteers. A free adult summer lecture series starting on Tuesday, July 7 will focus on water issues as well. See the Science Center's website, www.nhnature.org, for events listings.

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