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Swedish flutist to perform with PSU Symphonic Band

PLYMOUTH — Swedish flutist Goran Marcusson will perform with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

During the program Marcusson will perform classics and new works for wind ensemble.

The 55-piece band, conducted by Professor Mark Stickney, will present a program of Scandinavian music rarely performed in the United States, plus British composer Philip Sparke's "A Lindisfarne Rhapsody" for flute and concert band.

Marcusson worked as a bricklayer and tram driver before fully devoting himself to music at the late age of 24, although he had played flute since he was 8 or 9 years old. He received international acclaim for the first time in 1987, winning the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in the United States. In 1992, he earned his soloist diploma from the Music Conservatory of Göteborg.

That same year, while taking a class with James Galway, Marcusson was voted winner of a competition by his classmates and was presented a scholarship and a Waterford Crystal flute by Galway.

Marcusson has been guest principal flute with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Cadaqués. While maintaining a busy international schedule as a soloist performing in the U.S., South America, Asia and throughout Europe, he also maintains a position with the Göteborg Wind Orchestra. In 2012 he toured the U.S., presenting recitals and master classes at four universities. Marcusson returns to the U.S. each June and July to present a master class at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina and to perform with the Newport Rhode Island Music Festival.

Stickney is assistant professor of music and director of bands at PSU. He has served on the brass faculties of Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island, where he taught trombone, euphonium and tuba. He guest conducted the Rutgers Wind Ensemble at their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. Stickney has performed widely and has premiered a number of works as conductor. An active clinician, Stickney has worked with bands in New England, California, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Kansas, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah and has performed at the Newport Music Festival and throughout Southern New England as a soloist and chamber musician.

The PSU Symphonic Band is featured annually at the All New England Band Festival that is hosted by Plymouth State University.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:32

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Free kids’ ice fishing derby at Lily Pond on Sunday

GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association will be holding its annual free Kid's Ice Fishing Derby on March 1 at Lily Pond, Gilford. 9 a.m. to  12 Noon. Bait, tip-ups, hot chocolate, hot coffee, available at the pond. Lessons provided for the first timers.

No registration required just show up and have fun. At noon at the club house there will be awards and trophies for the largest fish caught as well as having hot dogs, chips, milk for all the participants.


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Contemporary Piano Festival at PSU on March 7

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host the 17th annual Contemporary Piano Festival at the Silver Center Saturday, March 7.

The festival is designed to enhance the students' and teachers' exposure to music that was written in the past 100 years, according to festival director Professor Carleen Graff.

Students, teachers and guests will be able to hear numerous 20th and 21st century works performed during a competition, seminar sessions, a master class and an afternoon performance in the Smith Recital Hall by winners of the morning competition and PSU piano students.

The schedule includes:

8:30 a.m. Competition

11 a.m. Seminar: The Piano Music of Leonard Bernstein presented by Professor Graff

1:15 p.m. Seminar: Smart Pianists: How Playing Piano Connects to Learning presented by Angela Olszta.

1:50 p.m. Master Class with Professor Graff

3:15 p.m. Concert of Contemporary Compositions performed by winners of the morning competition and PSU piano students.

All programs are open to the public free of charge.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:25

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Fundraiser for Meredith Library at Hart’s Turkey Farm on Monday

MEREDITH — The Friends of the Meredith Library will host a fundraiser at Hart's Turkey Farm on Monday, March 2. Dine between 5-8 p.m. and tell the hostess you are there with the Friends of the Library. Fifty percent of the cost of the dinner will go to the Friends who help the library with special events, Ancestry.com subscription, Summer Reading, Museum Passes and much more.

For more information, contact Beverly Heyduk at 279- 1206.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:18

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