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Poetry set to music at PSU’s Silver Center Sept. 25-27

PLYMOUTH — PSU faculty members Elizabeth Daily and Allan DiBiase will present a program titled Living in the Moment featuring poems set to music, Thursday through Saturday, September 25–27, at the Silver Center for the Arts. Performances are Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall.

The program developed from research Daily conducted during a sabbatical leave regarding how close the speaking voice could be in relation to the singing voice. One result of her investigation was collaboration with DiBiase on a program of poetry read with accompaniment of music by familiar composers and improvisation by DiBiase.
Daily says, “I have so enjoyed the discovery of seeing poems set to music and how even the reading of the pieces can be enhanced with musical accompaniment.” The poems that do not have composed music now have what the performers call ‘textural music,’ which although improvised, provides additional support to the poet’s words.
The program primarily presents music by composers Daron Aric Hagen (1961-) and Ricky Ian Gordon (1956-). Daily says, “Here we have poems set for singers by two contemporary American composers. In our performance, the piano accompaniments and sometimes the melodic lines composed for the singers make up the piano underscore for the spoken poetry.” Poets in this group include Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker, Paul Muldoon, Kim Roberts, Jane Kenyon, Alice Wirth Gray, Ray Underwood, Marie Howe and Frank O’Hara. DiBiase improvised the piano underscoring for the poetry of Liz Ahl, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, May Sarton, Philip Booth, Jason Shinder and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Daily is professor of acting and voice/diction at Plymouth State. She holds a B.A. in speech and dramatic art and a M.Ed. counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her M.F.A. in acting at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she taught acting and drama appreciation. Her professional work also includes directing, voice/speech coaching and video/voice-over for commercial and educational purposes. She also teaches sign language at PSU and has developed an actor training pedagogy utilizing sign language.
DiBiase is a collaborative pianist in the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he is a frequent recitalist with students and faculty. For many years before moving to Sandwich, DiBiase was a vocal accompanist in recital in the New York metropolitan area. He has worked with Opera North, the Cooperative, the Sandwich Singers, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts and a variety of freelance engagements around New England. Dr. DiBiase retired from Franklin Pierce University where he was associate professor in philosophy of the arts in the Doctor of Arts program in leadership.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for youth 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 Monday, 22 September 2014 09:40

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Full day of fun for ‘Celebrate Sanbornton’ on Oct. 4

SANBORNTON — “Celebrate Sanbornton” will happen on Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Square, including the library, UCC church, Old Town Hall, Lane Tavern and Currier Building and field, and Life / Safety Building. Parking with Sant Bani School-provided shuttle bus will be in the elementary school lot.

Country Store, demonstrations, art display, food including 19 cakes spelling out Celebrate Sanbornton, children's games, safety talks, scouts participation, vendors in the field, band music in the gazebo, Lane Tavern tours, sandwich lunch for sale at the church should give plenty of great family-time on an early fall day. 

People are asked to support Eagle Scout Luke Morrison's project to benefit the community homeless, working with Carey House in Laconia to collect 300 blankets and 600 pairs of socks. Blankets need to be clean and socks need to be new. For more information call Lynn Chong at 934-6486.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:33

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Adult Education watercolor classes start on Sept. 29

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a Water Color Painting Studio Class, taught by Mary Lou John, beginning on Monday, September 29 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

The class will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including basic approaches to color and value. Through a series of landscapes and other subjects of your choosing, participants will develop your sensitivity to the medium, and begin to understand how to use watercolor to achieve the best results. Each individual will learn the basic elements of composition as a basic foundation for the paintings.

Students attending the first night of class should bring any water color painting supplies that they might have. Those who have never taken this type of a class, come the first night and the instructor will go over what supplies are required. 

This class is open to students at all levels of water color painting. No previous water color painting experience is required. To enroll in this class or for more information, please call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 603-524-5712.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:26

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Memorial Park tennis courts closed until further notice

LACONIA — The tennis courts at Memorial Park off Lindsey Court will be closed for reconstruction effective today and will remain closed until further notice.

According to the city Parks and Recreation Department, the area in one court that is continually flooded will be patched, the cracks will be filled and new posts will be put in. Then the entire surface will be repainted and lined.

For more information, please contact Laconia Parks & Recreation at 524-5046.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:00

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