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NH Music Festival Announces 2014 Summer Season

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) announced its 2014 summer season today. With a theme of "The Romantic Spirit," the six-week season, July 8-August 14, will explore and celebrate the many facets of Romanticism, from the 18th century to the modern day.

The 62nd festival will take place in multiple venues throughout central New Hampshire. The Silver Center at Plymouth State University is the festival's primary venue, where it will offer full orchestra performances on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Tuesday night chamber performances.

"We will not only perform music we all know and love, from a beloved Mendelssohn overture to Tchaikovsky's towering masterpiece, his Fifth Symphony, but we will present new and exciting music, fulfilling our need and desire to keep music a living art form," said NHMF Music Director Donato Cabrera. "We also welcome to the NHMF family Dan Perkins, our new principal guest conductor, who will prepare the chorus for Verdi's epic Requiem."

Highlights of the season include concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Conus, and Copland, and the festival will welcome four internationally renowned soloists to sing Verdi's Requiem. Composer Nathaniel Stookey will be the first contemporary composer in a new concert series called Composer Portraits. Stookey's The Composer is Dead, with the composer himself acting as narrator, and his newly composed overture, Go!, will be featured.

Bank of New Hampshire is the festival's first lead corporate partner, providing sponsorship for this season. "Bank of New Hampshire is proud to have been a lead supporter of the New Hampshire Music Festival for more than a decade," stated Mark Primeau, President and CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "The New Hampshire Music Festival provides access to top musicians from all over the United States to enrich the lives of New Hampshire residents."

Subscription sales begin in March 2014 and single ticket sales will start in April 2014. Ticket prices range from $15-$69. More details can be found at www.nhmf.org.

NEW HAMPSHIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 SUMMER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Donato Cabrera, Music Director

WEEK 1: THE GERMAN ROMANTIC

Tuesday, July 8, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 10, 8 PM

Opening Celebration
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream in E major, Op. 21

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467,Frances Renzi, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Sunday, July 13

Jazz Brunch at Wolfeboro Inn

WEEK 2: A MUSICAL CORNUCOPIA

Tuesday, July 15, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 17, 8 PM

Saturday, July 19, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Schreker: Intermezzo, Op. 8

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484 Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon

Mason Bates: Icarian Rhapsody

Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Jennifer Cho, violin

Friday, July 18, 8 PM
Lincoln Financial Presents
Chamber Concert
Concord Community Music School

WEEK 3: COMPOSER PORTRAIT—NATHANIEL STOOKEY

Tuesday, July 22, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 24, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Stookey: Go!

Milhaud: Concertino d'Hiver, Op. 327, David Loucky, trombone

Stookey: The Composer is Dead, Nathaniel Stookey, composer/narrator

Friday, July 25, 8 PM
Chamber Concert
Wolfeboro Congregational Church

Saturday, July 26, 10 AM

Family Concert

The Composer is Dead

WEEK 4: THE RUSSIAN SOUL

Tuesday, July 29, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, July 31, 8 PM

Saturday, August 2, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor, Yulia Iglinova Milstein, violin

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

WEEK 5: VERDI'S REQUIEM

Tuesday, August 5, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musiciansand Heidi Melton, soprano

Thursday, August 7, 8 PM

Saturday, August 9, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Dan Perkins, director of choral activities

Verdi: Messa di Requiem
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Heidi Melton, soprano

Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano

AJ Glueckert, tenor

James Westman, bass

Sunday, August 10, 8 PM
An Evening with Lisa Vroman – Gala Concert
Broadway and cabaret music featuring soprano Lisa Vroman and the Festival Orchestra

WEEK 6: LATIN LOVE

Tuesday, August 12, 8 PM

Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians

Thursday, August 14, 8 PM

Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor

Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet

Bizet: Carmen Symphony in 12 Scenes

Márquez: Danzón No. 2

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Tim Carter Speaker at Lakes Region Writer's Night Out Meeting

PLYMOUTH — A Lakes Region Writer's Night Out meeting will be held March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth.

Syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, will demonstrate how to create, edit and upload a promotional video to YouTube in one hour or less.

Writer's Night Out meetings take place the first Monday of the month at sites throughout the state. For more information, check the New Hampshire Writers Project website at: http://www.nhwritersproject.org/

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Bank of New Hampshire is Once Again Awarded Best "Local Bank for Small Business"

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire has been selected as a winner in New Hampshire Business Review's 2014 BOB Awards, which honor the Best of Business in New Hampshire in over 90 categories. Bank of New Hampshire was honored in the statewide readers' survey for the Best Local Bank for Small Business category.

"Bank of New Hampshire is honored to receive a BOB Award for the second year in a row in the Local Bank for Small Business category," stated Mark Primeau, President & CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "Bank of New Hampshire takes the time to understand you, your business, your goals, your current financial situation and your anticipated financial needs. We take great pride in our commitment to this great state and are dedicated to good corporate citizenship and understand that small businesses are vital to the growth of many communities."

Bank of New Hampshire has proven expertise in finding the best possible solutions for their customers. Bank of New Hampshire is a full service bank offering not only loan and deposit products, but the latest advances in technology including business online banking and remote deposit capture, which provides customers the convenience of conducting their banking business from their office or a remote location. In addition, they also offer a full suite of Cash Management products to include, ACH origination, merchant credit card services, sweep accounts and fraud protection services for businesses.

All of the winners will be honored at a luau-themed event to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

"With 3,900 ballots cast for the 2014 Awards, the BOBs continue to be considered a standard of excellence in New Hampshire's business community," said Jeff Feingold, Editor of NHBR. "This year, we're celebrating with a luau – the perfect cure for cabin fever. So dig out your Hawaiian shirts and sunblock and come on out for the BOBs."

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank's customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.

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Ashland Seeks $950,000 Bond to Convert Histroric School into Town Library

ASHLAND — The Ashland Town Library will hold two open houses at the old Ashland School which the Library Trustees propose to purchase, renovate and equip as the new home of the Library.

A warrant article for a $950,000 bond issue for this purpose will be voted on at the March 11 town election. The open houses will be held at the former school, at 41 School Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The open houses will give citizens the opportunity to tour the building and see how it could be used by the Town Library. Children can meet or read to Willow, the reading therapy dog, and listen to stories in what would be the new children's room. The Friends of the Ashland Town Library will serve free refreshments and hold a fund raising raffle.

The old school was built in 1877-78 as a graded school to serve the children of Ashland village. A fine example of Second Empire style architecture, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was used by the local school district until 1990, when Ashland joined the regional high school. The building received relatively little maintenance thereafter until 2008, when the school district sold it to Tri County Community Action Program. TCCAP spent over one and a quarter million dollars to restore and renovate the building and to bring it up to modern building codes. After the closing of the Ashland Headstart classroom and a housing and development office, TCCAP now finds that it no longer needs as much space as the building provides. TCCAP has agreed to see the building to the Town for $850,000. Another $100,000 will be needed for renovations, shelves and other furniture and equipment to convert the building for library use.

Ashland voters who are not familiar with the cramped conditions in the present Town Library are invited to visit the Scribner Memorial Building (41 Main Street) during regular library hours, 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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