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Trio Veritas performing at Plymouth State University on Sunday afternoon

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Trio Veritas at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 22 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Joining Professor of Music Dan Perkins will be Ella Marie Gray, violin; Rodger Ellsworth, viola and Leo Eguchi, cello. Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 represents turmoil. Shostakovich composed this sonata in 1934, just prior to the censure of music by Soviet authorities. This was also a period of emotional turmoil in the composer's life, as he had fallen in love with a young student. Their love affair resulted in a brief divorce from his wife, Nina. It was in August, during their period of separation, that Shostakovich wrote this cello sonata, completing it in a few weeks, according to Perkins.

Dvorak's Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87, speaks to beauty. "The quartet is an example of lush, post-romantic writing with soaring, singable themes," Perkins says.
Dan Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University where he was awarded the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. Perkins is music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Choral Society and the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. A former Fulbright scholar to Finland, he has been principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, conductor of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra/Camerata New England, and interim conductor of the Dartmouth Handel Society.
Roger Ellsworth is on faculty in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he teaches string methods. He also teaches at St. Paul's School and Concord Community Music School. Ellsworth is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the New School of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has had a distinguished career as a violist with some of the leading orchestras in the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco areas.
Ella Marie Gray has been a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1982 where she has performed as a soloist and concertmaster. She is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and an artist-in-residence at the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival.

Leo Eguchi can be heard with Xanthos, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University. He is a founding member of the (fully collaborative) Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, assistant principal of the conductor-less Camerata New England, principal of the New Bedford Symphony, and a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Portland Symphony. He has made frequent appearances with the Boston Pops Esplanade, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestras
Tickets for Trio Veritas are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. For information contact Dan Perkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:30

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United Way Day of Caring in Lakes Region this Friday

LACONIA — Granite United Way's Central region will hold their annual day long service event, Day of Caring, on Friday, September 17.

The Day of Caring sponsor is AFL-Noyes of Belmont and a kickoff event will be held Friday at 8 a.m. at the St. André Bessette Gym, also known as Sacred Heart Parish Hall, at 31 Gilford Avenue, Laconia.

Granite United Way mobilizes thousands of volunteers to support the work of many non-profit agencies throughout the state. On this day, participating non-profit organizations are matched with volunteers from local business and community groups. This day also serves as the "kickoff" to the annual United Way workplace campaign.

Granite United Way has had an outpouring of project requests from non profit agencies throughout the Laconia,  Plymouth and Tamworth areas.

"Day of Caring continues to be one of our favorite days of the year," said Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way, which merged with Lakes Region United Way in January 2013. "Mobilizing hundreds of volunteers for dozens of projects makes everyone feel great about the event. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful partners in this area and we look forward to helping our non-profit partners mark some things off of their 'wish list.' "

Volunteers throughout the region will be painting, office work, cleaning, organizing and everything imaginable at dozens of non-profits in the Laconia/Plymouth/Tamworth areas on Friday.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:25

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Pointless Forest presents Wharf Rats Live at Pitman's Freight Room

LACONIA —  The creative minds that brought burlesque to Downtown Laconia are back together. But this time, instead of sketch comedy and dance numbers, it's a series of concerts featuring music by local musicians and songwriters.

Pitman's Freight Room and The Pointless Forest, producers of the popular "Burlesque Night Live!" series, kick off its new "Pointless Forest Presents" series by featuring two groups of musicians that have been playing around the Lakes Region for many years. On Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m., the husband-and-wife acoustic duo "The Sweetbloods" take the stage to start off the evening. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce of Meredith blend their voices and acoustic guitars in a magical way that is reminiscent of the '60-s folk music heyday, but with an idiosyncratic set list featuring more modern and offbeat material.

After their set, the folk/rock/jam band "Wharf Rats" take over with two sets, featuring originals and obscure covers from the '60s and '70s, that are arranged and performed in a way that is equal parts eclectic and electric. Formed early last year and based in Lakeport, the Wharf Rats play a number of originals by singer/songwriter (and Rats frontman) Peter Brunette, as well an ambitious selection of "traditional" folk/rock songs by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison.

The two guitars, Brunette's acoustic-electric Takamine and the classic Stratocaster sound of Gilmanton's Leighton Thomas', rhythmically blend and ethereally twist through the numbers, while the rock solid drumming of Dennis McCarthy (Meredith) and extended bass figures of Kyle Nickerson (a resident of Gilford, and a regular fixture as a solo performer at Mame's in Meredith) drive the polyrhythmic beat.

Augmenting the band's unique sound, Phil Sanguedolce will be sitting in on the pedal steel guitar, adding both leads and fills to their repertoire. Tickets are $10 (General Admission; Table for Four - $36 by reservation only). BYOB - Soda/ice/light refreshments will be available; for advance tickets or reservations, call 603-393-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Pointless Forests Presents: The Wharf Rats at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia on September 21, with special guests, The Sweetbloods. Left to right: Dennis McCarthy, Peter Brunette, Kyle Nickerson and Leighton Thomas. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:47

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James and the Giant Peach Auditions for Kids

MEREDITH — The Winni Players Youth Ensemble is looking for kids ages 8-12 to audition for a play adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic, James and the Giant Peach. Auditions will be on Sunday, September 22 and Monday, September 23 at 4 p.m. with performances on December 6-8. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will all take place at the Playhouse's new facility at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith.

The plot centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with six magically-altered garden bugs he meets.

Rehearsals will be Sundays from 3-5 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. beginning September 25. Children wishing to audition should familiarize themselves with the story and parents should come knowing children's schedule conflicts for the audition sheet. There are speaking and non-speaking roles available, and families should consider in advance the size of the role the child is interested in. You need only attend one of the audition sessions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:37

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