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New Hampshire Music Festival Brass Quintet Aug. 2 at Taylor

LACONIA — The next program in the Taylor Community Music Series, sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

The concert will feature talented musicians from the New Hampshire Music Festival Brass Quintet: David Loucky, principal trombone; Jason Bergman and Keith Johnson, trumpet; Nina Allen Miller, French horn; and Takatsugu Hagiwara, tuba. The event is being sponsored by Florence Merrill.

The quintet will perform a variety of chamber music to suit everyone's taste, and may include a few well-known popular tunes as well.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:34

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Wolfeboro Library Hosting free performance by Odds Bodkin

WOLFEBORO —Wolfeboro Public Library will close its Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program with a special performance by Odds Bodkin, a master storyteller, musician, author, and educator, hailed by Billboard Magazine as "a modern-day Orpheus" and by The New York Times as a "consummate storyteller."

The free family program will be held on Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Anderson Hall on the Brewster Academy campus in Wolfeboro.

Bodkin will share two Little Heroes stories. The Wise Little Girl, a Russian folktale, tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who bravely answers riddles posed by the Tsar in an effort to save her father. In the Italian fairytale The Little Shepherd, a hard-hearted boy goes on a wild adventure with animals and witches to find a mysterious girl who is hidden in a singing apple. Odds' vivid character voices, uncanny vocal effects, and compelling action keep kids and adults imagining and smiling. Plus there is the joy of listening to original music on 12-string guitar and Celtic harp.

Bodkin is renowned for his huge repertoire of folk tales from cultures around the world, an extensive collection of Greek myths, American and New England folklore, ghost stories and teaching fables, all performed with live original music, character voices, vocal effects and narration. Twice the subject of Lincoln Center Institute in New York's Window on the Work, he has performed at The White House and across America at schools, museums, universities, special performances, and festivals. His many recordings and picture books have won Indie awards, Parents' Choice Gold and Silver awards, Storytelling World awards, the Dove Foundation award, Booklist's Editors' Choice, and the New York Public Library's "100 Best Titles for Reading and Sharing" award, among others.

Wolfeboro Public Library is able to present this free performance thanks to the support of the Friends of Wolfeboro Public Library, Q. David Bowers, the Marsh Family, and anonymous donors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:20

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Twelfth Night takes Sandwich by Storm staring Friday

SANDWICH — On July 31, local theatre company Advice To The Players returns to the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage with their opening performance of Twelfth Night—the catch is that due to the construction of the new bleachers at the Fairgrounds, the company has not been able to rehearse on the stage—yet. Despite this setback, the company is charging ahead and can't wait to share their story with an audience. "I'm really proud of all the work everyone is doing," shared Director and veteran ATTP company member, Candace Clift, "I can't wait to see it all on the stage"—and you shouldn't either! For tickets and information visit AdviceToThePlayers.org

In New York and other major cities, it is common for theatre productions to rehearse in a room and not be at the performance venue until technical rehearsals, but this is not usually the case in New Hampshire. ATTP has been performing on the Fairgrounds Stage since 2002 and the company is thrilled about the new bleacher upgrade the Fair is providing. The picturesque mountain backdrop of the stage provides a unique setting for New Hampshire audiences to experience Shakespeare on their own terms—an energetic, outdoor engagement brimming with wonder and rustic charm. Until the company is able to work on the stage, rehearsals are being held in the Hodge building at the Fairgrounds.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most captivating plays and features intrigue, raucous comedy, and a cast of characters who speak beautiful truths that resonate in today's world. The company is staying true to their mission with a cast brimming with professional actors, teens, and locals. Twelfth Night cast members hail from all corners of the state to be part of this production.

New Hampshire native, and ATTP newcomer, Kimberly Miller is thrilled to join ATTP's acting ensemble for the first time in the role of Olivia. "This is a dream summer." comments Miller, "I get to do what I love, in the cool, fresh air of northern NH; performing with an incredibly creative and talented group of people, bringing one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies to life. I am incredibly grateful and can't wait to share this with audiences."

Miranda Posner, who graced the stage with ATTP for many years in her youth, is returning in the role of Viola—after an eight year hiatus. Actor Andrew Codispoti will embody the foolhardy Andrew Aguecheek alongside bountiful company favorites and new friends.

Twelfth Night performs 2 pm at the Fairgrounds Stage July 31, August 1, 2, 6-9; and August 4th at 7:30p m at the Town Hall Theatre. Stop by Advice To The Player's new home at 12 Main Street in Sandwich to purchase tickets 12-6 Wednesdays-Sundays, 10-6 Saturdays—or purchase tickets online at AdviceToThePlayers.org. Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10, Youth 12 and under free at the Fairgrounds thanks to underwriting from the Quimby Fund, and only $7 at the Town Hall Theatre.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 04:20

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Gilmanton Women's Club to meet on August 3

GILMANTON — The next meeting of the Gilmanton Women's Club will be held at the Shellcamp Lake Clubhouse, Gilmanton on Monday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m.
The Gilmanton Women's Club was formed in 1971 with a mission to raise funds for the benefit of Gilmanton's townspeople, and local organizations.
Those who would like to learn more about the club can contact Judy Bakos, President at 267-5056, or Bernadette Gallant, Vice- President at 364-7709, or visit the web site at: www.gilmantonnh.org then go to community - Gilmanton Women's Club.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:51

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