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Plymouth Congregational church presents Asylum Saxophone Quartet

PLYMOUTH — The Asylum Saxophone Quartet will be in residence this coming Sunday through Friday, March 15-20.

In addition to the workshops offered during the group's residency, Asylum Quartet's residency will also give a public performance at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ on Wednesday evening, March 18.

There appearance is being sponsored by the Arts Alliance of New Hampshire.

Along with Asylum's school appearances, teacher workshops and public performances, the Arts Alliance wants to give community members a chance to learn more about the saxophone quartet, and the saxophone, and has designed several fun and exciting music clinics and conversational opportunities for the Asylum members to share their experience and expertise.

"We are so glad to be hosting these energetic and invigorating musicians who are eager to share their tremendous talents," says Arts Alliance Program Manager Jamie Feinberg. "But we want to send them where they can successfully connect with the people who most want to engage with them. So we plan to offer these workshops in communities — from the Lakes Region to the Great North Woods — where there are groups of people interested in learning more, whether that is high school students considering a music career, musicians and artists who want to focus on specific tools and topics or music lovers who just want to learn more about the saxophone."

The four classically trained musicians —Joseph Abad (soprano sax), Tony Speranza (alto sax), Max Schwimmer (tenor sax) and Andrew Barnhart (baritone sax) — come from across the country, from Vermont to California. They met as graduate students at The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. In 2014 they received the Grand Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. They are recognized for their saxophone interpretations of everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer.

The first workshop offered is called Carving a Life as a Professional Artist – A Conversation for Musicians & Other Artists. In this workshop musicians and artists will join the Asylum Quartet for an informal conversation about life as a professional musician. All musicians and artists are welcome to share their own experiences and listen, as are aspiring artists and members of the greater community. Free and open to people ages 12 and up.

The Asylum Quartet will also present several 90-minute teacher workshops detailing saxophone fundamentals and strategies for music students. The workshops will focus on the non-improvisational side of saxophone pedagogy and classical playing. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Saxophone clinics will also be offered. Saxophone players, from amateurs to professionals, looking to pick up a few pointers from this award-winning ensemble, plus high school or college students looking to take their playing to the next level are invited to participate in this clinic. Be sure to bring a saxophone, or a reed instrument of choice. Topics can include tone production, warm-up techniques, practice techniques and building ensemble chemistry.

The last program offered it titled Sax Appeal, and is a community conversation about the saxophone. This is a free and informal gathering for music lovers that offers a chance to meet the musicians and learn about their passion for their instruments, and about the music they play from across the ages and around the world.

Learn more about all these programs at www.aannh.org. For additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 323-7302.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 07:50

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Bucky Lewis comedy tonight at Lochmere

TILTON — Celebrate St. Patrick's Day tonight, March 13, at the Lochmere Golf & Country Club as they are hosting an adult comedy night at the Greenside Restaurant, 360 Laconia Road in Tilton, for a dinner and comedy show. "Wicked Funny" New Hampshire comedian Bucky Lewis is scheduled to perform his fresh one-man adult comedy show at 8:30 p.m.

"I have been working hard on my show to come up with great new material, and the Irish flavor of the night is going to lend itself to a great time," Bucky Lewis said. "The last time I performed at Lochmere everything was fantastic – the food, the people, the energy. My show wasn't bad either!"

The Bucky Lewis Show will feature an all-you-can-eat St Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage buffet for only $35 per person. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Santa Fund. Call the Greenside Restaurant at 455-6988 for reservations.

Lewis is known for bringing a very zany act to the stage. It is a very interactive show and no one knows what is going to happen next. "The only think I can tell you is that it is all about the laughs," Lewis said. "I have more tools that most comedy shows you will see, and I use them all. This is why I love St. Patrick's Day celebrations, because it's all about the singing and the laughing, and just plain having a blast."


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Barbara Normandin heads Franklin VNA & hospice

FRANKLIN — The Board of Directors of Franklin VNA & Hospice has chosen a new Executive Director,  Barbara Normandin, RN. Ms. Normandin has been an employee of the agency for several years as the Home Care Clinical Manager. She assumes the position of Executive Director of the agency upon the retirement of the current Director, Jane White, on February 27.

Ms. Normandin has over 20 years' experience in the Home Health industry, 13 plus years of management and supervisory experience and 10 years of clinical experience. She has been involved in a majority of initiatives and can already count some significant accomplishments. About taking over the director's position, Ms. Normandin says "We've really built a strong group of professionals who are able to work together as a productive team and we are dedicated to providing quality services to this community. It is this attitude on the part of the staff that will help me to make a smooth transition into this new role."

Franklin VNA & Hospice is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1945 to serve the Home Health care needs of the community. It provides home care services to Andover, Belmont, Franklin, Hill, Northfield, Sanbornton, Salisbury, Tilton, Webster and surrounding towns, as requested.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 07:08

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Lakes region tea party will hear presidential candidate dennis lynch

MOULTONBOROUGH — The next meeting of the Lakes Region Tea Party will be held Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library.

They will  be meeting a presidential candidate, Dennis Michael Lynch, who is an award-winning entrepreneur with a 25-year history of launching start-up companies and creating jobs. He has produced documentaries on illegal immigration and national security and often appears on Fox news, The Blaze, and conservative talk radio programs. The group will also be hearing from Michelle Sanborn from CARE, a local grassroots group, on the Right to Local Self-Governance, which she says is a pressing need in New Hampshire right now, as our municipal governments are unable to protect us from outside influences, as it is written in our NH state constitution, Article 10.
For more information contact Hal or Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 07:04

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