Capitol Center for the Arts Outdoor Mini-Concerts Begin Saturday at Concord Community Music School’s Outdoor Stage
CONCORD, N.H. – The Capitol Center for the Arts (CCA), in collaboration with the Concord Community Music School and the City of Concord, presents “Music in the Park,” a series of six mini-concerts to take place Saturday evenings, July 18 through August 22, on the Music School’s outdoor stage, which overlooks Fletcher-Murphy Park in downtown Concord.
This musical collaboration came about through creative thinking by the members of the Concord arts community, which meets monthly through Creative Concord, a committee of the Chamber. “When I heard the details from Nicki [Clarke, Executive Director of the CCA] of how terribly they were affected, I thought, ‘what do we have that we can give?’” said Peggy Senter, president of the Music School. The answer: the Music School has an outdoor stage, and a whole building’s worth of backstage, and electricity. Senter continued, “I had a wonderful talk with Suzi Pegg, Economic Development Director for the City of Concord, which owns Fletcher-Murphy Park that we face, which the kids call ‘Music Park.’ Suzi and City staff worked with both organizations to make this happen. It has been great to work with the Capitol Center’s amazing production staff, and it will feel like summer to have some musical fun!”
“I was jazzed to get the call from Peggy Senter with the offer to use the outdoor stage at the Concord Community Music School for Capitol Center presentations,” wrote Nicki Clarke. “Neither the CCA or the Bank of NH Stage has a parking lot or enough outdoor space to accommodate and audience, and it makes a great deal of sense to first offer outdoor arts activities as we work to prepare the new safety features and protocols in our indoor facilities. We are loving the Music School for their generous offer of their stage, and to the City of Concord for use of the Fletcher-Murphy Park to accommodate audiences of 50.”
Each concert features a local or regional artist, and proceeds go directly to the performers. The series kicks off with singer-songwriter Kimayo on 7/18, and concludes with Music School faculty member and folk fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on 8/22. Tickets may be purchased at the Capitol Center’s Bank of New Hampshire Stage website, www.banknhstage.com. Performances begin at 6 p.m. and will last one hour.
The Music School is actively following the State of New Hampshire re-opening guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control recommendations about the safety of making music together in our building. Our plans for the fall semester are in the works and will be announced later this month.
Please visit www.ccmusicschool.org or call 603-228-1196 for more information.