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CONCORD, NH – As a proud partner of the fifth annual Capital Arts Fest in downtown Concord, NH, Concord Community Music School presents its free Arts Fest Open House on Saturday, September 25, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. No musical experience? No problem! The Arts Fest Open House is admission-free and open to everyone, with participatory musical activities and performances. Pop in for a session, or stay the whole time, and don’t miss the all-day “musical yard sale” on the lower level.

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SAT. SEPT. 25 - MUSIC SCHOOL’S ARTS FEST OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

10:00-10:45am: Music and Movement with Heather Oberheim (Community Room - masks required for guests age 2 and older)

Sing, dance, and play with Miss Heather – all youngsters ages 5 months - 6 years are invited to join the fun with a parent or caregiver.

10:00-11:00am: Folk Jam! (Parkside Stage)

Bring your folk instrument (fiddle, mando, banjo, guitar, etc.) and join us for an easy-going outdoor folk jam, led by faculty fiddler Liz Faiella. We'll play some traditional fiddle tunes together, and chord charts will be provided for some commonly-played jam tunes.

11:15-12:15pm: “Meet the Instruments” Instrument Show and Tell (Parkside Stage)

If you've ever wondered what an oboe is, or have never heard a French horn, come to our “Meet the Instruments” show and tell. Current Music School students will show you their instruments, tell you all about them, then play for you. The “Instrument Petting Zoo” of years past is on hold because of Covid, but we would love to answer any questions you have about woodwind, brass, and string instruments, and satisfy your curiosity about opportunities to play and learn!

1:00-1:45pm: Creative Aging Workshop with Heather Oberheim (Community Room - masks required)

Learn how we can age more creatively and gracefully through movement and music, with techniques used by dance and music therapists that provide neurological benefits for all of us as we age.

2:00-3:00pm: Singing/Improv Workshop with Peggo Horstmann Hodes (Parkside Stage)

3:15-4:00pm: South Asian Traditional Music Performance by Harimaya Adhikari and Prem Sagar Khatiwada (Parkside Stage)

Faculty members Hari and Prem, both originally from Nepal and founding members of Himalaya Heritage Music Group, joyfully share their talent and culture in this expert performance of South Asian traditional music, featuring harmonium, tabla, and voice.

ALL DAY, 10 to 4

Instrument and music sale (Lower Level - masks required)

Here's your chance to scoop up a quality musical instrument, audio equipment, sheet music, and music books at bargain-basement prices, some of it free/by donation! Arrive early for the best selection.

This year’s Capital Arts Fest, September 24-26, will be the biggest celebration of art and culture that Concord has ever seen. This vibrant multi-arts festival, featuring live music, contemporary and traditional crafts, theater, dance, presentations by authors and poets, takes place on South Main Street and several satellite locations. It is the combined effort of many organizations and businesses around the region, including the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the NH League of Craftsmen, and many other partners. For a full schedule of activities and sites, visit www.visitconcord-nh.com/capital-arts-fest.

Concord Community Music School is located in downtown Concord, NH, between Wall/Fayette/South/and Chesley streets, and less than a 5-minute walk from South Main Street and the other Capital Arts Fest happenings. Most of the Music School's activities will take place outdoors at the Music School’s Parkside Stage, overlooking Fletcher-Murphy Park on Fayette Street. If driving, please park in the lot at 24 Fayette Street or on any surrounding street. Info: www.ccmusicschool.org.

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About the Concord Community Music School

Concord Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 teaching artists reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone. Visit www.ccmusicschool.org.

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