One of the most exciting outcomes from our season of remote learning has been hosting seven virtual recitals – featuring some 200 students overall! It’s been a wonderful way to applaud our students’ musical achievements, experiment with performance technologies, and maintain our musical community even though we can’t be together.
The public is invited to “Discover the music inside you,” when Concord Community Music School opens its doors for the free Community Music Fest, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 30, at 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord, New Hampshire.
The Kimball Jenkins, Inc. Board of Directors has announced that it has appointed Julianne Gadoury, an experienced arts administrator and Concord resident, to lead the nonprofit, effective March 17, 2020. As Executive Director of the School of Art, Gadoury will craft and implement a vision and strategy for Kimball Jenkins to be responsive to the needs of the community. The organization will continue its commitment to excellence in the arts and cultural programming, and historic preservation.
Join Concord Community Music School faculty member and multi-instrumentalist Eric Klaxton for an exploration of how three musical mavericks made a lasting impact on American culture, in the Bach’s Lunch Lecture “Pioneers of New Orleans Music: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Fats Waller,” Thursday, March 5, at 12:10pm. Trumpeter Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native, championed New Orleans music around the country and world, eventually becoming a household name. Fewer know the name of clarinetist and saxophonist Sidney Bechet, another native to the Crescent City. As Armstrong was to the trumpet, Bechet was to the saxophone. Up in Harlem, New York, Fats Waller was writing songs and developing a style of piano playing that had roots in New Orleans that would in turn influence the New Orleans style for years to come.
You will learn from experts in the field, including a storyteller, historian, writer, interviewer, videographer and an archivist how they prepare and present legacy stories at the “Telling Your Family Story” workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 9am - 3:30pm at the School in Manchester. This workshop teaches how to uncover family or community stories, how to present them, and how to preserve them for future generations.
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The 18th Annual March Mandolin Festival Concerts will be held March 6 and 7 at two great venues for live acoustic music. Friday, March 6, the festival opens with a 7:00pm show at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine. Saturday’s concert will be held at 7:30pm at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire, the host venue for the entire festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8.
Have fun and learn from the experts at the New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo that helps old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with appropriate and affordable solutions. Create your own show “itinerary” and explore preservation strategies, architecture, craft and history through hourly lectures, visits with high quality exhibitors, demonstrations and “Old House and Barn Doctor” sessions.
Following on the success of its recent “Creative Aging Day,” with nearly 50 enthusiastic participants, Concord Community Music School is introducing a series of mini-courses geared to those interested in exploring the use of movement and music in aging creatively and gracefully.
At Concord Community Music School, we never miss a chance to celebrate our love for music and music-makers. The next two Bach’s Lunch programs, “Jazz Lives On and On! New Artists to Love in the New Decade” (Feb. 6) and “You Send Me…Musical Valentines” (Feb. 13) are the perfect opportunity to share the love – and the music – with faculty and friends!