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Peterborough, NH – The Monadnock Music Festival is heading into a new era in 2012 with the local conducting debut of Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose and the performance of some of the 20th century’s most renowned works

Rose opens the festival season on July 6 at the Peterborough Town House, leading the Monadnock Sinfonietta in a program of works commissioned by Martha Graham, including Aaron Copland’s masterpiece, Appalachian Spring. 

Appalachian Springdebuted in 1944 and is considered one ofCopland’s finest works, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It references the Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts,” a song that has a deep connection to New Hampshire, the home of many in the Shaker community.

The program will also include Diversion of Angels by Norman Dello Joio, a playful, romantic ballet that explores themes of love and passion, as well as Paul Hindemith’s Herodiade, Graham’s first work that explores Biblical and mythical themes. Herodiade is based on the poem of the same name and alludes to the biblical story of Herodias and Salome. 

Continuing in its tradition of bringing new classical works to a New England audience, the Monadnock Sinfonietta will perform the work of MacDowell Colony Fellow Huang Ro, Chamber Concerto No. 4 "Yueh fei." This Chinese-American composer is influenced by both the music of East and West, pulling from many genres and cultures.

Rose brings a fresh ear to Monadnock Music as the new artistic director, as well as years of conducting experience. Rose is a three-time Grammy Award nominee who hasserved as artistic director of Opera Boston and the Boston Modern OrchestraProject. During his first season leading Monadnock Music, Rose promises to reinvigorate the festival’s programming in the spirit of founder, James Bolle.

“I am thrilled to begin my inaugural season as Monadnock Music’s artistic director following in the great tradition of the last 46 years,” said Rose. “I am looking forward to a fabulous season with great repertory, incredibly gifted artists, and unforgettable performances.”

For a complete schedule of Monadnock Music Festival’s 2012 season, go to www.monadnockmusic.org.