A New Symphony NH Season

Here's what's coming up for Symphony NH through the remainder of 2015.

Music lovers in the Granite State know that there’s no reason to travel far for an excellent night at the Symphony. Start a new season with this local gem with the opening concert that salutes a trio of American composers. Enjoy Copland’s "Rodeo," Bernstein’s "3 Dance Episodes" from "On the Town" and Gershwin’s effervescent "Concerto in F" with sensational piano soloist Randall Hodgkinson. You have three chances to catch this performance:

Continue your classical music education with a free concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on November 2. This evening Symphony NH Music Director Jonathan McPhee leads the orchestra in a program that will show how music “paints pictures” – of character, emotion, story, time and place. The concert starts with high-impact excerpts (from Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Holst and others) accompanied by slide projections and narration from the Maestro and concludes with a complete performance Ravel’s glittering orchestration of Mussorgsky’s thrilling “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Great for the whole family! Click here for more information on obtaining tickets (the concert is free but tickets are required).

Also in November, you’ll be enchanted by the bubbling environs of a water nymph’s home, which are evoked in the opening theme of Mendelssohn’s melodic “Fair Melusina Overture.” Classical superstar Jennifer Koh performs Dvořák’s fiery “Violin Concerto.” The night ends with Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” so named for the virtuosic writing within each section of instruments. You’re also invited to the Nashua Public Library the week leading up to the concert (actual date and time TBA) to participate in a discussion about the music in this program. Led by long-time symphony bassist Robert Hoffman, you will explore the history, context and special musical moments of works by Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Bartók. Musical excerpts will illuminate the discussion. Find more details on the November 14 concert here.

December brings you a wonderful New Hampshire holiday tradition – the Holiday Pops concert that will delight the whole family. See it on December 12 at the Keefe Center for the Arts in Nashua. More details here.

*These are sponsored events.