Come tap your feet and hum along to some of the greatest songs of the 20th century as composed by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, and more. Classicopia returns to Court Street Arts, bringing its exciting mix of great music-making and interesting stories about the composers. They help break down the barriers between performers and audience and create a truly informal and energetic atmosphere at their concerts.
Mezzo-soprano Erma Gattie Mellinger has been a principal artist with many opera companies across the United States. Hailed for her, “rich, vibrant, creamy voice,” Ms. Mellinger is also at home on the concert stage appearing as soloist with several orchestras and choral societies. Ms. Mellinger has been a member of the Dartmouth College faculty since 1996. In addition to her duties as voice instructor, she serves as the Vocal Coach of the Handel Society, coaches chamber music classes and presents solo recitals on campus. Ms. Mellinger has directed church choirs and has served as both Stage Director and Music Director for numerous community theater productions. Currently, Ms. Mellinger is the director of Cantabile, a women’s chorus that performs extensively throughout the Upper Valley.
Pianist Daniel Weiser has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory and has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Classicopia and also founded AmiciMusic (www.amicimusic.org) in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, similarly dedicated to performing chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces and to breaking down barriers between performers and audience. He was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama. Dr. Weiser currently lives in Baltimore.
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Sunday, June 15 . 4pm - Cafe Open for Wine & Cheese Tasting with Artists
". . . musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors." - L.A. Times
Pianist George Lopez has been featured across the globe as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and collaborator. Mr. Lopez received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos in his last two concert seasons. He was invited by The International Holland Music Sessions, now one of the top performing arenas for up-and-coming musicians in Europe, to go on a world tour where he performed in Paris, London, Cologne, New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Los Angeles where he was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his ". . . musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors."
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Sunday, July 13 . 4pm - Cafe Open for Wine & Cheese Tasting with the Artists
The Festival of Earthly Delights
Great Food, Craft Brews, Fine Wine & Live Music
The Festival of Earthly Delights is your ticket to sample culinary delights from area restaurants, artisan cheese makers, small farms, confectionaries, craft breweries, wineries and more!
Admission includes samples, a souvenir glass, door prizes, live music with fiddler Patrick Ross and The Van Burens, plus lots of fun for the kids! Attendees wishing to sample alcohol must provide a valid photo ID the day of the event. Non-alcohol beverages will be available. The event will be held at the historic Alumni Hall building located in scenic Haverhill Corner. Tickets are limited so get them today!
Sunday, August 10 . 3 - 6pm
Tickets: $20 food, $25 food and drink; kids (5 - 12, under age 5 free) $5
The North Country Chamber Players
White Mountain Music Festival
The world renown musicians from The North Country Chamber Players will celebrate the 36th year of the White Mountain Music Festival with a summer of exciting collaboration - what happens when creativity, talent, and cooperation combine and take flight. For each concert the North Country Chamber Players will welcome a guest artist on the stage to inspire them and you, our audience.
BLOW YOUR MIND
An evening of spectacular wind chamber music, featuring horn virtuoso Jacquelyn Adams. She joins veteran NCCP horn player, Kendall Betts in two fantastic works that call for two horns: Mozart's "Musical Joke" and the Ferdinand Ries Septet!
Jacquelyn Adams has performed in the jazz, pop and Broadway realms. She has played with artists and ensembles including Gary Morgan Pan-Americana Big Band, Gato Loco, Kanye West, and Luciano Pavarotti. Her Broadway experience includes Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, West Side Story, Lion King, and Legally Blonde. Some of her recent recordings include David Byrne and St. Vincent’s “Love This Giant,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” and Aaron Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto” featuring clarinetist David Singer and A Far Cry (Boston-based chamber ensemble). Adams is the horn professor at the University of West Florida. In addition to teaching at the university, she enjoys performing as principal horn of the Northwest Florida Symphony.
Sunday, August 3 . 4pm . Cafe Open for Wine & Cheese Tasting with the Artists
DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
Exploring rousing dance music from a myriad of cultures, this program's highlight is a guest appearance by internationally acclaimed composer, performer, and band leader, LJOVA! Fans of our past cross-genre collaborations will not want to miss this concert, which draws inspiration from klezmer, jazz, and other improvised musics.
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile… an eclectic with an ear for texture… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist & musical arranger. Among recent collaborations are projects with Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Gustavo Santaolalla, Osvaldo Golijov, and Alondra de la Parra. Recent commissions have included projects with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, choreographer Aszure Barton, and filmmaker Josef Astor.
Friday, August 8 . 7:30pm . Cafe Open for Wine & Cheese Tasting with the Artists
POETICS OF MUSIC
Capping off our fabulous summer of collaborations, we partner with poets from Frost Place Poetry Center to bring you original verse inspired by the music on the program -- a true artistic dialogue and a fitting celebration to end a deeply inspiring summer!
Sunday, August 17 . 4pm . Cafe Open for Wine & Cheese Tasting with the Artists
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