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The Wildcat Regiment Band from Home, Pa., held a concert at Penacook Riverside Park in Penacook on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Civil War-era music returns to its roots in New Hampshire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands is returning to its roots. The Third Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from Penacook, was one of hundreds of bands mustered during the war to entertain troops and carry stretchers as needed. Most of its members later ended up in the 2nd Brigade …

Review: Whitesnake delves deep into Purple past on new album

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who says you can’t go home? David Coverdale delves deep into his Deep Purple background on the new Whitesnake album, which re-does songs from his tenure fronting the legendary classic rock outfit. The Purple Album begins with a more bottom-heavy version of the classic rock anthem “Burn,” which Coverdale shared lead vocals with …

Free St. Paul’s School ballet performance highlights modern choreographers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

St. Paul’s School ballet students are offering two free opportunities to experience contemporary dance by influential choreographers and composers. The 17 dancers directed by Jennifer Howard will perform selections by Merce Cunningham, Philip Neal and Sydney Skybetter this weekend. “This is a chance to see really good dance,” Howard said. The MinEvent is …

Last season of ‘American Idol’ set for Fox’s 2015-16 lineup

Monday, May 11, 2015

The swan song of American Idol and heavy doses of comedy and sci-fi will mark Fox’s 2015-16 season. The once-blockbuster singing contest, which launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has seen its audience …

5 WWII paintings returned

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Five paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. The paintings, including three won by an American GI in a poker game, were …

Art with a Capitol A: Concord High photographer gets Congressional honor

Saturday, May 2, 2015

After winning the Congressional Art Competition, a Concord High School senior’s artwork will be on display at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Hope Morrison was honored last night by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, who assembled a committee …

‘Miss Saigon’ cast up to challenge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Concord High School’s production of Miss Saigon is all about challenges. Miss Saigon is the story of the romance between an American soldier named Chris (Rowan Ferrier) and a Vietnamese girl named Kim (Hannah Matillano) in Saigon during …

Entertainment or bust!: New London shares stage with pro actors

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It’s risky to venture beyond the familiar to seek a more satisfying life, and there’s no guarantee of happiness when you do. But there’s no happiness in staying where you don’t quite belong, either. The Northern New England …

Hopkinton Variety Show has entertained the community for 30 years and counting

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This week, Hopkinton High School’s auditorium will be transformed into the deck of a cruise ship, the backdrop for a lot of singing, dancing and laughter. Welcome to Hopkinton’s Variety Show, a community tradition going back three decades. …

Concord’s True Brew music scene: Live, local, original

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you like good local music, a nice espresso and a hearty stout, True Brew Barista in downtown Concord is the place for you. The Hippo has named True Brew the Best Bar for Live Music three years …

Local artists nominated for New England Music Awards

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New England’s top musicians, songwriters and producers will be recognized Saturday at the New England Music Awards. Those who attend will hear Latin, rock, country, folk, pop, hip hop, reggae and more by artists who call New England …

Review: Vanessa Hudgens does well, but can’t save ‘Gigi’

Friday, April 10, 2015

Whoever decides to revive Gigi these days gets a great score by the songwriters behind My Fair Lady and an immediate problem. It’s a little girl problem. The Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe 1973 stage adaptation of their beloved, …

Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Sunday, April 5, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that celebrate the …