Variety of musicians to perform on Saturday

  • The Concord Choral will perform "Requiem" as part of the Capital Arts Festival.

Monitor staff
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The streets of Concord will literally be filled with music this weekend as multiple ensembles perform as part of the Capital Arts Festival.

Non-stop music

Concord Community Music School is celebrating its 32nd anniversary with a weekend so full, members will hardly put down their instruments.

The fun begins Friday night at 7:30 with a jazz and classical Gala Concert by five music school alumni. 

Elizabeth Blood on piano, Courtney Bonifant on viola, Peter Lehmann on piano, Chris Veilleux on saxophone and Phil Sargent on guitar, will present music of Bach, Schumann, Ravel, Bill Evans and jazz standards and originals. They will be joined by the Sonic Explorers of Boston. These performers reflect more than 20 years of music school alumni, from the 1990s to 2016. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

On Saturday, Concord Community Music School will hold its annual Performathon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can hear them play at both the school on Wall Street and at Phenix Hall/The Works Bakery on Main Street. 

All day, students will play concerts covering folk, Broadway, jazz, Nepali, and classical music to raise money for the financial aid fund.

At the school, you can check out music makers with the instrument petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring string, wind, brass, and percussion.

In all, more than 300 performers students and alumni from the music school will participate in Capital Arts Festival events, said Concord Community Music School’s Liza Poinier.

For more information, visit ccmusicschool.org.

Family fun

Mr. Aaron will perform his kid-friendly concert at Red River Theaters at 10 a.m. Aaron Jones has produced several kids CDs and teaches children’s music classes at his Rattlebox Studio.

All tickets for the Saturday event are $7. For more information, visit rattleboxstudio.com or redrivertheatres.org.

Dancing in the streets

Outside the State House at City Plaza, the Suncook Valley Chorale will perform mini-concerts throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later in the day, the Songweavers Chorus and Drummers will take over the plaza with music from 4 to 5 p.m.

In Bicentennial Square, you can also listen to a variety of live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

At the Concord Co-op, Sensitive Men will perform at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The trio of Concord men, Patrick, Vincent and Ethan play indie acoustic folkpop.

Sounds like history

Civil War-era and Antebellum-style music group The Hardtacks will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at New England College in Cartoonist/musician/teacher Marek Bennett and musician/educator Woody Pringle play mid-19th century American folk music and sprinkle in some history in the process. Sometimes guest performers will join in the production. For more information, visit civilwarfolkmusic.com.

Classical closing

To close out the day, the Concord Chorale will perform Johannes Brahms’s longest piece “Ein Deutsches Requiem” at South Congregational Church at 7 p.m. An encore performance will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.

Brahms wrote the piece after the death of his mother and Robert Schumann. It premiered with a full orchestra, but he rewrote it for the piano with four hands.

The Concord Chorale will be accompanied by Molly Lozeau and University of New Hampshire music professor Hsiang Tu.

Singers Marth Guth, a soprano, and David McGerrin, a baritone, will also join in the Choral’s performance.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $15 for seniors and $25 at the door or $20 for seniors. Students are free. You can purchase tickets at Gibson’s Bookstore or Merrimack County Savings Bank or by calling 463-5504.