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May 2016

Music in Bass Hall: Matt Savage, piano

May 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

The Monadnock Center is delighted to present a concert with Matt Savage. At age 23, has had a fourteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz since first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8. That same year he met and played piano for Dave Brubeck. Matt has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with artists such as Chick Corea, the Ellington All…

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Joseph Steinfield: Blasphemy in Modern Times

May 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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The concept of “blasphemy” has its roots in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, and in the Quran as well.  The United States no longer punishes people for blasphemy, but many other countries continue to do so.  Salmon Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses,” the Danish cartoons, the Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Muhammad – these are examples of “blasphemy in modern times.” This talk, with accompanying slides, will address the question of how these and other instances of “defamation of religion”…

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June 2016

Community Conversations: Collaboration

June 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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In a competitive world, the concept of collaboration can seem a risky proposition. Even between people with common interests, collaboration can be frustrating and challenging. In this conversation we look at for different perspectives, including non-profit and business organizations, and also some examples of those two sectors working together. Presenters Nancy O'Brien is the Coordinator of The People's Service Exchange, a time banking project of The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center in Antrim, NH. She has been on staff…

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Music in Bass Hall: Scott Ainslie

June 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Scott Ainslie’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was three years old. He’s been a musician all his life. A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern…

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July 2016

MacDowell Downtown: Bach Solo Violin with Paul Festa

July 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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MacDowell Colony Fellow Paul Festa concludes a special Downtown series of J.S. Bach compositions for solo violin. Join us for a free mini-concert in Bass Hall , featuring Bach’s Sonata #1 in G minor and Partita #1 in B minor.

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August 2016

Four Shillngs Short ~ Concert at the OId Francestown Meetinghouse

August 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Old Meetinghouse, 1 New Boston Rd.
Francestown, 03043
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$15 – $18

The Monadnock Center is pleased to be working with the Francetown Old Meetinghouse in presenting a concert with Four Shillings Short, a folk duo who are truly wandering minstrels. The Celtic, Folk and World music duo Four Shillings Short have been touring in the US and Ireland since 1997 performing a variety of traditional, original and contemporary music on over 20 instruments. The international duo "is nothing short of musical excellence encompassing an eclectic array of world music. They have…

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By Design: Dan Scully ~ Architecture: The Road Goes Through

August 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$10 – $15

In Europe, architecture is static and centered around the piazza, the central social gathering places developed over time. But America, architect Dan Scully contends, is a fast and restless place carved out of wilderness. In America, our architecture is about movement where every building is an object in motion, like a vehicle on a highway. The Road Goes Through will elaborate on Scully’s theory of a dynamic architecture and how it relates to the surrounding landscape and historical context. In…

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Electric Earth Concerts: Project Orfeo

August 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Novelist Richard Powers’ 2013 novel Orfeo contains a deeply informed portrayal of both the contemporary American music scene and of 20th century music generally. Electric Earth Concerts’ interdisciplinary project takes inspiration from Orfeo’s central theme: the search for a revelatory new musical language that has engaged composers for the past century. Along the way Powers discourses eloquently on 20th century masterpieces, while he imagines a yet-to-be-written music for the 21st century that might be derived from existing natural and scientific phenomena. The project’s several layers will include…

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September 2016

Music in Bass Hall: Hiroya Tsukamoto

September 30, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Tickets $18 / $15 members, seniors, students. Order online below or call 603-924-3235 Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara…

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October 2016

Community Conversations: Mental Illness

October 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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mental puzzel

“Nearly one in five adults has a diagnosable mental health disorder,” explains Peter Evers, co-chair of the Campaign to Change Direction NH, and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health. “Learning the signs of emotional suffering can better open the door to treatment and getting people the help they deserve.” Change Direction was launched by representatives from behavioral health, businesses, education, law enforcement, medical care, and policy makers in New Hampshire. Change Direction co founder (and former state Supreme Court Justice)…

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The Glass Museum presents a Concert with Wooden Dinosaur, Sam Moss, and Trevor Healy

October 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Advanced online sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. Enjoy the show! The Monadnock Center is pleased to collaborate with the Glass Museum (producer of The Thing in the Spring) in presenting three dynamic musical performances. Wooden Dinosaur, who will be here with their brand new LP, has always been how the songs of Michael Roberts have gotten out into the world. He often, and in this case, will be playing with his brother Frank on drums, and…

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Music in Bass Hall: Addi & Jacq

October 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Tickets $18 / $15 members, seniors, students. Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door. Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC” as winners of the 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs, Addi & Jacq (armed with nothing more than vocals and a harp) have created a diverse and compelling body of music. The variety in Addi and Jacq’s output can be partly attributed to their wide range of musical influences, which they said include…

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The Walter Peterson Forum: Dante Scala

October 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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The Walter Peterson Forum for Civil Discourse is pleased to present a program with Dante Scala, on the roots of partisan polarization in New Hampshire, and how it’s become a swing state. Scala also will discuss whether the rise of  Donald Trump was just a freak event, or whether he is the shape of things to come in American politics. Scala is a Associate Professor of Political Science at UNH, and also a well known commentator and author of two…

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November 2016

Music in Bass Hall: The Camp Backup All-Stars

November 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT! Tickets will not be available at the door. Just up the road from the Monadnock Center at Sargent Camp in Hancock, there is a weekend gathering of musical mentors and students. Devoted to roots music accompaniment, Camp Backup holds a Friday evening concert featuring performances by staff members, and this year it's been decided to make this concert a public event, and to bring it to Bass Hall. (note this concert starts at 8:00, half…

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January 2017

Music in Bass Hall: Duo Déjà vu

January 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Duo Déjà vu performing the Voix de Paris (Voice of Paris); music that would have been heard in the salons of Paris in the 19th and 20th century. From the stunning lyricism of Chopin to the still avante garde sounds of late Debussy, Paris was an international hub for the greatest composers, as well as other artists.

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Peterborough Folk Music Society: Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem

January 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem return to Peterborough Tickets: $20 adv. $23 Day of concert Tickets and more info “If Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem offer to cook at your place, you better open up all the doors, and borrow every table and chair you can, because the whole town should come.” Folk Alley Magazine “Playful and profound.” The Boston Globe Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in…

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February 2017

Music in Bass Hall: Cold Chocolate

February 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Cold Chocolate will be performing in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center on February 4.

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Peterborough Folk Music Society: Dala

February 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$20 adv/$23 Day of concert Tickets and more info “Dala seem bound for a loftier place where substance stands equal to style.” – The Irish Times Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured…

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Music in Bass Hall: Los Sugar Kings

February 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Tickets $18 / $15 members, seniors, students. Order online below or call 603-924-3235 Music in Bass Hall is excited to welcome back Los Sugar Kings,  a Boston-based quartet known for their dynamic live performances, rich harmonies, intense musicianship and ability to transcend genres with an authenticity rarely heard. In their world, respect is paid to the forefathers and traditions of Afro-Cuban Son, Salsa and Rumba-Flamenca but Los Sugar Kings (named after a Cuban baseball team) also actively draw on influences from…

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March 2017

Music in Bass Hall: Reggie Harris

March 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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$15 – $18

Steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock, and the music of civil and human rights, Reggie Harris is recognized as a vibrant force in the acoustic music realm, and in educational and historical circles. In the spirit of his mentors Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, and Bernice Johnson Reagon, he brings singing and smiles to the lips and ears of those who listen. A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie writes from a personal sense of…

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