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By January 9, 2015 Read More →

JOIN the Monadnock Center and Attend a Concert for FREE

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to be moving into our third season of the Music in Bass Hall Concert Series. We have a stellar line up so far (with a few more concerts still being scheduled). If you are not a member of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, but perhaps have been thinking what a great thing that could be, here’s a chance to join and get FREE admission to one of our concerts from January through March.

To take advantage of this special offer, just click the concert you’d like to attend, scroll down below the concert description, and you’ll find a purchase option for your membership which includes free admission to that concert.

Or you can stop by our office 603-924-3235, or stopping by the office during our open hours Wed-Sat, 10 – 4.

The Tara Greenblatt Band, January 23, 7:30 PM

Valentine’s Jazz with the Stephanie Hurley Trio, February 15, 3: PM

The Red Hedgehog Trio, February 22, 3:00 PM

Hiroya Tsukamoto, guitar, March 27, 7:30 PM

Here’s what’s in store:

Tara Greenblatt BandOpening the season on Friday, January 23, is a concert with the Tara Greenblatt Band. Led by vocalist / percussionist Tara Greenblatt, the band also includes  Saibhung Singh, bass;  Lucio S. Eastman, guitar; with Shana R. Hall and Grace Aldrich providing additional vocals. In addition to including songs from the bands CD, Animal Planet, the concert will feature the debut of several new songs. Tara studied the djembe (a West African drum) under MaMaDou N’Daiye for two years and then formed her own intuitive way of playing the djembe while singing.  The band blends earthy contemporary folk with soul, R&B, and jazzy influences, with  luscious harmonies and poignant lyrics about connections between humans, nature, technology, motherhood and artistry.

Stephanie HurleySinger Stephanie Hurley returns to Bass Hall for the third annual Valentines Jazz concert on Sunday afternoon, February 15. Stephanie is an enticing and engaging performer with a gift for conveying the subtle nuances embodied in romantic jazz.  She has worked with a number of bands throughout central New England, including the Bedford Big Band. For this performance she is joined by Lynn Lovell on bass and Chris Albertson on guitar, two of New England’s top musicians.

Red Hedgehog Trio Photo_sOn Sunday, February 22, the Boston-based Red Hedgehog Trio will share some of their favorite chamber music, via a revealing add-an-instrument format. Pianist Dan Sedgewick will warm the room with J.S. Bach’s First Partita, an intimately lyrical work for solo keyboard. Then he will be joined by Marji Gere on violin for Mozart’s late A-major Violin Sonata – a wonderful display of Mozart’s hilarity, creativity, and humanity. For the most venturesome leg of this winter afternoon’s musical journey, Marina Krickler will come bearing the fresh, brass element that completes the Red Hedgehog Trio, for a performance of one of the classical music tradition’s most beloved, dramatic works: Johannes Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano. Spoiler: an illustrious Monadnock-area musician may sneak onstage to join the Hedgehogs for a closing waltz or two. Who will it be?

hirobwHiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, who will make his New Hampshire debut in Bass Hall on Friday, March 27. While at  Osaka University, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America, Nueva Cancion, headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is a recipient of the  Professional Music Achievement Award, and has recorded sevearal albums, most recently Heartland. Performances  include several appearances at Blue Note in New York and playing  with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys),  and Dave Maxwell (Muddy Waters Band).

strathspey_and_reel_society2On Sunday, April 12, the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire returns for their third annual Tartan Day Celebration concert. Presenting a lively program of Scottish jigs, reels, airs, strathspeys and waltzes, the 20 piece ensemble of fiddles, flutes, accordions, and more will regale the audience with energetic and beautiful melodies, interspersed with various bits of Scottish history and trivia.

Apple_Hill_String_Quartet_2_2013 signThe Apple Hill String Quartet has earned accolades from around the world for their interpretive mastery of such traditional repertoire as Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel — along with their special dedication to seldom heard masterworks and contemporary music. They have performed concerts extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and it is always a treat to have them right here at home, and particularly in the acoustically sublime Bass Hall, where they will perform on Saturday, April 25.

The Asylum Quartet_3Saturday, May 9 is a rare opportunity to hear a saxophone quartet. Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 2011. In 2014, the quartet was awarded the Grand Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. During the summer of 2014, Asylum served as artists-in-residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, New Hampshire, and as featured artists at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island. Asylum actively promotes new music, and has commissioned works from composers Erberk Eryilmaz and Ryan Jesperson. During its 2014-2015 season, the quartet will feature its original arrangement of Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 5.

beehiveJazz aficionados in the Monadnock region have a real treat in store when the Rich Greenblatt Group brings their show to Bass Hall on Saturday, May 30. This modern jazz group mixes in swing, funk, odd-time signatures, South American, and the blues. The band showcases Greenblatt’s lyrical and rhythmically quirky compositions combined with each musician’s extraordinary improvisational gifts. Each song has a unique mood and style. Get ready for a melodic, jazz band that swings hard, grooves deep, and soars on ballads.

Dave-Eggar_3It’s always difficult to write in advance about a concert with cellist Dave Eggar, since he inevitably surprises. He began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program.When he comes to Bass Hall on Tuesday, June 2nd, Eggar has indicated a  mixture of classic quartet compositions by Mozart and Ravel as well as some tango and jazz thrown in.Particularly exciting is the guest appearance of a frequent collaboration,. Amber Rubarth. At 21 years old, Amber decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue her hidden passion for music. A vibrant performer with a stellar voice and great guitar chops, she is also now composing for films, recently working with Paul Brill for the highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She also partnered with Alex Wong to create The Paper Raincoat, a Brooklyn band featured as iTunes Indie Spotlight chosen as Paste Magazine’s Best of What’s Next.

 deborrah_wyndham_2One of the features of Bass Hall is it’s lovely 1926 Steinway Model L, which was generously donated to the Monadnock Center several years ago.  This will be put to good use on Sunday, September 20th, in a concert with pianist Deborrah Wyndham.  With virtuosity and an unparalleled elegance rarely seen today by young artists, Deborrah’s grasp of both performance and composition suggests a formal and credentialed background. In truth, with just a modest foundation of childhood piano lessons behind her, it was her passion to play that found her performing as much as she could in restaurants, hotels, and nursing homes, until her talents caught the attention of national media. She has appeared on Fox, NBC, and ABC television, as well as numerous radio programs, and now tours regularly throughout the U.S. Her love of ragtime music started at an early age and since then, many other genres have been explored as well. Composing came spontaneously inspired in the spring of 2006 with her first composition “The Atmosphere”, which is included in her CD “The Beginning”. These modern classical compositions contain distinct  jazz colors. Weaving seamlessly in and out of the two styles with mesmerizing and refreshingly unexpected musical turns and textures, Deborrah Wyndham opens a new world of timeless, hauntingly beautiful music. Deborrah’s Bass Hall performance will feature a collection of ragtime pieces, from well-known classics, to more obscure numbers, and a rich program of her own compositions.

Admission to each concert in the Music in Bass Hall series is $15 / $12 for members, seniors, and students.