January 12, 2006

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Classical Music: Win Tickets!

Nashua Symphony holds essay contest

By Jeff Rapsis  jrapsis@hippopress.com

Kids, how about taking your parents to a concert? The folks at the Nashua Symphony have created a pain-free and money-free way for you to make it happen.

Just write a brief description (150 words or less) of what music means to your family and e-mail it in. The top three entries get a family pack of tickets to the orchestra’s next concert, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in Nashua’s Keefe Auditorium.

What’s it worth? Well, full-price tickets for the symphony can run as much as $45 each, so free tickets for the whole family is nothing to sneeze at. Imagine the look on mom’s face when you ask her if she and Dad have any plans for the first Saturday in February?

Think of it you'll get to see how they behave on a date, and save the cost of a babysitter, too. Just write 150 words (or less) on What Music Means to My Family.

The contest is open to any local student up to 8th grade, including families in the Manchester and Concord area and beyond. Location isn't a problem if you can get to the Feb. 4 concert, you're eligible.

You don’t have to know anything about classical music to enter. Write about what any kind of music means to your family: rock, polka, klezmer, or hip-hop. Entries will be judged on creativity, thoughtfulness, and by symphony officials

Zap your entry to klawless@nashuasymphony.org. (That's Kellie Lawless, the symphony's director of marketing and communications.) Include your name, age, grade, hometown, and a phone number where you can be reached. Don’t worry, they won't give out your number to anyone. Please, one entry per person.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 20, so hurry. Winners will be notified shortly after the judging. Good luck! If you'd like to send your entry by regular mail, the address is Nashua Symphony, 6 Church St., Nashua, NH 03060.

If you’re new to classical music, the Feb. 4 concert is a good one to check out. Called Hidden Charms, it features solo players from within the orchestra's ranks.

Among highlights will be head violinist Elliott Markow cutting loose with a solo showpiece, the Romance in G major, by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen, and lead trumpeter Richard Watson playing a rambunctuous Trumpet Concerto by Armenian composer Alexandr Arutunian.

The main course is the Symphony No. 3 by German composer Johannes Brahms, a big sprawling work of music in four parts that alternates tranquil passages with some very stormy weather. Unlike many other symphonies, the ending is not a great head-banging series of outbursts but a quiet fade to nothingness. Don’t worry you'll know when to applaud.

Even if you don’t win, you can still attend this cool concert by buying a ticket. Seats range from $10 to $45, with student and senior tickets available. Everyone under 18 is $10 for any seat in the house. For more info, call 595-9156 or visit www.nashuasymphony.org.