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Classical Music: Nashua Symphony to perform on Saturday, Feb. 4

Concert features big Brahms Symphony, soloists from orchestra

By Jeff Rapsis  jrapsis@hippopress.com

Preview: For its first concert of 2006, the Nashua Symphony tackles one of the orchestra world's all-time big classics and smaller works to showcase soloists from the orchestra. Packaged with a "music to melt winter's chill" theme, the concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 "will warm your hearts as well," says Eric Valliere, the group's executive director.

The big work is Symphony No. 3 in F by Brahms, a masterwork that alternates stretches of tranquil beauty with swirling passages of intense drama. In an unusual touch, Brahms ends the work not with a bang, but with a gradual fade-out to nothingness that was very daring for its time.

Also on the program are two soloists from the orchestra’s ranks: concertmaster Elliott Markow will play Romance in G Major by neglected Norwegian composer Johan Svendson, while trumpeter Richard Watson tackles the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutunian, a flashy virtuoso work from 1949.

The concert is on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. at Keefe Auditorium and will be led by Royston Nash. Ticket prices are $10 to $45, with discounts for students and seniors. For tickets or more info, call 595-9156 or visit www.nashuasymphony.org.

Text of press release below:

Nashua Symphony Presents Music To Melt Winter’s Chill, February 4

Saturday evening, February 4 the Nashua Symphony Orchestra plans to melt away winter’s chill with a Romantic concert that features soloists from within the NSA’s ranks. Concertmaster Elliott Markow will perform Svendsen’s internationally popular Romance in G Major for Violin and Orchestra followed by Principal Trumpet Richard Watson with Arutunian’s lively Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat Major. The 8:00 p.m. performance, aptly named Hidden Charms, will also include Brahms’ Third Symphony and Verdi’s Overture to The Force of Destiny.

“This concert is designed to ‘melt away winter’s chill,’ and we think it will warm your hearts as well,” says the symphony’s Executive Director, Eric Valliere. “We’re including new ways to connect our concert offerings with the families of greater Nashua, including a great essay contest for kids, our new ‘Kindermission’ featuring the outstanding (and adorable) young violinist Max Ettelson, and a raffle of gift baskets for everyone in your family.”

“Of Brahms’ four symphonies, the Third in F Major is often considered the most poetic and, to some, the best of Brahms’ compositions,” says Music Director Royston Nash. “The four movements are full of beautiful melodies and show the composer’s mastery of colorful orchestration.” Nash added, “In planning the evening of Hidden Charms, I wanted to give the audience the opportunity to hear our own talented soloists so I incorporated the Romance of Svendsen to feature a solo by Concertmaster Elliott Markow and the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, which will be played by Richard Watson. What better way to open the concert but with the delightful music of Verdi? Please join us as I promise you won’t be disappointed.”

Don’t miss this special concert experience!

For more information, see our website www.nashuasymphony.org; for tickets, call 603/595-9156.

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6 Church Street

Nashua, NH 03060-3425

603/595-9156 fax 603/595-1890.

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