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Classical Music: Philharmonic Chamber Players at Currier on Sunday, Feb. 12

Recital features music celebrating Latin American and Hispanic culture

By Jeff Rapsis  jrapsis@hippopress.com

Preview: Interested in hearing live chamber music (pieces written for just a handful of musicians) in southern New Hampshire? This concert is a great chance to hear some seldom-played scores performed by some of the area's best musicians.

When: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Currier Museum, 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester. Admission: Free.

Why attend: The New Hampshire Philharmonic continues to broaden its efforts to work with the Currier on projects that combine music and the visual arts; this recital takes the partnership to a new level. Top performers on hand include violinist Elliott Markow, cellist Gary Hodges, violist Mimi Bravar, and pianist Arlene Kies. The music is a great mix of pieces you're not likely to hear anywhere else, the acoustics of the Currier are lively and chamber-music friendly, and you can't beat the admission price.

Text of press release below:



Celebration of Latin American Culture

Preview to Currier’s Visions and Voices Exhibition Voces y Visiones

MANCHESTER, NH, January 24, 2006 -- The New Hampshire Philharmonic presents a recital at the Currier Museum of Art, in a celebration of Latin American and Hispanic culture.

The recital by the Philharmonic Chamber Players takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm.

The recital serves as a complement to the Currier’s upcoming exhibition Voces y Visiones (or Voices and Visions), with music that suggests the richness of international voices. The program includes the piano quartet of the early 20th century Spanish composer Joaquin Turina, and the piano quintet of modern Brazilian composer Jovino Santos Neto. Neto blends jazz and classical music with indigenous Brazilian music. The program ends with the lush piano quartet of Gabriel Faure.

The Philharmonic Chamber Players is composed of distinguished local musicians who are affiliated with the New Hampshire Philharmonic. The ensemble is led by the eminent violinist Elliot Markow, who performs as soloist with both the Nashua Symphony and the Granite State Symphony this season. Markow also serves as Concertmaster of the Philharmonic. Markow is joined by the Philharmonic’s principal cellist Gary Hodges, and by legendary New Hampshire string educator Mimi Bravar on viola. Bravar serves on the Philharmonic’s Educational Advisory Board.

The recital also gives the Philharmonic’s musicians the chance to work with a special guest artist, pianist Arlene Kies. Kies is a renowned recitalist and chamber musician with an active solo career. Ms. Kies has appeared on numerous campuses and series, including Harvard, Amerikahaus (Vienna), Academia Chigiana (Italy), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, and the Merkin Recital Hall. In 1988, she was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. A graduate of NEC, Ms. Kies studied with Theodore Lettvin, Hans Graf, Russell Sherman and Anthony di Bonaventura. She is a member of the piano faculty at the University of New Hampshire and resides in Durham, N.H.

Kies will be performing a solo work with the full orchestra of the Philharmonic later in the spring. Violinist Elliott Markow spoke about the connection. “We felt that working with Arlene for both these concerts would enhance the sense of ensemble. It gives us a chance to make music on an intimate scale for this recital, before moving on to the larger-scale concerto with her this spring.”

Violist Mimi Bravar offered, “Arlene is a special pianist, bringing a crystalline musicality to the keyboard. She finds both the humor and the pathos in the music.”

The Philharmonic’s Executive Director Paul Hoffman spoke about the genesis of the recital. “For a couple of years we had been wrestling with the right way to present a program of music that would respond to the growing Latin American community in New Hampshire. So much of the music that orchestras typically play is from the German and French tradition, so this recital gives us a fresh look at how we can speak to America’s evolving cultural life. When we learned that the Currier was presenting an exhibition in celebration of Latin American culture, we knew this would be the right forum.”

Hoffman added, “And of course we were delighted that the Currier was sufficiently pleased with our recital last summer to invite us back!”

The Philharmonic is supported by Peerless Insurance, the Frederick Smyth Institute, and the members of the Philharmonic Society.

Additional funding comes from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Target Stores, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Graphicast, Byrne Foundation, Putnam Foundation, and Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Key services are donated to the Philharmonic by RAM Printing, Push That Point, Clear Channel, HippoPress and NHPTV.

The concert is free to museum goers. More information is available from the Currier at www.currier.org and from the Philharmonic at www.nhphil.org.

The New Hampshire Philharmonic connects people to the power of classical music, through compelling performances and educational programs. The Philharmonic is the state’s oldest orchestra, tracing its roots to 1905. The orchestra serves as a living laboratory, bringing together the finest student, amateur and professional musicians from around the state in engaging performances of the core repertoire. A capstone of the Philharmonic’s youth education programs is its fourth annual youth concerto competition.

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