NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER PLAYERS
WHITE MOUNTAINS MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 14 – August 19, 2018
WEEK ONE - 40TH ANNIVERSARY BASH
SPECIAL GUESTS: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
A special family-friendly event featuring 22 fabulous musicians and ice cream legends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who will narrate Prokofiev’s beloved masterpiece, Peter and the Wolf. The program also includes Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Serenade for Strings and will be followed by a FREE ICE CREAM SOCIAL.
WEEK TWO - REVERIE & EXULTATION
A festive program featuring tuneful, passionate works with an eastern European flair, including Antonin Dvořák’s cherished Piano Quintet in A Major and Alexander Glazunov’s exotic Oriental Reverie for clarinet and strings.
WEEK THREE - WEST SIDE STORY: BERNSTEIN AT 100!
Metropolitan Opera soprano, Sara Heaton headlines a song-filled tribute to ‘America’s Maestro’ featuring chamber music versions of some of his greatest hits, including America, I Feel Pretty, and Somewhere, along with fabled works by his extraordinary friends, Stephen Sondheim and Aaron Copland.
WEEK FOUR - VIENNA!
Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna has produced and attracted some of the greatest composers in history. Beethoven’s extraordinary String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, ‘Serioso’, anchors a dramatic program that also includes important works by Haydn, Mahler, and a rare performance of Franz Schreker’s beautifully evocative pantomime, The Wind
GALA AUCTION, CONCERT & FEAST
An evening of rollicking bluegrass music featuring the White Mountain Boys and Girl, with a special appearance by the legendary Doty Duo, great food by the Littleton Co-op, and must-have auction items to benefit the outreach and artistic programs of the North Country Chamber Players, all in the spectacular setting of the Inn at Sunset Hill.
WEEK FIVE - THE GLORY OF VERSAILLES
GUEST ARTIST: Aya Hamada, harpsichord
A musical journey that will transport listeners to a time and place of courtly opulence and unprecedented magnificence. Works by Lully, Rameau, Marais and Couperin will represent the splendor and brilliance of French Baroque culture.
WEEK SIX - 40TH ANNIVERSARY FINALE
In 1777, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed a Divertimento for 2 horns and strings to commemorate the name date of Salzburg’s Countess Maria Antonia Lodron. This remarkable work, filled with symphonic, dramatic and romantic elements, along with the NH premiere of Avner Dorman’s dynamic Piano Concerto in A, will provide a fitting end to the Chamber Players’ historic season.
The North Country Chamber Players
Recognized as one of New England’s finest musical ensembles for four decades, the North Country Chamber Players combines the talents of principal players from internationally renowned orchestras and chamber groups. Their world-class performances of old and new classics in relaxed and comfortable settings have made the Chamber Players a fixture of northern New Hampshire’s cultural scene.
“One of the outstanding cultural resources
in the state of New Hampshire”
– NH State Council on the Arts
“A sophisticated group of experienced, passionate,
focused, and obviously talented musicians”
– Boston Musical Intelligencer
Artist Members: Ronnie Bauch and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Chris Finckel, ’cello; Donald Palma, double bass; Susan Palma-Nidel, flute; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Bernard Rose, piano; Joel Timm, lecturer.
FRITZ KRAMER LECTURE SERIES
Professor of Music at USC, Dr. Joel Timm will provide valuable and entertaining background information, and inside looks at the music and featured composers.
These informal lectures will also include artist interviews, musical examples and the personal experiences and reflections of a founding Chamber Player who has collaborated with many of the most famous classical and popular artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Talks begin 1 hour before each concert from July 21 to August 19.
The North Country Chamber Players sincerely thank the following: