Feels strange to have no marathon productions this summer – but sometimes, a break is nice. Only show on the agenda is West Side Story, for the outstanding Ms. Amanda Morgan, in Derry, NH, 7/25 to 7/27. The break is also giving me a chance to reunite with John Beyrent and Carter Mountain Brass, Carl Swain and Piscataqua River Brass, and the legendary Michele Boulanger and Dover Community Band! Next week I’ll be teaching our 6th grade orientation summer class, which I haven’t gotten to do in years, and teaching private lessons throughout the summer. LHS Band Camp begins August 11th, giving me exactly my 6-week sweet spot I like to have for a summer off-season, so it’s actually quite perfect.
Somehow, it’s been more than a year since I’ve updated! I’ve had the opportunity to play some great shows this year, beginning with A Chorus Line and Sweeney Todd at Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth, and most recently, what critics have been calling a “broadway-quality” production of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. I have loved working at both venues and look forward to playing in future productions there. Now gearing up for another holiday season, and despite another full schedule, I’ve managed to come out with a free weekend in the middle of December!
Saturday, November 30 – Laconia Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7 – Messiah @Exeter LDS
Sunday, December 8 – Christmas in the Village @York First Parish
Tuesday, December 10 – Laconia Middle School Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 11 – Laconia High School Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 18 – Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert @The Music Hall
Thursday, December 19 – Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert @The Music Hall
Saturday, December 21 – Portsmouth Brassworks @Strawbery Banke
Sunday, December 22 – Portsmouth Brassworks @Strawbery Banke
Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve @Parish of the Assumption, Dover and Dover Episcopal.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 – Karl Jenkins: A Mass for Peace with Portsmouth Pro Musica
Hope to see everyone soon!
What a surreal experience playing at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Portsmouth Symphony was sought out by Tim Janis for his NY production of The Christmas Rose, hosted by none other than Jane Seymour! Now that I’m back home, my own concert is coming up in just a few days with the Laconia Middle School bands this Wednesday, December 5. Playing with the talented South Berwick Community Chorus this weekend in Newington, NH and Eliot, ME. Will be performing with the Portsmouth Brassworks quintet at Strawbery Banke (December 8 and 15) nd York First Parish (December 9). Then, another choral concert series, this time the Rutter Gloria by Portsmouth Pro Musica December 14 and 16. Finally, I close the season of Christmas performances with the Portsmouth Symphony in our Holiday Pops concert at the Music Hall, December 19.