April 27, 2015
It’s Spring Concert Season in the Monadnock Region with shows in Peterborough, Keene, and Swanzey. Here are a few picks for the month of May.
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, founded by Maria Belva in 1997, perform their annual spring concert Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church. The hour-long program is “Sing to the World”. It includes performances by young singers in the second through twelfth grades, divided among three choirs – the Trebles, Choristers, and the Cecilia Ensemble. The Cecilia Ensemble is made up of accomplished high school musicians who perform sacred and secular music from around the world. Every other year they embark on a European tour. Tickets - $10 for adults and $5.00 for children - are available at the Peterborough Toadstool Bookshop, Steele’s Stationers, and at the door. For more information, you may call Director Maria Belva at 603-924-2055.
Raylynmor Opera has produced 28 operas in the Monadnock Region and celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Performances are Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 at the Colonial Theater. The production, directed by Carroll Lehman, with stage direction by Matthew Leese, includes local and professional musicians, as well as children from the Operatunity Club. As with all Raylynmor performances, this opera is presented in English and accompanied by a full orchestra. The Raylynmor Opera’s mission is to make high quality opera productions accessible to New Hampshire audiences, including young people. To that end, they have enjoyed a cumulative audience of more than 40,000, including 3,000 area school children. Tickets for The Magic Flute are available through the Colonial Theater.
Animaterra is a woman’s chorus who presents two concerts a year, as well as numerous performances throughout the region. Director Allison Aldrich founded and directs the chorus, infusing members and audiences with a joyful appreciation of music from around the world. Their spring concert, "My Heart is Ready, Songs of Justice, Freedom and the Earth" will be held on May 9 and 10. The program includes songs and readings honoring themes of civils rights and justice, the earth, and world peace. Expect a mix a thoughtful, little-known and lighted-hearted selections that will uplift and inspire. The May 9 performance starts at 7:30 at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. On May 10, the performance is held at Union Congregational Church of Peterborough at 4:00. Tickets are available at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. Suggested donation is $10, a portion of the proceeds will go to Monadnock Developmental Services’ Life Art program.
The Keene Cheshiremen Chorus performs a Capella four-part harmony barbershop music. A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the chorus presents their 63rd annual spring show on May 16 at Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey. The concert, "Somebody Stole My Gal" features selections sung by the entire chorus and by quartets. The Cheshiremen Chorus’s shows are known for their entertaining performances and skillful musicianship. On hand will be special guests Exchange Street Quartet from Portland, Maine. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The concert begins at 7:00 PM. For more information, including how to purchase advance tickets, visit their website.