The festival’s 62nd season, “The Romantic Spirit,” will feature Verdi’s Requiem
and a new ‘Composer Portraits’ Series

Single tickets for the 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) go on sale on Monday, May 12. The six-week season, July 8-August 14, will explore and celebrate the many facets of Romanticism, from the 18th century to the modern day.

The 62nd festival will take place in multiple venues throughout central New Hampshire. The Silver Center at Plymouth State University is the festival’s primary venue, where it will offer full orchestra performances on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Tuesday night chamber performances.

“We are offering six weeks of orchestral masterpieces that not only celebrate The Romantic Spirit, but showcase the full range of sounds that only a live symphony orchestra can create. Our chamber music concerts, curated by our musicians, will be full of musical gems not to be missed. We’ll perform beloved works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and others, but we will also discover exciting musical treasures, heard at the NHMF for the very first time,” said music director Donato Cabrera. “We also welcome Dan Perkins, our new choral director and principal guest conductor, to the NHMF family. Maestro Perkins will begin his tenure by preparing the chorus for Verdi’s Requiem, but expect to see him on the podium in the summers to come!”

The festival’s educational outreach program, in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, will culminate this summer with a July 26 Family Concert, designed to entertain, engage and educate people of all ages.

The NHMF also continues its 603 Series, reaching new audiences with chamber performances throughout New Hampshire.

Highlights of the season include concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Conus, and Copland,Music Director Donato Cabrera and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the festival will welcome four internationally renowned soloists to sing Verdi’s Requiem. In partnership with The Walden School, a summer music camp in Dublin, NH, Nathaniel Stookey will be the first composer-in-residence in a new concert series called Composer Portraits. Stookey’s The Composer is Dead, one of the most widely performed pieces of classical music composed in the last 10 years, will be performed alongside music by composers who Stookey admires.

Bank of New Hampshire is the festival’s first lead corporate partner, providing sponsorship for this season. Support is also provided by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.
Single tickets range from $15-$69. Six-concert subscription packages start at $110. New offers this summer include a three-concert Saturday night package and a flexible multi-concert option (buy 3+ concerts and get up to 10% off single ticket prices). Discounts are available for students and children.

Tickets can be purchased online at or through the Silver Center Box Office at 603.535.2787 or 800.779.3869, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Donato Cabrera, Music Director
Week 1: The German Romantic
Tuesday, July 8, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
Thursday, July 10, 8 PM
Opening Celebration
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in E major, Op. 21
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467,
Frances Renzi, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
Sunday, July 13
Jazz Brunch at Wolfeboro Inn
A fundraiser to support the NHMF
Week 2: A Musical Cornucopia
Tuesday, July 15, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
Thursday, July 17, 8 PM
Saturday, July 19, 8 PM
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Schreker: Intermezzo, Op. 8
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484, Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon
Mason Bates: Icarian Rhapsody
Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Jennifer Cho, violin
Friday, July 18, 8 PM
Lincoln Financial Foundation Presents
Chamber Concert
Concord Community Music School
Week 3: Composer Portrait—Nathaniel Stookey
Tuesday, July 22, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
Thursday, July 24, 8 PM
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Stookey: Go!
Milhaud: Concertino d’Hiver, Op. 327, David Loucky, trombone
Stookey: The Composer is Dead, Nathaniel Stookey,composer/narrator
Friday, July 25, 8 PM
Chamber Concert
Wolfeboro Congregational Church
Saturday, July 26, 10 AM
Family Concert
The Composer is Dead
Week 4: the russian soul
Tuesday, July 29, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
Thursday, July 31, 8 PM
Saturday, August 2, 8 PM
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor, Yulia Iglinova Milstein, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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Week 5: Verdi’S Requiem
Tuesday, August 5, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
and Heidi Melton, soprano
Thursday, August 7, 8 PM
Saturday, August 9, 8 PM
Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Dan Perkins, director of choral activities
Verdi: Messa di Requiem
Heidi Melton, soprano
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
AJ Glueckert, tenor
James Westman, bass

This concert is in honor of Joel O. Johnson,
symphonic chorus conductor emeritus
Sunday, August 10, 8 PM
An Evening with Lisa Vroman
Broadway and cabaret music featuring soprano Lisa Vroman and the Festival Orchestra
Fundraiser includes concert, desserts, drinks and a raffle
Week 6: Latin Love
Tuesday, August 12, 8 PM
Chamber Music Series with NHMF Musicians
Thursday, August 14, 8 PM
Festival Orchestra
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet
Bizet: Carmen Symphony in 12 Scenes
Márquez: Danzón No. 2

Program and artists subject to change


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