Arts & Entertainment

Piano Festival brings authentic Classical Program back to Gorham July 21 and 22

GORHAM--If last year's memorable flute and piano concert whetted appetites for more, this year the performers Andrea LeBlanc and David Kim return with the same fortepiano, accompanied by one of the country's leading performers, Andrew Willis. The three will host two master classes and perform nightly in a unique fortepiano festival.

The two performances will take place at Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. "These three incredible performers will be offering up a rare opportunity to hear classical literature on classical instruments of the period, as well as to learn from the master classes which are open to all keyboard players in the area," says Susan Ferre, one of the organizers.

The Master Classes will take place each afternoon at 3 p.m. "It has been a dream of ours to host Andrew Willis, and to have him appear with the inspiring David Kim and Andrea LeBlanc is beyond exciting," adds Ferre.

Andrea LeBlanc, a new mother who seldom gets to play her classical period flute, and David Kim, who has been touring with a 5-octave forte-piano, will have the opportunity of playing a larger piano built by Rod Regier of Freeport, Maine, who is again bringing his classical piano to Gorham Town Hall expressly for these concerts.

The piano is a recreation of an 1830's Viennese instrument, after Graf and Bosendorfer. The program will consist of works from the same period by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Hummel, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin.

Andrea LeBlanc is one of the leading traverso players in the Boston area. She has performed with groups such as Handel and Haydn, Boston Baroque, and Cambridge Concentus, and is the principal flutist of Arcadia Players, L'Academie, and Grand Harmonie. LeBlanc studied historical performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as well as the New England Conservatory. She completed a Masters of Music in modern flute performance at UMass Amherst, where she was a teaching assistant in flute and early music. Her principal teachers have been Christopher Krueger and Kate Clark, and she has performed with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Harry Christophers, Joshua Rifkin, and Simon Carrington.

LeBlanc is also a member of Music at Eden's Edge since appearing as their Emerging Artist in 2012. She has appeared with the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C., and performed Bach's St. Matthew Passion in a concert tour of Japan. She has been a favorite of the Big Moose Bach Fest since her first appearance in 2009, delighting audiences with her musicianship. She often vacations in the N. Country, residing in N. Conway.

Pianist David Hyun-su Kim is one of the most talented young performers in the world of historical keyboard instruments. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and Yale Universities, as well as a doctorate from the New England Conservatory. He has performed and lectured around the globe, with appearances in the US, Canada, Austria, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Australia. A finalist at the international Westfield Fortepiano Competition, he has appeared in numerous piano festivals. His playing has been praised as "emotionally expansive," "idiomatically perfect," and "splendid and moving ...." David joined the faculty of Whitman College last fall.

He made his debut in June 2009 at the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival with a program of Schubert and Schumann. He returned to BEMF in 2011, playing a program of Beethoven and Schumann to a sold-out audience. Aside from all things music, he enjoys meditation, hiking, reading, travel, and pointlessly supporting Arsenal Football Club.

Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period. His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as "a 'Hammerklavier' of rare stature." He has also recorded Schubert lieder and Rossini songs with soprano Julianne Baird and chamber music with flutist Rebecca Troxler and cellist Brent Wissick. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, where he directs the biennial Focus on Piano Literature, for which he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin's Sonata No. 7 (1999).

Willis has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and has performed with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, he extends his investigation of historical performance practice into the Romantic era with performances on an 1848 Pleyel and an 1841 Bosendorfer, and into the Baroque with performances of J. S. Bach and Italian masters on a replica of a 1735 Florentine piano.

Andrew Willis is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, and Cornell University, where his mentors included Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Lambert Orkis, and Malcolm Bilson.

The festival is sponsored by Music GNW. Admission is, as always, by donation. More information can be found at or by calling 466-2865.

David-Kim2David Kim is hailed by Malcolm Bilson as one "who will make an important contribution to the musical life of this country." He will play with Andrea LeBlanc at Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Third Annual ATV Obstacle Challenge and Charity July 19

The Great North Woods Riders ATV Club in Pittsburg will be holding its Third Annual ATV Obstacle Challenge and Charity event on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course is located at The Great North Woods Riders trailhead on Back Lake Rd.
This off-road ATV obstacle challenge will consist of 13 obstacles for participants to navigate, contestants will be competing for the best cleanest time. Obstacles vary from slalom, rocks, log moguls, tires, mud-pit and teeter-totter.

Participants will be divided into classes by cc/class of ATV, participants must be 18 years plus and safety-gear including a helmet is required. Registration begins at 9 a.m., challenge starts at 10 a.m. The Great North Woods Rider ATV Club has teamed up with Riverside Rescue, an animal shelter located in Luneburg, Vt. to help raise awareness for the shelter and to seek out donations of, food, toys, leashes and collars, blankets and any other supplies needed to operate the shelter.

Riverside Rescue is the only animal shelter in the North Country area and they are in need of our help. Please bring an item for donation. Bring the family, pets welcome, Food, Games and vendors. General admission $2.00 - Obstacle course $10 per run. For more information

37th Annual Loon Festival July 19

The 37th Annual Loon Festival will be held at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family, including storytelling, balloon animals, live animals, face-painting, and loon facts trivia that might earn you some throws at the dunk tank! There will also be slideshows presented by Loon Center biologists.

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will have a Discovery Table full of interesting wildlife artifacts you can get your hands on, and will present some live animals to learn about. Mo's balloon animals and Caitlyn's creative face-painting are not to be missed!

Our storyteller, Jo Putnam, will entertain young and old alike with heartfelt and down-to-earth stories about people and the natural world.
Putnam's background includes writing and teaching. She has been a loon observer and a wolf tracker and is an adopted member of the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Nation. Many of her stories promote respect for the natural world.

Come learn about these marvelous and mysterious birds and how you can help protect them. For further information call 476-5666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cinema Part 1: Red carpet reaches Berlin





By Sarah Kinney


After two years of entering the New Hampshire 48 Hour Film Project under Dubeyous Productions, Chris Dubey, Rina-Fay London, and other Berlin locals acted in “haulinASSassin” with Wicked Sick Productions.

The short film, written and directed by film professor Michael Place of Tilton, has been nominated for four awards, including best special effects, best acting ensemble, best writing, and best directing.

On July 24 at 7 p.m. the winning films in all categories, including best film, were screened at the Hooksett Cinemagic. “haulinASSassin” won for best special effects. 

Dubey said Wicked Sick Films has won many awards in the past, and though the Berlin crew originally wanted to film in Berlin, they didn't want to pass up the opportunity to work with Place.

Dubey played the lead, Cyrus Crisp, in the eight-minute film. Crisp is hired as a hit man to kill Alan Fleming, a champion long-distance runner and sole heir to the Fleming family fortune, by Fleming's sister (played by London).

Last year, Dubey directed “Zemsta” but ran into post-production problems.

It was nice to not be up all night editing [this year],” said Dubey.

He started making local films five years ago, when he made a commercial for Horrorfest. Since then, he and his crew have made “Red Demon,” “CHAIN,” “The Dinner Date,” and “Zemsta,” as well commercials covering everything from the use of technology at Hillside to the Berlin Farmers Market.

You can find his work on YouTube at

Dubey says he has always liked the idea of what scares people. That can be seen in his dedication to Horrorfest and the themes in several of his films. He is inspired by the news, stories, and local folktales.

He admires the work of Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie, and Lars Vontrier.

Dubey likes to use a lot of local talent and locations. Much of the film, including music, comes from local people. While he has written some of the films, others, like “The Dinner Date” by London, are written by friends.

In Berlin, there is a lot of untapped talent,” Dubey said.

He added that the city of Berlin has been good at letting him access to areas to film, such as Northern Forest Heritage Park.

Dubey learned about video production when he had to fill his art elective at Champlain College, but he said he's been a movie lover his whole life.

At this point, all of Dubey's movies have been short films.

If you want to tell a full 90-minute story, you'd better love the story,” he said.

He hasn't found a story he wants dedicate that much time to yet, but he has worked with other people on their feature-length films.

Dubey advises those interested in film to not think about all the reason they can't make a film and “go make a movie.”

You will fail early and often,” Dubey said.

He also said they could start be assisting someone else with their projects to learn the concepts.

That worked extraordinarily well for me,” he said.

If people are interested in helping out with Horrorfest, the next meeting will be July 22 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. They are always looking for designers, builders, artists, actors, musicians and more.

Dubey welcomes people whose “talent doesn't fit the cookie cutter mold of what is expected” and wants them to know there is a space for them to be creative.


Geology of the White Mountains July 24

The Weeks State Park Association is offering two free events on the subject of "Geology of the White Mountains". Participants may attend either or both of these events. The first event is a slide presentation by the authors of the newly published book entitled, "The Geology of New Hampshire's White Mountains" on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at Weeks State Park. This non-technical overview will cover the geology from the discoveries by the first scientists who explored the White Mountains in the 1800's to the new findings by geologists investigating the region today. This presentation will include the ice age history of the Ammonoosuc River basin and what it reveals about climate change and the environment in which the first paleo-indians settled. Many local sites of interest will be included in the talk. The program will be in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park and will begin at 7 p.m. Come early and bring a picnic supper, or climb the Fire Tower for one of the best views north of the notches.

The second event on the same subject is a field trip on Friday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trip will start at the Weeks State Park main entrance at 9 a.m. and requires carpooling to various geological sites in the area, starting with a stop at the summit of Mt. Prospect of Weeks State Park. Participants will explore under the guidance of expert leaders the surface geology and glacial features of Weeks State Park and the nearby White Mountain region. This trip will be conducted rain or shine and will conclude by 2 p.m. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Please dress for short, easy walks. If you have questions please call 788-4961.

The presentation team of six people for the two events includes Woody Thompson, Dyk Eusden, Dick Boisvert, Wally Bothner, Thom Davis and Dave Govatski. All except Govatski are co-authors of the book upon which this program is based. Thompson is a geologist with Maine Geological Survey. Eusden lives in Randolph, and is professor of geology at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Boisvert is State Archeologist for the State of NH. Bothner is professor of geology at the Univ of N.H. Davis is affiliate research faculty at Plymouth State University. Govatski is a retired forester with the USDA Forest Service and worked on the White Mountain National Forest.

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster. The summer program series is sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association, N.H. Division of Parks, and UNH Cooperative Extension. "Thanks!" to our 30 business sponsors who make these programs possible. All programs are free and the public is invited.