Arts & Entertainment

Tin Mountain Summer Family Festival July 23

You "otter" sign up for the Tin Mountain Family Festival, Wednesday July 23 from 4 through 8 p.m. at the Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Rd in Albany. Explore the Rockwell Sanctuary with Tin Mountain staff, catch frogs at the pond, play nature bingo while hiking the trails, and enjoy a live animal program thanks to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, the Outreach Program is descriptively entitled, "Animals with Bad Behaviors", followed by Frye's pizza for dinner. The evening will culminate with a campfire complete with s'mores and stories. $5/adult, $3/child, $15/family. For reservations call 447-6991.

 

 

Music in the Great North Woods

Music in the Great North Woods promotes and supports classical music in New Hampshire's North Country in new, as well as existing, venues. During the summer months, the non-profit organization sponsors a Master Organ Recital series and the Big Moose Bach Fest, with visiting musicians of international stature. Call, visit the website or email for detailed schedules and more information. Events are open to the public, with donations benefiting the entire series of concerts sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods.

Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22, 3 p.m. - Fortepiano Workshops, with Andrew Willis and David Kim.
Piano by Rod Regier, copy of 1830 Bösendorfer. At Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham.
Monday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. - Fortepiano Festival Concert, with Andrea LeBlanc, classical flute and David Kim, fortepiano. At Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham.
Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. - A Fortepiano Festival Concert, with Andrew Willis, fortepiano. At Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham.
Saturday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. - Live Music Accompanying Silent Film "Speedy"

Renowned for his improvisations and creative interpretations, organist Peter Krasinski, with Harold Lloyd. At Gorham Congregational Church, 143 Main Street, Gorham.
Sunday, August 3, 4:30 p.m. - Master Organ Series Concert, by Peter Krasinski, Organist. At Randolph Church, Route 2, Randolph.
Monday, August 4, 7 p.m. - Master Organ Series: Improvisations and Transcriptions for Organ, Peter Krasinski, Organist. At St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin.

Music in the Great North Woods has venues in Gorham, Berlin, Lancaster and Randolph. For  more information call 466-2865 or 326-3242 or visit www.MusicGNW.org

 

Cinzia Fiaschi, award-winning artist from Rome, creates new works for exhibit at the Gallery at WREN and offers performances of action painting

The Gallery at WREN is excited to announce the arrival of Cinzia Fiaschi to Bethlehem. Ms Fiaschi will be in residence at The Little River Studio in Bethlehem for the next month as she prepares for her exhibit at The Gallery at WREN, a shared show with local artist Kri Soleri called Tutto Il Probabile E Oltre that opens on Friday, August 1.

An acclaimed Action Painter, who lives and works in Rome and Florence, Italy, Fiaschi will be creating a whole new body of work
for this exhibit, based on her impressions of the landscape, people and sensibility of the North Country.
Ms Fiaschi's residency has been in the works for over a year. Katherine Ferrier, Coordinator at The Gallery at WREN and Director of The Little River Studio and Artist Residency Program first extended the invitation last year, being familiar with the Italian artist's work after several collaborations dating back to their first encounters in North Carolina in 2006.
"Cinzia's work is so vibrant and full of life. I'm thrilled to host her for a month, and introduce her to North Country artists and audiences. I can't wait to see the new works she will make during her residency here, and know that they will carry something of what makes this place and these
people so special," says Ferrier.
Cinzia Fiaschi's working style, which she calls "Action Painting," is a mix of painting, dance, mediation and performance. She uses gestural abstraction to bring her works to life. Paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or swept onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.
The resulting piece often emphasizes the physical act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the finished work. The painting is a visual extension of her thoughts and emotions in the moment.
Fiaschi studied at the acclaimed Academy of Fine Arts in Florence under the direction of professor Gustavo Giulietti. She has performed her art, often times incorporating crowd participation, in such venues as town squares, courtyards, bars, dwellings and living spaces as well as in and around fountains, historic palaces, art galleries and theaters throughout Italy and Europe.
As a way to invite audiences into the process The Gallery at WREN will present several opportunities to see Cinzia perform and paint at three different events. In these special performances Cinzia will perform live with local dancer Michaela Simmons, originally from Bethlehem, now residing in Saco, Maine. A spectacle of color, movement and sound, these events are exciting and great for audiences of all ages.
Thursday, July 24 at the Berlin Farmer's Market at 4 p.m. Cinzia performs with Michaela Simmons in the open air market in Berlin.
Saturday, July 26 at the Bethlehem Open Market. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cinzia will be at the market painting, and answering questions about her work. Stop by and say hello and see her work in progress.
Friday, August 1 at The Gallery at WREN. 5 to 7 p.m. Ciniza performs live with Michaela during the opening reception of her exhibit at The Gallery at WREN.
In addition, Cinzia is a featured artist in the Cultivate Dance Festival, now in its fifth year, and will be performing on Friday, August 15 at the Colonial Theatre. Cultivate is a four day festival of contemporary dance founded and organized by Katherine Ferrier, who also serves as the
Coordinator For more information or to buy tickets for any Cultivate performance, visit www.cultivatedancenh.com.
For more information about Cinzia Fiaschi: www.cinziafiaschi.com
For more information about the Gallery at WREN: www.wrenworks.org

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 www.musicgnw.org 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 http://greatnorthwoodsatv.org.