The 2008 – 2009 Concert Season!

Our Seventy Eighth Year!

If you'd like to attend these concerts, you should consider joining the Nashua Community Concert Association. Season memberships are available.

New York Theatre Ballet — Cinderella — Tue, Sep 30, 2008 – 8:00 PM

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A dancing clock, wacky stepsisters and everyone’s favorite rags-to-riches princess are all part of the magical story. A favorite ballet of NYTB audiences with choreography by Donald Mahler to the famous Prokofiev score.

New York Theatre Ballet is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States.

"New York Theatre Ballet knows how to delight audiences young and old. With dazzling sets and clear choreography performed by talented dancers, the company gives the timeless tale of Cinderella a fresh face …"
— Show Business

"NYTB has established itself as an essential international ballet company."
— Paul Ben-Itzak, The Dance Insider, November 2007

Pavlo — Fri, Oct 10, 2008 – 8:00 PM
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Pavlo is a dynamic composer, guitarist, and singer, who has created a unique style best described as "Mediterranean music". Mixing the sounds of Greek Bouzouki with Flamenco and Latin influences has proven a winning combination, which Pavlo says was the "natural progression" of combining his Classical and Flamenco training with his passion for Greek and European sounds.

Six acclaimed albums and one Juno award later (for "2004 World Artist of the Year"), Pavlo continues to grow in demand. With ever-increasing television and film credits, commissioned works, an invitation to perform for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, and a Public Television Special "Pavlo Mediterranean Nights" airing in 2008 and 2009, Pavlo is fast blazing a path toward international superstardom.

"Lord of the Strings"
— Star Phoenix

"Hot… sizzling, 10 out of 10!"
— Comcox Valley Record

"Greek God of the Guitar"
— News Leader

A Tribute to Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee — Tue, Nov 18, 2008 – 8:00 PM

Click on this image to go to Amanda Carr's web site In March 1937 Benny Goodman played The Paramount Theatre in New York City. The result was pandemonium with screaming fans jamming the theatre, dancing in the aisles and the "King of Swing" was born. The recording of the legendary Carnegie Hall concert in 1938 has become on of the largest selling recordings of all time.

Peggy Lee sang and recorded with Benny Goodman from 1941 to 1943. This collaboration launched the career of Peggy Lee who went on to be not only a vocalist, but a composer and actress as well. Nominated for numerous grammies, winning one in 1969, the recipient of many lifetime achievement awards, this multi-talented woman had a unique style that influenced female vocalists for three generations.

Vocalist Amanda Carr in collaboration with Everett Longstreth's Big-Band perform some of America's most cherished music. Amanda adding her own personal vocal interpretations while paying homage to the woman who set the standard for class and elegance in concert halls and supper clubs throughout the world.

There was only one "King of Swing" and there was only one Peggy Lee. If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery we think both Benny and Peggy would be proud.

"The Cream of the Crop"
— Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH Radio

"… a shining gem"
— Ernie Santosuosso, The Boston Globe

Pianafiddle — Sat, Jan 3, 2009 – 8:00 PM

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Is it bluegrass? Is it jazz? Is it classical, ragtime, or Celtic? If Pianafiddle is performing, the answer is YES! Starting with only the framework of familiar melody, pianist Lynn Wright and violinist/fiddler Adam DeGraff improvise as they go, blending the known and the unknown in gripping performances that make toes tap and hands clap!

Wright (longtime jazz pianist with a 10-year stint at the legendary Silver Dollar Saloon) and DeGraff (classical violinist, 5 years with The Richmond Symphony) immediately recognized in the other a complimentary talent and a shared passion to explore all musical genres. Traditionally grounded yet spontaneous, Pianafiddle transcends performance paradigms, engrossing the audience with each note.

"These guys are GOOD!"
— Seth Williamson, NPR

"…uncategorically good music…"
— Dr. Tim Mainland, Concord University, Athens, WV

Revels Repertory Company — An American Journey — Sat, Feb 7, 2009 – 8:00 PM

Special Bonus Presentation

Special Matinee Performance for Students — Sat, Feb 7, 2009 – 4:00 PM

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An American Journey – In the early 20th century, successive waves of immigrants came to the United State and eventually to Boston. We imagine a sea voyage where families from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe share their stories, songs and dances. A soup pot is brought out and ingredients for a meal are produced--may the pot never rust!

Revels performances celebrate different cultures and time periods using traditional arts and seasonal rituals. Fully-staged and costumed performances are presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, and a number of highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors and "bearers of tradition" from many cultures. Audience participation is a Revels trademark.

Matinee Performance Admission:
Children, 18 and under
 accompanied by an adult:Free
Adults:
 NCCA Members:No charge
 Non–members:$20.00 at the door

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.NEFA
Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival — Fri, Mar 6, 2009 – 8:00 PM
Click on this image to go to a Nikolai Massenkoff web siteFrom humble beginnings as an immigrant child, Russian singer Nikolai Massenkoff has become an acclaimed international performer. After training at San Francisco State University, he founded The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, which immediately exploded onto the international scene. It has since appeared in more than 35 states and 6 countries, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Epcot Center, with numerous world orchestras and even in a movie with Robin Williams!

In 2004, Israel's Helicon Records named Masenkoff one of the Century's Greatest Artists. This season, Nikolai Massenkoff is proud to present his newest program in America, featuring an exotic duo of Russian musicians and an ensemble of four fiery Russian dancers.

"brought two standing ovations."
— Mount Dora Community Concerts, FL

"one of the most celebrated events of the year."
— Nampa Civic Center; Nampa, Idaho

Side Street Strutters — Thu, Apr 2, 2009 – 8:00 PM

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In their Silver Anniversary '08-'09 season, the Side Street Strutters continue to capture the excitement and spontaneity of America's greatest musical heritage -- JAZZ! This vivacious six-piece band has raised many a roof throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, featuring the legendary sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller. A few dynamic arrangements of popular Big Band tunes adds a little swingin' spice to their down-home New Orleans repertoire.

With colorful costumes, tap dancing, novelty numbers and rare instrument features, it's no wonder that Side Street Strutters is still going strong after 25 years. Come join in their Silver Anniversary celebration!

"… impressive musicianship…"
— The Lethbridge Herald, Canada

"… non-stop excitement…"
— The Ole, Arizona

"… over flowing with energy…"
— Saarbrucken Zeitung, Germany