If you'd like to attend concerts like these, you should consider joining the Nashua Community Concert Association. Season memberships are available. Go to the Join the Association page for more information.
The Wonderful Wizard of Song — The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen is an exciting theatrical production bringing the pivotal moments of famed songwriter Harold Arlen's life to the stage, framed by the beloved songs that have become pillars of American film and theatre. Featuring a multi-talented cast of five singer/dancers, backed by piano and bass, the production is a collaboration of The Harold Arlen Foundation and Matt Davenport Productions.
It revolves around songs which include some of the biggest hits of all time: That Old Black Magic, I've Got the World on a String, Let's Fall in Love, Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Get Happy, and of course, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Arlen's son, Sam, the president of the Harold Arlen Foundation, consulted in putting this show together. He not only provided first hand stories and insight to the writing of this production, but also added personal mementos, family photographs and his father's own home movies of the making of the Wizard of Oz!
Back for his third appearance for the Nashua Community Concert Association, this native of Kalamazoo, Michigan has been winning piano competitions and awards since his teens. He debuted with the Kalamazoo Symphony at age 10, later moving to Los Angeles. His exceptionally energetic performances have wowed audiences from Carnegie Hall to the White House and abroad. The New York Times called him "a pianistic firebrand." The Santa Barbara News Press said "What a showman! What a musician!"
Alpin is Artist-in-Residence at California State University, Chico. He has a Masters Degree from Julliard. He is not only a fantastic performer, but frequently hosts charitable events and gets rave reviews at his many student concert appearances.
His earlier performances for us brought down the house each time.
Founded in 1998, the Windham Swing Band is a full 18-piece big band with saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass, percussion and a vocalist. It has been led by professional reedman and teacher Rob Daisy since 2004.
With members ranging from students to retirees, and including music teachers, business professionals, and doctors, the band plays music from the Big Band Era to the present, featuring familiar standards such as Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing, and Glenn Miller's In the Mood.
Its repertoire ranges from swing, waltz, and foxtrot to cha-cha, mambo, samba, rumba, and hustle. This exciting New Hampshire-based group is sure to have you tapping your feet!
This dynamic group has been performing throughout New England and beyond since 1980. Headed by Jay Daly, who is "one of the premier trumpetists in the northeast" according to Peter Mansfield, arranger for the Boston Pops, the group plays an eclectic repertoire of music. It is "one of the finest performing brass chamber groups in the country" says New Hampshire Magazine.
The program selected for the Nashua Community Concert Association is an exciting one entitled NE Brass Goes to Broadway. It includes selections from Porgy and Bess, Three Penny Opera, Hello Dolly, Oklahoma, West Side Story, The Music Man and several others.
Leader Jay Daly has been performing both as a soloist and with many orchestras and big bands for nearly 50 years. This show, which includes a percussionist added to the quintet, will be a rare treat for our subscribers!
In 1957 The Diamonds released an instant million selling hit called Little Darlin', since dubbed "the National Anthem of Rock and Roll" and selling nearly 20 million copies. They continue to expand their audience, performing in a variety of venues worldwide; with Symphony Orchestras, in Performing Arts Theatres and major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos, at county and state fairs, and on worldwide tours.
Lead singer Jerry Siggins has accumulated some impressive credits of his own, working throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia as a singer and actor and guest staring on The Tonight Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and The Love Boat. Before setting down roots as a permanent member of The Diamonds in 1991, he enjoyed a successful career as an actor in TV commercials and was a mainstay at Disneyland and Disney World as a vocalist with The Dapper Dans vocal quartet.
The other members of the group have equally successful backgrounds.
The Young Irelanders includes eight sensational performers, all still in their 20s or 30s, who have Irish traditional music, song, & dance running through their veins. They have performed for heads of state in Ireland, the United States, England, and China, and at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, and the US Capitol.
The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, and have been soloists on PBS Specials.
The Young Irelanders play accordion, melodeon, fiddle, whistles, flute, Bodhran, snare, piano, guitar, harp and banjo, as well as singing and dancing. The exciting sound the band creates is eclectic, with traditional Irish, Celtic, folk, world, jazz, country and popular music all represented.
Three performers hold Masters Degrees in Music. Siobhán Manson has been the principal dancer with Riverdance for ten years.
The future of Ireland's culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders!