2016 Concert Series

  • The Walden School is one of America’s greatest hidden treasures.

    – Joan Tower, composer

All events are held in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall
on the campus of Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire
and begin at 7:30 pm, unless * noted.

All events are free of charge and open to the public.


Saturday, June 18

Concert
featuring Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet
and Steve Beck, piano

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The New Yorker called Steven Beck “one of the City’s finest young pianists.” Carlos Cordeiro was described by the New York Times as “elegant, vigorous, and memorable.”


Sunday, June 19

Lecture / Demonstration
by Composer-in-Residence, Michael Daugherty

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GRAMMY® award winner Michael Daugherty will present and discuss some of his own compositions, which include chamber, choral and symphonic music, operas and film scores. Daugherty has been hailed by The Times (London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.”


Tuesday, June 21

Concert
featuring the Mivos Quartet

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“This vital young New York string quartet embraces toothy modernism with punk-rock verve” - New York Times


Wednesday, June 22 – Composers Forum I

Thursday, June 23 – Composers Forum II

Friday, June 24 – Composers Forum III

Quintet CF16 web-resPerformances of works by Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.


Sunday, July 3

Concert
featuring Ben Melsky, harp

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Ben Melsky is a bold, expressive, risk-taking performer called “a phenomenal harpist” by Chicago Magazine. 

Enjoy this virtuoso program of music which begins with Variaciones by Luis de Narvaez, and then bursts into a robust offering of contemporary works by living composers–including our own faculty member, Eliza Brown.


Tuesday, July 5

Walden Composers Forum-1

Composers Forum I

Performances of works by Young Musicians Program (YMP) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.


Friday, July 8

Concert
featuring Aurora Nealand & the Mississippi Gipsy

* Outdoors, weather-permitting. Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School

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Bandleader, saxophonist and vocalist Aurora Nealand is a captivating, interdisciplinary performer. Nealand was voted “Best Saxophonist,” “Best Female Performer,” and with the Royal Roses, “Best Traditional Jazz Band” in the 2015 and 2016 Big Easy and OffBeat Awards. She will be joined by some amazing musicians from New Orleans, featuring the music of guitarist Russell Welch, a specialist in gypsy jazz (a la Django Reinhardt). They will be joined by vocalist and violinist Dr. Sick (Squirrell Nut Zippers), Tomas Majcherski (Rhythm Wizards), guitarist Leo Forde, bassist Joshua Gouzy (New Orleans Jazz Vipers), and Tomas Majcherski playing clarinet and saxophone.


Tuesday, July 12

Gen-Tanaka

Composers Forum II

Performances of works by Young Musicians Program (YMP) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.


Friday, July 15

Concert
featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

 

 

 

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced.


Sunday, July 17

Young Musicians (YMP) in Concert with
the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator—advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new works and new listeners in the 21st century.


Tuesday, July 19 – Composers Forum III

Thursday, July 21 – Composers Forum IV

Performances of works by Young Musicians Program (YMP) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.


Friday, July 22

Open House Event *6:00 PM

walden school open houseJoin us! We invite our neighbors, friends and supporters to experience The Walden School. The 6:00 PM outdoor BBQ will be followed by student and faculty demonstrations. Learn more about The Walden School and then hear the exciting vocal quartet Quince at 7:30 PM. Please RSVP with your name and number in attendance: email -or- (603) 563-8212.


Friday, July 22

Concert
featuring Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

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Described as “a new force of vocal excellence and innovation” by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature.


Tuesday, July 26 – Composers Forum V

Performances of works by Young Musicians Program (YMP) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty. *Fountain Arts Building


Friday, July 29

Concert
featuring The Walden School Players

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Laura Cocks, flutes; Dana Jessen, bassoon; Katie Schoepflin, clarinets
Erica Dicker, violin; Tawnya Popoff, viola; Chris Wild, cello
Bonnie Whiting, percussion; Eric Wubbels, piano

This dynamic program will include a diverse range of contemporary pieces for various instrumentations, including a work by Composer-in-Residence, Paula Matthusen.


Sunday, July 31

Lecture / Demonstration
by Composer-in-Residence, Paula Matthusen

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Award-winning composer and Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, Paula Matthusen’s works often consider discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered. “Paula Matthusen’s vivid imagination was evident from the first sound heard.” – New York Times


Festival Week

Monday, August 1 – Composers Forum I

Tuesday, August 2 – Composers Forum II

Wednesday, August 3 – Composers Forum III

Performances of works by Young Musicians Program (YMP) participants, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.


Friday, August 5

The Walden School Choral Concert

Directed by Sarah Riskind

* All Saints’ Church in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Enjoy traditional and contemporary music from Norway, Estonia, England, Ireland, Bulgaria, and the US, along with madrigals by Wilbye and Monteverdi, and sacred works by Schütz, Rheinberger, and Zumaya. We’re also bringing you improvisatory new music by Paula Matthusen, Amanda Feery, and Sam Pluta. You won’t want to miss this culminating event.