The Music School is a home, no matter where we go
Anniversary Weekend, a CCMS March tradition, naturally focuses on this community, its connections, and the directions taken by our students. This month, our alumni compass points west to Portland, Oregon, where we checked in with cello alumna Mairead McNamee King '06. An accomplished cellist from Bow, Mairead furthered her cello studies as a music minor at Boston College after studying cello at the Music School for nine years.
Last summer, Mairead migrated with her cello to the West Coast where she landed a job in the corporate internship office of Lasallian Volunteers and AmeriCorps, working with high school students from traditionally underserved and econom-ically disadvantaged backgrounds.
As she launches her career in serving others through this mentoring program, she holds close to her heart the experience of making music with her teachers, ensemble members, and friends from CCMS. As she indicated in our recent alumni Q & A, "CCMS is one of the reasons I will always call NH home, no matter where I go ... This community, this family, doesn't disappear once we've graduated. The doors are always open for us to return, and the people we've met, played with, grown close to, continue to play important roles in our lives, no matter where we find ourselves, whether it's Boston, Portland, or Buenos Aires, Argentina."
Mairead's ongoing connection to the Music School community has resulted in a recent poem which distills the essence of the Music School into a dozen captivating lines, entitled "We are ... Concord Community Music School." Check out the poem and learn more about her recollections as a former student, by clicking here.
|March madness, mandolin style
For the modest mandolin, it sure can create some March Madness of its own. The 11th annual March Mandolin Festival took place March 1-3, with 19 workshops and jam sessions, three performances (at the Music School, the Stone Church in Newmarket, and the Barley Pub in Dover), and lots and lots of fun.
This year's guest artists were Grammy nominee Matt Flinner from Nashville, Celtic music legend Robin Bullock from France, and Vermont-based Will Patton, known for his jazz and swing recordings.
The 50 festival participants travelled from Quebec, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and five New England states for a music-filled weekend based at the Music School and the Courtyard by Marriott in Concord. Thanks to Sanborn, Head and Associates and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for their generous support of this weekend.
David Surette, the Music School's folk department chair and festival founder, received well-deserved praise all weekend for producing a festival that, as Will Patton described it, "is one of the most welcoming and inclusive gatherings I've ever had the pleasure of participating in."
David summed it up this way: "How to describe the mandolin...a little instrument with big potential. Bill Monroe used to refer to the mando as having 'ancient tones.' There's something about the sound of the mando that gets at that old, deep connection between music and the listener. For those of us who are into traditional music, that feeling is especially strong, and the mando is a big part of that. And at the same time, it's being used in so many ways these days.
"It's exciting. It's popping up in all sorts of different genres, different styles, and there's great young players doing amazing things. I mean Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), who just turned 32, was one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, and subsequently awarded a 'genius' grant. That's pretty cool for a little hillbilly instrument!"
Mark your calendars!
April 11, 2013
"Darlingside" at the Music School
A String Rock Quintet
Conversations with Darlingside 4:00-6:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. The Creative Process
Join student composers Fiona Shea and Audrey Budington and members of string ensembles Trilogy and Sparrow's Joy as they trade ideas with the band about the creative process of composing and arranging original tunes.
5:00 Open Q & A
Bring your questions for the band! Topics of interest include the business of a band (marketing, touring, getting gigs, recording), the musical training and influences that shaped each band member, collaborative creation of a new song, and the intersection between jazz, folk, rock and classical traditions. Drummer Sam Kapala '05 was a Music School student from age 3-18, and we're excited he's here!
Darlingside in concert 7:00 p.m.
For concert tickets click here or call 228-1196.
For more information or to hear music samples, visit www.darlingside.com