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The Wonder of Beethoven  
  
Photograph by Scot Wittman
 

On Friday, October 11, 150 audience members assembled in the Music School's Recital Hall to partake of the first concert in Gregg Pauley's epic piano journey. In "A State of Wonder: The 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven," Gregg will perform the entire cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas in nine concerts over three years. Entitled "Ten Years," the inaugural concert in the cycle included examples of a prolific ten years of compositional evolution, from the early Sonata Opus 2, No. 1, to Opus 10, No. 2, to the mid-period Sonatas Opus 54 and 57 (the "Appassionata").

  

Though Gregg has performed 22 of the sonatas over his 30-year career, this marathon-like quest is an enormous undertaking, as expressed by Music School president Peggy Senter: "As a pianist who hikes a lot, I characterize the commitment to perform the entire Beethoven sonata cycle as the Mt. Everest for a pianist. The rare performers who set this as a goal are almost always pianists with no other commitments except for concertizing. I so admire Gregg, a pianist with a young family and teaching commitments, for this tremendous undertaking. His concerts are always powerfully expressive and meaningful, so we have much to look forward to. We at the Music School are so proud to share this monumental series with the community."

Judging from the enchanting performance and packed reception this month and accompanying media articles from Hippo Press and the Concord Monitor about The State of Wonder project, we are eagerly anticipating the January 31 and May 2, 2014 concerts. Click on the images below to view these articles. More information about the project can be found at Gregg Pauley's website.

           

                             
 

Fall Fiddle Concert Celebrates Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Learning
 
  
On Thursday, October 24, Madeleine Stewart presented a concert marking the culmination of a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.
 
Madeleine has been studying music intensively at the Concord Community Music School for nearly 10 years. Through a competitive grant process, she received this opportunity to take her impressive traditional music skills as a fiddler and singer to the next level by working with renowned Vermont fiddler and Music School faculty member Lissa Schneckenburger in arranging, performing and learning the business of an active touring musician.
 
While Madeleine sings and plays enough instruments to be her own one-person band, she was joined in this program by fellow Music School musicians Fiona Shea on fiddle, vocals and bodhran; Axel Stewart on piano and vocals; and Dan Faiella on guitar and pennywhistle. Audience members enjoyed celebrating Madeleine's recent accomplishments, expanded musical and music business knowledge, and enthusiasm for her apprenticeship experience at this debut concert.
 
Click here to read more about this award-winning teenage musician in an article appearing in the Union Leader from the press release that Madeleine prepared as part of the apprenticeship.
  
Drumming in the Alpha State 
  

Fourteen participants came together on Monday evening, October 21, at the Music School for a new drumming for wellness workshop sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion at Concord Hospital. John Faggiano, percussion department chair, demonstrated how to entrain one's brain waves through rhythmic drumming exercises, which allowed participants to feel the relaxation and wellness effects of music. The improvisation and entrainment techniques are useful for individuals to practice on their own and are also used in medical settings. The unanimous praise for John's teaching style and the techniques he shared for modulating one's breathing made this a most informative and inspiring exploration of the connection between health and music. Understanding music's ability to lower stress, manage mood swings, and focus one's thinking are just a few of the goals of each of the four upcoming November and December workshops offered under this new partnership. To find out how you can enroll in one or more of these sessions led by Music School faculty experts, click here for full class descriptions and registration information, or call (603)230-7300.

  

Happy Halloween

from the Music & Movement Class