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December 26, 2012 - Creativity, Contemplation, and Pictures at an Exhibition: Join us for Bach’s Lunches in the New Year

CONCORD, NH –   The Bach’s Lunch Series, running from November through June, offers free, informal lunch-hour lectures the first Thursday of every month and a related concert the following Thursday in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St., downtown Concord. On January 3rd, Margaret Fletcher will present a lecture entitled “Life on the Forming Edge: Creativity and Contemplation.” The following Thursday, January 10th, pianist Gregg Pauley will perform Modeste Mussorgsky's masterpiece: Pictures at an Exhibition. Both the lecture and concert begin at 12:10 p.m. and end by 12:50 p.m.

In her January 3rd lecture, Ms. Fletcher, a teacher and practitioner of meditation as well as an experienced amateur musician, will lead a guided meditation and offer a talk exploring the connection of creativity and contemplation. It could be argued that the potential for infinite creativity is what differentiates us as humans, apart from all other creatures. Poets, painters, musicians, and artists of all kinds tell us about a quality of presence from which the new is revealed, to them and through them. She will consider the question: what does the act of contemplation have to do with living a life on this forming edge of the unknown and here-to-fore unseen? Return the following week on January 10th for the Bach’s Lunch concert in which pianist Gregg Pauley will perform Modeste Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

The Bach’s Lunch Series received a 2007 Best of NH Award from New Hampshire Magazine, named as an Editor's Pick - “best place to bring a brown-bag lunch.” The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund and The Couch Trusts, TD Bank, N.A., Trustee. Call 603-228-1196 for information, or visit the website www.ccmusicschool.org

About the speaker/artist:

Margaret Fletcher, speaker, acts as Health Outreach Coordinator and mindfulness meditation teacher for the Center for Health Promotion at Concord Hospital. Margaret has completed her training requirements and is in the process of submitting for professional certification in mindfulness training, through the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. She achieved her registered teacher status with Yoga Alliance in 2007, and teaches yoga philosophy and meditation at Living Yoga Studio in Concord, NH.  In 2008, Margaret was invited to teach by Norman Scrimshaw through the NH community White Mountain Sangha, which she now leads as Guiding Teacher.  Margaret previously enjoyed a 25-year career in financial services and operations management. Follow Margaret’s teachings online at MicrowaveMeditations.com.

Gregg Pauley, piano, joined the faculty of the Music School in the fall of 1999. A native of Southern California, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern California with pianist James Bonn. He earned a master’s degree at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where he studied with Ilana Vered. In addition to many appearances at the Rutgers Summerfest, Pauley has performed in Alice Tully Hall in New York City, at Steinway Hall in Los Angeles and has been presented in recital by the Steinway Society of Princeton, the University of Southern California, the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Music Teachers’ National Association Convention, among others. He has performed on WQXR radio in New York and on WKPM in Portland, Maine where he was the featured soloist in a live broadcast of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Pauley has been a top prizewinner at many competitions, including the Johanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the Portland Symphony-Priscilla Morneault Piano Competition and the Hampton Summerfest Competition.