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 December 6th, David Pook will present a lecture entitled “Christmas Chestnuts: A History of Holiday Hit Tunes.” The following Thursday, December 13th, Jane Berlin Pauley, Peggo Horstmann Hodes, and Hannah Murray, members of the voice faculty, who perform together as Trillium, will present “A Chorus of Hallelujahs: Seasonal Selections and Sing-along.” Both the lecture and concert begin at 12:10 p.m. and end by 12:50 p.m.
Everyone knows the lyrics to their favorite Christmas song, whether it heralds the onset of winter—“White Christmas” and “Let It Snow!”—or brings back fond memories of Decembers long ago (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”). But how did these Christmas tunes become favorites—why Bing Crosby and not someone else? Mr. Pook will take a behind the scenes look at some of the most famous songs of Christmas (and throw in a movie or two) to discover what made them the indelible soundtrack to the holiday season. The following Thursday, the vocal ensemble Trillium, sopranos Jane Berlin Pauley, Peggo Horstmann Hodes, and Hannah Murray, will present a holiday sing-along preceded by a selection of a capella offerings. 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. Call 603-228-1196 for information, or visit the website www.ccmusicschool.org.
About the speaker and artists:
David Pook is a local high school and college teacher and national educational consultant who speaks regularly about issues in the humanities and the Common Core State Standards. He is a regular speaker at the Concord Music School and most recently gave a talk on “Harmonizing the Christian and Jewish Holidays.” David has his Master’s and doctorate in Philosophy from Indiana University, and his teaching awards include the American Star of Teaching from National Presidential Scholars Program. He lives in Warner with his wife Elizabeth, their two year old daughter Bee, and an Old English Sheepdog named Morangie.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, is widely hailed as an extraordinarily versatile performer. She holds masters’ degrees in Elementary Education from Lesley College and in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory. Director of the Songweavers women’s chorus at the Concord Community Music School where she also presents Vibrant Voice workshops, Peggo has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Granite State Symphony, the Concord Chorale and the Musicians of Wall Street. In recital, she has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. In 2009, Peggo premiered “Kaddish,” a new work about the Holocaust by Lawrence Siegel. Peggo is a founding member of femme m’amie, the seven-woman a cappella ensemble which has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs. Peggo is also half of the duo Peggo and Paul, the New Hampshire recording artists who have gained an international reputation for their original family recordings, two of which won Parent's Choice Awards. Peggo has recorded six CDs with her husband, Paul Hodes, in their groups Peggosus and Peggo & Paul. Peggo's first solo recording, Peggo: In Love, a striking collection of timeless love songs, was released by Parma Records in 2010. Peggo loves to sing anytime...anywhere.
Hannah Murray, soprano, received her master’s in music from Westminster Choir College. Additional studies include Connecticut College (B.A.), the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sängerin program. Mrs. Murray has been a member of the voice faculty at CCMS since 2000, and is currently a music faculty member at St. Paul’s School. She has also taught at Endicott College, Boston Conservatory outreach program, and the Community Music School of Springfield. Mrs. Murray has performed throughout the Northeastern United States, been a soloist for the Nashua Symphony, and the Paul Madore Chorale, Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, and The Opera Circle. Mrs. Murray is an active member of NATS.
Jane Berlin Pauley, soprano,received her bachelor of music in performance from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She pursued further studies at Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, Aspen Opera Theater Center and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her opera and concert engagements include Rutgers Summerfest, New England Lyric Operetta, Dartmouth Handel Society, Longwood Opera and Opera D’amore. Her teachers include Susan Clickner, Bruce Kolb, Cynthia Hoffman and William Sharp.