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Special Alumni Concert to Kick Off Music School’s 30th Anniversary Weekend

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2015
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Alumni concert photosCONCORD, N.H—A stellar line-up of alumni will return to the Concord Community Music School to present a diverse evening of folk, classical, and jazz music in a special concert opening the Music School’s 30th Anniversary Weekend, March 20-21.

The 30th Anniversary Alumni Concert will feature four of the Music School’s alumni, who will team up with their musical friends, several of whom are also alumni of the Music School, for a multi-genre ensemble program. Fiddler Audrey Budington, recipient of Berklee College’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship, will present a medley of folk and roots music; cellist Emily Taubl, who has soloed with numerous symphonies and has been featured in the New York Times, will perform a classical program; bassist Scott Kiefner, who performs regularly with some of New England’s premier jazz musicians, will present an instrumental jazz set; and jazz pianist Mark Shilansky, professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire and Berklee, will team up with fellow jazz artists for a set of vocal jazz selections.


“We are thrilled to present these four award-winning alumni and their musical colleagues, who are representative of all we have worked toward over the past 30 years—artistic excellence, musical friendships, and opportunities for all students to achieve their potential,” says Music School President Peggy Senter. “We could not be more proud and are looking forward to a big celebration.”

The Alumni Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in the Concord Community Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A gala reception follows to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.

The following day, the Music School will host a full day of public special events and activities as part of the annual Performathon & Community Open House. Students, alumni, and faculty will perform all day, raising money for the Financial Aid Fund. Activities will include an instrument petting zoo, a Story Corps booth, a community sing, jam sessions, Suzuki and Music & Movement showcases for young children, and folk, jazz, and classical solo and ensemble performances. All Saturday events are free and open to the public, with refreshments provided by El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant and The Works. The Performathon and Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Music School.

Anniversary Weekend at the Concord Community Music School is sponsored by Merrimack County Savings Bank, with thanks to El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant. For tickets and more information on Anniversary Weekend, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.

About the Artists

Audrey Budington (fiddle) is a recipient of Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship and has been playing the violin since she was four. Classically trained, her true love is fiddle, jazz, rock and funk. She also plays the piano and sings, and is known for her creative compositions on fiddle and piano. In October 2014, Audrey was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the new TV show pilot presentation Legendary. She has opened for Black Violin, provided original live music for ballets, performed for two New Hampshire Governors, represented the State of New Hampsire at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, and performed throughout New England. She began at the Music School in Music & Movement and studied violin, fiddle, piano, voice, and guitar, participating in a myriad of choral, jazz, chamber music, and folk ensembles.

Cellist Emily Jane Taubl has attracted attention for her expressive playing and uncommon poise.  She has been featured in The New York Times as a musician of great promise, and was called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” by the Hartford Courant. Having performed throughout the country, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony.  In addition, she has been recognized as the top prizewinner in the Van Rooy Competition and the concerto competitions of the Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, and Juilliard pre-college division.  In 2012, she was featured as a performer at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, as well as a soloist for “The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration” on Boston’s WGBH that was broadcast internationally.  In 2013, Emily was selected to perform a solo cello work by Marc-Anthony Turnage as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude Concert Series.  At the Music School, Emily studied with Donna Denniston and participated in string and chamber music ensembles, including premieres of commissioned compositions.

Scott Kiefner is a bassist from Concord, NH. In 2012, he graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs regularly with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others. He began his musical life in Music & Movement at the Music School, continuing on to study piano until he discovered the bass. He studied bass with Don Williams at the Music School and was a member of the Scholarship Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz pianist Mark Shilansky's new CD Fugue Mill was described by Jon Garelick in the Boston Globe as “an especially fresh and inventive jazz album.”  In addition to his teaching duties at Berklee College of Music and the University of New Hampshire, Mark has appeared on over 50 CDs as a producer, pianist, vocalist, or composer/arranger, and has performed with such artists as the New York Voices, Luciana Souza, Kenny Wheeler, and Clark Terry.  Visit www.markshilansky.com for more information or to download “Mark Shilansky's Talking Music podcast,” featuring candid interviews with a variety of artists. As one of his earliest experiences with vocal jazz, Mark represented the Music School at Symphony Space in New York City in 1987 as the pianist of the Scholarship Jazz Ensemble, performing with the Scholarship Vocal Ensemble. He returns frequently as a speaker in the Music School’s Bach’s Lunch Series.


About the Concord Community Music School

Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.

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