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Grandeur, Inspiration, and Outreach: Symphony NH Unites Nashua's Music Lovers

By Paul Rowe

Live orchestral music has deeply enriched cultural life for concertgoers in Nashua, New Hampshire since 1923. This is all thanks to Symphony NH. The much-revered concert hall has assumed an important leadership role in New Hampshire, extending music education to people of all ages and interests.

"We're passionate in our belief that music can serve as a means for improving lives- building knowledge, fostering friendships, and bringing fulfillment. We take pride in the rich history and potential of our region," says Symphony NH Marketing and Production Manager Rachel Kopycinski.

Symphony NH has generously collaborated with the Nashua School District on creating an inspiring educational outreach program for third graders interested in joining school band in fourth grade. Students learn to identify themes, characters, locations, and events through music listening at "Picture This," a special program designed by impassioned Music Director Jonathan McPhee. This program is sponsored by many local organizations committed to the positive impact music has on New Hampshire's youth.

There are always opportunities for kids to express themselves in Nashua and its surrounding communities. The Symphony NH Wind Quintet goes above and beyond to share the gift of sound through countless visits to each elementary school in the Nashua School District. During these visits, professionally trained musicians introduce students to a wide variety of instruments. Using Prokofiev's beloved Peter and the Wolf as foundation, the unique character of each instrument is explored, filling each classroom with a sense of joyous wonder.

"Teachers help prepare students for intimate musical presentations by a chamber ensemble, and those presentations in turn ready students for the full Symphony NH Orchestra concert they'll hear at Keefe Center for the Arts- New Hampshire's largest venue for live classical music each spring," says Kopycinski.

There's something about those crashing, sonically epic forces combined with graceful, calming, moments of peace in a gigantic hall that attracts kids to the orchestra. This is where Music Director Jonathan McPhee conducts to orchestra to thunderous applause.

"As we look to our future, we see a Symphony NH that is strong and vibrant enough to serve as a model for other ensembles throughout New Hampshire, New England, and the nation," says Kopycinski.

Thankfully, New Hampshire citizens both young and old have a place like Symphony NH where they can witness, and take part in, a culturally fulfilling experience. The applause is beginning to crescendo in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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