Electric Earth Concerts takes a thought provoking journey through the heart of the magnificent chamber music repertoire, with poetry, dance, and visual art contributing to the experience. In addition to our concerts in acoustically fine locations around the region, we bring music to places where it can make a difference– to schools, rehabilitation centers, and homes for the disabled. We believe the enlightening and healing power of music should know no boundaries.
Electric Earth Concerts is thrilled to announce the return of Jennifer Sheehan. When we introduced Jennifer to the Monadnock Region last January, she instantly won the hearts of the audience with her engaging and dynamic performance of the American Songbook. This year she will be performing a new program, I Know A Place, a musical journey of the 1960′s.
Brimming with songs and stories, I KNOW A PLACE reminds some of us and reveals to others why The ’60s is still where it’s at—a very hip and happenin’ place to visit, even if even if only for one night!
Many new styles emerged during that tumultuous decade, springing up from the beaches of California, the dance halls of Liverpool, the nightclubs of Rio, cabarets and coffee houses of New York, bold new shows on Broadway, and a little bungalow in Detroit called Hitsville, USA…and on and on.
The show features the music of Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Petula Clark, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Supremes, Henry Mancini, Carole King, the Shirelles, Spanky and Our Gang, Harry Belafonte, Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Rodgers, Randy Newman, Bob Merrill, and Blossom Dearie and more!
The concert takes place in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street, Peterborough. Ticket information will be available soon.
To close out a spectacular season, Electric Earth invites you to the season finale at First Church in Jaffrey Center.
Electric Earth Concerts’ final 2013 concert mixes romantic chamber music of Mendelssohn and Strauss with the sophisticated sound of a jazz-latin duo. “The contrast” according to Laura Gilbert, co-Artistic Director, “is meant to heighten the impact of each piece on the program, and to remind the audience of the universal qualities of interplay and intimacy that are at the heart of great chamber music, whatever the style or era. Plus we think it makes a really fun and festive finale to our season.”
The concert is being held at the First Church in Jaffrey Center on Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 pm. The program begins with vocal-bass duo Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan, who find a place “where jazz meets Latin with elegance and soul” according to the Boston Globe. Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Bagg says: “their intimate, sophisticated sound begins the gala evening. From there the forces expand to six, in a performance of the Sextet from Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. It’s a haunting single movement work from 1942 that showcases the supreme gifts of the world’s last great Romantic composer. Mendelssohn’s ever-fresh Octet for Strings, written when he was only 16, finishes the concert.”
In addition to Bermejo and Greenspan, performers will include Adela Pena, violin, formerly of the Eroica Trio; Lilit Gampel, violin; plus Electric Earth regulars Elizabeth Anderson, cello, and Jonathan Bagg, viola, with others TBA.
Laura Gilbert says: “This event culminates a season that included the complete cycle of Beethoven Quartets given by the Borromeo Quartet, a cabaret evening with rising star Jennifer Sheehan, Met Opera newcomer Jennifer Johnson Cano, the brilliant Horszowski Trio, to name just a few of our offerings this year. We are full-steam ahead planning next year, and can already promise the return of the Borromeo Quartet for a Bartok quartet cycle, phenomenal Swiss pianist Olivier Cave and another cabaret night with Jennifer Sheehan. But that’s only the beginning!”
Blazing young star Jennifer Cano will be performing with her husband and collaborator Christopher Cano on September 21 at 7:30 in Peterborough. The two will present works by Korngold, Poulenc, Schubert, Britten, Vaughan-Wiliams, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and others.
“Effortlessly likable, but in both her voice and her manner there is also character, individuality, a taste for risk, an honesty and assurance so impressive that you want to call it bravery.” – The New York Times
A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Opera Index Winner and 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes and has given stunning recital debuts at Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago.
from the Boston Globe, August 22
By David Weininger
“Henry David Thoreau was a great musician,” wrote Charles Ives in “Essays Before a Sonata,” his ruminative preface to his “Concord” Sonata. That was so, Ives held, not because of whatever facility Thoreau possessed in conventional music making, but because “he did not have to go to Boston to hear ‘the Symphony.’ The rhythm of his prose, were there nothing else, would determine his value as a composer. He was divinely conscious of the enthusiasm of Nature, the emotion of her rhythms and the harmony of her solitude.”
Oddly for such a dazzling musician of the written word, musical works inspired by Thoreau are rare. The most famous is the fourth movement of the “Concord,” the last of its evocations of New England transcendentalists.
The Electric Earth Concerts series seeks to fill that gap with “Music in Every Sound,” a Thoreau-centric concert Saturday in Peterborough, N.H. Going beyond settings of Thoreau’s words, the multimedia performance aims for the deep interaction between nature and sound that animated his writing.
Jonathan Bagg, codirector of Electric Earth, hopes that listeners will take from the concert “a renewed admiration for the sensibilities of Thoreau and of composers and artists who take from their environment something that motivates them and gives them that kind of enthusiasm for life. I want listeners to have a sense of how the temperaments of Ives and composers of this day are connected by Thoreau’s approach.”
July 10 at Ahavas Achim in Keene: eminent composer Joan Tower presided over a stunning concert by the Horszowski Trio, which included a performance of her 2004 work “For Daniel”.
from the Boston Musical Intelligencer
The ambitious, two-year-old Electric Earth Concerts presents an intriguing chamber program of two works this Saturday evening, June 15th at 7:30 pm at First Church in Jaffrey NH: Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and American composer Stephen Hartke’s King of the Sun: Tableaux for piano and strings. The transcribed Bach features Horszowski Trio violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan joined by violist Jonathan Bagg, Electric Earth Concerts co-artistic director (and Duke professor). For the Hartke this threesome will be augmented by Horszowski Trio pianist Rieko Aizawa.
Bagg describes Sitkovetsky’s recasting of Bach’s “infinitely imaginative counterpoint” as a “vivid three-voice chamber music setting that has delighted audiences since it was published in the mid-’80s.” Even more vivid to some ears is “King of the Sun,” which is, as Bagg notes, “both whimsical and serious … derived from diverse inspirations, including an anonymous medieval canon and the painter Joan Miro.”
[from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript] By Dave Anderson Wednesday, June 12, 2013
From a masterpiece by J.S. Bach to an American roots music string band to a concert built entirely around the words and influences of Henry David Thoreau, Electric Earth Concerts is offering a summer series that can best be described as eclectic.
“Fine musicianship crosses all boundaries,” said Artistic Director Jonathan Bagg in a phone interview last week. “We’re more than just traditional classical music. We want to bring in other genres. We’re also trying to bring in the other arts. Building a concert around a poet or a writer, like Thoreau, gives an opportunity for audiences to think differently.”
Even many familiar classical works are being done in a unique way. The summer season opens Saturday with a performance of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” at the First Church in Jaffrey at 7:30 p.m. But this won’t be the traditional version for a single pianist. [read the full article on the Ledger-Transcript web site]
On Saturday evening, June 22, Electric Earth presented a performance of Sir John Tavener’s mini oratorio, “To a Child Dancing in the Wind” to benefit Shelter from the Storm, a vital community organization in Jaffrey that “gives homeless families the help they need to get back on their feet, with dignity.” The evening was hosted by Sam and Eileen Hackler at their home in Jaffrey. Pictured from left to right are Reverend Robert Kyte, Shelter board member; Eileen Hackler, Shelter board member; Jonathan Bagg, Electric Earth Concerts; Ilana Davidson, soprano; Stacey Shames, harpist; Laura Gilbert, Electric Earth; Linda Harris, Shelter Executive Director; Miki Osgood, Electric Earth. The next concert is this Saturday’s ”Summer Serenade” at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Temple Town Hall. (Photo by Michael Kaye)
Music and Science intersect in the work of Psyche Louie, Harvard researcher, violinist, (and former chamber music student of mine!) who studies how the brain reacts to and learns from musical experiences. I love her parting notion that our brains are challenged by and learn the most from the new and unfamiliar.. -Jonathan Bagg