EEC will hold its annual meeting on Friday, May 26 at 6;30 pm just prior to the “Music for Three” concert in Bass Hall, which is scheduled at 7:30. All are welcome to come and hear how our organization has grown over the past year. And of course you are welcome to stay and hear the concert of music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Nino Rota, and Rebecca Clarke.
On April 21, Fire & Grace visited the Dublin School, where they gave a beautiful demonstration of their approach to blending musical styles from around the world. Later in the day, they visited Crotched Mountain School and Rehabilitation Center, where they performed for an audience of residents, students, and staff.
On March 24th, 2017, the Verona Quartet shared their music with two different communities in the region. They visited ConVal High School in the afternoon—a new collaboration for Electric Earth—and in the evening performed at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield.
Friday, February 24: Gabriela Diaz, violin & Robert Burkhart, cello joined Jonathan Bagg and Laura Gilbert for two community visits, including our first ever at Scott-Farrar retirement community during the afternoon. In the evening we performed for our friends at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, with whom we have built a strong musical bond over our five year history.
We are delighted to receive our first award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $10,000 grant will support 12 free on-site musical encounters in 2017. These range from classical to folk music, by musicians that our fans in the area know well: the Horszowski Trio, the Borromeo Quartet, Indra jazz trio, singer Jennifer Johnson Cano, to name a few. Our musicians love doing these concerts; they love bringing their music more deeply into the community, to people who can’t easily attend public events. The NEA grant allows us to better acknowledge their tremendous enthusiasm for this kind of work and their contributions to this part of our mission, by giving them adequate compensation.
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 Aureole (Stacey Shames, Mary Hammann, and Laura Gilbert) teamed up with Jazimina MacNeil to bring songs of Ravel and Ian Krouse to our two partner communities for people with disabilities: Lukas Community and Plowshare Farm.
And on October 7, Aureole Trio brought music and interesting discussion to Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School’s 300 kids!
EEC favorites Jesse Mills and Rieko Aizawa will perform as a duo on December 17 at 7pm, at a location to be announced. The program will last about an hour and will include Brahms’ G-major violin sonata! We hope many of you will join us to celebrate the end of 2017 and our 5th season of year-round concerts.
Trio Cleonice (Ari Isaacman-Beck, Gwen Krosnick, Emely Phelps) performed at Crotched Mountain May 27, 2016. The Trio also performed at Plowshare farm that weekend.
March 25 was an intense morning at the Dublin School, courtesy of the Verona Quartet, who played Bartok, among others, for morning assembly. The Quartet also performed at La Belle Winery in Amherst that weekend
On the beautiful clear evening of January 23, with snow storms raging to the south of us shutting down major cities on the Eastern seaboard, Plowshare Farm’s community gathered in the Agora to listen to the warm voice and instrumentals of Indra jazz trio. They played gorgeous jazz standards, beloved popular tunes and then treated the audience to some classic David Bowie tunes. It was a great evening among friends!