EEC in the Community
The mission of Electric Earth Concerts includes bringing music into communities where it can make a difference: to schools, shelters, rehabilitation centers, and homes for people with disabilities.
We believe that music’s enlightening and healing power ought not to be limited by boundaries of access.
We partner with an expanding group of organizations, free of charge, that help us overcome those boundaries, including Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, the Lukas Community in Temple, Crotched Mountain School and Rehabilitation Center, Greenfield, Monadnock Center for History and Culture, Summerhill Memory Care Center & Scott Farrar, Peterborough; Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, and Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey, and The Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene. We also have musical relationships with the following schools: Franklin Elementary School in Keene, The Dublin School, Dublin, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, and ConVal High School in Peterborough.
Performances take place throughout our season. Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred contact information if you’d like to learn more about our outreach events and how to sponsor them.
Electric Earth’s 2017 outreach program is supported by grants from several granting organizations, including a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Outreach in 2017: See below our ongoing schedule of visits to our outreach partners this year. This is updated periodically as events are scheduled.
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.
The Verona Quartet returns for the following visits:
Friday, March 24, 1:00: Conval High School, Peterborough (first collaboration)
Friday, March 24, 7:00: Plowshare Farm, Greenfield
Fire & Grace Duo outreach:
Friday, April 21, 8:00am: Dublin School, Morning Meeting Concert
Friday, April 21, 1:30: Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center for Brain Injuries
Outreach in 2016:
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!
Verona Quartet at Dublin School March 25
It 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
Trio Cleonice (Ari Isaacman-Beck, Gwen Krosnick, Emely Phelps) at Crotched Mt. May 27. The Trio also performed at Plowshare farm that weekend.
Saturday June 11, 4pm at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield with Gabriel Diaz, Caroline Stinson, and Jonathan Bagg
October 7, Aureole Trio brought music and interesting discussion to Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School’s 300 kids!
October 8 at Lukas Community & Plowshare Farm
On Saturday, October 8 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.
Outreach in 2015
EEC announced collaborations with three new outreach partners: Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Keene, the Dublin School, Dublin, and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene
On Friday, April 17 soprano, Tony Arnold, Cleonice Trios’s pianist, and cellist Emely Phelps and Gwen Krosnick, flutist and co-director, Laura Gilbert and composer, Eric Moe, performed music of Ravel, Poulenc, Prokofiev and Moe in a Morning Meeting performance followed by a day-long open rehearsal at the Dublin School. It was an extraordinary day of music and conversations between the musicians and students – the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
That same afternoon, we all headed to Franklin Elementary School for an intimate performance and reception in the music room at Franklin Elementary, hosted by Franklin’s amazing music teacher, Melanie Everard. It was a wonderful way to end our long day of work – playing for students, the very young members of Franklin’s Opera Club and a group of Franklin’s teachers and staff. A festive way for everyone to celebrate the beginning of Spring Break!
We returned to Franklin School on May 29th for an afternoon of “Paint the Music” for a combined event with the music and art classes. The kids painted to a performance of Debussy’s Impressionist masterpiece, Sonate for flute, viola and harp.
Also on May 29th, at 6pm, EEC directors, Laura Gilbert and Jonathan Bagg, joined the eloquent harpist, Jacqui Kerrod,, for a special performance at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, in conjunction with opening day of their exhibit Treasured Places, Protected Spaces celebrating environmental conservation in painting.
On May 30th at 2:00, EEC played an hour long concert for the residents of the Memory Care Unit at Summerhill Assisted Living, Peterborough. That evening we returned to Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, for a post-dinner concert of music by Robert Patterson, Timo Andres and Toru Takemitsu.
On August 29, The Horszowski Trio and Friends presented excerpts from their evening concert to members of Lukas Community.
On October 9, Jennifer Johnson Cano and Chris Cano sang for residents and students at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center.
On October 10th, The Mobius Percussion Ensemble played and demonstrated their instruments for kids at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, as part of their “On the Beaten Path” program. An interactive hour with this amazing group of percussion virtuosos!
On October 29th, Jennifer Johnson Cano and Chris Cano sang for Melanie Everard’s music classes and The Opera Club at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
On November 13th, Trio Cleonice played excerpts from the EEC Season Finale Concert for students and residents of the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center.