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MacDowell Downtown: Evan Chambers
May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This Friday at 7:30 p.m., Peterborough’s Bass Hall will ring out with a performance of music composed by Evan Chambers. As a student, Chambers recalls a “conversion experience” while studying classical music and really listening to Irish folk music. As a result, he “felt the need to… bring the two musical parts of myself together. Once I did, it infused a lot of energy into my writing.” To illustrate the connection, Chambers will perform an Irish folk song on fiddle Friday evening. Another piece to be featured was inspired by Chambers’ visit to Jaffrey’s Old Burying Ground during his first MacDowell Fellowship (1998). The resulting song cycle draws on the “poems and essays on the nature of life… carved into stone.” As an orchestral piece, The Old Burying Groundtoured nationally, including a Carnegie Hall performance, and was recorded by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra (2010).
In Peterborough for his second Fellowship, Chambers will be joined in performance by the extraordinary folk singer Tim Erickson, pianist Suzanne Camino, and vocalist Mary Bonhag. The performers will also introduce a pair of songs from what he describes as an environmental ghost story and a good vs. evil drama about wild land threatened by a mining operation and a widow’s efforts to preserve it. Chambers is also a brilliant fiddle player and plans to include at least one tune inspired by Irish folk traditions.
Put MacDowell Downtown on your calendar and plan to join us at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.