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Duo pianists presenting a recital and master class at PSU on April 12

PLYMOUTH — Pianists Deborah Martin and Jairo Geronymo will present a recital featuring Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The program also includes Selections from Candide by Leonard Bernstein, Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, Gershwin preludes and Porgy and Bess Fantasy for Two Pianos, Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud and "Ballet" from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph von Gluck.

Deborah Martin is professor, and chair of performance studies in the Ithaca College School of Music, and has taught at Wabash College, DePauw University and Indiana University. She earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Baylor University and continued her studies at Indiana University, earning both master and doctorate of music degrees. In California she was a member of the Young Artists Guild and performed with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra while still in high school. In addition to her university teaching, Martin maintains a private studio for young piano students.

Jairo Geronymo began piano studies at the age of eight years in Brazil, his home country, and earned a bachelor's degree in music from São Paulo State University. He moved to the U.S. in 1990 and earned a masters degree at Arizona State University and a doctorate at the University of Washington, both in piano performance. He currently teaches at the Leo Kestenberg Musikschule in Berlin, Germany, and has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Washington University and Ithaca College in New York. He has been active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator and has performed and lectured in Brazil, Germany, England, Portugal, Austria and Israel in addition to the United States and Canada

Martin and Geronymo will also present a master class in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, during which the public is invited to observe the duo working with Plymouth State students.

Tickets for the performance are $10 at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 07:31

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Belmont legion post 58 will install officers

BELMONT — Charles Kilborn American Legion Post 58 will be holding their annual installation of officers and monthly meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Post 58 meets in the Senior Center on the second floor of the Belmont Mill, usually on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.

Post 58 supports several local charities and undertakes many public service projects and invites all qualified veterans to join them. Any veteran who qualifies for the local property tax exemption also qualifies for membership in the American Legion. For more information about the American Legion, contact Woody Fogg at 524-8268.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 07:28

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Winni Playhouse presents The Business of Murder opening Thursday

MEREDITH — Murder, intrigue and suspense will have top billing at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse when the professional company presents Richard Harris' modern psychological thriller, The Business of Murder. The show will run for five performances, Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11 at 2 p.m.

The three person drama has been called "the best stage thriller for years" by the Sunday Mirror Newspaper. The play centers on Stone, a humorless and dour man, who invites Dee, a television playwright, over to his flat on the premise of discussing a script. Once there, she is surprised when superintendent Hallett, the man with whom she is having an affair, also arrives for an entirely different reason.

But nothing is as it seems, and as the plot twists and turns the motive of their host Stone gradually becomes clear. They are all, it would seem, in the same business; The Business of Murder.

This is a gripping psychological thriller from the pen of that doyen of great detective/thriller writer Richard Harris and would appeal to anyone who loves the mystery and thrill of a whodunit.

Director Neil Pankhurst says, "written in the early 1980s, the play is both a homage to the early 20th century British crime writers like Agatha Christie, but also an inspiration for the hard-nose crime dramas we see today. You can definitely see the influence of The Business of Murder on the modern British crime dramas that are so often seen on PBS. Shows like Sherlock, Inspector Morse and Midsomer Murders all owe tribute to Harris' play."

The production features Rebecca Tucker as Dee. Tucker was most recently seen at the Playhouse as the Princess in Aladdin and won a NH Theatre Award for her performance in last summer's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She is joined by NY-based actors Jason Plourde and William Allgood who will both be making their Playhouse debuts before returning to the Playhouse this summer for several roles in the summer season.

Tickets cost $25 for orchestra seating and $15 for balcony. They can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

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Alton Central School begins kindergarten screening

ALTON — Alton Central School has scheduled screenings for youngsters planning to enter kindergarten and preschool in the fall.

Screenings for prospective kindergarten students will be held on Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24. To enroll in kindergarten a student must be age 5 by Sept. 30, 2015.

Screenings are by appointment and take about one hour.

Preschool screening will be held on Wednesday, May 6, for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Those who want more information or who wish to schedule an appointment can call Kristine Simone at 875-9302.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 08:15

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