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Beautiful but neglected music for violin and piano by minority composers, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still, plus wonderful arrangements of Spirituals and Blues

May 4-6, 2018

Fabulous violinist Tim Schwarz will be featured in this program that will explore some lesser-known, but simply beautiful, music by minority composers and other oppressed peoples.  The program will include works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English/African composer celebrated during his lifetime as “the African Mahler”;  William Grant Still, a sadly neglected African-American composer who was an active part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s and 1930’s;  as well as some Blues by W.C. Handy and Spirituals arranged by George Morrison.  The final work will be an amazing virtuoso work by Jewish composer Paul Schoenfield called “Four Souvenirs” that explores four different dances from Samba to Tango to Tin Pan Alley and Square Dance.

Tim and I went to Peabody Conservatory together many years back and formed the Upper Valley Duo that focused on forgotten American music.  We won the US Artistic Ambassador Program in 1996 and were sent by the US State Department on a two month, eleven country of the Middle East and Southeast Asia with stops in Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Thailand, Laos, and more.  It was one of the greatest experiences of our lives and the power of this music to transcend all cultural barriers was truly inspiring.   Hope you can join us for one of the concerts—they should be very special programs!

We actually just performed this concert in the Asheville area to rave reviews.  Click on the link below to read one review:  http://cvnc.org/article.cfm?articleId=8781

Click below to see a live performance of the Violin Suite by William Grant Still with Schwarz and Weiser:



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Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 7:30pm

First Congregational Church of Lebanon
10 South Park St, Lebanon NH 03766

Our home Church right on the Green in Lebanon with a wonderful Steinway piano and terrific acoustics.  Tickets are $20 at the door ($10 for Church members) with children 18 and under always free.  Buy discounted seats in advance below.  Click on the arrow below to get Church member price.  To buy multiple seats, just click on the “Add to Cart” and add as many seats as you need on the next screen.  Or call Marcia Colligan at 603-643-3337 to reserve by phone and to send a check.

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Saturday, May 05, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Home of Marilyn and Al Austin-Nelson
2 Ridge Road, Hanover, NH 03755

Another great House Concert at the Austin-Nelson home in the heart of Hanover.  A truly intimate space with wonderful food and drink included for only $40pp.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Buy your seats below with any major credit card.  You do not need to have a PayPal account.  To purchase multiple seats, click on the “Add to Cart” button and you can add as many seats as you want on the next screen.  You can also call Marcia Colligan at 603-643-3337 to reserve and then pay by check

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Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 2:00pm

St. Denis Catholic Church
8 Sanborn Rd, Hanover, NH 03755

We return to this beautiful, centrally-located stone Church in the heart of Hanover with wonderful acoustics.  Father Brian makes everyone feel welcome to these concerts, which are open to the general public.  The suggested donation is $20, but all are free to come and offer what they can.