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New Beginnings for Great Waters Music Festival

The Laker - May 23, 2011





It’s all about new beginnings at the Great Waters Music Festival this season:  a new concert venue, new programming, new collaborations, a new office location, and new business models.

After ten years of presenting in the Great Waters acoustic pavilion, the Festival is relocating its 2011 headliner concerts to  the new, state-of-the-art Kingswood Arts Center recently built by the Governor Wentworth School District in Wolfeboro.  The move coincides with a shift in the Festival’s business model and a new strategic plan that positions the organization to meet the challenges of the economy and national decline in audience numbers at performances.  This combination of forward thinking strategies has already resulted in an increased level of support that enables the Festival to present a strong line-up of first-class concerts for its inaugural season at Kingswood Arts Center.  The new Center provides more comfort to both performers and patrons with its air conditioning, spacious seating and convenient parking.

The Festival’s commitment to presenting performances of artistic integrity is reflected in the high-caliber program lined up for this coming season which kicks off on Friday July 8 with An Evening with Rockapella, a high energy a cappella performance of innovative entertainers featuring an astonishing full-band sound from five voices that blend into a stunning symphony.  The following week, Friday July 15 brings a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts, and fun with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s show How Big Can You Get – 100 Years of Cab Calloway that   infuses audiences with a high-voltage jolt of winning, feel-good energy.  Back by popular demand is the free community concert with the USAF Liberty Jazz Band on August 5. From the swinging sounds of Glenn Miller to the best of contemporary big band jazz, they play and sing it all with style and sophistication.  Also returning are the Capitol Steps on August 12. Digging into the headlines of the day, this hilarious group creates and presents song parodies and skits conveying a special brand of satirical humor.  And to finish off the season on August 19, award-winning composer Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway featuring brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows that are supported by an all-star New York cast and band.

Great Waters Music Festival will also be collaborating with the Wolfeboro Friends of Music on three Sunday Afternoon Piano Concerts that will introduce their Steinway grand piano into the community and to its new home at the Kingswood Arts Center.  The first concert on June 12. is a free Open House from 2pm to 5pm featuring a  diverse program of classical, jazz, ballads, improv and music from Brazil played by local pianists, and touring artist Arlene Kies.  Patrons are welcome to come and go throughout the afternoon and there’ll be opportunities to interact with the pianists.  The second piano concert, on June 26 at 2 pm, presents Sally Pinkus, artist in residence at Dartmouth College playing Mozart, Ravel and Brahms. The final piano concert takes place on July 17 at 2 pm and is a collaboration with the Heifetz International Music Institute whose gifted young students and piano faculty will present a concert of solo piano works, the program for which will be announced closer to the date.

Further information and tickets for all these events are available at the Great Waters Music Festival’s new office location at 15 Varney Road, Wolfeboro where there is plenty of convenient parking.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5pm and the telephone contact is 603-569-7710.  Information and ticket sales are also available online at www.greatwaters.org.  Now in its seventeenth year, Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting great musical performances for people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. 

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