Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family-Friendly Classical Music Saturday April 19 @ 11am

                On Saturday morning, April 19 at 11am, the Dover Public Library will host the sixth in a series of free classical music concerts for families, featuring live performances of well-known musical masterpieces. This month’s concert will feature Baroque music by Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi. Performing will be soprano Heather Guilfoyle, flutist Richard DuBois and pianist Naho Bessho. The concert’s length is just 40-45 minutes, so that children may attend and enjoy the music too. The performers’ goal is to encourage classical music appreciation among all ages.
   Heather Guilfoyle graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. An avid choral singer, she has performed in many ensembles including the UNH Concert Choir, UNH Chamber Singers, and Cappella Alamire. She has performed internationally in festivals and competitions, most recently with the UNH Chamber Singers at the 13th Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition, and with the UNH Concert Choir in the 2nd Mayo Music Festival in Ireland where the choir took home the first place prize. Heather has been in a few operas: as Barbarina, in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and as Monica in Menotti’s “The Medium”. She also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and is temporary conductor for the Community Congregational Church choir in Greenland.
           Richard DuBois, from South Berwick, studied piano, saxophone, and clarinet at a young age. He attended Gorham State Teachers College where he became interested in the flute. He continued his studies on flute at UNH, and at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. He continued his studies on flute in Boston, and participated with the Quincy Symphony. He also started his teaching career in school systems in Sanford, Kennebunk, and North Berwick, Maine. He studied with Frances Drinker, principal flutist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra, for over 25 years. Richard has been on the Berwick Academy music faculty since 1984 as a private woodwind instructor, and he is also teaching in the Barrington school system. He also repairs woodwind instruments at his home and performs in the 16-piece “Good Mem’ries Swing Band”.   
       Naho Bessho, concert organizer, was born in Japan and is now a concert pianist inDover. At age 19 she won the highest award at the Japan Classical Music Competition. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Music
degree.  She has played with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and in 2001 won 2nd prize at Yangtze-River-Cup International Competition in Osaka. She came to the US in 2002, graduating from Boston University with a Performance Diploma in 2006. She has given many piano recitals throughout New England. In 2010, she released her first CD, "Invitation", and last April released her second CD “Spianato”.  She gives private lessons in Dover, NH.

                 Please join us at the Dover Public Library for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy, listen,
       and learn more about classical music! For further information, call the library at 603-516-6050.

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