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Annual Symphony Pops Concert Under the Stars at Cranmore

One of the most popular outdoor events of the summer, Thursday, July 23

Arts Jubilee annual Symphony Pops Concert Under the Stars followed by spectacular fireworks takes place at Cranmore Mountain. (click for larger version)
July 17, 2009
The Symphony Pops Concert is truly a musical classic — a gem — set in the framework of the scenic slopes at Cranmore, a star-lit sky, and the thrill of hearing a 50-member symphony orchestra making magnificent music — LIVE — right before our very eyes and ears.

It was in 1982 that the first-ever symphony pops concert took place in Mt. Washington Valley, and its success was the impetus for the birth of Arts Jubilee in 1983. There has been a symphony pops concert on the schedule every year. The choice of music has always been designed to present 'something for everyone' and this year's program will continue that tradition.

"We are doing a world premier piece by composer Mark Sensinger entitled 'Suite in D For Harp and Orchestra - The Taiwan Sketches,' featuring our Harpist, Kathleen Lyon Pingree," stated Maestro and music director, Clayton Poole. "In addition, we will be featuring our concertmaster Elliott Markow in the Argentine Tango, El Choclo."

Two vocalists will be appearing: Patty Barkas performing "Zing Went The Strings of My Heart," Burt Bacharach's "The Look Of Love" and "The Song is You." Also on the bill will be Boston based Swing vocal stylist Gina Lombard performing three of Helen O'Connell's classics, "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me," "Not Mine" and "I Got A Feelin' You're Foolin'." She will also be singing "If He Walked Into My Life" from "Mame." They both will do a finale together on "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You." There will be a Beatles Medley and the traditional 1812 Overture and Stars & Stripes leading into the fireworks.

Plan to arrive in time to enjoy the early concert beginning at 6 p.m., featuring a performance by notable Valley performers Jonathan Sarty and the White Mountain Boys. Their rapport with any audience, young and old, is warm and instant and they perform at venues throughout New England.

Concerts are held on Thursday nights at Cranmore Mountain, located in North Conway Village. Travelers will find easy access to Cranmore with convenient parking nearby and indoor restroom facilities. There are really two different performances each night, with an early concert presented by area local performers beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the main concert.

New this year, Arts Jubilee will no longer take a collection during the concert, but has inaugurated a "Donate at the Gate" format asking concert goers to make a $5 donation at the entrance (more, if the spirit moves you); kids age 12 and under are free.

The Annual Arts Jubilee Raffle will be available at each concert. Tickets are $10 for a book of seven, and buyers are entered to win throughout the concert format. Over 90 prizes will be drawn during the summer, including gifts from area restaurants and shops.

Funding for Arts Jubilee is provided by area and regional companies as well as donations of raffle prizes from area businesses, private giving through response to the non-profit's annual appeal, donations at the gate and a grant from the Goldberg Foundation. Special thanks go to all Arts Jubilee sponsors and supporters, including host sponsor, Cranmore, season sponsors Coca-Cola, White Mountain Oil and Propane, and Primary Sponsors, Laconia Savings Bank, along with Major support from the Pequawket Foundation, Ragged Mt. Equipment, Abbott's Premium Ice Cream, Comfort Inn and Suites, Eastern Slope Inn, Golden Gables Inn, Mt. Washington Auto Road, North Conway Rotary, Northway Bank, Shaw's Supermarkets, The Seasons Condominiums and numerous community sponsors.

For last minute schedule updates, listen to WMWV-FM 93.5 or call 1-800- SUN 'N SKI. Complete information about all the Arts Jubilee performances is available at: www.MWVEvents.com.

Varney Smith
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