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First musical performance held in renovated auditorium

Orlando Cela adjusts his music stand before playing the flute and Aaron Larget-Caplan checks out some fingering on his guitar in advance of performing “Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla on Saturday night in the newly renovated auditorium on the second floor of the Gorham Town Hall. Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
April 06, 2011
GORHAM — Aaron Larget-Caplan played guitar and Orlando Cela, flute and Venezuelan cuatro on Saturday night in the first concert held since the total renovation of the Gorham Town Hall auditorium was completed.

The lively concert was the first musical performance in the very attractive hall since 2005, said the town's Director of Administration and Finance Denise Vallee in her welcoming remarks.

A variety of other performances are already scheduled through Oct. 1, she said.

Vallee also acknowledged the key roles played by four men who were on hand for the occasion: selectman Paul Robitaille, former selectman Yves Zornio, project manager Mike Waddell, and consulting volunteer architect Tim Sappington.

The project moved forward thanks to the work of inmates from the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin as well as a number of grants, including the final one secured with the help of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Frumie Selchen, executive director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (www.aannh.org), also acknowledged the amazing attention to detail that Vallee had provided, and also thanked Tim and Martha Sappington for providing housing for the performers and Libby's Bistro for the meals they donated at Saalt.

The concert, delayed one day by the April Fool's Day snowstorm, was the final event in a five-day residency with Larget-Caplan that celebrated Music in the Schools Month and the Weeks Act Centennial. It included community concerts, public workshops, and in-school and afterschool programs.

The Laconia Savings Bank provided support for Saturday night's concert, which was presented by the Arts Alliance in partnership with the Town of Gorham. Funding for the residency was provided in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the NEA Regional Touring Program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of New England, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and by the N. H. Electric Coop Foundation and TransCanada.

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