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Just Announced Shows on Sale Sep 1

First Saturdays for Members
Tickets on sale to members noon Saturday September 1
to non-members noon Saturday September 15

On stage, on screen in two theaters
Unprecedented entertainment year-round

Films you can’t see anywhere else, and more
First Bond film - Dr. No – 50th anniversary
Beasts of the Southern Wild

On Saturday, September 1, Music Hall members will have first dibs on purchasing tickets for newly announced concerts, celebrated authors and the first four lively and eye-opening Opera Connection discussions with Dennis Neil Kleinman—as well as pick up tickets already on sale for an unprecedented array of entertainment, events, and must-see cinema coming in September.

“Autumn is going to be a blockbuster time at The Music Hall, and our ‘First Saturdays for members’ are the way to get the best seats for your favorite shows,” says Executive Director and Lead Curator Patricia Lynch. “And if you don’t have your Patron Pass for our wildly popular Telluride by the Sea film festival, get it now—you’ll be the first to see our exciting upper lobby renovation at the Historic Theater on September 14.”

In addition to these live shows and broadcasts going on sale to members, as well, The Music Hall’s year-round cinema continues during the month of September with a great selection of just-released films and cinema you can’t see anywhere else, PLUS Telluride by the Sea September 14-16. Film titles for that event will be announced and tickets go on sale noon Friday, August 31.

First Saturdays for Members

Special ticket on-sales, early-bird box office hours, merchandise discounts, and curator talks the first Saturday of every month! On Saturday September 1, the Box Office at the Historic Theater will open at 10am, with bagels and muffins for sale in the Founders Lobby, as well as free coffee and popcorn. A Membership Desk will also be open to sign up or renew memberships.  Our monthly curator talk features Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis speaking about the upcoming Telluride by the Sea.  At noon, online and phone sales begin. Tickets go on sale to non-members noon, Saturday, September 15.

Season Sponsor: The River House

On Sale to Members Saturday September 1

Opera Connection
$14 includes admission & light breakfast fare
The Music Hall Loft
October 20: 10:30am, L’Elisir D’Amore
December 22: 10:30am, Aida
February 16: 11:30am, Rigoletto
March 2: 10:30am, Parsifal

Whether you are a seasoned opera buff or someone who has always wondered ‘What’s the fuss?’, ‘What’s a libretto?’ or maybe even ‘What’s up with the horns?’, The Opera Connection will give you something to sing about.  Hosted by cultural historian/composer Dennis Neil Kleinman, The Opera Connection will present lively, engaging, no-PHD-required discussions before selected Met @ The Music Hall broadcasts this season, the perfect way to enhance and enrich your enjoyment of these magnificent works.  So if you’re curious about opera, or if you want to take your appreciation of opera to a whole new level…make The Connection!

Writers on a New England Stage: Jeffrey Toobin
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:30 pm
Tickets $13, $11 members
Book: THE OATH: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court ($28.95, $26.10 with advance voucher)

The prize-winning author of The Nine (named one of the Best Books of the Year by Slate, The Economist, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and Entertainment Weekly) takes the stage with his latest work THE OATH: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court, a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama Administration. No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, a New Yorker staff writer and CNN’s top legal analyst. Toobin’s previous New York Times bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court; his other works include Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life.

“The Nine not only provides a vivid narrative history of the Court’s recent history, but also gives the reader an intimate look at individual justices, showing how personality, judicial philosophy and personal alliances can inform decisions that have huge consequences for the entire country… Driven by the author’s assured narrative voice, The Nine is as informative as it is fascinating, as insightful as it is remarkable.” -The New York Times

Series Sponsors: Auger Building Company, Inc.; RMC Research Corporation; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Inc.; Calypso Communications; Haunted Milk Design; New England Audio Tech

Intimately Yours: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:30pm
Tickets: $92; $72
Four-time Grammy winner and acclaimed singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett visits us on November 1, touring with his Acoustic Group. For nearly three decades, Lovett has defined the modern Texas singer-songwriter. Fusing elements of the blues, country, folk, gospel and jazz—in a career that spans 14 albums and more than four million records sold—he has created his own style of Americana, defying convention and breaking down barriers along the way. Lovett’s songs are full of wit and wisdom, with characters and concepts that loom large on the American landscape. Among his hit songs are “If I Had a Boat,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “South Texas Girl,” and “She’s No Lady.” “He’ll make you want to trade your loft for a two-story house with a wraparound porch,” says Details Magazine.

He’s been at this for nigh on 30 years and remains at the top of his game. —NPR

Series Sponsors: Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café; 92.5 The River
Evening Sponsors: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric; Clear Eye Photo

Live@ Loft:  Rory Block
Friday, November 9, 2012 7:30pm & 9pm
Tickets $25
Rory Block is a five-time blues music award winner who has committed her life and career to preserving the Delta blues tradition. From the age of 10 when the guitar first found its ways into her hands, she has evolved her signature style without ever losing the roots of Americana music. She wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that is sure to immerse you in the tradition of acoustic blues and folk. Bonnie Raitt calls her guitar playing, singing, and songwriting “some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues.” With influences extending from Gladys Knight to Robert Johnson to country singer Roscoe Holcomb, she is pure brilliance with a style all her own.

“Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”-The New York Times

Series Sponsors: WOKQ and The Shark

Writers in the Loft: Colm Toibin
Wednesday, November 14
Book: THE TESTAMENT OF MARY ($23 hardcover)
Ticket package: $37, $34 members. Includes reserved seat, book ($23), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet
The author of Brooklyn among many award-winning novels, Colm Toibin is recognized as one of Ireland’s finest, “his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (LA Times). He visits us with a haunting and indelible work of historical fiction - a tale told by Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she seeks to understand the events of her son’s life and death.
“Colm Toibin is one of the best storytellers writing today in English…his prose is pitch perfect, each word, each phrase carefully chosen and aptly applied….”— Toronto Sun

Writers in the Loft Series Sponsor: Citizens Bank

Live@The Loft: Melissa Ferrick
Friday, November 16, 2012 7pm & 9pm
Tickets: $24
Visiting us after releasing her sixteenth album “Still Right Here,” this singer songwriter has stepped her emotional intensity with songs inspired by her everyday life. Says shewired.com: “Still Right Here serves as a definitive reminder that she is back and better than ever with what could be her most successful opus to date.” Melissa’s music will inspire with a voice burnished by breakdowns and breakthroughs, refined over twenty years.
“Melissa Ferrick is tireless and she often applies that energy to songs so bombastic that she makes Melissa Etheridge sound positively kittenish. Given half the chance, Ferrick will strum the night away, much to the joy of her worshipful fans.” - TimeOut NY

Series Sponsors: WOKQ and The Shark

September Films On Sale Now

Queen of Versailles
August 31, September 1,2,4,5,6, The Loft), Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students, & Military
The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With notes of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. Grand Jury Prize nominee and Directing Award winner at Sundance.

“Captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye.” –The New York Times

2 Days in New York
September 7, 8, 9, 11, The Loft, Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students, & Military
Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s family unceremoniously descends upon them for an overseas visit, two unforgettable days of family mayhem ensue.

“We’ve rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York.” — The Guardian

Telluride by the Sea
September 14-16, The Historic Theater & The Loft
Patron Pass $200, Weekend Pass $85, Individual Film Tickets $12.50/$10.50 for members (on sale noon August 31)
Six films fresh from their debuts at the 39th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado will be on screen at The Music Hall as Telluride by the Sea gets its 14th year under way. In recognition of the start of Rosh Hashana and the Jewish New Year at sundown on Sunday evening of Telluride by the Sea weekend, we are planning an additional screening of our Sunday night movie for Sunday morning at the Historic Theater.  This year, we have two new aspects to our weekend festival – first, we will be unveiling our new upper lobby in the Historic Theater – which will provide more room for our patrons to gather and mingle, an elegant transition between our Beaux Arts Founders Lobby and our 1878 Victorian auditorium and also offering upgraded amenities such as beer and wine and the new Music Hall chocolate bar. Secondly, for our pass holders, we’ll be offering Telluride Film Festival Past Gems – this year, the theme will be Film Noir. In keeping with the tradition, film titles are announced, and individual film tickets will go on sale, over Labor Day weekend – noon Friday August 31, 2012. Patron and Weekend Passes are on sale now. For more information, go to http://www.themusichall.org.

Weekend Sponsors:
New Hampshire Public Television
The Wire
WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio

Day Sponsors:
BayRing Communications
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Film Sponsors:
The District
Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
Jackson Lewis LLP
Harbour Women’s Health
Radici

Wildcard Movie: Dr. No
September 20, Historic Theater. Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students, & Military
The first Bond film’s 50th anniversary! Terence Young directed this first of a long line of screen adventures with Ian Fleming’s unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek style that set the tone for the rest of the popular series. Sean Connery sets the standard by which all future takers must measure themselves as the insouciant and devil-may-care James Bond.
“Of course, it’s nonsense—pure, escapist bunk, with Bond, an elegant fellow, played by Sean Connery, doing everything (and everybody) that an idle day-dreamer might like to do.” – The New York Times
Wildcard Series Sponsors: Allergy Associates of New Hampshire; Cocked Hat Ventures; Ram Printing; WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio; The Wire

Wildcard Movie: How to Grow a Band
September 25, Historic Theater, Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students, & Military
A Punch Brothers* documentary. Twenty-six year old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on “indefinite hiatus.” But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who’s defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3: Make a record, launch an international tour and brace yourself.
*Punch Brothers will play The Music Hall Historic Theater on October 2!! Tickets on sale now.
“[Director Mark Meatto] tends to catch the musicians’ give-and-take, merging and dueling notes onstage, especially at a Manhattan concert that is the film’s highlight.” – The New York Times
Wildcard Series Sponsors: Allergy Associates of New Hampshire; Cocked Hat Ventures; Ram Printing; WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio; The Wire

Beasts of the Southern Wild
September 18, 19, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 (4pm & 7pm), 30 (4pm & 7pm) & 10/3 - Historic Theater, Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students, & Military
First-Run Seacoast Showing!
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
This movie is a blast of sheer, improbable joy, a boisterous, thrilling action movie with a protagonist who can hold her own alongside Katniss Everdeen, Princess Merida and the other brave young heroines of 2012.—The New York Times

About Membership and Early Purchasing
To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 or go online at http://www.themusichall.org

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