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Tuesday, April 10

Just Announced! Preservation Hall Jazz & Joan Didion

Tickets on sale to members noon Thursday, April 12
to non-members noon Thursday, April 26

The Music Hall just announced two additions to the 2011-2012 season at The Music Hall, an Intimately Yours concert, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Friday, June 15 and Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion, Tuesday, June 19. According to Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall, “We are thrilled to have engaged these two class acts for the Historic Theater in June. It’s all part of our desire to more fully bring our signature series – like Intimately Yours concerts and Writers on a New England Stage – to our summer audiences – mixing these live shows with the hottest ‘of the moment’ films. It makes for dynamic entertainment choices in one of the most vibrant seasons in downtown Portsmouth! Watch for more announcements about our summer offerings.” 

Intimately Yours: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Friday, June 15, 2012 8pm
$39; $33
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Preservation Jazz BandNamed for the venerable music venue in the heart of the French Quarter, this “quintessential New Orleans institution” (NYTimes) has traveled the world since the early 60s perpetuating the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center or for British or Thai royalty, their music embodies a joyful timeless spirit.
“It only takes a few opening notes for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to transport listeners to 1950’s New Orleans. With members ranging from 20-somethings to octogenarians, these musicians play the indigenous, traditional Crescent City jazz in a way that might make fans believe the saints are really marching in” – New York Times

Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion

Tuesday, June 19, 8pm
Tickets: $13
Book: Blue Nights (ppr, $15, $13.50 advance voucher)
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Joan DidionOne of today’s most powerful writers joins us with her national bestseller BLUE NIGHTS, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Don’t miss this celebrated winner of the National Book Award, a “master of American prose,” and her “breathtaking follow-up to The Year of Magical Thinking” (Newsweek).
“A searing memoir”—People
“Brilliant…urgent to be told.” - Huffington Post
“The best living essayist in America” - New York Review of Books
Tickets for all performances
Tickets for these new additions to the 2011-2012 season go on sale to Music Hall members at noon, Thursday, April 12, and to non-members noon Thursday April 26.
Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or on our website

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About the 2011-2012 Writers on a New England Stage series
Writers on a New England Stage was created by executive producer Patricia Lynch, also executive director of The Music Hall, and is presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio and in collaboration with Yankee Magazine. Since 2005, the series has spotlighted a broad range of celebrated authors including Mitch Albom, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dan Brown, Isabel Allende, Stephen King, Ann Patchett, E.L. Doctorow, Madeleine Albright, the late John Updike, Wally Lamb, Jodi Picoult, David McCullough, and Cokie Roberts, among many others. Each author’s presentation is followed by an interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.”  Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught.  The live shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio.

About Intimately Yours
The Intimately Yours series, sponsored by 92.5 The River, has been hailed as a “crowd-pleaser” by The Portsmouth Herald: “it bring(s) the brightest and best the music industry has to offer to…one of the best venues in the Northeast. To date, they’ve brought in artists that were on the cusp of blowing up (Ray LaMontagne, Brandi Carlile), to seasoned veterans that you’re hard pressed to find playing a venue as small as The Music Hall (The Neville Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Rufus Wainwright, etc.)…a series that continues to bring compelling offerings to Seacoast music fans.”

The best concert experience in New England! Superior acoustics. Intimate concerts. Top acts. Dazzling lobby. Convenient parking. Diverse dining. Charming accommodations. Historic Portsmouth, cited by The Miami Herald as “New England’s most appealing city.”
“Easily the most gorgeous venue I’ve ever been to” —Nicole Bedard, concert goer
Season Sponsor
The River House
Writers on a New England Stage series sponsors
Auger Building Company, Inc.; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company, Inc.; RMC Research, Corp.; Haunted Milk Design
Intimately Yours series sponsors
Moxy; 92.5 The River
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Evening sponsors
Clear Eye Photo; Wells Fargo Advisors; Oak Point Associates

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