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Wednesday, May 25

The 2011 - 2012 Season Just Announced!

Season highlights:

k.d. lang; David McCullough; Lily Tomlin
Soweto Gospel Choir
Cirque Mechanics Boom Town
Squirm Burpee Circus
Comedy Central Star Juston McKinney
 
Download a copy of the ticket order form here.

Featuring entertainment from around the world in its landmark 900-seat Historic Theater, and the just-opened intimate 125-seat Music Hall Loft, has announced its 2011-2012 season of music, theater, dance, cinema and literary events both onstage and onscreen in its two theaters. Tickets for the season go on sale first to Music Hall members Saturday June 4 (10am Box Office walk up; noon online/phone/mail orders) and on sale to nonmembers noon Saturday June 25.
 
Season standouts include k.d. lang, David McCullough, Lily Tomlin, the Soweto Gospel Choir, three circuses, and opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. According to Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall, “Here at The Music Hall, our passionate curators are committed to bringing the world to Portsmouth. They know that our members and patrons love to laugh, love to explore and learn, love to be entertained by artists at the top of their game. When our patrons make the Music Hall the place for their special occasions or simply an evening or afternoon out, they know they can spend invaluable time with friends and family weaving together memories. What you’ll experience with our onstage and onscreen offerings is really a celebration of life on the Seacoast – and of course, when you come to the Music Hall, we know you’ll take advantage of the whole Portsmouth scene, the setting, restaurants, great shops, and other cultural attractions, which make this the place to be. Don’t miss out – if you’re not already a member, do so now and take advantage of advanced ticket purchasing for all the great shows this season!”
 

More about the new season

It’s a new season full of fun, hot, dazzling, stunning, heartwarming performances. The season kicks off with  Summer@The Music Hall - six concerts, Jim Brickman (6/3), Led Zeppelin experience band, Get the Led Out (6/4), k.d. lang (7/12), Emmylou Harris (7/29) Buddy Guy (8/23), Richard Thompson (8/29); four bestselling authors across all genres - from one of today’s most celebrated fiction writers, Ann Patchett (6/10) to superstar fantasy writer Neil Gaiman (6/22); from Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough with his new work on Americans in Paris (6/23) to Ben Mezrich (7/21), whose nonfiction works have been the basis of hit movies such as The Social Network; two live comedies – one with Comedy Central Star Juston McKinney (6/11), and Miss Richfield 1981 (7/24 + 8/21); dozens of SummerFilms, the best from independent and foreign cinema to the latest from Hollywood,  this year featuring “It’s About Time!” as the theme for its Wednesday series (think Time Bandits!); five HD broadcasts including The Importance of Being Earnest (6/18), and The Cherry Orchard (6/30), and three Met Opera Encores throughout the summer; and the popular Historical Tours of the Victorian theater every other Wednesday at 5:30pm. The Music Hall’s two theaters are closed on Monday evenings.
 
Fall kicks into high gear with Telluride by the Sea (9/23-25) - a weekend film festival featuring the latest international cinema fresh from their Colorado debuts at the legendary Telluride Film Festival. From there the schedule ranges from author Stephen Greenblatt to the hot Kings of Salsa, and the comic quartet of Women Fully Clothed. Met opera broadcasts are back, Music Hall favorite circuses come to town with Cirque Mechanics and the Squirm Burpee Circus. Comedy Central Star Juston McKinney returns with his hit from last year, Merry Funny New England Christmas.
 
More live shows and films announced throughout the season
Watch for new shows to be announced throughout the year in the signature series Writers on a New England Stage and the Intimately Yours concert series. Extraordinary Cinema is programmed monthly, including the popular Wildcard Movies, Screen Classics, and KidsRULE! Movie. Watch for an announcement about the lineup from The National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series. New programs in The Music Hall Loft include Writers in the Loft, Live@the Loft, and Currents @the Loft.

Tickets for all performances

Tickets for the 2011-2012 season go on sale to Music Hall members Saturday June 4. Walk-up sales begin at 10am; phone, online, mail orders begin at noon. Tickets go on sale to non-members noon Saturday June 25. Tickets for shows at both the Historic Theater and the Music Hall Loft 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 online.

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 here.
 

American Treasure Sponsor

Raka
 

Season Sponsor

The River House
 

2011-2012 Season List

 

SummerFilm

Thursday June 2, 2011-Sunday September 4, 2011
Tickets: $8.50
 
Dozens of cool films in the hot weeks of summer. Independent and foreign cinema to the latest from Hollywood, with a unique Wednesday genre series running right down the middle – this year “It’s About Time!”  The full list of the SummerFilms can be found online at http://www.themusichall.org
 
Sponsors: PortsmouthNH.com; The Wire; WSCA 106.1FM  Portsmouth Community Radio; Harbour Light Strategic Marketing
 

Intimately Yours: Jim Brickman

ON SALE NOW!
Friday, June 3, 2011 8pm
Tickets $50, $42
 
This double Grammy nominee - the best selling solo pianist of all time - has six gold and platinum albums and 30 charted radio hits. His best-known compositions include “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists that include Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, and Carly Simon. He returns to The Music Hall touring behind his latest CD, Home.
 
“ a phenomenon” – Boston Herald
 
Series Sponsor: 92.5 The River
Evening Sponsor: Bottomline Technologies; Clear Eye Photo; The Provident Bank; Secure Planning, Inc.; The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric
 
 

Intimately Yours: Get the Led Out

ON SALE NOW!
Saturday June 4, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $32, $25
 
At sold out shows around the nation, Get the Led Out recreates the mythic career of the legendary British super group, Led Zeppelin. Six accomplished musicians drive blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, capturing the essence of the band’s hallowed discography.
 
“Not content to play an approximation of Zeppelin, Get the Led Out strives to re-create every last sonic detail” – Philadelphia Enquirer
 
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo; The Portsmouth Brewery; The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric
 
 

Writers on a New England Stage: Ann Patchett

ON SALE NOW!
Friday, June 10, 2011, 7:30pm
Ticket price:  $13
Book:  State of Wonder - $23.40 reserved in advance, $26.99 day of
 
The New York Times bestselling author of Bel Canto and Run will take the stage to discuss her provocative new novel, State of Wonder, a tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle.   The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
 
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
 
 

Currents @ the Loft: This Evening Not Yet Rated

ON SALE NOW!
Juston McKinney with Bob Lord & The Gaudy Baubles
Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:30pm; 9:30pm
Tickets: $25
 
What would happen if a comedian joins a band? Experience Comedy Central star Juston McKinney with that effervescent band on the lam - Bob Lord and The Gaudy Baubles. An evening of standup comedy, rock and roll and something delicious and wicked in between. This evening not yet rated.
 
“Juston McKinney is destined for stardom” – New York Times
 
Series Sponsor: WSCA 106.1 FM Portsmouth Community Radio
 
 

Captured Live in HD: The Importance of Being Earnest

ON SALE NOW!
Saturday, June 18, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $24 (age 18 and under $15)
 
Oscar Wilde’s glorious comedic masterpiece about mistaken identity, class, courtship and good old-fashioned name dropping. Tony Award winner Brian Bedford directs and stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell.
 
“The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production. It’s one of the great performances of the season.” – The New York Times
 
 

Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman

ON SALE NOW!
Wednesday June 22, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $13
Book:  American Gods $24.30 reserved in advance, $26.99 day of
 
The bestselling author “one of the top ten living post-modern writers” of journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama (Dictionary of Literary Biography), Gaiman takes the stage for the 10th anniversary of his classic work, American Gods. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
 
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio, RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Evening Sponsor: Jetpack Comics, LLC
 

Writers on a New England Stage: David McCullough

ON SALE NOW!
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 7:30pm
Tickets:  $13
Book:  The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris - $33.75 reserved in advance, $37.50 day of
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman and John Adams takes the stage to discuss his new work, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, a chronicle spanning generations. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
 
Series Partners: NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors: Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Evening Sponsors: Bank of America, C & J
 
 

Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Madama Butterfly

ON SALE May 28
Saturday June 25, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
 
Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed production of Puccini’s classic opera stars Patricia Racette in the title role. Marcello Giordani is her lover, the callous Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft sings the role of Sharpless.  Patrick Summers conducts.
 
 

National Theater of London HD Broadcast: The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov)

ON SALE NOW!
Thursday, June 30, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Directed by National Theatre Associate Director Howard Davies, whose recent productions of Russian plays (including Philistines, Burnt by the Sun and The White Guard) have earned huge critical acclaim.  Zoë Wanamaker will play Madame Ranevskaya.
 
Series Sponsor: Seatrade International Co., Inc.
 
 

Intimately Yours: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

ON SALE NOW!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $115, $75
 
Multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter returns to The Music Hall touring with her new band, The Siss Boom Bang, in support of their soon to be released CD, Sing It Loud.
 
“The best singer of her generation” – Tony Bennett
 
Series Sponsors: 92.5  The River, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo, Comcast, Ellis Insurance Agency, Pax World Investments, Veris Wealth Partners
 
 

Writers on a New England Stage: Ben Mezrich

ON SALE NOW!
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 7:30pm
Tickets: $13
Book: Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History - $24.30 reserved in advance, $26.95 day of
 
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Accidental Billionaires (basis for the movie, The Social Network) and Bringing Down the House (turned into the movie 21) brings us his new work of nonfiction – a larger-than-life true -thriller about NASA, its moon rocks and one man madly in love. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band, Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
 
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
 
 

Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Simon Boccanegra

ON SALE May 28
Saturday July 23, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
 
Four decades into his legendary Met career, Plácido Domingo made history by singing the baritone title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, conducted by James Levine. Adrianne Pieczonka sings the role of Boccanegra’s long-lost daughter Amelia, with Marcello Giordani as her lover Gabriele Adorno and James Morris as Fiesco, Boccanegra’s nemesis.
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Miss Richfield 1981: 30 Years on the Throne!

ON SALE NOW!
At The Music Hall Loft
Sunday July 24, 2011  7pm; Sunday August 21, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $35
 
“Garrison Keillor meets Mary Tyler Moore.” (Chicago Sun-Times). Fresh from tv appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, this original one-man drag show features edgy one-on-one improv with the audience, a professionally trained singing voice, and an athletic approach to physical comedy. Hysterical!
 
“The must-see show in Provincetown.” - New York Daily News
 
 

Writers in the Loft: Richard Harvell

ON SALE NOW!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 7pm
Ticket price:  $28, $25 (members). Package includes reserved seat, The Bells (trade paperback, $14.00), bar beverage; and author presentation, Q&A, and meet-and-greet book signing
 
New Hampshire native Richard Harvell shares his dazzling and epic new novel - the confession of a thief, kidnapper, and unlikely lover – that critics have hailed as “triumphant…a poignant and acutely told story of the human spirit.” Akin to our anchor author series Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft presents today’s top authors, and the best of fiction and nonfiction, in a smaller more intimate space (120 seats). The evening features an author talk/reading, facilitated Q&A, and meet-and-greet book signing. Produced in partnership with RiverRun Bookstore.
 
Series Sponsor:  Citizens Bank
 
 

Intimately Yours: Emmylou Harris

ON SALE NOW!
Friday, July 29, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $82; $70
 
The 12-time Grammy Award winner tours behind her new album, Hard Bargains, joined by folk-pop chart topping duo, The Civil Wars.
 
Series Sponsors: 92.5  The River, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo; People’s United Bank; Wells Fargo Advisors
 
 

Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Tosca

ON SALE May 28
Saturday August 13, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
 
Karita Mattila lives for art and love as the passionate title character of Puccini’s opera. Luc Bondy’s production co-stars Marcelo Álvarez as the painter and revolutionary Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as the corrupt villain Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.
 
 

Intimately Yours: Buddy Guy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011  7:30pm
Tickets: $54; $48
 
Six time Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and huge influence on Hendrix, Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Buddy Guy pioneered the Chicago Blues Sound. He is a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Opening for Buddy Guy will be 12 year old music prodigy Quinn Sullivan.
Series Sponsors: 92.5  The River; 106 Kitchen & Bar
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; Troiano Wealth Advisory of Stifel Nicolaus; Hometown Oil; Sheds USA, Mad*Pow
 
 

Intimately Yours: Richard Thompson

Monday, August 29, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $42; $30
 
British musical hero, folk revolutionary, one of the world’s greatest guitarists. This prolific songwriter, and founder of The Fairport Convention, is a must-see performer. Don’t miss his Music Hall debut!
 
Series Sponsors: 92.5 The River, The Red Door
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo; Optima Bank & Trust;
 
 

Telluride by the Sea

September 23 - 25, 2011
Patron Pass: $200; Weekend Pass: $85
Individual Tickets: $12.50
 
Six Films. Three Days. One Weekend Festival of New Cinema. The latest international cinema fresh from their Colorado debuts at the Telluride Film Festival.
 
“It’s not often that we Northern New Englanders can beat our brethren in bigger metropolises to the cinematic punch!” – Port City Life Magazine
 
Sponsors: Harbour Light Strategic Marketing; Jackson Lewis, LLP; Jane James; Now or Never Media; The Portsmouth Brewery; Radici, Seatrade International Co., Inc.; Smuttynose Brewing Company, Inc.; TMS Architects; The Wire; New Hampshire Public Television; BayRing Communications
 
 

Writers in the Loft: Stephen Greenblatt

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ticket package: $41, $38 members.  Includes reserved seat, a copy of the book, Swerve ($26.95), bar beverage; and author presentation, Q&A, and meet-and-greet book signing
 
The NY Times bestselling author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, joins us in The Music Hall Loft for a discussion of his new nonfiction work, Swerve, about the great cultural “swerve” known as the Renaissance – an innovative tale of history and a discovery, crafted by this celebrated Harvard University professor. 
 
Series Sponsor: Citzens Bank
 

Intimately Yours: Keb’ Mo’ (with his band)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $54; $39
 
UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the Keb’ Mo’ show has been cancelled.
 
Series Sponsors: 92.5  The River, 106 Kitchen & Bar
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo; Hometown Oil; Sheds USA;
 
 

Intimately Yours: Madeleine Peyroux

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $44; $32
 
Known for intimately arranged covers of early American blues and jazz standards, Madeleine Peyroux carries her jazz sensibilities as she moves into new rootsier territory as a songwriter. She returns to The Music Hall with her band touring behind their June release, Standin’ on the Rooftop.
 
“Peyroux has branched out to refine an enigmatic, low-key personal style that is all her own” – New York Times
 
Series Sponsors: 92.5  The River; Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsors: Clear Eye Photo; The Provident Bank
 
 

Writers in the Loft: Chris Bohjalian

Thursday, October 6, 2011 7pm
Ticket package: $39, $36 members.  Includes reserved seat, a  copy of the book, The Night Strangers ($25), bar beverage; and author presentation, Q&A, and book signing meet-and-greet
 
The author of NY Times bestsellers Midwives, Skeletons at the Feast,  and The Double Bind joins us in The Music Hall Loft to discuss his new book, The Night Strangers, a riveting ghost story centered on a tragic airplane crash into Lake Champlain, and on the family of the pilot, who survived.  The book has all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from this  award-winning  novelist.
 
Series Sponsor: Citizens Bank
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Kings of Salsa

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $50; $35
 
Intoxicating. Exuberant. Nine “gods and goddesses of the dance floor” (Bangkok Post), backed by a nine-piece band, sway to high-voltage Havana classics, street salsa and hip hop. Mind blowing!
 
“Sizzling eroticism and feverish euphoria” - Culture & Media
 
Sponsors: Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; New Hampshire Public Radio; Nextera Energy Seabrook Station
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers

Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8pm
Tickets: $65; $48
 
Shaker founder Ann Lee (1736-1784), a visionary mystic and powerful spiritual leader, is the inspiration for this breathtaking goldmine of dramatic content and mesmerizing theatrical dance.
 
” the balance between spiritual expression and sexual repression” —Classical Voice of North Carolina
 
Sponsors: Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Anna Bolena (Donizetti)

Sunday October 23, 2011 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; students: $15
 
Anna Netrebko as the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. Marco Armiliato conducts.
 
Sponsors: Beswick Engineering Company, Inc.; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Women Fully Clothed

Friday, October 28, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $29; $22

Four Second City vets riff on career and family. “An all-estrogen comedy dream team” (Toronto Star):  Kathryn Greenwood, Whose Line Is It Anyway; Robin Duke, SNL; Jayne Eastwood, My Big Fat Greek Wedding; and Teresa Pavlinek, The Jane Show.
 
“...funniest women in Canada!” - Eugene Levy
 
Sponsors: Carpe Diem Coffee Roasting Company; Harbour Women’s Health; Whole Life Health Care; WSCA 106.1 FM Portsmouth Community Radio
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met.
 
Sponsors: Beswick Engineering Company, Inc.; RiverWoods of Exeter; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Writers on a New England Stage: Chuck Palahniuk

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Ticket: $13; hardcover book $24.95, 22.45 reserved in advance
 
The bestselling author of Fight Club and Choke (both made into movies), Survivor, and other cultural romps, takes the stage with his new book, Damned, a tale of adolescence (which we all know is a form of hell!). Chuck Palahniuk, one of American fiction’s most brilliant troublemakers, is not to be missed. 
 
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio, RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Siegfried (Wagner)

Saturday, November 5, 2011 12pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
In part three of the Ring cycle, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests.
 
Sponsor: New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Lily Tomlin

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $68; $64
 
One of America’s foremost comediennes, Lily Tomlin burst on the national scene with Laugh-In and continues to pick up awards for work in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video: six Emmys; two Tonys, and one Grammy. Her Music Hall debut!
 
Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors
 
 

Music Hall Presents: National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China, Direct from Beijing

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $40; $30
 
Daring feats. Extraordinary flexibility – a dizzying, colorful theatrical spectacular of an ancient Chinese art.  Hailing from the largest acrobatic and circus arts center in the world, these international award winners from Beijing set the standard for acrobatic art.
 
Sponsors: Allergy Associates of New Hampshire; Piscataqua Savings Bank; RAM Printing; Robert’s Maine Grill; Comfort Inn Portsmouth
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Satyagraha (Glass)

Saturday, November 19, 2011 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
The Met’s visually extravagant production, back for an encore engagement with Richard Croft as Gandhi.
Sponsors: DTC Lawyers Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella, PLLC; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus - A Vaudevillian Melodrama

Friday, November 25, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $32; $25
 
This exhilarating, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience features classic Vaudeville comedy, high-skill circus acts and American Melodrama. An eye-catching cast, with a beautiful, Cirque-like aesthetic,  perform explosive acts like The Human Cannon, and Chainsaw Juggling!
 
“can outjuggle, outdance and outbalance any of the energetic acts that used to drive the Ed Sullivan Show in its heyday” - The New York Times
 
“Very clever” –Jay Leno
 
Sponsors: New Hampshire Public Radio; Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
 

Music Hall Presents: Leahy Family Christmas

Saturday, December 3, 2011 8pm; Sunday, December 4, 2011 2pm
Tickets: $38; $30
 
The eight siblings of this Canadian powerhouse band, known for their fiddle-driven Celtic/world music and step dancing, will fill you with their infectious Irish spirit as they perform their favorite Celtic medleys and traditional Christmas carols.
 
“Leahy makes Christmas a true family affair!” - The Calgary Herald
 
“like a tonic for the spirit” - The Los Angeles Times
 
Sponsors: 94.9WHOM; Northeast Delta Dental; Willis Programs; Comfort Inn Portsmouth
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Rodelinda (Handel)

Sunday, December 4, 2011 10am; 3pm
At The Music Hall Loft
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of this production, Renee Fleming reprises the title role.
 
Sponsors: Beswick Engineering Company, Inc.; RiverWoods of Exeter; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: A Merry Funny New England Christmas

starring Juston McKinney and The Gaudy Baubles
Thursday December 8, 2011 7:30pm; Friday December 9 8pm
Tickets: $40; $30
 
Comedy Central star Juston McKinney is back in New England with top young comics and the effervescent Vegas band, The Gaudy Baubles, for a hilarious holiday extravaganza featuring that down-home Yankee sensibility colliding head on with a glittery showbiz Xmas! Recommended for ages 14+
 
“Juston McKinney is destined for stardom” – New York Times
 
Sponsors: 94.9WHOM; GreenPages; SharpeWorks Strategic Design Corp
 
 

Music Hall Presents: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Saturday, December 10, 2011 3pm & 8pm
Tickets: $42; $32
 
From sold-out shows at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre – a Christmas spectacular! Top flight Irish performers join Brian O’Donovan, host of NPR’s Celtic Sojourn, as he explores traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries and England.
 
“Our new Christmas tradition!” – http://www.damamma.com
 
Sponsors: 94.9WHOM; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. Certified Public Accountants; Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Faust (Gounod)

Sunday December 11, 2011 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Jonas Kaufmann in the title role; Rene Pape as the devil; Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.
 
Sponsor: New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Messiah Sing

Tuesday December 20, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $15
 
Grab your score and join best-loved area choruses and conductors in a transcendent community sing in our glorious hall. It’s a “happening” - great fun and one of the best ways to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays.
 
“The audience members were the stars” – Portsmouth Herald
 
Sponsor: 94.9WHOM
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: The Enchanted Island (Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi and others)

Saturday, January 21, 2012 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
An original Baroque fantasy inspired by musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century.
 
Sponsors: RiverWoods of Exeter; New Hampshire Public Television
 

Music Hall Presents: Cirque Mechanics Presents Boom Town

Saturday, February 11, 2012 4pm; 8pm
Tickets: $40; $28
 
A jaw-dropping aerial adventure with breathtaking acrobatics and fantastic machinery. Set in a Gold-Rush era mining town, featuring world-class circus stars from Cirque du Soleil and the Pickle Family Circus. It’s Big Time entertainment at The Music Hall!”
 
“exceptional, evocative, eye-catching, ear-catching and engrossingly entertaining” - The New York Time
 
Sponsors: The Port Inn; Comcast
 
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Gotterdamerung (Wagner)

Sunday February 12, 2012 12pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
With its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle, directed by Robert LePage, is completed.
 
Sponsor: New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Soweto Gospel Choir

Monday, February 13, 2012 7pm
Tickets: $42; $36
 
Direct from South Africa, this awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, performs inspirational tribal, traditional and popular African and Western gospel in eight languages. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella and charismatic performances uplift the soul and express their country’s hopes for the future.
 
“remarkable voices… spirited and spectacular”– The New York Times
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Ernani (Verdi)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi’s thrilling early gem.
 
Sponsors: RiverWoods at Exeter; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Altan

Friday, March 9, 2012 8pm
Tickets: $34; $28
 
The most talked-about traditional group to emerge from Ireland, Altan plays the music of Donegal, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Propelled by the acclaimed vocals of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and backed by double fiddle, flute, guitar, accordion, and bouzouki, Altan seamlessly blends dazzling instrumental prowess with gorgeously delicate vocals.
 
“The hottest group in the Celtic realm!” – Boston Globe
 
Sponsors: GreenPages; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. Certified Public Accountants
 
 
 

Music Hall Presents: Moscow Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, April 1, 2012 4pm
Tickets: $50; $38; new this year - 15 and under: $15
 
This timeless classic brings sumptous sets, exquisite costumes and spectacular dancers from across the Russias. Choreographed in strict association with Tchaikovsky’s music, it tells the dramatic story of a young girl’s coming of age and the triumph of good over evil.
 
“deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps” —Las Vegas Review-Journal
 
Sponsors: Best Western Wynwod Hotel & Suites; Holloway Automotive Group; New Hampshire Public Radio; Nextera Energy Seabrook Station
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: Manon (Massenet)

Saturday, April 7, 2012 12pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine travels from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
 
Sponsor: New Hampshire Public Television
 
 
 

Met @ The Music Hall: La Traviata (Verdi)

Saturday, April 14, 2012 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
 
Natalie Dessay puts on the red dress in this stunning production, her first Violetta at the Met.
Sponsors: Beswick Engineering Company, Inc.; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television
 
 
Music Hall Presents: 21st Annual Kitchen Tour
Saturday, May 5, 2012 • 10am – 3pm
Tickets: $20 for members, $23 for non members
 
The kitchens we all dream of – sleek and contemporary, cozy and traditional, packed with innovation and imagination – become a reality for one day as we present our popular Kitchen Tour – an annual spring benefit for The Music Hall!
 
“The Music Hall’s Kitchen Tour is all about fantastic kitchens” – NH Home Magazine
 
 
 

KidsRULE!: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Sunday, May 20, 2012 3pm
Tickets: $19; $14
 
With numerous national awards and a devoted fan base, Justin Roberts and his band dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Justin Roberts is one of the stars of the indie family music scene. 
 
“The Buddy Holly of the kids’ world.” –Time Out NY Kids
 
Sponsors: 107.1 WERZ; Comfort Inn Portsmouth; Seacoast Media Group
 
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
 
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe
 
 
About the Historic Theater
Step over the threshold of this landmark Victorian theater – the oldest in New Hampshire - and into the Beaux Arts Founders Lobby featuring superlative patron amenities. Upstairs, the elegant 900-seat auditorium – now restored to its 1878 splendor – has welcomed artists ranging from Mark Twain to Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Patrons greet friends and neighbors in this community great room, a gathering place for conversation dating back to the days of Frederick Douglass. The original hardwood floor and horseshoe balcony ensure superior acoustics for stage and screen events.  Full concessions are available in both lobbies. Tickets to all Music Hall events are sold at the Box Office located at the historic theater. 
 
“The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene, staging concerts, plays, movies, and even book readings. This meticulously restored theater holds its own with the best venues in Boston, attracting some of the nation’s most interesting entertainers.” – Yankee Magazine
 
About The Music Hall Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education
Just around the corner from the Historic Theater, the Music Hall Loft is a critical extension of The Music Hall’s mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community. It significantly increases capacity for The Music Hall’s existing educational and community programs, and allows for creative new programming initiatives. Whether in a theater, cabaret or master classroom configuration, or arranged for a small workshop or artist reception, The Music Loft engages children, teens, and adults.  Music Hall Loft audiences experience the same fabulous programming they have come to expect at in the Historic Theater, but in a smaller more intimate setting, with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat.  The 125-seat theater provides deeper, richer experiences of music, theater, dance, and literature plus master classes and Explore + Learn opportunities for all ages.  Signature programs include Writers in the Loft, Live @ the Loft, and Currents@the Loft, hip programs which bring a new dynamism to Portsmouth’s cultural scene and further illuminate the city as a center for inspiration and entertainment in coastal New England. 
 
“The art-rich Seacoast is richer still with the opening of The Music Hall Loft.” – Portsmouth Herald
 
 
About Historical Tours of The Music Hall
Alternate Wednesday, June-September, 2011 5:30pm
Tickets:  $7.50
 
Join The Music Hall’s historian for a fun-for-all-ages behind-the-scene tour of the beautifully restored 1878 “majestic Music Hall” (The NY Times), including backstage and the dazzling “enchanted forest” lobby (Boston Globe).  Hear the story of the 1878 theater, its award-winning renovations and restorations, celebrated patrons and performers.  Don’t miss your chance to walk the stage of the award-winning theater, designated  an “American Treasure” by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Wednesday tour dates:  June 1, 15, and 29; July 13 and 27; August 10 and 24; Sept 7 and 21.  Tour runs 75 minutes.
Tour tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased day of tour at 28 Chestnut Street, in advance here, or through the box office at 603-436-2400.  Box office hours are noon-6:00pm Monday through Saturday.