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The Music Hall Loft named “Best of New England - Editors’ Choice”

The Music Hall Loft Named  2012 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winner by Yankee Magazine Best Performing Arts Venue

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…
The Music Hall Loft, the 124-seat theater around the corner from the organization’s landmark 1878 Historic Theater, has been recognized as a 2012 “Editors’ Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. For 36 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Here, from Yankee:

The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth
  Tucked around the corner from The Music Hall’s historic theater, the Loft offers similar programming (theater, cabaret, music, dance, poetry) in a more intimate setting. Even better, you can sample gourmet food and cocktails here. 28 Chestnut St. 603-436-2400; themusichall.org 
For Loft listing in Yankee Magazine YankeeMagazine.com/editors2012
Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall said, “We were thrilled to learn of this award. We opened the Loft one year ago and it already has outpaced our expectations. We’re presenting the same fabulous on-stage and on-screen programming our Historic Theater is known for – but in an intimate live theater and state of the art screening room with superb sound and visuals and, with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat. And, we’ve designed signature series just for the space - Writers in the Loft and Live @ the Loft – that have really hit home with our patrons.”
“This special travel issue highlights ‘The Best of New England’: more sights to see, things to do, places to eat or spend an overnight than most of us could possibly fit into even the most jam-packed vacation,” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen. “Wherever you may travel this season in New England, there’s certain to be a Yankee ‘Best’ nearby.”
Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2012 Travel Guide, on newsstands now, features 287 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections, which include the region’s best dining and lodging venues, attractions, adventures, local secrets, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events around New England and shares 15 walks—from strolls on Martha’s Vineyard, an inn-to-inn trek in Vermont, and a cliff walk in Maine. Treat yourself and celebrate the season with fresh recipes for summer’s first fruit—strawberries. Plus, feast at the best 12 lobster shacks in our six state region. For more information visit: YankeeMagazine.com

About the Design Team

The challenge of transforming the space was met by a creative team led by Doug Nelson, Chair of The Music Hall’s Facilities and Restoration Committee. “We had an exciting mix: our Lead Architect - who oversaw the renovations to the historic theater - was John Merkle and Nicole Martineau of TMS Architects, with John DeStefano of DeStefano & Associates as Construction Manager. For Public Space Design Architect, we selected John Lynch and Jennifer Steffek of Studio J2  Architecture, an Architecture and Interior Design firm in Lincoln, MA, known for theatrical and public space design for clients such as Kendall Square Cinema. Rounding out the design team was Diane Hart of Diane Hart Designs – who served as the Administrative Office Space Interior Decorator. Nelson continued, “This process has been so collaborative – and as a result, we have so many people to thank - the staff, Facilities Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee that crafted the business plan, and the Board of Trustees. We had a great group of talented professionals constructing this new space – all of whom are proud to have been involved in bringing this new space on line. And, the new logo for the Music Hall Loft was created by Brown + Company Design, led by Mary Johanna Brown and David Marcovsky.” John Lynch of Studio J2 said, “We are very proud that Studio J2 has been given the opportunity to enhance the artistic life of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the whole Seacoast region. We hope we have helped create a space which enriches the lives of both performers and audiences alike.”

Coming up in the Loft this Spring and Summer

concerts, comics, cinema and celebrated authors!
Ben Baldwin + The Big Note (5/12); Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Irish Comedy Tour (6/1, 2); Miss Richfield 1981 (6/9); Writers in the Loft: Alison Bechdel (6/14); Live @ the Loft: Nellie McKay (6/23); Writers in the Loft:  Elin Hilderbrand (6/26); Live at the Loft: Jim’s Big Ego (6/29).

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts center 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. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. 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 and its patrons contribute $6.3 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. 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 100,000 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


Praise for The Music Hall Loft

“brand new, very chic Music Hall Loft…gorgeously designed space… sleek, modern, and stocked with a full bar and a selection of victuals you can bring to your seats in its intimate theater” – Portland Phoenix


“The art-rich Seacoast is richer still with the opening of The Music Hall Loft.” – Portsmouth Herald


About Yankee Magazine

Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and features. With a paid circulation of 350,000 and a total average audience of nearly 2 million, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned and independent magazine publisher. More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at: YankeeMagazine.com

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