Citizens Bank to Sponsor a New Series @ The Music Hall Loft

Writers in the Loft, a new signature series

The new series is akin to The Music Hall’s anchor author series, Writers on a New England Stage. It will feature well-known authors, but the experience will be different – in a smaller, more intimate space.  Presented in partnership with RiverRun Bookstore, whose team will help curate each event, Writers in the Loft will bring readers today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction. With their ticket purchase, readers will get a copy of the book and a beverage from the bar. The atmosphere will be casual, with the author signing books and greeting guests after the reading and discussion. Said Margaret Talcott, Associate Producer of the new series, “the spirit in these readings will be unique.  As a member of small audience, just 120 max in the room, you’ll feel you’re at a happening, a cross between a seminar and a social event.”

Corporate Sponsorship is vital to dynamic Music Hall programming

Corporate support is vital to The Music Hall’s success in bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to its stages, making world class performing arts and film readily accessible to the region.  “During the past 10 years, Citizens Bank has been a generous corporate donor as a season sponsor as well as supporting literary and educational programs in the Hall.  Now as a series sponsor for Writers in the Loft, Citizens Bank is making a meaningful commitment to the entire seacoast community in supporting the legacy of The Music Hall,” said Mary Horigan, Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving for The Music Hall.

For more than 133 years, The Music Hall has served a critical role in the community. The Music Hall continues to host community benefits and celebrations that contribute to the Seacoast economy, provide cutting edge programming, and remains the Seacoast’s largest performing arts classroom –securing the legacy of its historic building and strengthening this American Treasure for the Arts as a cultural anchor for all New England.

The Music Hall Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education to open in April with a Community Open House,  enriching mission of The Music Hall

The Music Hall’s new Loft space at 131 Congress Street is now under construction and will open in April 2011 as The Music Hall Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education. A Community Open House is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2011.  A critical extension of The Music Hall’s mission “to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community,” the Loft significantly increases capacity for The Music Hall’s existing educational and community programs, and allows for creative new educational and programming initiatives. Whether in a classroom configuration, master class in a theater-style set up, small workshop in a conference room, or cabaret or theater arrangement, the Loft will engage children, teens, and adults.

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About The Music Hall: An American Treasure for the Arts

The Music Hall is a nonprofit performing arts center that entertains 100,000 patrons, including 20,000 school children, annually with acclaimed film, music, theater, and dance performances. Its historic 900-seat theater, built in 1878, is the oldest in New Hampshire and designated an “American Treasure” by the U.S. Senate in the Save America’s Treasures Program administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service. Living out its mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community, The Music Hall presents diverse and relevant programming, including its signature series and innovative community outreach programs, and hosts numerous community fundraisers and celebrations for the benefit of more than 40 local nonprofits.  A cultural anchor in a thriving Seacoast economy, The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $5.5 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is a 501c3 tax exempt, fiscally responsible nonprofit organization, managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees. The historic hall is located in Portsmouth, the seaport city recently named a “Distinctive Destination” for 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the “20 Best Towns in America” by Outside magazine (July 2008). For more information about The Music Hall and its schedule of events, visit

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 83 branches and 199 ATMs in New Hampshire.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $136 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is