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Social on the Seacoast In Brief

Social on the Seacoast

If there was no Music Hall, I’d be living in New York. No question. The thought struck yesterday as I was listening to Exec Director Patricia Lynch talk about upcoming social events at The Music Hall, and how the dearth of social gatherings in corporate America today (whatever happened to those family picnics? to after-work cocktails?) has caused people to come out not only to our shows but to our social and educational events. Read More Read More
Q&A with Opera Aficionado Dennis Kleinman Interviews

Q&A with Opera Aficionado Dennis Kleinman

By Chris Curtis Dennis Neil Kleinman is an award-winning writer/producer whose work has appeared on the History Channel, A&E, Discovery and Nat Geo. He is also a classically trained musician whose compositions have been performed at the Kennedy Center, recorded by such artists as Bobby McFerrin and Phoebe Snow, and featured on television and in movies. He is best known for co-writing the theme song from the long-running children’s television series Reading Rainbow which was recently voted one of the top ten TV theme songs of all time. Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis caught up with him recently to get his thoughts on why opera resonates more than ever, and what fans can expect from the upcoming season of Met@The Music Hall. Read More Read More
Restaurant Week Means You’re in for a Treat at The Music Hall Community

Restaurant Week Means You’re in for a Treat at The Music Hall

By Kristina Le Dain Beaudett March 22-31 is restaurant week in Portsmouth! Twice a year this event spotlights the city as a culinary and cultural destination. What better way to spend the first days of spring than by making a getaway to Portsmouth to wine & dine, shop & gallery hop, and visit the theatre. Enjoy 3-course prix fixe menus in restaurants around the Seacoast, lunch for just $16.95 per person and dinner for $29.95 per person. Read More Read More
Singer Songwriter Festival Individual Tickets on Sale This Week Music

Singer Songwriter Festival Individual Tickets on Sale This Week

Individual tickets to the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival (April 20 - 22) go on sale Wednesday March 7 at noon for everyone-individual tickets are on sale to members right now. We’ve got Merle Haggard, The Felice Brothers, O’Death, The Farthest Forests, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Elsa Cross, a ton of local Singer Songwriters (who’ll be announced this week) performing in the Round Robin, and to cap the weekend off, Rosanne Cash. Read More Read More
The Fate of Cupcakes Essay

The Fate of Cupcakes

Image courtesy of SweetPeaCupcakes Creative Commons. by Patricia Lynch The world is moving faster and it’s not your imagination. Consider for a nanosecond the fate of cupcakes. Two years ago they were the muffins of the pastry world. There were cupcake shops, special displays, they nudged out layer cakes as the dessert choice in restaurants both humble and grand. Read More Read More
Merle Haggard: A Life to Write About Interviews

Merle Haggard: A Life to Write About

The legendary singer songwriter, who catapulted to stardom in the 1970s with his hit, “Okie From Muskogee” and went on to win every imaginable country music award, makes his Music Hall debut on April 20. Haggard and his band, The Strangers, will launch the first Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival. Deputy Director of Programming/Curator Thérèse LaGamma interviewed him to get the backstory on his colorful past, what continues to inspire his music, and why his messages are more relevant than ever. Read on to discover why Haggard is arguably the coolest superstar of Americana music. Read More Read More
Hundreds Having a Dangerously Good Time Wildcard

Hundreds Having a Dangerously Good Time

by Chris Curtis What an amazing time last Friday’s Wildcard Movie was- The fundraiser/debut of In Danger of Being Discovered with reunion performances by Groovechild and Thanks to Gravity! When Monte Bohanan and I first heard about the film (at that time entitled only Portsmouth Music Documentary) we knew this had to be a Wildcard. We did not realize at the time what, in collaboration with producers Marc Dole, Mike Venn and Karlina Lyons, a huge event it was to become. Read More Read More

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