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Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Holiday Concert 2013 — December 18th, With The Ever Bubbling Bobby Burns

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1070227

by Anura Guruge

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>> Rescheduled …
Dec. 15, 2013.
Kingswood 2013
>> Concert Dec. 14
>>Nov. 22, 2013.
>> Kingswood 2012 concert  Dec. 16, 2012.

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We were so glad to hear that they rescheduled the concert from Saturday, due to the storm,
because we really wanted to go and couldn’t do so on Saturday given
the conflict with the Clearlakes Chorale concert
(given that Devanee sings in that).


It was impressive as we had expected. We went last year, for the first time, and liked what we saw and heard.

Glad we went.

Yes, we know Bobby Burns the Music Director and Conductor as well as a couple of the kids
since they also sings with Clearlakes.

These kids are good and so is Robert Burns
(and yes, he is named after the Great Man).

It always amazes me how the prosperity and pedigree of Wolfeboro, the Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S.,
is, unmistakably, reflected by these kids, the staff and the opulent setting.

Yet again, BRAVO Wolfeboro.

Two, possibly three, choir pieces were Acapella since Robert wanted to showcase the
voices of the kids sans help from a piano. It worked and it was good.

Robert wanted us to savor and appreciate some ‘crunchy melodies‘. We did.

The percussion African, ‘Kila Jambo Na Wakate Wake‘, with a Kenyan Kingswooder (new to the school this year)
on drums was good and reminded me of this piece from ‘Christmas at Luther‘.

The Concert Band belies their age and experience. They played some long pieces — very professionally.
A great credit to them, the staff, Bobby Burns and Wolfeboro.

It was mid-week and there wasn’t as many people as their should be — always bearing in mind that it is a
HUGE auditorium.

I am glad we went. You should try to make it next year.

Merry Christmas.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Christmas Concert 2013 Rescheduled For Wednesday, December 18.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Kingswood 2013
>> Concert Dec. 14
>>Nov. 22, 2013.
>> Kingswood 2012
>> concert
>>  Dec. 16, 2012.

It was supposed to have been Saturday, December 14
— same day as Clearlakes Chorale.

But, then came the snow and storm.

Clearlakes went ahead on the Saturday.

Kingswood postponed. That is GOOD.

Those that had conflicts on Saturday can now GO.

Good deal.

Last year they gave a great concert.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, N.H.: Christmas Concert 2013 With Bobby Burns On Dec. 14 At 7 pm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Kingswood 2012
>> concert
>>  Dec. 16, 2012.

Of course at the superb Kingswood Arts Center.

The Middle School Concert is two days earlier on Dec. 12.

We went to the High School concert last year and was blown away by how good it was.

This year, BUMMER, it clashes with the Clearlakes Chorale concert — and Devanee sings for Clearlakes.

Sorry Mr. Burns. You really should have checked dates.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, NH: Holiday Concert, December 15, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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>> Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.

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We are glad we went to this concert. It was certainly a few notches above the average for a local High School. Every year, around Christmas, I try to go to at least 2 or 3 musical events in addition to ‘Revels‘ and ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘. This means that we typically take in a High School concert (in addition to the mandatory ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) concert at which one or both kids perform). Usually we tend to gravitate towards Gilford given that we lived their for many a year. Yes, we have also been to Prospect Mountain.

This was our first concert at Kingswood. It was our first time in the impressive (new) ‘Arts Center‘. It is blinking beautiful! In form it is very reminiscent of the one at Prospect Mountain but it is palpably more top notch — as befits a rich town. That they started the performance with a recorded ‘Welcome’ message that thanked the Wolfeboro tax payers for this magnificent facility was cute and apropos.

Given the tragedy in Connecticut it felt strange to be going into a school! That they started with a moment of silence in honor of the poor victims was poignant and appropriate. Thank you. Well done.

The Music Director at Kingswood and the conductor at this concert was Robert Burns who we had got to know through Clearlakes Chorale. That was one of the reasons we attended Kingswood rather than Gilford or Alton. I had not realized this, because I had assumed they were from ‘Brewster’, but a couple of the other ‘kids’ that sing with Clearlakes were from Kingswood. That is great. I was pleased.

Robert appears to be very motivated and passionate. That is good. That, according to him, the Band practices together for 45 minutes each school day is amazing. Bravo.

The concert was well put together. Well paced, good mix with one carol in German. The kids came across as committed, talented and mature. One of the soloist, who appears to have received much recognition and accolades this year, was a standout. I am not an expert when it comes to music, though over the years people have told me that I appear to have a good ear ‘for what is good‘ despite having no talent, whatsoever, for music. Even I could tell, as soon as he opened his mouth, that he was special. It warmed my heart. I wish him well. I look forward to following his career. There was also a young lady whose voice I could clearly discern over the rest. She will go far too. Inspiration to my two.

All together a fun evening. I am glad I went. The stage, with some inspired lighting, looked very festive. Well done. My only surprise was the lack of folks. Yes, it is a big auditorium, but it wasn’t even 75% full. I expected it to be packed. We went early because we thought it would be standing room only. We could have got there after the concert started and still had front row seats if we wanted. Seemed incongruous. But, that is OK. For those that were there, it was a great evening.

Thank you Kingswood. Thank you Robert Burns.

P.S., Given his name, I would like Mr. Burns to do at least one song from his namesake, even if it is Auld Lang Syne.