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‘The English Concert’ At the Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop On Jan. 31, 2014 Was An Absolute Magical Experience!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

Anura Guruge

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The beguiling ‘Wind Machine’ to the right.

The program. Some small changes. The first piece was in ‘F Major’ I think and the intermission was after the 2nd piece not the 3rd.

If I had to describe last night’s very magical, near divine,
‘The English Concert’ at the Dartmouth HOP
in two words I would use would be:

lilting & stirring.

Other words that could be used around those two

would be:

soothing, inspiring, mesmerizing, virtuosic and gratifying.

These, obviously, on top of the ‘magical’ and ‘divine’
that I had already used.

At the intermission I heard a gentleman leaving the auditorium saying: Fantastic!
That works too.


This is a ‘Theorbo’. They had one, as is shown in all their publicity photos, though not as fancy. It reminded me of a Sitar. Appears I was on the right track. Related to the Lute. Click for Wikipedia entry …

Another huge cap in the feather for the HOP. This was yet another HOP concert where you definitely felt privileged to be a part of. During the entire 2-hour concert, other than the rousing music coming from the stage there was nary a sound from the packed audience. Everybody was watching, listening and enjoying — enthralled. This was one heck of a tour tour de force. It was very professional. Made me feel very proud to be British (though I really don’t need any excuses to feel as such).

The intermission was after the first two pieces. When it came, as is my wont, I checked my watch. It was 8:57. They have performed for ~52 minutes. It felt like only 20 minutes had elapsed. They had slowed down time! They sure transported you, quite literally, to a different age. You could just feel it. It was like a magic show done in music.

The ‘Wind Machine’ was a riot. Had everybody intrigued until it finally got its few minutes of glory. I could learn to play that.

Of course, going in, we all knew that this was a world class outfit. Well, they proved that — conclusively.

The acoustics of the HOP Spaulding Auditorium are superb. It was great setting to hear this lilting music — so different to the more ponderous ‘inspirational’ music of that era.

The Georg Philipp TelemannTrumpet Concerto in D Major‘ was a revelation to me. Wow. Wow. Wow. I want to share it with you, because I know you will just love it. I can’t find it on YouTube performed by ‘The English Concert’. So I have to use another … I am sure that what we heard last night, performed by Mark Bennett was better. But, enjoy.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.

It has been quite a week for us in terms of top-notch entertainment.

Sunday: Katie McNally & the Strathspey & Reel Society

Wednesday: UNH Chinese New Year Gala

Thursday: Clearlakes Chorale rehearsal

Friday: The English Concert.

Not bad for cold week, in the midst of winter, in New Hampshire!

The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Famed ‘The English Concert’ Performance On Friday, January 31, 2014. Tickets Selling Fast.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

Anura Guruge

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>>July 16, 2013.

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These three write-ups, the middle one from Wikipedia
and the last from the HOP,
will give you a very good ideas what this
London-based ensemble is all about.
Suffice to say that it ‘sounds’ very exciting and uplifting.
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I heard yesterday that tickets are selling fast.
So you better contact the HOP Box Office ASAP.

Some YouTube videos to give you an even greater appreciation.
Click on each to access the YouTube video.


D.C. Sequestration Hits Close To Home: West Point Band Cancels Dartmouth Performance Due To Budget Constraints. Blue Angels Also Cancel Shows!

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Click for the official Web site.




 ..by Anura Guruge

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Extract from a Press Release from Dartmouth Hopkins Center announcing withdrawal of Band. Click here to access the Hopkins Website with the Press Release.

Extract from a Press Release from Dartmouth Hopkins Center announcing withdrawal of Band. Click here to access the Hopkins Website with the Press Release. ‘Marsit’, referred to at the start is the Director of the ‘DCWE’ — Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble.

If you haven't heard about this click here to watch the CNN video and read their report.

If you haven’t heard about this click here to watch the CNN video and read their report.

I actually talked to the Hopkins Center’s extremely motivated and energetic Publicity Coordinator/Writer, Rebecca Bailey, about this yesterday. Appears that you can’t even get the band to perform further than 100 miles from West Point even if you offered to pay ‘all’ the costs — since the Pentagon insists that there are still ‘hidden’ costs that are being incurred.

This is a shame.

This, ‘stick to the public, to make them squeal’ stuff with the sequestration, does not sit well with me. This is D.C. playing games with us. Yes, I am totally in favor of them cutting expenditure and increasing revenues. But, this petty sequestration stuff is pathetic and is just trying to get a raise out of the public — when the only thing they should trying to raise is taxes.

The Band can’t make it to Dartmouth but how much foreign aid are they giving to Israel and Egypt this year? Yes, MY PRESIDENT should stop using the gas guzzling ‘Air Force 1’ as if it was a golf cart. Scale back on his trips or use a more cost effective plane. If you look at some of the cuts, in addition to the White House tours, Military Bands and the Blue Angels, they are all to do with the elderly, the poor and kids. This is crazy. There are 30,000 troops in the DMZ in Korea. In my estimation it would take about 20 minutes to achieve a successful and permanent regime change in North Korea. Rather than spending all this money they should just eliminate the North Korean ‘problem’ and just have a united Korea. That would save billions.

Yes, this stuff makes me livid. I hold MY PRESIDENT responsible for some of this. He loves to play his little games too. I guess we now have to wait for Hillary. 

Click to access DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE Saturday, May 4, 2013 performance details.

The good news is that the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble is proceedings with their concert despite the let down. It should, as with everything Hopkins’ related, be another great concert. We won’t be able to make it, but I am sure it will be a blast.

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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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.