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Dartmouth Hopkins Center For The Arts: American Civil War Musical For Kids 7 And Above. February 10, 2013.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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1. Our Next Event At Dartmouth … — Dec. 19, 2012.
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Click to ENLARGE. This is a beautiful image provided by the Hopkins for publicity.

A Theatreworks USA production.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 3 pm,
at the Spaulding Auditorim, Hopkins Art Center,
Dartmouth (Hanover, NH).

In my experience, kids can be exposed to the American Civil War at a fairly young age, through a good documentary, a book, artifacts (and muskets tend to be favorites) and exhibitions. Yes, my son, when young, probably 8 or 9 became a Civil War buff and forced me to become one too. This musical, a fictional story told through the eyes of young protagonists, would have been right up his alley. I was delighted to see this in the Hopkins program. I am sure it will do a lot to educate kids (and adults) about the myriad complexities of this War which pitted former friends against each other. The girl masquerading as a drummer boy will enchant the girls. I am sure that my 12 year old would be. I don’t think we will be going to see it, but I am sure it will be brilliant.

Here is the publicity blurb provided by the Hopkings: “Weaving stirring period songs and actual events into a fictional narrative, this gripping new musical shows America’s Civil War through the eyes of young people: a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; his former best friend and “master”; an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and a girl who masquerades as a drummer boy. A vivid introduction to a momentous historical turning point.”

Our Next Event At Dartmouth: ‘World Music Percussion Ensemble’ At The Hopkins In February 22, 2013.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Just a few of the related posts:
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1. Christmas Revels 2012 (An Irish Celebration), Dartmouth, NH:
>>A Stupendous Success … — Dec. 17, 2012.
2. Dartmouth’s HopFest, July 20, 2012: Was A Blast! It Really Rocked …
>>July 21, 2012.

Watch, with glee, the 2010 equivalent of this event, at Dartmouth, under the guidance of the SAME Director. Click to access the YouTube video.

Watch, with glee, the 2010 equivalent of this event, at Dartmouth, under the guidance of the SAME Director. Click to access the YouTube video.

Professor Hafiz Shabazz, Dartmouth Dept. of Music, who is directing the February ensemble on 'Afrobeat'. Click for YouTube video.

Professor Hafiz Shabazz, Dartmouth Dept. of Music, who is directing the February ensemble on ‘Afrobeat’. Click for YouTube video.

Christmas Revels‘, though a perennial favorite, is not the only show that has had me in jaw dropping awe at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth.

In 1998 or 1999, I went to see ‘Gypsy Road: Musical Migration India to Spain‘ at the Hop. It was my first time to Dartmouth, i.e., Hanover or Lebanon, ever! It was love at first sight. It was a Sunday late afternoon performance. As I drove by the Hop looking for a place to park I saw three Indian musicians, from the show, dressed in white, sitting on a bench playing sitars. Surreal, but captured what the Hop is all about. Holistic entertainment: not restricted just to the stage. The show was outstanding. My feet tapped the whole time. I rushed off during intermission and bought the CD. I still have a copy of it, though not the original. At one stage I had three copies: one for the car, one for the house and one for my PC. From then on I associate great percussion music in NH with the Hop.

This World Percussion Ensemble, knowing Dartmouth and their lofty standards, should be world class. I can already feel it. It surely will hop. A bit of the Caribbean in NH in the darkest days of Winter. Having lived in NH since 1986 I have come to realize that ‘February’ is the coldest month of Winter. I am so glad that it is also, per the calendar, the shortest. This drum fest, as does Revels, should help us get over the hump and look forward to the glory days of Summer. So we will be there. Yes, I already have the tickets, though I don’t think they are front-row as was the case with Revels.

Gordon, another that always brought sunshine to my life.

The Hop description promises: ‘music of reggae pioneers Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, soca dance music from Trinidad, plus rumba, merengue and more …‘. Wow. I grew up with Marley. Plus, given my life long addiction to cricket, I have a spiritual connection with the Caribbean; my only son having the middle name ‘Gordon’ in honor of Barbadian test cricketer Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, MBE.

Tickets are still available, though I have to think that they must be going fast. So, if I were you I wouldn’t wait too long. Make it a Christmas present.

Filligar — This Band Should Go Far. We Saw Them At Dartmouth’s HopFest On July 20, 2012. Very Impressed.

Click for the official Web site.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge


These boys (slightly older than my oldest daughter) should do very well. Outstanding personalities. Their parents should be so proud. Three of them, two of them twins, are brothers; the twins Teddy and Pete, and younger by 2 year, Johnny Mathias. They, along with their childhood buddy, Casey Gibson, who make up the quartet, all hail from Chicago, though they now spend a fair amount of time in L.A., the place to be when you are on the cusp of making it big.

Their music was loud, vibrant, vivid and pulsed to an irresistible beat. Not the music I normally listen to, but I can appreciate the contemporariness of it. The kids definitely gave them 2 thumbs up and thought they were the BEST group of the day. Who am I to disagree? They are the new experts.

Given that their merchandise table was right behind me while I was doing my 3-hour Information Booth shift, I got to talk with some of them; with Johnny in particular. Boy, was I impressed. All three brothers are Dartmouth graduates, and it shows. Johnny graduated just 2 years ago, with a degree in history, majoring in American-Arab relations. I am sure that there are a couple of 3 letter agencies in D.C. who would love to offer him a job.

I have to confess that I have always, since my late teens in the late 60s, been bit of a groupie. I used to follow Steeleye Span and Lindisfarne around the U.K. — lucky enough to have a job (with ITT Data Systems, as their UK Customer Support Manager) that enabled to me travel the country on official business during the day. More recently, Deanna and I got a chance to meet and spend some time with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Also during my 20 years of attending the NH Highland GamesI have had the chance to talk with members of many an upcoming band.

The Mathias brothers, especially Johnny, the most down-to-earth, unassuming ‘superstars’ I have had the privilege of talking to. They were great. Realistic, good heads on their shoulders. They even made their own tie-dyed Filligar T-shirts to sell to their growing band of fans. I wish them well. They deserve it.

I see that their Wikipedia entry says this about the name of their band: They invented the name Filligar (based on the Mathias brothers’ sister’s childhood pet).

I did not know the origins of the name, and given my noted interest in names asked Johnny about what it meant. He gave me a longer, more detailed and awfully cute explanation. Their sister is a ‘few years’ older than them. A ‘long time ago’, in Chicago, at a fair she won a goldfish. She wanted to name it after the cat, Figaro, in Pinocchio. The name, however, came out (as is the wont with kids) ‘Filligar’. Isn’t that cute. I like their sister. Wanting to name a goldfish after a cat shows an interesting line of thought. These kids have good genes. It made my day.

So … here is to … Filligar. We wish them all the very best.

Filligar on YouTube. Click to play YouTube video.

Click to access the official Filligar Web site.