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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

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Related Posts:
1.  ‘The English Concert’ preview
>>Jan. 3, 2014.

2. The Hopkins Center Program
>> For 2013/2014
>>July 16, 2013.


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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.

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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

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Anura Guruge


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1. The Hopkins Center Program For 2013/2014
>>July 16, 2013.

2. FREE sneak preview of 2013/2014
>>July 9, 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.
Click image to access the Website.

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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.
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Enjoy!



CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ At The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Mesmerizing, World-Class Synergistic Blend Of Creativity, Acrobatics, Dance, Music and Athleticism.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Anura Guruge


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>>July 16, 2013.

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>>July 9, 2013.

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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,

British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor

thrown in for good measure!
……

‘Brilliant’ alone
does not do them enough justice.

If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.

Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.


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As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.

Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.

Bravo.

We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.

Very clever.

90 minutes of non-stop entertainmentwithout an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]

They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.

Click for their whole schedule.

Click for their whole schedule.


Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.

It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.

So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.

Click to access.

Click to access.


Another video.

At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.

Click to access another YouTube.

Click to access another YouTube.



The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted. 

I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.

Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry. 

Dartmouth (N.H.) Hopkins Center: FREE ‘World Music Percussion Ensemble’, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. You Should Definitely Go.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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>>July 16, 2013.

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Click to access.

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We went to a Drum Ensemble at the Dartmouth earlier this year. As with all things at the Hopkins it was GOOD. Very good. We were so glad we went.

We would go to this in a heartbeat though our Saturdays are now shot because Teischan has her Nutcracker rehearsals.

But, I would definitely urge you to consider. The price can’t be bettered. Enjoy. Thanks, Hopkins.

We will be there TWICE in December.

The Hopkins Center 2013/2014 Program Preview On July 18, 2013. It Was Entertaining & Educational. Glad We Went.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Anura Guruge


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1. The Hopkins Center Program For 2013/2014
>>July 16, 2013.

2. FREE sneak preview of 2013/2014
>>July 9, 2013.

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Margaret Lawrence, director of programming at the Hopkins Center for the Arts,

Margaret Lawrence

This multimedia presentation preview really brought the Hopkins’ published program vividly to life – just like a movie trailer for the upcoming season.

It was very well done by Margaret Lawrence, the Director of Programming for The Hop. She was impressive. I couldn’t find too much about her on the Web but I suspect that she has some thespian in her. Her summaries of each act, done without continually looking at notes or using a teleprompter, were succinct, incisive, insightful and revealing. As some one who has done a ton of public speaking I appreciate those that can present information from memory. Well done.

I learned a lot about performers and acts that I had seen in the Program but was not familiar with.

The British “The Tiger Lillies” was one. They look like a load of (adult) fun.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


The kids were suitably impressed with this DJ Trio: A Tribe Called RedSince I can pass as Navajo among Navajo (albeit when I am closer to 190 than 165) I am quite partial to this music too. It is a standing room only jam. We might go.

Click for YouTube.

Click for YouTube.


So this was just a start. I won’t go through all the acts in this post. I will hit them sequentially over the weeks.

But some shows are already selling out!

So, you better check the Program and do so quick.

MargaretLawrence


Click to access 2013/2014 Program Brochure
online.

E-mail or call for your own (collectible) brochure:
Hopkins.center.box.office@dartmouth.edu
or 603.646.2422

Click to access to Hopkins box office.