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Symphony NH Announces Roger Kalia New Music Director Beginning 2019-2020 Season

May 13, 2019 | By Grant Communications
Nashua, NH - Following an intensive 18-month search, Symphony New Hampshire (Symphony NH) announced Roger Kalia as its new Music Director this evening at the organization's sold out annual Maestro Dinner at the Nashua Country Club.
"It is truly an exciting time in the history of Symphony New Hampshire to be welcoming a new Music Director." stated Executive Director Marc Thayer. "Our history is the base upon which we move forward, and so it is essential that the person standing in front of our talented orchestra musicians be able to build on that and expand our musical horizons. Music is the main focus of Symphony New Hampshire. But education and community engagement are equally important parts of our mission. We are thrilled to have found the artist who matches the passion, professionalism and dedication of our players, and for whom education and community are equally important."
"As an organization, we strive to grow and excel, and we looked for a music director who can keep us on the path of innovation and creativity we began almost 96 years ago, and inspire us to even higher heights," said Dr. Robert Oot, President of the Board of Trustees.
A rising star in the conducting world, Kalia is acclaimed as a captivating communicator equally at home with popular warhorses as he is with modern repertoire, and a proponent of music education for youth. Kalia "brings a fresh view to classical music" and is acclaimed for his vibrant performances. A respected collaborator with orchestras and artists alike, in addition to being named Music Director of Symphony NH, Kalia also currently serves as Music Director for Orchestra Santa Monica, Lake George Music Festival (NY), and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (CA), and is Associate Conductor of Pacific Symphony.

The Search Committee, comprising musicians, trustees and staff, and guided through the search process by industry expert Henry Fogel, unanimously elected the young American conductor.
In his speech, Kalia said, "I am honored to join this organization, which has such a rich history in the state of New Hampshire, and I am eager to continue its tradition of excellence. I know that we will accomplish so many great things, and I look forward to the many special memories that we will share as we embark on this next chapter together."

Maestro Kalia also announced details of the 2019-20 season. He will conduct half of the 2019-20 season, due to engagements made before the search was finalized. He opens the 96th season October 5 and 6 with a program showcasing his affinity for warhorses and contemporary works: Rogerson's imaginative contemporary work Luminosity, Brahms' formidable Violin Concerto featuring Tereza Stanislav, and Tchaikovsky's dramatic Symphony No. 4. Kalia will also conduct works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Ligeti, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak this coming season, as well as the New Hampshire premiere of Jacobson/Aghaei's Ascending Bird, a special Family Concert, and a toe-tapping pops program featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and friends.
Symphony NH always presents acclaimed artists to New England audiences and the 2019-20 season is no exception. The accomplished guest soloists joining the orchestra throughout the season are all making their Symphony NH debuts. The list includes violinists Tereza Stanislav and Ruben Rengel; cellist Jeffrey Zeigler; mezzo-soprano Meredith Hansen; tenor Neal Ferreira; vocalist Steve Lippia; harpsichordist Maryse Carlin; and pianist Dominic Muzzi. Also performing on the 2019-20 season are the Peacock Players and Act of Congress. Subscription concerts will take place in Nashua, Concord, and Manchester, New  Hampshire, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Details of the orchestra's 96th season follow below.
Symphony NH 2019-20 Season
( subject to change
Sat., Oct. 5 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua
7:30 pm 
Sun., Oct. 6 - Concord City Auditorium, Concord
3:00 pm 
Kalia Conducts Brahms & Tchaikovsky
ROGERSON Luminosity
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
Tereza Stanislav, Assistant Concertmaster, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Roger Kalia, conductor
Symphony NH kicks off the 96th season with a captivating program showcasing Kalia in his debut as Music Director.
Sat., Oct. 19 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua  
7:30 pm 
From La Boehme to Les Mis: Opera and Broadway's Greatest Hits
Opera and Broadway works by Puccini, Gershwin, Verdi, Dvorak, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, and more.
Meredith Hansen, mezzo-soprano
Neal Ferreira, tenor
Peacock Players
James Orent, conductor
Nessun Dorma from Turandot? Check. Summertime from Porgy and Bess? Check. O Mio Babbino Caro? I Dreamed A Dream? Edelweiss? Check, check and check. Don't miss some of the greatest hits ever to grace the stage.
Sat., Nov. 9 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua 7:30 pm 
Sun., Nov. 10 - Durgin Hall, UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA 3:00 pm 
Bach & Purcell
CORELLI Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op.6, No. 4
BACH Harpsichord Concerto No.1 in D Minor BWV 1052
PURCELL Abdelazer Suite
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso Op. 5, No. 12 in D Minor (La Folia)
Maryse Carlin, harpsichord 
Tiffany Lu, conductor
Internationally renowned harpsichordist Maryse Carlin debuts with Symphony NH in this colorful program.
Note: Students and youth are free for the Lowell event.  
Sat., Dec. 7 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua 7:30 pm 
Sun., Dec. 8 - Dana Center at St. Anselm College, Manchester 3:00 pm 
An Americana Holiday with Act of Congress
Act of Congress 
Consistently voted one of the "Must See Live Acts of Alabama", the internationally touring Act of Congress is back for an Americana take on holiday favorites with Symphony NH.
Note: Students and youth are free for the Manchester event. 
Sat., Dec. 28 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua
7:30 pm
SNH Presents an evening with Frank Sinatra 
Steve Lippia's Sinatra and Friends
Steve Lippia, vocals
Roger Kalia, conductor
You won't want to miss pops phenomenon Steve Lippia singing American Pop songs of yesterday and today, made famous by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Bobby Darin.
Sat., Jan. 25 Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua 7:30 pm 
Kalia Conducts Rachmaninoff
JACOBSON/AGHAEI Ascending Bird  
(New Hampshire premiere)
Piano Concerto No.2 in CMinor, Op. 18
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70
Dominic Muzzi, piano
Roger Kalia, conductor
Symphony NH and Music Director Roger Kalia kick off 2020 with a program featuring the New Hampshire premiere of Ascending Bird and the popular Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Dominic Muzzi, Gold medalist of the 2018 Wideman International Piano Competition.
Sat., February 15 at 7:30 pm, Nashua
Fanfare Gala at Nashua Courtyard Marriott
Details to be announced.
Sat., Mar. 7 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua 7:30 pm 
Mar. 8 - Concord City Auditorium, Concord 3:00pm 
Kalia Conducts Mendelssohn & Dvorak
LIGETI Concert Romanesc
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
DVORAK Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163  
Ruben Rengel, violin
Roger Kalia, conductor
Music Director Roger Kalia presents a vibrant program featuring 2018 Sphinx Competition winner Ruben Rengel in Mendelssohn's beloved Violin Concerto.
April 4 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua 7:30 pm
Enigma Variations
PART Fratres
TBA Cello Concerto
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello
Conductor TBA
Symphony NH's season concludes with a dynamic program featuring Elgar's beautiful Enigma Variations and a cello concerto to be announced with acclaimed musician Jeffrey Zeigler, former Kronos Quartet cellist.
April 25 - Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua
3:00 pm 
Family Concert
Roger Kalia, conductor
 Sat., May 16 - Keefe Center for the Arts,       
 Nashua 3:00 pm 
  SNH Presents
 To be announced.
Subscriptions for 2019-2020 are available for renewal beginning May 14, 2019. New Subscriptions go on sale July 1. Single tickets go on sale August 1.  For pricing please visit or call 603-95-9156.  
In honor of the new Music Director, the symphony will roll out its new website on May 14th.
A celebrated source of innovation, inspiration, education and entertainment since 1923, Symphony NH is the premiere symphony orchestra of the Granite State. From its humble beginnings over 95 years ago as a mainly all-Nashua musician group that performed two concerts each season in the City of Nashua, the orchestra has since grown into a vibrant jewel in the cultural crown of New Hampshire. Today, concerts are offered not only in Nashua, but throughout Southern New Hampshire and in special performances around the region.
As the organization heads towards its centennial milestone on April 29, 2023, and looks to its second century of music making, presenting masterworks, choral extravaganzas, contemporary pieces and rare jewels of the orchestral repertoire, the symphony today comprises top musicians throughout New England. It is acclaimed for its memorable performances, including premieres by composers Kevin Siegfried, and Randall Thompson; wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Bartok, including New Hampshire native Amy Beach, to Bernstein to the Beatles and more.
Among the notable guest artists that have graced the orchestra's stage are pianists Emanuel Ax, Herbert Stessin, Max Levinson, and Victor Borge; violinists Caroline Goulding, Jennifer Koh, Irina Muresanu, and Mark O'Connor; cellist Sergey Antonov, The Irish Tenors; and conductor Eiji Oue, as well as collaborations with such local organizations as the Boston Ballet, Nashua Choral Society, Granite State Chorale, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Lowell State Chorus, Chelmsford Choral Society, Worcester Chorus, Concord Chorus, and Merrimack Lyric Opera Company, to name a few. Symphony NH has also been presented in recent seasons by Music Worcester (MA) and the Jorgensen Center at UConn Storrs (CT).
Founded as the Nashua Symphony Orchestra by Clayton A. Eaton, the organization has gone through several incarnations as the community experienced the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II and other events in its history. At one time also called the Nashua Symphony Association, the organization changed its name June 19, 2012 to Symphony NH to reflect its expanded mission "to inspire and enlighten through exceptional live music" serving the state, not just the city of Nashua.
Symphony NH is committed to Community Partnerships of New Hampshire beyond its popular concert series, offering music education programs that introduce students to instruments and live performances as well as helping to enrich existing music programs across Southern New Hampshire. Having served Nashua students for years, in 2016 the orchestra's educational scope expanded to Manchester, Concord and the Upper Valley. That same year Symphony NH also began community concerts in Nashua and Concord. In 2018 Adopt-a-School was introduced in Nashua and Carnegie Hall's Link Up! program was added in 2019.
Press Contact: Laura Grant, Grant Communications





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