“Celebrating Earth Day with our last Music on the Hill concert is a wonderful combination of beauty, community, and music,” says Helen-Ann Ireland, a member of High Mowing’s Board of Trustees and series organizer. “Each concert has drawn growing, engaged audiences, and we look forward to continuing the series next year!”
The April 20 concert features an 11-piece orchestra of period instruments. Musicians will perform works including G. F. Handel’s Concerto Grosso (op. no. 11); J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins (BWV 1043); and Telemann’s Concerto for Violin, Flute and Cello (TWV 53:A2).
Musicians include Kevin Devine on harpsichorsd; Danilo Bonina, Nellie Jabotinski, Susannah Foster, and William Joo on violin; Veronica Koven-Matasy on viola; Andrew Koutroubas and Violeta Mura on cello; Nathaniel Cox on Theorbo; John Stajduhar on bass; and Laura Randall on transverse flute.
“We hope to excite and enliven your hearts by presenting this program of virtuosic instrumental music from the Baroque and Galant periods on instruments that the composers of the time may have heard,” says Koutroubas, Music on the Hill series co-founder and strings teacher at High Mowing School on the Pine Hill campus. “The Baroque and Galant periods bring us back to a time when nature, virtue, and the affections were manifested in music through rhetorical phrasing, gesture, and dialogue. It is the aim of the musicians, and my most sincere hope that our final concert of the year leaves you, as Bach would say, with a soul that is refreshed.”
Proceeds from the concert benefit Wilton Conservation Commission (which sponsors the Souhegan Sustainability Fair). High Mowing is also pleased to welcome co-sponsor Souhegan Valley Food Co-Op (which facilitates access to healthy, locally grown food and connects the producers to the people). Refreshments will be offered for sale; again with proceeds benefiting the community organizations.
Founded in 1972, Pine Hill merged with High Mowing School in 2017 to create a coeducational, non-denominational, accredited Waldorf school serving students from early childhood through Grade 12. High Mowing School is accredited by NEASC and AWSNA (high school current, lower school in process).