Program: Quintessence

Lennie Peterson

Of Frogs and Fools, Haydn and Holland's Houses. A Family Friendly concert for the Young at Heart

With Narrator Joanne Piazzi

Sunday, February 10, The Dance Hall, Kittery, 3pm

  1. The Prince Rooster David Yang

    MyPSO Guest Artists Nathan and Gabe Haddad and their narrator (and mother) Marissa Federico

  2. Whistling Tune from "3 Cowboy Songs" Robert Hughes

  3. "The Garden," from Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel
    Set to "Bourée" by Blas Maria Colomer. First performed by the Bellavente Woodwind Quintet of San Francisco.

    Narrated by Joanne Piazzi

  4. "Whitewater Rapids" from Roaring Fork Eric Ewazen

  5. Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat Joseph Haydn
        1. Allegro con Spirito
        2. Andante – St. Anthony Chorale
        3. Minuetto
        4. Rondo


  6. "The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship," John Kusiak
    A Russian Folk Tale adapted by journalist Laura Barrett

  7. In Holland Staat een Huis (In Holland there's a House) Hugo de Groot
        1. Introduction and theme
        2. Siciliano
        3. Habanera
        4. Blues
        5. Tarentella

  8. The Pink Panther Henry Mancini, arr. by James Christensen

    Illustration by Tess Feltes.

    The Narrator

    Joanne Piazzi has been telling stories professionally since 1996. She has an MA in the Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University. Joanne is a member of the Seacoast Storytellers (NH) and LANES. Piazzi also leads workshops for educators and children. Joanne Piazzi is a teacher and storyteller, living in Rochester, NH. She is the host of the Right Between the Ears Storytelling series, and performs at a variety of venues throughout the seacoast. This is her first time performing with Quintessence.

    The Musicians


    Quintessence was formed at the turn of the 21st century by the five principal wind players in a New Hampshire orchestra. The ensemble of five women has performed in concert series throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

    Virginia Macdonald, clarinet

    Virginia Macdonald lives in Rye, NH. She studied music education at University of Connecticut and music therapy at Lesley University. In addition to her role as executive director for the Portsmouth Symphony, she is a music educator and board certified music therapist working at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, and performs in many small ensembles and pit orchestras on the seacoast. She is one of the original members of Quintessence.

    Janet Polasky, bassoon

    Janet has been juggling her bassoon and history for many years. She has performed with orchestras and chamber groups in Belgium, California, Michigan, and Minnesota. An original member of Quintessence, she currently plays with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

    Maria Sheppard, French horn

    Maria is a composer, conductor, teacher, horn player, and wife and mother. She holds an MM from the New England Conservatory and has taught music in the Portsmouth schools since 2000.

    Amanda Doiron, oboe

    Amanda Doiron is a member of several musical ensembles on the seacoast, including the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. She holds a bachelor of music from the University of New Hampshire and has been a private oboe instructor for over twenty years. A wife and mom of four, Amanda's life is full of adventure!

    Kibbie Straw, flute

    Kibbie has a B.M. in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. She is the flute and flute ensemble instructor at The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. She also performs in a flute ensemble

    Coming Attractions!

    Sunday March 10, 3:00pm, The Dance Hall, Kittery

    Mary Towse-Beck performs two major 19th century masterpieces: the Schubert A major sonata and Schumann G major fantasy.

    Sunday, March 24, 3:30pm*, The Music Hall, Portsmouth

    The Portsmouth Symphony mainstage concert at the Music Hall with soloist Sarita Uranovsky performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, along with the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Brahms Symphony No. 4. * Note new time.

    Sunday April 28, 3:00pm, The Dance Hall, Kittery

    The Musical Youth of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra ("MyPSO") perform their year-end chamber music program.

    Sunday, May 5, 3:00pm, The Dance Hall, Kittery

    Concerto non troppo - UNH teams up with the PSO, performing their solos with a chamber orchestra. The brainchild of Jillian Meszar, outstanding young double-bassist and recent graduate of UNH, this will feature UNH student soloists and conductors. Come out and see the talent from the new generation of musicians!

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