Monadnock Music brings world-class musicians and performers to town halls, churches and meeting houses in tiny towns across the Monadnock region. Maude Salinger has been an enthusiastic audience member for a quarter-century.
MAUDE: There’s nothing like live performance to engage all of your senses. It compels you to listen. One of my favorite pieces of music is our Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, yet the first opportunity I ever had to see a live performance was this summer at a Monadnock Music concert. And the thrill of a dozen musicians assembled on stage following the melody from instrument to instrument, the theme picked up by violins, the piano, the flute, the cellos, I mean you really are close enough to see their expressions, and to notice that they’re sweating and to appreciate the effort and energy and work that goes into a single piece of music and the audience is just moved along and the intensity and passion.
At the concerts there are young and old, men, women, children, everybody is drawn together by the music. Chamber music and new compositions are the mainstay of Monadnock Music, but it’s really an eclectic series of performances. Whether it’s a dynamic Frank Zappa drum solo or Indian classical music or very powerful and moving rendition of an American spiritual and it’s not in one place. It travels around and it’s a fantastic opportunity that I don’t know is equal to anywhere else, really, in the country.