Arts

Nashua Chamber Orchestra November 5, 6 Concerts
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The Nashua Chamber Orchestra with music director David Feltner opens its 38th season on Nov. 5 and 6, with works by Chevalier de Saint George, Sibelius, Weber and Beethoven. Bassoon soloist Adrian Jujatu will perform the Weber Bassoon Concerto.

Performances: 

SATURDAY NOV. 5, 7:30 PM  Nashua Community College,

505 Amherst St., Judd Gregg Hall

SUNDAY NOV. 6, 3:00 PM  Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square on the Milford Oval

 

Please read the NCO Covid 19 policy on the website, 

www.nco-music.org before purchasing tickets.

     Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at the web site:  www.nco-music.org. Prices are $20, adults; $15, seniors and college students; students under 18, free.  

On-line only:  Buy 2 tickets, get up to 2 more, half price.

     Bassoon soloist Adrian Jojatu has been performing and winning prizes since attending high school in his native Romania.  In 1991, Mr. Jojatu was awarded a full scholarship to obtain a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance at Boston University. A two time winner of the concerto competition at Boston University, he performed as soloist with the Boston Pops under the baton of Maestro Keith Lockhart in 1995. 

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      Carl Maria von Weber (1786—1826), a German composer, conductor, pianist and critic, was one of the first prominent Romantic composers.  

     It is not often that concertgoers get to hear the bassoon as a melodic voice, out of the context of the woodwind section of the orchestra. Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante and Hungarian Rondo, originally written for viola, was arranged by the composer for bassoon in 1813. The Andante, based on a

flowing melody with three variations, features the interplay of orchestra and soloist. The contrasting rondo introduces a jaunty tune, giving the soloist the opportunity to showcase the scope of the bassoon in its melodic range, timbre and expressivity. The work concludes with an incredibly virtuosic series of breath-defying runs, an acrobatic climax to this charming, tuneful piece.

Dick Fischer Art Exhibit at the Amherst Town Library this Month
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"Parade" by Dick Fischer

Artist Statement- Dick Fischer

      "Like everyone who paints, I was pretty good with crayons when I was five years old, but it wasn’t until I was 32 that I took my first art class. It was at an adult evening class at the local high school in Toms River, New Jersey. Following the advice of artist John F. Carlson in his classic book on landscape painting, I decided I would try to master the skill of painting in oils before moving on to the more difficult medium of watercolors. Now, 50 years later,

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I am still trying to master the oil medium! Twentieth century realists Edward Hopper and Carlson are among the artists who have most influenced my painting. I am essentially self-taught although I did attend some classes at the Manchester Institute, as well as a weeklong workshop conducted by one of the nation’s finest marine painters, Donald Demers.

      My approach to painting is uncomplicated. I paint subjects I like, such as old houses, barns, rural landscapes or the sea. I might paint a couple of pears, apples or a glass of wine, as long as I can drink the wine as I paint. I’m interested in the effect of light moving across the canvas and the challenges of seeing and mixing a color correctly or capturing the rhythm and power of a wave. While I try to represent what I see, I also attempt to create a mood or response which I sense from the subject. Sometimes, I’ll paint spontaneously and fast. The results are often mixed. If I’m lucky, the painting can turn out surprisingly good, but sometimes, it’s unsurprisingly bad. So much for spontaneity! So, while I will still paint rather quickly, I try to plan the composition; think of ways to simplify; determine the source and movement of light and decide how to best create the illusion of space. I’ll also stay focused on the drawing throughout the painting process. When I do these things, there is a chance the painting will represent what I had in mind. 

      Over the years, I have received numerous awards at local, regional and national exhibits, including the Honors Award (1st) for oils at the Academic Artist Associations 57th National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art and the Rich Richeson Certificate for the Association’s 59th National Exhibition." 

 

Dick Fischer was a resident of Amherst from 1975 until his death in 2019. His family cherishes his artwork and is proud to share them with the Amherst community.