This month we put a spotlight on Electric Earth Concerts! The Monadnock Region is a hotbed for chamber music and professional classical ensembles - from Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music to Ashuelot Concerts to Monadnock Music to all the incredible resources and ensembles at our local schools and colleges. On the eastern side of our region, Electric Earth Concerts is presenting excellent concerts and bringing artists from across the world to perform in our quiet but culturally rich corner of New Hampshire. Here is more about them, from Joan Epro, General Manager of the organization:
Electric Earth Concerts gives affordable public concerts in the Monadnock Region that are meant to inspire, educate, and entertain, often looking beyond music to its connections to the other arts. We also provide music free of charge to groups in the Monadnock region whose members may not easily be able to attend public concerts, but who will benefit from the healing and educational power of live music.
Electric Earth Concerts was founded in 2012 by Artistic Directors Laura Gilbert and Jonathan Bagg, and Miki Osgood.
Beethoven said, “Music is the electric earth in which the spirit lives, thinks, invents.” Beethoven believed that ideas of mysterious and divine origin come to fruition when given voice in the “electric” language of music. Our name honors his idea that music is fertile ground for the spirit, and expresses our desire to make music in an environment alive and open to creative discovery.
All of our concerts are in the Monadnock Region, which has many venues that are acoustically fine, architecturally beautiful, and historic. The First Church in Jaffrey Center, Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, the Town House in Peterborough, the UUC Church in Peterborough, the Historical Society in Keene, Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, the Old Meetinghouse in Francestown, the Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse, Reynolds Hall in Peterborough are some of the places where our musicians love to play. Some of our performers come from as far away as California, Ohio, New York, Boston and Europe, some come from the greater New England area, and some are local.
We are always hoping to introduce live music to young people, and to that end, Electric Earth fosters collaboration with area schools and libraries and is always looking for innovative opportunities for further partnerships. And, in order to help widen our audience, we offer free admission to all students (we ask that college students bring their IDs). If a student hears one concert that knocks their socks off (as it were), they are more likely to want to learn more about music and return again and again and become dedicated consumers of, or participants in, the arts.
This little corner of New Hampshire is rich in the visual and performing arts...and we're proud and happy to be here...in the broad shadow of Mt. Monadnock.