Merrimack Valley Life

Classical music melts away winter doldrums!



Cheryl and Norman Miner smile at the end of the first half of the show. Salem Life photos by Maureen Rooseboom

Cheryl and Norman Miner smile at the end of the first half of the show. Salem Life photos by Maureen Rooseboom

On the first weekend in February, the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra returned to the Seifert Performing Arts Center at Salem High School for a performance titled “Winter Idylls – Springtime Visions.” The show began with Finzi’s “Romance for Strings Orchestra,” reminiscent of the English countryside, then Haydn’s Symphony No. 73 – “The Hunt,” a delightful piece mimicking the sound of galloping horses. Last, Franz Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “The Romantic” evoked forests, lakes and nature’s beauty.

Music Director Mark Latham added humorous and informational comments on the historical backgrounds of each musical piece.

Salem Life spoke with several of the delighted audience members.

“It’s just flawless,” said The Phil first-timer Dorothy Kantola. “It’s above and beyond my expectations.”

“It’s Boston in Salem,” said John Sytek, a nod to the top-quality musical performance.

“I enjoy the strings, cellos and violins together,” added Donna Sytek. “They get better and better each time we come – more professional quality.”

John and Donna Sytek enjoyed the performance. Salem Life photos by Maureen Rooseboom

John and Donna Sytek enjoyed the performance. Salem Life photos by Maureen Rooseboom

“I loved ‘The Hunt.’ You could almost see the foxes running,” said Barbara Ciaraldi.

“In the winter, this is a wonderful thing – to experience this wonderful music,” noted Cheryl Miner.

Next up is “Drawn to the Music” on March 14 and 15 where children’s drawings, inspired by listening to the music, are displayed on the screen during the performance. For tickets, go to nhphil.org.

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