Concert Series

OPEN TO ALL, Mountain Top Home Concerts are a wonderful way to support music education in our area while simultaneously enjoying an intimate concert experience with talented professional musicians from far and wide. All concerts include an informal reception with refreshments after the show. Tickets are generally $35. Please make reservations online as seating is limited. Feel free to call 603-447-4737 with questions. Directions to private-home venues will be provided to reservation holders by email mid-week before the show.

Mountain Top Public Concerts take place in venues around the Mount Washington Valley, and feature both Mountain Top faculty and musicians from other areas. Prices are noted below; advance purchase online is recommended.

The First Friday Concert Series takes place from noon to 1:00 pm on the First Friday of each month. While the Majestic/Bolduc Block renovation is in progress, concerts will be held at the Brown Church in Conway Village. First Friday concerts generally feature performances by Mt Top faculty and friends. The concerts are free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Concerts:

Sunday, December 17, 4:00 PM – Music from the Realms of Glory

The Mountain Top Community Orchestra presents music of the season by Corelli, Williams, Menotti, Pugh, and local composer Ken Turley. At the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in North Conway. Conducted by Ellen Schwindt. Suggested donation $10/person, $20/family.

More Great Concerts Coming Soon!

Great Concerts You Missed:

Sunday, December 3, 6:00 – 9:30 – Holiday Dinner/Dance with Vanessa Trouble and more

An evening of dinner, dancing and music at the Wildcat Inn and Tavern in Jackson, featuring jazz vocalist Vanessa Trouble, guitarist Steve Salerno, Jonathan Sarty and the Fabulous Cold River Radio Band.

PLEASE CALL THE WILDCAT AT 603-356-8700 or 603-383-4245 FOR RESERVATIONS.

Sponsored by Cold River Radio in support of Mountain Top Music’s Majestic Theatre/Bolduc Block renovation project.

Saturday, December 2, 3:00 AND 7:30 – Jazz for the Holidays

TWO performances of tuneful seasonal music featuring Seacoast pianist Tom Snow and Fryeburg saxophonist Mike Sakash. These shows (formerly titled “Let it Snow, Let it Snow”) have sold out for the last two years, so get your tickets early! At a mountaintop home in Silver Lake.

Friday, December 1, 12 noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends

Featuring members of the Mountain Top Music board of trustees! NEW VENUE – the sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to the Majestic renovation are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Sunday, November 12, 4:00 – Bon Appétit

SOLD OUT!

An afternoon of culinary-related songs and arias including a one-act opera entitled “Bon Appétit” (a musical setting of a Julia Child cooking episode!). Featuring mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis, baritone Tim Ostendorf and pianist Scott Nicholas. At the Inn at Crystal Lake, Eaton ($25/person – seats are limited!).

NOTE: Drinks and appetizers will be available for purchase before the performance, but are NOT included with the ticket price. Separate dinner reservations are available for after the performance (dinner reservations can be made by calling the Inn at Crystal Lake at 603-447-2120).

Friday, November 3, 12 noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends

The Big House Chamber Players, an ad-hoc group that includes Mt Top faculty members Chris Nourse and Ellen Schwindt, plus Mt Top admin Kate Vachon and Mt Top orchestra member Amy Berrier, share music they’ve prepared in the “music room” of a recently-renovated historic home in Tamworth. NEW VENUE – the sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to the Majestic renovation project are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend! (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Sunday, October 22, 4:00 – Music of the Dance

The Mountaintop Community Orchestra performs its first concert of the season, featuring dance-themed music of composers old and new. The program will include two original works by composers of the “Kansas school.” At Camp Calumet in Freedom. Suggested donation at the door ($10/individual, $20/family.)

Friday, October 6, 12 Noon – First Friday, Heather Pierson

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, arranger, bandleader, and performer. At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, she is a world-class performer, baring her soul in a manner that leaves her listeners breathless and aching for more.

At the Majestic Building in Conway Village. The concert begins at noon and lasts an hour. Bring a lunch and a friend. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome for the Majestic theater/Bolduc Block renovation project.

Saturday, September 30, 7:30 – Heliand Consort

A spirited woodwind and piano chamber ensemble from Vermont performs “Perfumes of Paris,” a program of French music for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and others, featuring exciting compositions from Paris at the turn of the 20th century through the war years. At a fabulous mountaintop home in Silver Lake ($35/person).

Sunday, September 24: the 2nd Annual MAJESTIC GALA: Une Fête Baroque

Featuring members of SARASA, A Boston-based Baroque music ensemble

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Mon, Sep 4, 6:00 pm – 7th ANNUAL FRIENDS OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND BENEFIT CONCERT

Featuring Singer Jonathan Sarty & friends in an evening of fun-loving music for every taste, in honor of the late Harvey Baldwin, a true friend of music. Hosted by the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson  ($20/person at the door includes buffet dinner).

Friday, September 1, 12 Noon — First Friday: Members of the Denmark Arts Songwriters’ Circle

Concerts run from 12-1 and are free, but donations to the Majestic renovation fund are very much appreciated. At the Majestic café space in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend!

Saturday, August 19, 7:30 PM — Summer Winds Home Concert with Infinities

A flute/oboe/bassoon/clarinet chamber ensemble featuring Judy Teehan, ED of the Manchester Music School, and friends. At a lovely waterfront home on Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg. (Saturday, $35/person).

Friday August 11, 7:30: Creating Beauty in a Broken World — Film Showing

With folk guitarist, songwriter and master storyteller Joe Crookston. Blue Tattoo combines story and song to document a collaboration between Crookston and Holocaust survivor Dina Jacobson. Film showing at the Majestic Café space in Conway Village ($20/person; reserve on line until 2:30 p.m. Friday, or pay with cash or check at the door).

Saturday August 12, 7:30: Creating Beauty in a Broken World — Home Concert

With folk guitarist, songwriter and master storyteller Joe Crookston at a beautiful Hales Location home. ($35/person).

Friday, August 4, 12 Noon — First Friday: Chamber Camp Players

Teen and adult students showcase the fruits of a week of intensive small-ensemble work. Some possible surprise appearances by faculty….

Concerts run from 12-1 and are free, but donations to the Majestic renovation fund are very much appreciated. At the Majestic café space in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend!

Sunday, July 30, 4 PM – The Peter and Will Anderson Trio Home Concert

A saxophone/clarinet/guitar outdoor/indoor home concert featuring identical twins Peter and Will. At a lovely hilltop home in Bartlett with views of Cranmore and Black Cap ($35/person)

Monday, July 3, 8 PM – Jonathan Edwards and Tom Snow in Concert

A special Mountain Top Music benefit evening with two of the Valley’s favorite musicians. At Stone Mountain Arts Center (SMAC) in Brownfield, ME ($45/person)

Sunday, June 11, 4 PM — Orchestra Pops Concert

A musical tour of Europe with the Mountain Top Community Orchestra, led by Ellen Schwindt and guest conductors. At Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany. (Suggested contribution of $10/person and $20/family at the door.)

Friday, June 2, 12 Noon — First Friday: Ashara Stansfield

Take a trip around the world in just an hour! Ashara and musical friends perform folk music from many countries in many languages.
Concerts run from 12-1 and are free, but donations to the Majestic renovation fund are very much appreciated. At the Majestic café space in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend!

Sunday, May 21, 4:00 PM — Home Concert – Jed Wilson and Dominique Eade

Featuring jazz pianist Jed Wilson and vocalist/songwriter Dominique Eade. Sweet and sassy swing. ($35/person)

Friday, May 5, 3 PM — informal talk with Jazz Guitarist Gary Wittner

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional performing musician? As a preview to his evening concert, Gary Wittner will talk about his eclectic career in music at the Majestic  Café space in Conway Village. Free, open to the public.

Friday, May 5, 7:30 PM — Home Concert – Jazz Guitarist Gary Wittner

An evening of original and classic music by Gary Wittner and friends. At a fabulous Adirondack log home in Glen. From blues to rock to folk, Gary does it all. ($35/person)

Friday, May 5, 12 Noon — First Friday: Originals by Chad Cummings

Chad’s music has been described by The Noise magazine of Boston as “Adult contemporary soft rock done to an absolute T; he blends the sounds of folk, rock, jazz, country and blues with a strong pop music sensibility.” Chad will perform a mix of original guitar instrumentals and vocal arrangements stretching across many musical genres, many written in the past few months. Concerts run from 12-1 and are free, but donations to the Majestic renovation fund are very much appreciated. At the Majestic café space in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend!

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM — Painting Sound, Hearing Color

Featuring original music and fine art by and for Ellen Schwindt, Mike Sakash, Stephen Kull and Cynthia Pfender. At Fryeburg Academy’s Leura Hill Eastman Center for the Performing Arts. ($25/person)

Friday, April 7, 12 Noon — First Friday: Guitar Trios by Ken Turley

Paul Kneller, classical guitar, Kate Bernier, flute, and Sam Schuth, violin, perform a series of Ken’s original pieces for this combination. Concerts run from 12-1 and are free, but donations to the Majestic renovation fund are very much appreciated. At the Majestic café space in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend!

Saturday & Sunday, April 1&2, Noon to Noon — 24 HOURS OF MOUNTAINTOP MUSIC

A not-to-be-missed musical celebration of Mountain Top by its students, faculty, staff & friends. At a NEW VENUE: Merrill Farm Inn, North Conway. Free non-stop music & fun for all. THANKS TO ALL THE PLAYERS, VOLUNTEERS, CONTRIBUTORS AND OTHERS WHO MADE THIS A GREAT EVENT!

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 PM — DTX (Downtown Crossing) Barbershop

A young, award-winning Boston barbershop quartet with a passion for entertaining and fun. At the Jackson Church in Jackson. ($17/person online, $20/at the door)

Sunday, March 12, 4 PM — Music Across the Pond: A Celtic Celebration

With the Mountain Top Community Orchestra and guest soloists, conducted by Ellen Schwindt and colleagues. At the Congregational “Brown” Church in Conway Village ($10/person and $20/family at the door)

Friday, March 3, 12 Noon: Jazz piano with Jed Wilson

Jed Wilson plays his own brand of piano jazz for your noontime listening pleasure. Bring a lunch, bring a friend. At the Majestic Café space on Main Street in Conway Village. These concerts are free, but donations toward our renovation of the history Bolduc Block and Majestic Theater are gratefully accepted!

Friday, Feb 3 – First Friday Faculty Concert – 12 Noon to 1 PM

Ellen Schwindt and faculty present “Pianoforte Stages” — piano pieces played in childhood that “I can’t stop playing,” Ellen says. At the Majestic Café Space, Main Street in Conway Village. Bring a lunch, bring a friend. Free, but donations to the Majestic renovation project are gratefully accepted at the door.

Saturday, January 28, 7:30 PM — “Winter Fury,” with Nancy Farris, Ellen Schwindt and George Wiese

Dramatic music for a winter Saturday. At Christ Church, Pine and Main Streets, North Conway. No reservations needed; pay at the door. ($10/person, $20/family)