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:

Friday, January 18, 7:30 PM – Before There Were Mirrors

A preacher, a psychotherapist, and a teacher walk into a  bar church. What happens next may be based on smoke and mirrors, but it is sure to be a grand treat for the mind and emotions. Knowing the preacher, the psychotherapist, and the teacher involved, you can also be sure of some humor in the program.   The psychotherapist—Jed Wilson—will play piano and philosophize about the phenomenology of self. The teacher—Ellen Schwindt—will perform a brand-new piano sonata based on her favorite arithmetical sequence, the Fibonacci. The preacher—Mary Edes—will act and sing and lead you through a labyrinth of mirrors strategically placed in both the material and spiritual realms.

At St. Andrews-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth. Suggested donation at the door: $10 and a hand-held mirror (some will be available at the door).  

Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM – Broadway Bound with Ashara and John

Rescheduled from November 18, 2018. Ashara Stansfield and John Waldie present old and new Broadway favorites. At Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH. $25/person, by reservation or at the door. A few seats are still available. 

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More Great Concerts Coming Soon!

Save these dates:

Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm – SONATAS by Ken Turley

Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm – MT TOP COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA directed by Dr Julia Howell

Sun, Mar 17, 4:00 pm — FEELINGS OF PLACE IN MUSIC AND NATURE – Featuring composer/pianist Ben Cosgrove

Sun, Mar 31, 4:00 pm – TRADITIONAL AMERICAN & CELTIC FOLK MUSIC & DANCE – Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, at Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway

Sat-Sun, Apr 6-7 – Mountain Top’s Annual 24 Hours of Music!

First Fridays every month… and more!

Great Concerts You Missed ….

Friday, January 18, 7:30 PM – First Friday: Organ Music from the Great Britain

George Wiese plays the Brown Church’s 1906 Estey Pipe Organ. The organ, built in Brattleboro, VT by the Estey Organ Company, is original to the Brown Church and has been used regularly for the past 112 years. Wiese’s program spans 500 years of musical composition from Great Britain, beginning with composers John Dunstable (15th century) and Thomas Tallis (16th century), and ending with 20th century composers Herbert Howells and Hubert Parry. The program’s centerpiece is a complete performance of Edward Elgar’s tuneful “Vesper Voluntaries.” The concert is free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Friday, December 7, noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends composer Ken Turley

A selection of original works by Ken Turley, performed by Ken, Mt Top faculty, and friends. At the Brown Church in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Sunday, December 2, 4 PM – A Christmas Festival

Three Mount Washington Valley musical groups collaborate for the holidays! Enjoy seasonal favorites with the Mountain Top Music Community Orchestra, the Mt Washington Valley Choral Society and the Act One Dance Company.

At Kennett High School’s Loynd Auditorium ($10/person and $20/family at the door)

Sunday, December 2, 5:30 PM -A COLD RIVER RADIO CHRISTMAS DINNER CONCERT

With Cassandre Mckinley and the Cold River Radio Band. A benefit evening for MTM of “jazzsoul” music hosted by Stu Dunlop at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson. Presented by Jonathan Sarty as part of the Cold River Radio Mini Concert Series. $30/person, dinner not included, reservations required. Reserve with the Wildcat Inn via the link below.

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Saturday, December 1, 3:00 and 7:30 PM – Jazz for the Holidays with Tom Snow and Mike Sakash – home concert

Two shows featuring Seacoast pianist Tom Snow and popular saxophonist Mike Sakash, sharing holiday music viewed through a jazz lens. At a beautiful private home above Silver Lake. $35/person.

Saturday, November 10, 7:30 PM – An Evening of Bach and Beethoven

Featuring classical pianist Raja Rahman, director of piano studies, Nevada School of the Arts. At the Little White Church in Eaton. $25/person. NOTE UPDATED VENUE!

Links below will be live until 5 PM on the day of the performance, or until all seats are sold. Any remaining seats will be available at the door (check or cash only).

Friday, November 2, 12 noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends – Chad Cummings and Friends

Chad Cummings and friends rock the rafters of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Saturday, October 20, 7:30 PM – Keith Murphy in Concert

An evening of traditional music from Newfoundland and New England. At a stunning home in Hale’s Location. $35/person.

Links below will be live until 7:30 PM on the day of the performance, or until all seats are sold.

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 PM – Two Piano Jazz home concert

Featuring Tom Hojnacki and Joe Mulholland of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. At a gorgeous mountaintop home above Silver Lake. $35/person.

Apologies to folks who called at the last minute and didn’t get seats… Reserve early next time!

Friday, October 5, 12 noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends – Stephen Burke and Elizabeth McCrae

Baritone Stephen Burke and pianist Elizabeth McCrae present a program juxtaposing art song and folk song in the sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)

Sunday, September 16 – Mountain Top’s Third Annual Majestic Gala! 

Groove to the Big Band music of the 18-piece Portland Jazz Orchestra, New England’s premier swing and jazz ensemble. Enjoy drinks, a buffet dinner, dancing if you’re so inclined, and fabulous music! At the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. $100/person.

Friday, September 7, 12 noon – First Friday Faculty and Friends – Meet Justin!

Meet Mountain Top’s newest faculty member, pianist and composer Justin Ramos, as he plays music in many genres – in the sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to Mountain Top are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.) Join us in the Fellowship Hall after the concert to chat with Justin and share light refreshments.

Monday, September 3 – Friends of Music Scholarship Fundraiser at the Wildcat Inn and Tavern in Jackson!

Enjoy the music of Jonathan Sarty and friends, with a surprise opener by two VERY talented Mountain Top students. The fun starts at 6 PM. Delicious buffet from 6-8, dancing until ??? PLUS excellent beverages, good fellowship and fun, all in support of Mountain Top’s tuition assistance program that brings MUSIC TO ALL in the Mount Washington Valley. $20 donation suggested.