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 will be provided 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 at noon to 1:00 pm on the First Friday of each month in the Majestic Cafe Space in Conway, generally featuring performances by faculty and friends. Bring your brown bag lunch.  Free but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Concerts:

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)

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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)

These links will be active until 2 PM on the day of the concert, or until all seats are sold.
Please email if you wish to buy a block of more than two tickets: office@mountaintopmusic.org.

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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).

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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).

These links will be active until 5 PM on the day of the concert, or until all seats are sold.
Please email if you wish to buy a block of more than two tickets: office@mountaintopmusic.org.

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Saturday, August 19, 7:30 PM — Flute and Oboe Home Concert

Featuring Judy Teehan (ED of Manchester Music School) and friends, at a lovely waterfront home on Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg (Saturday, $35/person).

These links will be active until 5 PM on the day of the concert, or until all seats are sold.
Please email if you wish to buy a block of more than two tickets: office@mountaintopmusic.org.

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More Great Concerts Coming Soon!

Great Concerts You Missed:

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)

Sunday, Dec 18, 4:00 pm — Holiday Concert with Music, Readings, and Dance

Featuring the Mountain Top Community Orchestra, the Jeanne Limmer Axis Dance Company and friends. At the Kenneth A. Brett School, 881 Tamworth Rd, Tamworth. Suggested donation at the door $10/person and $20/family. All proceeds will benefit the Christopher Nourse Fund.

Sat, Dec 3, 3:00 and 7:30 pm – Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Two shows featuring seacoast pianist Tom Snow and local saxophonist Mike Sakash.  At a private home in Silver Lake ($35/person – Mountain Top’s Annual Holiday At-Home).  The 7:30 show always sells out, so buy your tickets early.  Directions will be sent by email the Thursday before the concert.

Fri, Dec 2, noon – The Mountain Top Wind Trio (A First Friday Faculty Concert)

The trio will play  music from several eras. The members are Mountain Top Music Center’s Administrative Assistant Kate Vachon on flute, Mountain Top Music Center Board of Trustees member Jon Goodwin on clarinet, and Kimberley Goodwin on recorders. The concert is one of a regular series that takes place at the Majestic Theatre building on Main Street in Conway village at noon on the first Friday of each month. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. The event is free, but donations to the Majestic/Bolduc Block renovation project will be gratefully accepted.

Sunday Nov 6, 4:00 pm – Majestic Gala at Grand Ballroom of Mount Washington Hotel, featuring Natalia Shevchuk

Mt. Top Music Center’s Inaugural “Majestic Gala” Concert (black tie optional), featuring the virtuoso pianist Natalia Shevchuk, will take place on Sunday, November 6, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. The proceeds of this concert will all be used for Mountain Top Music Center’s renovation and revitalization of the historic Majestic Theater / Bolduc block in Conway.

A native of Ukraine, Natalia Shevchuk, has been dazzling audiences in the U.S. with her artistry ever since she moved to New Hampshire in 2011. She is one of the winners of the Rachmaninoff piano competition and received her formal training at Kiev State Conservatory, now known as the National Academy of Music, where she earned a master’s degree in piano playing, accompaniment and teaching. During the past four years, she has performed 15 solo piano recitals, all enthusiastically received. Fellow musicians and non-musicians alike are in awe of the technical mastery, emotional artistry and heart-breaking sensitivity of her playing.

The performance will take place in The Grand Ballroom, already famous for its acoustics, due to its oak wood floor and high ceiling. Natalia will be playing on a very special Steinway piano which she says has a “rich, deep, and uniform sound and is truly a treasure.”
 
Since the performance is in a ballroom, Natalia has selected a program of classical dance oriented music that will sound familiar to the audience. As a special treat, award-winning Argentine Tango dancers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo will perform to tango music specifically composed for them and transcribed for the piano by Natalia. Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo are renowned for their elegant style, unique interpretation, creative choreography and powerful command of the stage. They are winners of the 1999 World Tango champions, and founders and creative directors of Artango Dance School in Brighton, Mass.
 
As an appropriate beginning to the evening, Vincent Vallarino, the grandson of Leon Bolduc will speak about the surprisingly interesting history of the Bolduc Block in Conway.
 
Natalia’s website, http://nataliashevchuk.com/?
Watch Fernanda and Guillermo dance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5mvoIAFRjE

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Sunday, Nov. 6, 7:00 pm –  The Cold River Radio Show

Presented by Mountain Top Music Center, tickets and information about the the performers at this month’s The Cold River Radio Show may be found at  www.coldriverradio.com .  Tickets may also be purchased at The J-Town Deli in Jackson, NH; White Birch Books in North Conway, NH; and Spice & Grain, Fryeburg, ME.  The last show was a sell-out, so don’t procrastinate.

Friday, Nov 4, noon —  Music for Movies (A First Friday Faculty Concert)

Faculty members present movie music: Chad Cummings will play his original sound-track-worthy composition for a movie that has yet to be made. Ellen Schwindt will play selections from a suite by Martinu titled “Film in Miniature.” George Wiese will play the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell. Sharon Novak will sing a song or two from Disney movies. The concert is one of a regular series that takes place at the cafe of Majestic Theatre building on Main Street in Conway village on the first Friday of each month. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. The event is free, but donations for the Majestic/Bolduc Block renovation project will be gratefully accepted.

Sat, Oct 29, 6 to 11:30 PM — Halloween Bash with Brazen Cane

Mt Top faculty member Chad Cummings’ live dance band, Brazen Cane, will provide a spooky good time for a fun night of dancing! Opening for Brazen Cane will be Mountain Top’s own Jam Band, Cover Band and Tuesday Blues. Prizes for funniest, scariest and most original costumes; free giveaways and a 50/50 raffle! At Abenaki Trail Restaurant and Pub on Rt. 16 in North Conway. This event is a fund-raiser for Mountain Top Music Center; Abenaki Trail is generously donating 10% of meal purchases on that day, so come for dinner before the bash!

Sat, Oct 22, 7:30 pm – Fall Orchestra Concert  – Bach to Bach Greatest Hits!

Mountain Top Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of Maestro George Wiese

Program features Brandenburg Concerto No 4 (Sam Schuth, violin solo; Doris Henney & Kate Vachon, flutes); Keyboard Concerto No. 2 (Natalia Schevchuk, piano); and Orchestral Suite No. 3.   Concert will be conducted from the harpsichord by George Wiese. At Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway. (Suggested donation $10/person and $20/family)

Fri, Oct 7, noon – The Compositions of Ellen Schwindt  (A First Friday Faculty Concert)

Mountain Top Music Center’s First Friday concerts continue this Friday, October 7. Mary Bastoni, soprano; Leigh-Ashley Milne, viola, and Joe LaFrance, tenor, present a concert of original compositions by composer/teacher Ellen Schwindt. The concert is one of a regular series that takes place at the Majestic Theatre building on Main Street in Conway village at noon on the first Friday of each month. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. The event is free, but donations for the renovation project will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday Oct. 1, 7:30 pm – Two Piano Jazz with Faculty Members from Berklee College of Music’s Harmony Department

Two Valley-favorite pianists, Joe Mulholland and Tom Hojnacki, are returning for a concert of jazz standards and original compositions in a rare two-piano format on Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m., in a stunning mountaintop home overlooking Silver Lake. Presented by Mountain Top Music, this and other At-Home concerts provide unique opportunities to listen to top quality performers in intimate settings, followed by refreshments and discussions with the musicians and other listeners.

Mulholland and Hojnacki, both Professors of Harmony at the Berklee College of Music in Boston are co-authors of the Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony, and in demand throughout New England as performers.  Accomplished pianists, they enjoy playing “everything-jazz,” receiving rave reviews from their audiences. With Joe and Tom, jazz is at its best, not just performed; they vary it, laugh at it, explain it, and simply enjoy it – along with the rest of us.

Directions will be emailed on Thursday before concert.

Update as of Sept 15 – this is looking to be a sell out – so don’t hesitate.
Update as of Sept 29 – only about 10 tickets left.
The links below to purchase tickets will remain active until 6pm on Saturday or until the concert is sold out.

Sunday, August 28, 4:00 to 7:00 pm — THE RILEY PARKHURST PROJECT & BRAZEN CANE –

Outdoor home concert featuring two great bands. Opening the concert will be The Riley Parkhurst project with lead singer and guitarist Riley Parkhurst, a former Mountain Top student and senior at Kennett High School. The band also includes Dan Parkhurst (Riley’s dad) on drums, Greg Mead on guitar and James Holzrichter on bass. The RPP plays classic through modern rock and blues tunes.

The second half of the concert will feature local rock band Brazen Cane with Mountain Top teacher Chad Cummings on Bass and Vocals. Brazen Cane is a rock n’ roll band based out of Southern Maine playing classic to current rock and roll and originals. Scott Turner on lead vocals/guitar and Jeff Webber on drums round out the trio.

No advanced tickets will be sold, there is plenty of room on the lawn. Please bring your own lawn chairs. $10 suggested donation to benefit Mountain Top Music Center.  At the Parkhurst’s: 867 Eaton Rd, Conway, NH

Friday Sept. 2, 12:00 pm –  Bach Inventions and Improvisations  (A First Friday Faculty Concert) –

This month, George Wiese and Ellen Schwindt provide the music for Mountain Top Music Center’s first Friday concert. Wiese and Schwindt will play a program of music by J.S Bach, P.D.Q. Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Schwindt. The title of the concert is Inventions and Impromptus and it includes classical music for piano, improvisations based on classical
inventions, and a baroque piece for violin and keyboard. The concert is one of a regular series that takes place at the Majestic Theatre building on Main Street in Conway village at noon on the first Friday of each month. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. The event is free, but donations for the renovation project will be gratefully accepted. Call 447-4737 for more information.

Monday Sept. 5, 6:00 pm –  6th Annual Harvey Baldwin Scholarship Concert

An evening of music, food and merriment.  Buffet, donated by the Wildcat Inn and Tavern, starts at 6:00, with live music by Jonathan Sarty and the Harvey Baldwin Benefit Band featuring Jonathan Sarty, Don Walden, Ray Ryan, Craig Bryan, Slim Pickins’ & Miss Maybelle.  Recommended donation is $20.  Donations support the provision of scholarships at Mountain Top Music Center.  This event is at the Wildcat Inn and Tavern in Jackson, NH.  No reservations are necessary.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 7:00 pm –  The Cold River Radio Show

Presented by Mountain Top Music Center, tickets and information about the the performers at this month’s The Cold River Radio Show may be found at  www.coldriverradio.com .  Tickets may also be purchased at The J-Town Deli in Jackson, NH; White Birch Books in North Conway, NH; and Spice & Grain, Fryeburg, ME.  The last show was a sell-out, so don’t procrastinate.