photo courtesy of Jamie Gemitti
Arts Jubilee is celebrating its 30th season this summer with a 5-concert series bringing a wide variety of world-class music performances to the outdoor stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. Concerts from big band to alternative rock to symphony pops on five Thursday nights in July and August are designed for families and will appeal to everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.
The three concerts in July begin on Thursday, July 12th with a welcome return of the Freese Brothers Big Band also celebrating their 30th season with their program of Big Band and Swing classics, as well as top tunes of every decade since the Big Bands were the rage in the 1940’s. Returning to perform for their enthusiastic audience on July 19th, Entrainbrings infectious rhythms and upbeat good time music straight from Martha’s Vineyard. This upbeat night of high energy music is sure to be enjoyed by all ages! James Andrews, the contemporary “Louie Armstrong” of New Orleans will return to the Arts Jubilee stage on July 26th backed up by Brent LaCasce & Mike Sakash and band. The audience will see why James has earned the nickname of the present day “Satchmo” of New Orleans when he and his trumpet take the stage, along with vocalist Karen Gant to bring all sorts of jazz to the Arts Jubilee stage ~ in a funky Mardi Gras style celebration!!
The two shows scheduled for August begin with an evening of great contemporary music on August 2nd, presented by our “newest/oldest partner”, WMWV Radio as they present an evening of alternative rock featuring a British quintet named “Scars on 45” as well as the Jason Spooner Trio and and a great local band in a musical present to the valley! The grand finale of the 2012 summer series will be the traditional Symphony Pops Concert featuring the New England Wind Symphony with Fireworks! Our Symphony Pops Concert is truly a musical classic – a gem – set in the framework of the scenic slopes at Cranmore. It’s the area’s most popular outdoor concert and has been enjoyed by kids to great-grandparents since 1983.
This schedule represents the very best of Arts Jubilee, said Cindy Russell, Executive Director, and every concert will have an appeal for all ages. “Our more mature audience members will even enjoy the music of “Scars on 45”, she said, and cautions not to be confused by the name for this acoustic group from England. “It is a reference to getting scratches on the old 45 RPM records! Remember those?”
In addition to Cranmore’s continued support as Host Sponsor, Arts Jubilee is indebted to the generous corporate contributions from Season and Major sponsors including White Mountain Oil & Propane, Coca Cola of Northern New England, Bank of New Hampshire (formerly Laconia Savings Bank,) The Seasons, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Comfort Inn & Suites, Eastern Slope Inn Resort, Golden Gables Inn, Gamwell, Caputo & Siek & Co., Mt. Washington Auto Road, North Conway Rotary, Northway Bank, M&M Assurance, TD Bank, and Shaw’s Supermarket. Atlas Fireworks Company has supported Arts Jubilee’s symphony concert for 30 years as well. The remaining funds needed to support the concert series are borne by private donations, grants, and the purchase of wrist bands at the gate by concert goers.
The Thursday evening concerts present a ‘warm-up’ performance by local musicians at 6 PM and the featured concert at 7 PM. Audiences should bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Enjoy food at the Barbecue on the Deck presented by Cranmore’s food & beverage staff or bring your own picnic supper. This year’s family friendly admission continues with no change in price. Each of the five concerts is $10 for adults, $ 8 for Seniors – 65 and up. Kids 12 and under will continue to be free. For more information about Arts Jubilee’s Summer Concerts, including directions to Cranmore, go to: http://www.mwvevents.com . Or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.