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2020 Chinese New Year, The HOP At Dartmouth (NH) Also Offering Free Event — A Concert.

by Anura Guruge



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This should be quite the event. I am glad that they are doing it. This is the first time I have seen the HOP do an event for Chinese New Year — BUT, I could very well have missed them.

Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.

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I Am Devastated That Dear Oliver Mtukudzi Is Dead; He Was My Age — I Will Miss Him.

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On my 90-minute walk this morning, dear, beloved Oliver Mtukudzi came to mind. I was going through the holiday-related events coming up over the next few weeks and remembered the ‘circus‘ I got tickets to at the Dartmouth HOP. It then came to mind that one of the last concerts we had been to at the HOP was that of Oliver Mtukudzi. And what a night that had been. I got to talk to him. I talked to him about cricket.

I also realized that I haven’t listened to Oliver in some time. These days, when I am at my PC, I mainly listen to music, which is NOT OFTEN, via YouTube. Much easier than any other option at my disposal. As I mention in one of the two posts cited above, though we have hundreds of CDs in this house, I only have 10 (one more since that post) in my office, and two of them happened to be by Oliver! That alone says something.

So, I invoked YouTube and banged in ‘oliver mtukudzi‘. The usual list came up and I, as I knew I would, started off with ‘Neria’. That was so, so GOOD. Ah, ah, ‘Neria’.


I then started looking at the YouTube list when I saw: “The best of Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi. Tribute“.


Ah? ‘Tribue’. Ah? I had a horrible feeling what that signified. And, alas, I was right. Damn. I wish I was wrong (as I am most of the time).

Diabetes. 66.

That could be I. Oh, Oliver. Why?

He was a GREAT MAN. He was GOOD MAN. He was MAN that gave so many joy.

Oliver Mtukudzi was A MAN.


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“Jordan JW Trio”, Celtic With A Twist, Performing In Barnstead (NH), Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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A short video I shot with my Sony a7 II.


The bagpipers that regaled us during the 10-minute intermission.

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Jordan JW Trio” were good, some of their vocal renditions exceptional and there were even some glimpses of brilliance. I was impressed and enjoyed their 110-minute performance — which included a few non-celtic numbers. They reminded me of ‘The Woods Tea Co’ (below) and when they played “The Wild Rover” they confirmed that I had been on the mark. Being compared to “Woods Tea” is not a bad thing. That, in my book, is quite an accolade. Yes, there were times that they brought to mind “The Brigadoons” — and that is not a bad thing either.

I think they can go far if they work on their vocal repertoire. Their reels and jigs are ‘OK’ but don’t set them apart. A large open field is never does sound systems any favors and that was the case with this concert. They probably sound even better in an enclosed hall.

During their 10-minute intermission, unannounced, four bagpipers turned up. That was a bonus and made my day. I hadn’t heard any pipes in awhile. Three of the pipers, in blue, were from a police pipe band from South Carolina. The leader of this group, in a green shirt, was an ex-Barnstead resident who lived in a house right on the edge of the green, They only played four tunes but that was good. I wish that the Trio had done at least one song with pipes. That would have been special.

But, all in all, a great evening in Barnstead. The rain stayed away and it was the usual amicable gathering with lots of kids and dogs and most of the kids have a ball.


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Alton, New Hampshire “July 4” 2018 Fireworks — 9:20pm, On Tuesday, July 3 (THREE).

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This band will perform, beforehand, from 7pm to 9pm.

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Unlike with some prior years weather, in 2018, should not be a factor. I just checked again. Looks good — bar a totally unexpected thunderstorm due to the heat.

As always Alton’s fireworks are never on the 4th. That days is left for the ‘Big Boys’ like Wolfeboro.

So, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 9:20pm at ‘The Bay‘.

The Pete Kilpatrick Band‘ will perform starting at 9pm.


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“[mix]tape” At The “Voices Of The 603” Concert, Concord, NH, October 27, 2017.

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[mix]tape, from the Seacoast area of NH, was the second act, in the second half of the concert — and they made sure that you wanted ‘it’ to go on as long as possible. Lot of fun. Great signing, with panache, passion and some humor. They kept you engaged throughout. Huge amount of talent. Would like to see them again.


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“Songweavers” At The “Voices Of The 603” Concert, Concord, NH, October 27, 2017.

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This was the ensemble, replete with percussion, that kicked off “Voices of the 603” 2017 concert — and what an act they were, ebullient and musically exemplary. Very uplifting. Got the concert off to a rousing start. I was not sure what to expect. They definitely got the adrenalin going and set me up for the night. As some of you know, after the years I spent as a ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ ‘groupie’ I am no stranger to good choral music — and these ladies, and it is an all female chorus — impressed me much.

As promised yesterday, I am trying to make sure that I share some of the 340 photographs I took the concert last night.

Enjoy.

You are free to use any of these images, but attribution is a must. {Smile} Enjoy.

The ‘Songweavers’ Website: ccmusicschool.org.

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Is This A Fairly Decent Picture — Closeup Of A Concert Performer?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. This is a low resolution version of the full-resolution, 6000 x 4000 pixel image I got with my Sony a6500.


I took this last night, at the ‘Voices of the 603‘ concert, with my under-used Sony a6500 and a Sony f/4.5-6.3, 55-210mm zoom. Lighting was not an issue at ISO 6400. So, I had a fair amount of leeway.This was at 1/200 at f/6.3. We were in the 2nd row. That was ‘OK’. With that lens I could have done with being another 6′ away.

Shooting performers, close-up, at concerts has always been something that holds appeal.

I got some ‘good’ ones last night — at least per my expectations and opinions.

What I am interested in is … what do YOU think?

Is this decent enough or did I fail?

Thanks.

 


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“Voices Of The 603” Concert, Concord, NH, October 27, 2017 — In 30 Pictures (Part I).

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Our first time to a ‘Voices of the 603‘ concert — and I gather this is the 8th year; it being an annual event involving some school choirs.

Devanee was participating with a Prospect Mountain High School choir — the ‘Treble Choir‘. That was why we were there.

I did not know what to expect. I was blown away. It was very, very good. Dynamite. Amazing value for $15. I would have paid 4 times that for that concert. Some inspired and inspiring performances. The adult performances, without exception, were outstanding. The kids were great too. Some better than others, this also being a judged competition.

I took 340 pictures (with my Sony a6500). Other than pictures of Devanee (that I as a parent can publish) I have decided NOT to publish any of the pictures involving ‘kids’ — even the young adults from Anselm College. The ‘new’ privacy laws pertaining to publishing kids pictures online are such that it is EASIEST just to refrain. I do not want to deal with any aggravation. I am going to try and get the pictures to the kids in some manner — through the schools.

So here is the program showing the performances included in the above pictures. I will, with luck, post more. I will TRY and get some of the pictures to the adults too via their Websites or Facebook. Contact me, if you want some of these pictures. NO CHARGE! My contact information is easy to find!

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Teischan, May 18, 2017 ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Chorus & Band Concert.

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I had to crop the images to make sure
that nobody else could be seen —
because of privacy concerns.

Taken with my new Full-Frame Sony a7 II.







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Prospect Mountain High School, Christmas 2016, Choir & Band Concert, December 21.

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With the ‘new’ privacy laws when it comes to kids it is getting too complicated to take pictures at events like this — even if they are teenagers, and it is a public event. So, I don’t bother. I take a few pictures of kids I know so I can send them to their parents. I try to take some of mine. At this concert Devanee was perfectly hidden from our view for all the concert. These two peek-a-boo shots were the best I could do.


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