Ashuelot Concerts offers schools the unique chance to bring live classical music from some of the world’s leading concert halls into local classrooms. Leading performers from all over the world travel to the Monadnock region to perform in our International Concert Series and before every concert, we visit four schools to perform and talk to as many local children as possible.

Each presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes movements of three pieces from the upcoming concert program. The music is skillfully introduced to guide the children in how to listen and what to listen for during the performance. This program connects children who may never before have experienced live classical music.

Along with the music, each presentation follows a theme inspired by the music, for example:

  • How daily habits can change what we are capable of achieving: Exploring how each of us is a product of our daily habits (both good and bad) and how small changes can lead to big gains over time.
  • Is something difficult in class, or is it just new? Exploring how the brain reacts negatively to something unfamiliar and how after a few days it can feel so much easier with the right learning techniques.
  • Talent does not exist! Exploring how there is no scientific evidence that explains extraordinary ability. However, there are many things that high achievers have in common.
  • What music tells us about how to communicate: Exploring how to utilize the four basic elements of music - pitch, rhythm, dynamics and articulation - to improve communication and make the world a kinder place.
  • Contrast and variety. Using the music as an example, we explore why our brains need variety, contrast and balance to stay healthy and happy.

At the end of each presentation there is a chance for the children to ask questions and interact with the musicians.

Recent highlights have included:

  • The Doric String Quartet performing to 850 children on the first day of a major US tour - bringing with them famous instruments including an Amati Cello from 1587!
  • Guy Johnston performing piano trios in four schools with his 1692 Stradivarius Cello
  • Members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre bringing the sounds of one of the most prestigious stages in the country to the classrooms of New Hampshire.

Click the play button on the map below to see how many schools have participated across SW New Hampshire so far...