Symphony N.H. hosting concert

Grammy Award winner Christine Brewer headlines Veteran’s Day celebration

Courtesy photo Soprano Christine Brewer will be featured in the upcoming Copland and Barber concert.

NASHUA – Symphony N.H. will celebrate Veteran’s Day with a Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber concert featuring all American composers.

The program features Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer performing Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer 1915” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

The concert is scheduled from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St. in Nashua). Free tickets will be available to veterans and active duty members of the military through BAE Systems sponsorship. Free youth tickets are also offered for those aged 15 and under. An anonymous artist is sponsoring Brewer’s performance.

“Copland’s Appalachian Spring is one of the highlighted pieces that a lot of people would have heard before,” said Audrey Alessi, director of audience engagement and personnel at Symphony N.H., “even if they aren’t familiar with the title.”

Brewer, who tours worldwide, will be performing Knoxville, a poem about summer in the South. Alessi said Greater Nashua is lucky for the opportunity to enjoy Brewer’s work.

“You usually have to go to Boston or New York to hear her, and getting to experience her performing live is a real treat for audiences,” Alessi said. “I think people will be impressed.”

The concert also will feature Lidiya Yankovskaya, a Russian-born conductor who serves as music director with Chicago Opera Theater and artistic director with Juventas New Music Ensemble/Boston New Music Festival and Refugee Orchestra Project.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased online at

“We’re really excited we get to offer free tickets to veterans and active duty military thanks to BAE Systems,” Alessi said. “It’s going to be a great concert featuring all American composers with American spirit on Veteran’s Day.”

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