Symphony NH, Act of Congress team up

Act of Congress, above, and Symphony NH will be teaming up on Dec. 9 for a show at the Keefe Center for the Arts at 117 Elm St. in Nashua. The show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature holiday music. In addition, a second show is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Concord at the Concord City Auditorium. That show is set for 3 p.m.

NASHUA – Symphony NH and Act of Congress are joining forces next weekend to deliver an Americana take on popular holiday music and carols at their Holiday Pops concert.

They will be performing in Nashua Dec. 9 at the Keefe Center for the Arts at 117 Elm St. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Also, the following night, they will be performing in Concord at the Concord City Auditorium at 2 Prince St. from 3-5 p.m. Both concerts will work to collect donations for charities.

“On Dec. 9, we’re inviting the entire audience and orchestra to bring food and other donated items to give to both the Nashua Soup Kitchen and United Way,” said Executive Director of Symphony NH Marc Thayer, adding that ways in which they can support the community and partner with other organizations is something that’s important to them. He said they’ve been doing more and more of that every year.

On Dec. 10, a similar donation drive will occur, only this one will be supporting The Friendly Kitchen in Concord.

At both performances, if attendees drop off a donation, they will then receive 10 percent off tickets to Symphony NH’s January concert: All Beethoven.

Thayer said he thought Act of Congress would be a great fit for Nashua and has worked with them previously in the past through other projects.

“I love their music, and their arrangements are really high quality. I thought it would be something different for us, and be a lot of fun,” Thayer said.

He said Act of Congress does some country music and bluegrass but are not purely a country band.

“They do American music, and I think audiences in New Hampshire will enjoy that variety,” Thayer said.

Act of Congress will perform some music with Symphony NH and a few numbers by themselves, Thayer added.

At some points in the show, the audience will have the opportunity to sing along with the orchestra to familiar holiday favorites.

“It’s fun for families and young kids, and Santa will be there,” Thayer said.

Tickets are available online through their website, and anyone under 15 can attend the show for free. For additional information can be found online at

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