Festival Overview
Day 1: Thursday, August 15th


Day 1 of the inaugural PARMA Music Festival started strong with a quick speech from CEO Bob Lord (pictured below) at Portsmouth’s North Church for SCI Concert 1 (Kickoff!)


This showcase featured SCI composers and performers, listed below:

Nor Gates of Steel So Strong – Robert Baker performed by Robert Baker, piano
Suite No. 3 for piano – Kenneth Benoit performed by Kenneth Benoit, piano
Viola Power – Mark Phillips performed by Sally Wituszynski, viola
Reflejos – Martin Gendelman performed by Beth Wiemann, bass clarinet
Whose Voice is Mine? – William Vollinger performed by William Vollinger, narrator
The Noise He Used to Paint – Jeremy Van Buskirk
Puzzle – Martin Schlumpf performed by Matthias Müller, clarinet
Two Minutes Walking – Garrett Hecker performed by Stephen Marotto, cello
After Dusk –  Jim Rhinehart performed by Elisa Moles, flute

Matthias Müller performing Martin Schlumpf’s “Puzzle”
Shortly after Concert 1, SCI Concert 2 (PARMAgeddon) occurred at North Church as well – this showcase featured PARMA Recordings composers and performers, listed below:

Voyage I and Voyage II – Vera Stanojevic performed by Vera Stanojevic, piano
Kiša – Thomas Wells
Mistress of the Labyrinth – Mei-Fang Lin performed by Mei-Fang Lin, piano
The Only Color I Have – Beth Weimann performed by Karen Pendleton, soprano; Marcia Gonewold Sly, mezzo-soprano; Liz Downing, flute/piccolo
Time Bending – Adam O’Dell performed by Adam O’Dell, solo percussion
Augur – Stephen Lilly


Later that day there was a performance of the revered children’s story, Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev featuring narrator Virginia Prescott from New Hampshire Public Radio, dancers from the Great Bay Academy of Dance, and players from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. The show was completely packed. Here are some pictures from the performance.



The final show of Day 1 was the Seacoast Artist Showcase, a concert for local talent and a Benefit for Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC).

This event featured cellist, Ovidiu Marinescu and Mac Ritchey joining indie rockers, Tan Vampires and live electronica artist, fiveighthirteen on stage together. Below are pictures from this a one-of-a-kind event at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse:



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