Cultural Event: Sister City Jazz Ambassadors

Megan Sweeney
The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors are coming to WMS on November 30th!
Click above to hear an interview about the performance
with Becky Beno, Cultural Events Coordinator, on WLTN radio. 

Sister City Jazz Ambassadors Present Concerts, Talk, Jazz Jam and Celebration of Peace Through Music

BETHLEHEM — The White Mountain School will host four events with the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors as part of a two-day celebration of the power of music to promote understanding across cultures. In addition to an evening concert, programs include an informal Jazz Jam for musicians across the region and a morning concert in Lancaster for families and seniors.

As part of a collaboration between The White Mountain School and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the group will be spending Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 in the North Country, presenting programs including a Friday-evening concert, an informal Jazz Jam for musicians from around the region, a Saturday-morning concert in Lancaster for families and seniors, and a talk about their work as cultural diplomats.

The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors are a group of professional musicians from the Berkshires who have travelled the globe, performing in countries including Italy, Nicaragua and Turkey, and building bridges across cultures through the universal language of music.  

They are affiliated with Sister Cities International, an organization created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy. Eisenhower envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world.  

All of the main events in this two-day celebration of the power of music to build community are open to the public. They include:

• November 30, 2:30-4:30 p.m. — A free jazz workshop for high school students at The White Mountain School or anyone else who wishes to attend. Pre-registration is required. Call 323-7302 to register or with questions.

• November 30, 7 p.m. — A jazz concert in the Great Hall of The White Mountain School, 371 West Farm Rd., Bethlehem.

• December 1, 10:30 a.m. — Jazz Across the Generations concert for all ages at the Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St., Lancaster, to help celebrate the Rialto’s one-year anniversary. For more information call 323-7302.

• December1, 1:30 p.m. — Making Peace Through Music: A talk about the group’s experiences traveling the world promoting peace through music, in The Great Hall of The White Mountain School. The talk will be followed by a meet-the-artists reception.

• December 1, 3 p.m. — A community-wide Jazz Jam and informal clinic in which musicians of all abilities are encouraged to join in the joy of making music together, in The Great Hall of The White Mountain School.

“We wanted to bring the Jazz Ambassadors to our school as part of our Cultural Events series,” says Becky Beno, cultural event coordinator, of The White Mountain School. “We’re thrilled that partnering with the Arts Alliance has allowed us to expand the programming to include so many other great activities, and we hope local musicians and music lovers will participate in as many events as they can.”

The White Mountain School performances and activities are free and open to the public; however, donations will be gratefully accepted. Cost of the Lancaster concert is $5 for adults, and $10 for families; anyone who would like to attend but cannot afford the ticket price will also be welcome.

The Sister City Jazz events are funded in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with support from the six New England State arts agencies, including the NH State Council on the Arts.

For more information contact Becky Beno at 444-2928 x40 or Frumie Selchen, 603-323-7302.

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