On Nashua Symphony becoming Symphony New Hampshire

Posted on: June 26, 2012


An unsigned editorial in Monday’s (6/25) Nashua Telegraph (N.H.) welcomes the newly rebranded Symphony New Hampshire, formerly known as the Nashua Symphony. “Symphony New Hampshire, or Symphony NH for short, was announced last Monday by Eric Valliere, executive director, and Jonathan McPhee, music director and principal conductor of the orchestra. More than a rebranding and name change for the former Nashua Symphony, the orchestra is seizing an opportunity to broaden its performance footprint and let more people experience its quality concerts…. The orchestra will remain based in Nashua, performing predominantly at Keefe Auditorium, but expect to see concerts at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, the Palace Theatre in Manchester and other statewide venues.… We see this expanded direction as a wonderful opportunity for the former Nashua Symphony Association, formed in 1923 and the state’s oldest orchestra. Performing elsewhere will afford the group additional revenue and underwriting opportunities. … Further, a local orchestra may generate a local arts and corporate following in the community in which it principally serves, but the opportunities to gain large business gifts statewide are limited.…We’ve certainly been critical in the past of Nashua taking too myopic a view of itself. In Symphony NH, we have an institution looking to elevate one of the strengths of this community.”

Posted June 26, 2012