Bach lunch-conference: “The art of songwriting”
Posted: 02/01/2022 12:51:49
Modified: 02/01/2022 12:50:19
Concord Community Music School’s Bach’s Lunch series continues on the first and second Thursdays of February, with a talk titled “The Art of Songwriting” on February 3 and a “Spread the Love” concert on February 10. and the concert features the talents of Kent Allyn, Paul Hodes and CCMS faculty member Peggo Horstmann Hodes. These free Bach’s Lunch programs will be featured on the music school’s Youtube channel. Attendees must register in advance to receive event links. Please register online at tinyurl.com/bachs-lunch-2021 or call 603-228-1196.
February 3, 12:10 p.m.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, Paul Hodes and Kent Allyn will each discuss their songwriting process, some of which will be performed at the February 10 concert.
February 10, 12:10 p.m.
“P squared” and Kent have been musical partners for more than two decades, performing, recording multiple albums and sharing bonfires on the beach. This concert will feature original folk songs, with the debut of a brand new track, “Until the End of Time”, and two songs written by Nashville singer-songwriter Ariana Hodes (yes, a close one!), including the title song. We will also pay tribute to David Surette with a medley including his song “Give Me One More Day”. There’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than this virtual concert at Concord Community Music School.
Kent Allyn, piano and guitar, is an in-demand accompanist and session musician, as well as a key sideman for several bands and songwriters, including Ben Baldwin & the Big Note, Susie Burke & David Surette, Cozy Sheridan, Paul & Peggo, and Kathy Lowe. His stellar work on bass, piano and electric guitar has been heard on numerous recordings. At the Berwick Academy since 1989, he gives private lessons in guitar, piano and electric bass. Kent says his only claim to fame is taking piano lessons with Constance (Mrs. T) Tallarico, Steven Tyler’s grandmother. When he’s not playing or teaching music, he can be found relaxing in a recreational rowing shell or cruising a peapod on Pepperrell Cove in Kittery Point, Maine.
Paul Hodes is a Reform lawyer and United States Congressman who has played guitar since he was 15, learning fingerstyle blues in the 60s from bohemians in a studio above the Greenwich Village folk center At New York. He is a songwriter, producer and recorder. He serves on the National Arts Council, is a former member of the Concord Community Music School Board, hosts radio/podcast shows on WKXL and works as a renewable energy consultant.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, is an extraordinarily versatile performer. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lesley College and in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory. Director of the Songweavers Women’s Choir at Concord Community Music School where she also presents Vibrant Voice workshops, Peggo has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Concord Chorale and Musicians of Wall Street. In recital she has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. In 2009, Peggo premiered “Kaddish”, a new Holocaust work by Lawrence Siegel. Peggo has recorded six CDs with her husband, Paul Hodes, in their bands Peggosus and Peggo & Paul, two of which won Parents’ Choice Awards. Peggo has recorded many other CDs, including with femme m’amie, a solo CD – Peggo: In Love, and Homeward Bound with Larksong Trio. Peggo likes to sing anytime…anywhere.
The Bach Luncheon Programs are free and open to the public and take place from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through May, in the School of Music Recital Hall, 23 Wall St., Concord.
The Bach Luncheon Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund.
For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org.