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Monadnock Music: Season finale at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge

  • Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.

    Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.

  • Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.

    Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.

  • The pine trees and backdrop of Monadnock Mountain served as inspiration for the theme of Monadnock Music's finale concert, "Music for the Pines and Mountains," on Aug. 25.

    The pine trees and backdrop of Monadnock Mountain served as inspiration for the theme of Monadnock Music's finale concert, "Music for the Pines and Mountains," on Aug. 25.

  • Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.
  • Monadnock Music Artistic Director Gil Rose will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble in a nine-song line up, including a world premier performance of "Grand Monadnock Measures" by Boston composer Andy Vores, during Monadnock Music's season finale at Cathedral of the Pines on Aug. 25.
  • The pine trees and backdrop of Monadnock Mountain served as inspiration for the theme of Monadnock Music's finale concert, "Music for the Pines and Mountains," on Aug. 25.

Summer is drawing to a close and with it, Monadnock Music’s summer season. And it’s ending with a bang — a finale concert centering on the natural beauty of the Monadnock region, and a fireworks display to finish it off.

The overall theme of the concert is “Music for Pines and Mountains.” On Sunday, Gil Rose, Monadnock Music’s artistic director, will lead the Monadnock Wind Ensemble through a nine-song lineup handpicked to embody the landscape of Monadnock.

Rose has wanted to conduct an outdoor concert all this season , he said in a phone interview Tuesday. Rose has been with Monadnock Music for two seasons and said he now has a better understanding of the venues the area has to offer. New England has a long tradition of outdoor band concerts and town bands that seems to be dying out, said Rose. With this concert, he wants to revitalize the feeling that comes of seeing a band perform under an open sky.

“I wanted to recapture that tradition of the outdoor band concert,” said Rose. “That’s an American tradition that’s very lost now. I wanted to rekindle that spirit.”

Not that an outdoor classical concert doesn’t come with its own challenges, Rose noted. He chose to center the outdoor concert around a wind ensemble to compensate for the loss of acoustics a concert hall would provide, and even the timing of the concert comes down to the time of year when there’s the least amount of rain, he said. That happened to coincide with the season’s ending, and the decision was made — Rose’s outdoor concert would be the season’s grand finale.

Rose began his search for the perfect location on the steps of the Peterborough Town House, he said. But then he started to consider the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge as a location, and the view of the trees and the backdrop of Mount Monadnock began to inspire a music lineup.

“I went and looked at the area, and I thought, ‘Wow, this view.’ And I started thinking of band repertoire involving pines and mountains.”

Considering the chosen location, it’s hardly surprising that songs with names like “The Pines of Rome,” by Ottorino Respighi, and “The Northern Pines,” by John Philip Sousa, will be part of the repertoire. With the backdrop an unobstructed view of Mount Monadnock, pieces like “Rocky Point Holiday” by Ron Nelson or Sousa’s “The Last Days of Pompeii” are also perfectly suited.

And it all revolves around the reveal of the show’s centerpiece, the world premier of a work commissioned specifically for the concert: “Grand Monadnock Measures” by Andy Vores, a Boston composer. Rose contacted Vores earlier this year about writing a commissioned piece to match Rose’s other music selections for the finale , he said. So, “Grand Monadnock Measures” not only fits thematically, but with the rest of the concert’s lineup and makes full use of the instruments available.

The Monadnock Wind Ensemble is made up of approximately 40 freelance musicians from the local and Boston area, selected by Rose to come together for the finale . If all goes well, the ensemble may make more appearances next year, he said.

“It’s a group that we’re putting together specifically for this concert. This [ensemble] is a new venture, so we’ll have to see how it works.”

The concert will be held at Cathedral of the Pines at 10 Hale Hill Rd. in Rindge on Sunday at 7 p.m. The rain venue will be the Peterborough Town House on Grove Street. Fireworks by Atlas Pyrotechnics will follow the concert in the field beyond the parking area. Admission is $30 per car, with a maximum of six occupants per car. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.monadnockmusic.org.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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