Concert to benefit opioid first responders

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:3PM

High Mowing School is pleased to announce the next event in its 2018 Music on the Hill benefit concert series: Coffee & Candid Cantata on January 28.

This afternoon concert features an eight-person orchestra playing baroque period instruments (such as harpsichord, violin, bass, and transverse flute). Musicians include cellist Andrew Koutroubas (Pine Hill 2008 and current faculty) and violist Lauren Nelson (Pine Hill 1998, High Mowing, 2002). A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Wilton Police Department, in recognition of their work to combat the statewide opioid crisis.

“It is a great privilege to be a part of the planning and organizing of this event, which aims to bring the community together for a worthy cause: to hear music by J.S. Bach, who devoted his life to the service of music meant to ‘refresh the soul,’” says Koutroubas, who is the strings teacher at High Mowing School on the Pine Hill campus.

The program includes:

Be Still, Stop Chattering! (BWV 211) a Secular Cantata by J.S. Bach, text by PicanderOrchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor (BWV 1067) by J.S. BachWiderstehe doch der Sunde (BWV 54)by J.S. Bach

In addition, the Hilltop Cafe will be onsite to offer coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries for purchase.

Choosing to support the work of the Wilton Police Department as first responders to the opioid crisis felt to be a timely recognition of the ongoing struggles many in New Hampshire are facing.

In July, Gov. Chris Sununu called New Hampshire “ground zero” for the national opioid crisis that’s killing people in record numbers. “Without a doubt, this is the biggest health care crisis this state has ever faced,” Sununu said.

In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranked New Hampshire second in the nation, behind West Virginia, for the number of opioid-related deaths relative to its population. The Granite State ranks first for fentanyl-related deaths per capita.

“Every community faces the threat and effects of opioids,” says Helen-Ann Ireland, a member of High Mowing’s Board of Trustees. “Our first responders—like our local police department—are shouldering a lot of the work in helping people, families, communities take steps toward recovery. And we want to support that.”

Koutroubas sees a direct line from music to healthy communities: “Musical performance and social action are intertwined,” he says.”After all, music is a social action.”

The 2018 Music on the Hill benefit concert series is sponsored by High Mowing School, a preschool through grade 12 Waldorf school in Wilton.

Suggested donation: $25; children younger than 12 admitted free of charge.

More information is available at www.highmowing.org/concertseries.