Tricinium Limited, founded and directed by 2009 New Hampshire Artist Fellow and composer Lawrence Siegal, will hold its spring musical event in repeat performances over the weekend. The concert will premiere two of Siegal’s latest classical compositions, which were inspired by poetry. He describes the music as fitting in to the context of “verbatim projects.” Setting the written word to music is a process that Siegal has mastered, and this latest effort, which took a total of five months for Siegal to complete, is yet another demonstration of his unique artistic vision. Titled “Vocalore: Homegrown Music, Poetry, and Food,” the event will take place on Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (410 Apple Hill Road, Nelson, N.H., 847-3371, www.applehill.org) and again on Sunday, April 18, at 4 p.m., at the Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, www.ccmusicschool.org).
The 90-minute concert will present conventional classical ballads for violin and piano, and is the composer’s rendition of poetic text by Jennifer Militello and other established poets. A special appearance and poetry reading by Militello will also be featured during the program. Additionally, the significant abities of New Hampshire artists, such as soprano Peggo Horstmann Hodes (wife of N.H. 2nd district congressman Paul Hodes), 18-year-old violinist Sarah Atwood, and pianists Robert Merfeld and Calvin Herst will also be in the spotlight.
The music begins with a dark and moody set, written to render Militello’s poem “What We No Longer Know,” and ends with the more light-hearted “The Light Staccato of Souls,” a composition inspired by the grouping of three award-winning poems written by Atar Hadari of London, Jeanne Mahon of Pennsylvania and Marian Shapiro of Lexington, Mass., respectively.
“Vocalore demonstrates the difference between the way poems sound in the spoken word versus how they sound when set to music,” Siegal said. “In this and every performance, Tricinium’s mission has been to harness the power of the arts and nurture civic engagement.”
The event is intended to bring the community together by showcasing local artists. A reception following the concert will feature fresh food and drink, much of it donated by such business partners as the Brattleboro Food Coop, Poocham Hill Winery, the Inn at East Hill Farm, and Cabot Creamery, with catering provided by First Course of Keene. Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted. Visit www.tricinium.com.