Music on Norway Pond strives to bring the highest caliber artists to Hancock, NH in a series of concerts occurring primarily during the fall, winter and spring. It also seeks to create performance opportunities for children and adults who live in Hancock and the surrounding Monadnock region. Music on Norway Pond also helps sustain existing performing ensembles and musical initiatives in the town of Hancock.
Founded by Johanna Hill Simpson, Music on Norway Pond presented its first concert at the Hancock Meeting House in May, 2008. From the beginning, ticket prices were affordable and the concerts were one-hour long with no intermission. The affordable ticket price and compact concert length quickly attracted an enthusiastic following. The compelling artistry of the visiting musicians has been the other key factor behind the growing number of concert-goers. Music on Norway Pond audiences trust that they will consistently experience memorable and affecting concerts. Last season, the concerts averaged 135 people.
In 2009, Music on Norway Pond created the Norway Pond Junior Minstrels (also known as the Junior Mints), a performing arts ensemble with singing at its core. The first twenty-four children to apply, between age 6 and 13, are accepted into the group. No auditions are required. Recent productions include Honk!, The Wizard of Oz, 1776, Damn Yankees, Peter Pan, and HMS Pinafore. This past summer a larger group of thirty-two young singers from the Monadnock region performed Carl Orff’s iconic work Carmina Burana with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, a first for the group.
The Norway Pond Festival Singers, a chorus of 30 women, founded in 2007, are also part of Music on Norway Pond. Their February concert includes men and often soloists and instrumentalists. Past concerts have included Trial By Jury, Chichester Psalms, Faure Requiem, Police Log, Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace, and Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing.