When it comes to campus traditions, there are few more familiar than the songs that toll from the Thompson Hall tower every morning at 11. Listen for a moment and you might hear a familiar tune — the theme from “Harry Potter,” perhaps, or, during the holiday season, a Christmas carol.
The UNH Wind Symphony debuted an original composition by UNH Professor Andrew Boysen, commissioned for UNH's Sesquicentennial Celebration. "Old Ben's Farm" premiered on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Whittemore Center.
When Andrew Boysen was commissioned to write an original piece of music celebrating UNH's 150th anniversary, he wanted to avoid the familiar. The usual ideas presented themselves — using the alma mater or one of UNH's fight songs as a basis.
In the first week of June Professor William Kempster, pianist Paul Merrill, and 16 UNH vocalists travelled to Poland to present a number of performances in three different cities in the west of the country.
The University of New Hampshire 3 O'Clock Jazz Band, a student ensemble, has released a CD called "A Time for Celebration." It was recorded in the Paul Creative Arts Center on November 24, 2015 and was edited, produced and directed by assistant professor of music Nathan Jorgensen.
The Department of Music has released a new two-CD set, "Wohin," in tribute to Arlene Kies, who served the department for 20 years as a piano teacher and performer before succumbing to cancer earlier this year. Professor of music David Ripley sings bass-baritone with Kies on piano.