Judy Pancoast to Perform at Nashua High School North
Finally! Judy Pancoast is bringing her acclaimed cabaret show, “All My Best Memories: Built by The Carpenters” to her home state of New Hampshire. The Nashua Community Concert Association invites you, your family, and friends to join them on Friday, February 28 at Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way in Nashua, at 7:30 p.m.
This show has played to enthusiastic audiences in New York and California, and now Judy’s NH friends and fans can enjoy it as well. You don’t have to be an obsessed Carpenters fan to enjoy Judy’s personal story of growing up as a Carpenters fan, music lover, and musician in small town in Maine in the 70s. At age 11, in the summer of 1970, Judy Pancoast first heard the lovely, inimitable voice of Karen Carpenter on the radio. Thus began an obsession with the music of The Carpenters, the best-selling brother-sister musical act of the 70’s, that has lasted until this day. Judy listened to the Carpenters’ records practically non-stop during her pre-teen and teen years, often locking herself in her room and singing along with a hairbrush for a microphone, imagining she was part of the band.
She went on to become a professional singer, songwriter and recording artist herself, and, inevitably, some of that Carpenters sound made its way into her own music. To this day it is not uncommon for her fans to liken her voice to that of Karen Carpenter. One day, out of the blue, someone said, “We’re all waiting for you to do a Carpenters tribute concert. Have you ever thought about doing that?”
“All My Best Memories: Built by The Carpenters” takes the audience into Judy’s life as she recounts the stories of growing up a Carpenters fan and sings the songs closest to her heart. The show premiered at world-renowned cabaret club “Don’t Tell Mama” in New York City to rave reviews from audience members, and has been invited back twice. “Judy Pancoast’s velvety voice, phrasing and conversational delivery of a song are all products of years spent listening to the timeless recordings of the Carpenters. Her passion and joy for the material make Judy the perfect vocalist to pay tribute.
On Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. the Glasgow-based Maxwell Quartet, regarded as one of Britain’s finest string quartets, will feature four close friends who grew up playing classical and folk music. They met again as postgraduate students and in 2010 formed the Quartet. Colin Scobie on first violin, George Smith on second violin, Elliot Perks on viola, and Duncan Strachan on cello will play original arrangements of Scottish folk music, as well as classical selections.
The season will conclude on Tuesday, April 28 with a Beach Boy Tribute by Sail On. Six musicians, who are all huge fans of The Beach Boys, will perform more than 30 Beach Boy hits, played exactly as you remember hearing them on their legendry albums. From “Little Deuce Coupe” to “Surfin’ Safari” and from “California Girls” to “Good Vibrations,” the show will take you back to the 1960s, capturing the signs and sounds of an endless summer.
Founded in 1931 by 35 local residents concerned that Nashua should expand its arts presence, the organization has presented concerts by nationally known performers ever since.
All concerts take place at Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way in Nashua at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Maxwell Quartet, in March, which will start at 3 p.m. For further information, to see short videos of each show, or purchase individual concert tickets ($25 each)on-line, go to www.nashuacommunityconcerts.org . If you have questions, please call 603-318-1792.