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December 1, 2012

Tree lighting set in Windham

WINDHAM — The tree lighting activities will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Town Common and Town Hall.

Santa will arrive by fire truck about 3 p.m., escorted by the Salem High band and color guard. Santa will pose for photos in the Windham cable studio until 5 p.m.

The Girl Scouts will have crafts upstairs at Town Hall. The Boy Scouts will tend the bonfire.

The Windham Community Band will play in a heated tent from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Middle School chorus will sing carols in the gazebo on the Town Common at 4:45 p.m., followed by the tree lighting.

Windham Presbyterian Church will host a free spaghetti supper.

For more information, call (603) 965-1208 or email recreation@windhamnewhampshire.com.

Planning workshop focuses on village center

WINDHAM – The Planning Board will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday on proposed revisions to the village center ordinance.

The session will be at the Community Development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.

Visit windhamnewhampshire.com for more information.

Bach brightens holiday season

ANDOVER - Andover Chamber Music’s “Portraits of Genius,” 2012-13 Season heads into the holiday season with a pair of concerts Friday and Saturday that features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Friday’s concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Cambridge at the First Church, Congregational. Saturday’s concert is at 5 p.m. in Andover’s South Church, and in Cambridge at the First Church, Congregational.

This concert will include Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor; two arias for mezzo soprano and strings from Saint Matthew’s Passion and the Mass in B minor, his rarely-performed Triple Concerto which boasts a dazzling harpsichord part, and a virtuosic flute concerto by Bach’s son, Carl Philippe Emanuel Bach. This concert is performed by Mistral, ACM’s Ensemble in Residence, and the members hail from the most prestigious faculties across the country- Curtis, Yale, the New England and Boston Conservatories, and include ACM favorites Irina Muresanu, Krista River, Donald Palma, Gabriella Diaz, Leon Schelhase, and others. “Have you ever seen so many happy people?” one long-time patron remarked as she left the concert with her friends last season.

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