USA Today recently published a list of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Music Composer came in at #3. Everything, in this digital age, needs music. With advances in technology, today's orchestras are more often found on hard drives in basements than symphony hall. NHPR's Sean Hurley has this profile of music professor and film composer Rik Pfenninger of Holderness.
It's 3:30 AM in Holderness and Plymouth State University Professor of Saxophone Rik Pfenninger is practicing in the soundproofed basement of his house.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton has received Plymouth State University’s highest award for public service, only the third time the honor has been given in almost a decade.
The Henry W. Blair Award for Distinguished Public Service was created in 2004.
“It is for distinguished public service, it recognizes someone who has devoted – as Henry Blair did – a life to making the world better through strong public service,” PSU president Sara Jayne Steen said in an interview. “And, in that sense of course, Ray is the perfect candidate.”
It was 1918 when the Red Sox last did it. And they did it again last night, winning the World Series in front of a hometown crowd, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. Here in New Hampshire, the reaction was swift and loud, as Sean Hurley reports.
Jeff Chapel from Thornton watches the game at his hometown bar, the Woodpecker Pub. It's only the 6th inning, but he's ready for his World Series pilgrimage.
In 2006, Plymouth resident and PSU Music Professor Jonathan Santore was named New Hampshire Composer of the year. Just last month, he was awarded The American Prize in Choral Composition for 2013. As he tells NHPR's Sean Hurley, he's come a long way since playing trumpet for his high school marching band in Tennessee.
French composer Erik Satie once remarked, "Before I write a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself," It's a creative prelude that Plymouth composer Jonathan Santore finds absolutely necessary.