Olivera SittingSunday, May 22nd at 2:00 PM, world renowned organist, Maestro Hector Olivera, will return to Wolfeboro following his outstanding 2019 performance that filled the First Congregational UCC’s sanctuary to capacity. This fifth concert of Wolfeboro Friends of Music’s 2021-22 season, which runs from September through June, will take place at First Congregational Church, 115 S Main St., Wolfeboro. WFOM would like to thank Paul Zimmerman, our season sponsor, and Green Mountain Communications, J. Clifton Avery Insurance, and Taylor Community for sponsoring this performance.
Buenos Aires-born Maestro Hector Olivera’s story is that of a child prodigy. Between ages three and nine, he began organ study, was appointed organist in one of Latin America’s largest cathedrals, began learning harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, and composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra that was performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra. At age twelve, he entered University of Buenos Aires as its youngest student and by eighteen, had performed three hundred plus concerts throughout Latin America, including for heads of state and celebrities. Shortly thereafter, Juilliard School of Music offered him a scholarship. Three years after matriculating there, his extraordinary professional career was solidly launched when he won the National Improvisation Contest sponsored by the internationally prestigious American Guild of Organists.
Mr. Olivera has performed solo concerts throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, China, Central America, and Latin America and as guest soloist with prominent symphony orchestras across the globe. He has played in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Constitution Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and in conjunction with celebrated events including the Olympic Games and the Classical Newport Music Festival.
Wolfeboro Friends of Music invites all people of the greater Lakes Region to enjoy Hector Olivera’s ninety-minute concert as the maestro displays his phenomenal musicianship, technical proficiency, and famously warm, humorous personality.
Wolfeboro Friends of Music requires that all attendees adhere to the COVID guidelines established by the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro. COVID vaccination is requested of ALL attendees for whom COVID vaccination is available. Masks are optional for vaccinated persons and required for non-vaccinated persons. The audience will be limited to three hundred persons. Each attendee must legibly complete and sign the CONTACT TRACING/LAIBILITY RELEASE sheet.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Avery Insurance, Black's Paper & Gift Store, online, or at the door. High school students with ID and younger children accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge. For more information call 603-569-2151.

matt heaton

jumpin Jamie

SingersMatt Heaton and Jumpin' Jamie will collaborate to present a special Friends of Music Children’s concert on Friday June 3rd at 7 PM. The Great Hall of the Wolfeboro Town Hall is the site of this high-energy “Kindie Rock” event sure to raise everyone’s spirits.

Matt Heaton believes that music for kids can be fun for both children and their parents. His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, imbued with a serious sense of fun. Matt has performed for over twenty years as a touring Irish guitarist. He has played with surf rock bands in Chicago and Boston, and holds a master’s degree in classical guitar from Northwestern University. Matt performs on a big orange electric guitar and tenor banjo.

When his son was born, Matt began attending sing-alongs at local libraries. Inspired to try it himself, he soon discovered that he truly enjoyed connecting with kids musically. His own memories of the songs of Sesame Street and the Muppets inspired the humor in his own music. The songs are fun and clever, expertly performed.

Jumpin’ Jamie performs “Kindie Rock” for crowds of 12 to 12,000 and everything in between. He has performed for celebrities and their families, corporations, and, this past summer, Sesame Street. Jamie was taught basic guitar by his father, and he moved on to eventually play in a local rock band. He worked with a record label for eight years and his “kindie” rock debut came when a co-worker asked him to perform at his daughter’s birthday party. His music is full of energy, fun, yet capable of delivering messages about difficult topics like racism and the pandemic. He has a large following on Spotify, with one song getting over 70,000 plays in October. His song “Ghost in My House” was named a “top Halloween song” by Yahoo, Good Housekeeping, and several other outlets. Jumpin’ Jamie will be joined by his trio of rock musicians for an extra boost of excitement to the performance.

Adult tickets are $25 and are available at Avery Insurance, Black's Paper & Gift Store, online at www.wfriendsofmusic.org or at the door. High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge and younger children accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge. For more information, visit www.wfriendsofmusic.org or call 603-569-2151.

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