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Oct 9, ARC Trio
Location: Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Street, Rye
Presented by Pax World Funds

The Arc Trio is comprised of 16 year old violinist Alexandria Harrod, 14 year old cellist Rylie Harrod, and their coach, pianist Catherine Knowlton. Earlier this summer the trio won a First Prize in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England (CMFoNE) First International Chamber Ensemble Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall.

The Arc trio was founded as an educational project by coach and pianist Catherine Knowlton in order to introduce two talented teenaged sisters to trio repertoire. This past January, the trio received a scholarship to become an honors ensemble-in- residence at The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH. They have performed in Boston and throughout the Seacoast area.

Violinist Alexandria Harrod has played violin since the age of 3. She was a Suzuki student of Sue Ann Erb until she was 10. Her most recent teacher is Steve Kecskemethy of the Portland String Quartet. Alexandria has soloed twice with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and was a finalist in the Bay Chamber solo competition in 2004. A member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony's Senior Orchestra, she toured Russia with them last summer.

Cellist Rylie Harrod is a sophomore at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine. She studies with Paul Ross of the Portland String Quartet. Rylie has soloed with The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts as well as with The Augusta Symphony in Maine. She is also a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing and touring with their Senior Orchestra.

Pianist Catherine Knowlton is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music where she studied piano with Stephen Drury and composition with Joe Maneri. A three-time winner of the Granite State Piano competition in New Hampshire, she also won the New England Conservatory honors piano competition in 1988, was a semi-finalist in the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition in 1989, and won the Commonwealth Competition for Young pianists in 1991. Catherine has performed extensively throughout New England, with other appearances in New York, the Midwest, and Western Europe.


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Swing Shift, Kenji Bunch
Night Flight
Club Crawl
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 News and Links

To learn nore, the following books are available, click here to order:

Heroes & Friends: Behind the Scenes of the Treaty of Portsmouth by Michiko Nakanishi

There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth by Peter E. Randall

Also available, click here for ordering:


An Uncommon Commitment to Peace Exhibit Catalogue published by the Japan-America Society of NH

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: The Service of Thanksgiving for the Portsmouth Treaty, September 5, 1905 by Marina Grot Turkevich Naumann

Original 1905 newsreel footage on DVD

Treaty of Portsmouth 1905-2005 book of reproduction historical postcards.

The Portsmouth Peace Process: Guide for Teachers by Northeast Cultural Coop

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail

For hours, directions, details on the Portsmouth Historical Society museum where the Portsmouth Peace Treaty exhibit is displayed, click here.

For hours, directions, details on Strawbery Banke Museum and the Shapiro House, owned by one of the founders of Temple Israel who figured in the Treaty citizen diplomacy, click here.

For information about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Building 86 where the formal negotiations were held. click here.

For more information about Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, where both delegations stayed, click here.

For more information about Green Acre Bahai School and Sarah Farmer's commitment to the peace process, click here.

The Portsmouth Public Library maintains an micorfilm archive of local newspapers and an index of the relevant Treaty reporting and other related materials. The archive of original newspapers, photographs and other documents is maintained by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.



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