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July 31, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
Location: The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Concert underwriter, The Music Hall

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra follows in the best rich traditions of community music. Founded in 1997 as the Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra, the Portsmouth Symphony is a classical era-sized orchestra of about forty-five members consisting of strings, winds, horns and trumpets in pairs, and tympani -- typical of orchestras of Mozart and Haydns day. The PSO also calls on a talented array of auxiliary members when performing works requiring extra winds and brass, as well as for Pops-type concerts. In the Fall of 2004, the Portsmouth Symphony was thrilled to sign Philip Lauriat, the founding Artistic Director of Granite State Opera as its new conductor. Mr. Lauriat studied Conducting at Tanglewood and was the first student ever to win both the singing and conducting competitions at The Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. His reputation for delivering both singing and orchestra of stunning quality are well-known throughout the state.

Romeo & Juliet Tchaikovsky
Overture/Fantasy W. Mozart
Rhapsody for Orchestra Toyama
Hoe Down from Rodeo Variations on a Shaker Melody Copland
Fugue on Yankee Doodle Thompson
A Trumpeter's Lullaby Anderson
Three Marches Sousa

The Music Hall, a non-profit performing arts center, entertains more than 70,000 patrons annually with film, music, theater, and dance performances. The historic 900-seat theater, built in 1878, is the oldest in New Hampshire, the second oldest in New England, and the fourteenth oldest operating in the United States. In the fall of 2003 the U.S. Senate voted The Music Hall onto the list of "America's Treasures," including it in a program sponsored by the National Park Service and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to its own programming, The Music Hall has hosted hundreds of benefits and celebrations for community organizations. On August 8, 1905, the international press corps covering the treaty dined on the stage of The Music Hall, as guests of Manager F.W.Hartford. After the dinner they enjoyed a vaudeville show. On August 28th members of the diplomatic delegation attended a minstrel show at The Music Hall. And in September 1906, on the First Anniversary of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty signing, The Music Hall hosted the first public showing of the newsreel films from the Treaty summer of 1905.

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For information about ordering fine art prints of this Treaty Centennial symbol, and other commemorative items, click here.


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For a Russian-language description of the Treaty exhibit click here.

For the Russian-language Library of Congress description of the Treaty of Portsmouth, click here.


 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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