Nashua sounds terrific! From our signature music events offered by Great American Downtown, to our music organizations, to the many live-music venues you can stop by tonight, our city has all kinds of opportunities to enjoy a variety of styles and formats. That should be music to your ears!
Free music events: Great American Downtown
Some of Nashua's fine music organizations
FIRST MUSIC celebrates the musical diversity of the Gate City, and the rich musical heritage found at The First Church of Nashua, at 1 Concord Street (at the top of Main St.). Artists from across the United States and Europe bring their musical talents to FIRST MUSIC in a wide variety of literature.
The current 2019 season offers four concerts, six mini-recitals, and one collaborative musical offering within Sunday morning worship services. Eleven programs in all, through expanding our music outreach offerings with six exciting free Friday noontime recitals in the new “Fridays at First” series.
All programs are free admission, with freewill offerings to help offset artist costs. The intention has always been to open the church’s music outreach to all. They hope this will inspire you even more to come and see what FIRST MUSIC is all about!
The Merrimack Valley Flute Choir is composed of approximately 15 amateur flutists from the Nashua/Merrimack Valley area. The mission of the MVFC is to foster the enjoyment of live music in the community. The group strives to encourage continuous learning and performance for the amateur flutist.
The group rehearses weekly from Sept.–Nov. and Jan.–May. Its repertoire includes jazz, classical, marches, and music composed specifically for flute choir. Instruments include piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and contra bass flute.
The MVFC performs several concerts a year, including the Winter Holiday Stroll. New members high school age and older are always welcomed. No audition is required.
The Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus has been the Nashua, NH, Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1955. Regional and national barbershop competitors – and winners! – the group performs an annual Spring Show, a Singing Valentines fundraiser, and two Christmas Cabaret shows. For the last several years, the Granite Statesmen have been featured performers at Nashua’s Downtown Winter Holiday Stroll.
The Granite Statesmen are currently under the direction of John Green. The Chapter invites any interested male singers to join them at 7:30 pm any Wednesday evening rehearsal at the Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St, Nashua to meet the other men and experience a no-obligation rehearsal with them. These guys have fun!
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra has been focusing on lighter works written for small orchestras, from Baroque to Contemporary, for more than 30 years. NCO also gives up and coming composers and aspiring young soloists an opportunity to perform in front of an appreciative, receptive audience, often for the first time.
NCO gives free family concerts and hands-on events in conjunction with the Nashua Public Library, introducing interested attendees, young and old alike, to music and instruments.
Music Director David Feltner and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra invite you to experience the majesty of music that a smaller orchestra can offer!
The Nashua Choral Society is a no-audition choir with the purpose of bringing high quality classical and contemporary choral music to the public, since 1964.
NCS members perform concerts throughout the city and at various community events, such as the Holiday Stroll and Nashua Silver Knights baseball games. They also host their Summer Sings series, where the public is invited to attend and sing with the choir.
Membership is open to any person who wishes to sing! Individuals who enjoy music but do not wish to sing are also welcome to join, attend rehearsals, and participate in the many activities that support the organization. Conducted by Musical Director, Dr. Dan Roihl, members rehearse at 7 pm Monday evenings at the Judd Gregg Hall on the campus of the Nashua Community College.
The Nashua Public Library Concert Series is well-known for its many free music offerings. No tickets are required for the indoor or outdoor events, staged in the library’s courtyard. The NPL Concert Series includes:
Bach’s Lunch Concerts: Held on Wednesdays at noon in the summer. These concerts feature mostly classical performances, with occasional jazz, pop, or world music thrown into the mix.
Summer Concerts on the Plaza: Held outdoors on Thursdays at 7 pm (inside the library if it rains). The acts range from jazz to folk, bluegrass, reggae, Latin, Celtic, African, and more.
Nashua Chamber Orchestra: The orchestra presents a family concert at the library each year, featuring young virtuosos, audience participation, and an introduction to the instruments.
The Nashua Community Concert Association has brought national talent to Nashua audiences since 1931. The group presents five or six concerts every season, ranging from classical music to modern; pop, jazz and big band; country, Celtic, the Great American Songbook, opera to roots music, and much more, including dance and other special varieties. Performers may be large orchestras or big bands, a solo artist at a piano, or include a dance troupe. There were even Chinese acrobats in years past!
The NCCA season runs roughly September–April.Ticket prices are astonishingly low, especially for subscribers. Check their website for current season schedule and consider buying the whole multi-concert subscription.
The SummerFun Concert Series is part of the Nashua Park and Recreation Department calendar of free family events held throughout the summer.
From June through mid-September, there are free music events. Tuesdays concerts are performed at the halfshell stage in Greeley Park, 100 Concord St. Wednesdays and Thursdays they are held at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The lineup is announced in May.
Symphony NH was founded in 1923 by conductor and educator Elmer “Pop” Wilson and is now New Hampshire’s oldest professional orchestra. Symphony NH was previously known as the Nashua Symphony Orchestra until 2012 but retired the name to better serve the entire state. Music Director Roger Kalia was appointed in 2019 after an 18 month search and is leading the way as Symphony NH approaches its centennial; presenting programs that feature of variety of music and appeal to the diverse tastes of New Hampshire audiences. Symphony NH seeks to inspire and enlighten through exceptional live music and by taking a leadership role in the music-education opportunities for citizens of all ages.
With nearly a century of performances, it is the premiere symphony orchestra of the Granite State. From its humble beginnings as a mainly all-Nashua musician group that performed two concerts per season in Nashua, the orchestra now performs throughout New Hampshire and in special performances around the region.
As the organization heads towards its centennial milestone on April 29, 2023, it looks to its second century of music making, presenting masterworks, choral extravaganzas, contemporary pieces and rare jewels of the orchestral repertoire.
With a world-class collection of musicians, an exciting and ever-evolving repertoire, and peerless guest artists, Symphony NH always delivers superlative entertainment with a modern vibrancy that will appeal to all ages.