BETHLEHEM, NH — The Colonial Theatre will stream a live concert by pianist Ben Cosgrove on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. “This LIVE! From The Colonial concert is offered without charge as a thank you for the support and confidence our community has shown thought this pandemic season.” said Executive Director Stephen Dignazio, adding “It has been truly overwhelming and we invite everyone to enjoy this evening of live music from the comfort of their home.”
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He travels constantly all over the country, performing a unique variety of original instrumental music that explores themes of landscape, geography and environment, and straddles a line between folk and classical music. Colonial audiences may remember him as keyboardist with Ghost of Paul Revere which sold out at the Theatre in 2019.
His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are at once dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “stunning” and “compelling and powerful,” — Red Line Roots has called him “stupidly talented” — all presented with “warmth, humor, honesty, and the easy familiarity of a troubadour.”
From 2012 to 2014, Ben served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he is a recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. He has also held residencies and fellowships with Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, Chulengo Expeditions, the Vermont Studio Center, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and he spent a year as the artist in residence at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. In 2017-18 he wrote new music and gave a series of performances in partnership with the New England National Scenic Trail, a long-distance hiking trail linking New Hampshire to Long Island Sound.
Throughout his career, the strongest forces guiding Ben’s composition and performances have been his interests in landscape, geography, environmental studies and place. For years, Ben has been fascinated and inspired by the different ways people understand and interact with their built and natural environments, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “Champlain,” “Little Rain,” “Nashua,” “Sigurd F. Olson,” “Kennebec,” and others, he seeks to explore those relationships and reflect them in sound.
“I don’t think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he notes in an interview in Harvard Magazine, “but more just as a way of responding to places musically. Writing music just turns out to be a great way for me to process the world.”
This LIVE! From The Colonial concert is sponsored by The Friends of The Colonial board of directors and underwritten by Scott Hunt with additional support from New Hampshire Public Radio, The Cold Mountain Café, The Wayside Inn, The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund, and The Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust.
To register for this event and learn more about upcoming movies and events, purchase tickets, or become a member, and for full details on The Colonial’s in-theater safety protocols, visit www.BethlehemColonial.org.