The White Mountain School Presents World Tales Dec. 2

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Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele will perform World Tales In Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, N.H. -- A free, interactive performance of multi-cultural stories and music will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. at The White Mountain School on West Farm Road in Bethlehem. The concert will feature Randy Armstrong & Genevieve Aichele in their performance of World Tales -- A Mosaic of Stories and Music from Around the World.

Armstrong and Aichele celebrate the global family and planet earth with tales and music that embrace cultural and natural diversity. The performance merges music, movement, storytelling and theatre to animate timeless stories that appeal to audiences of all ages. Together Armstrong and Aichele perform with music played on traditional instruments from all over the globe -- the Native American flute, the African djembe drum, and the North Indian sitar, just to name a few. The stories include traditional favorites like "Anansi the Spider" and original retellings of ancient myths.

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "sure-fingered guitar virtuoso," Randy Armstrong is the co- founder of DOAH WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE and UNU MONDO. With a collection of over 200 instruments from around the world, he has amazed audiences at Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, India, Central America and West Africa. Armstrong has performed, recorded and appeared on over 30 albums and film scores, including the PBS series DINNER ON THE DINER. He is an adjunct faculty instructor of West African drumming and North Indian sitar and tabla at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter N.H. and teaches for the Graduate Studies Integrated Arts Program at Plymouth State University. He was appointed by the governor as an arts councilor for the N.H. State Council on the Arts in 2003. He has shared the stage with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, King Sunny Ade, the Paul Winter Consort, Babtunde Olatunji, Pierre Bensusan, Michael Hedges, Eddie Palmieri and Richie Havens.

Aichele is a co-founder and current artistic director of New Hampshire Theatre Project. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally and directed professional and student actors in a variety of theatrical venues. Recent professional directing credits include: NHTP's productions of Mitty!, The Elephant Man and A Woman's Heart; The Music Hall's production of Caste and John Wopps, for which she won the 2003 Spotlight Award for Best Director; Clara's Dream for MaD Theatricals; and Follies: A Vaudeville in 9 Acts with special guest Bill Irwin. Aichele's most recent performing roles were Agnes in the musical Mitty! and Auntie Mae in Elysium Dance Company's 2006 production of O Tannenbaum. Genevieve received the 2001 NH Governors Award for Excellence in Arts in Education and, in 2002, an award for Outstanding Achievement in American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference. Her one-woman show Resurrection was nominated for the 2005 Spotlight Award for Best Original Production and Fosters Daily Democrat said of her work: "Aichele achieves what many artists strive to do but only few truly accomplish: to find the truth."

The performance will take place in the Great Hall of The White Mountain School, 371 West Farm Road, Bethlehem. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted to support future performances at The White Mountain School.

For information, contact Becky Beno at becky.beno@whitemountain.org or 603 444-2928 x20.

The White Mountain School is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. Armstrong & Aichele World Tales is just one of events being offered in 2011-2012.

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