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29marAll DaySNHU Presents 3rd Annual May Gruber Memorial Recital “Tribute to Gershwin” on March 29Manchester, NH

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Southern New Hampshire University will host the 3rd Annual Memorial Recital to honor the memory of May Gruber, a legendary New Hampshire business and civic leader and philanthropist, on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Walker Auditorium in Robert Frost Hall. New England Brass, among the finest performing brass chamber groups in the country, will perform a “Tribute to Gershwin and Other American Gems,” featuring George Lopez on piano.

“George Gershwin is one of the most prominent American composers, his music spanning both popular and classical genres,” said Sophia Santerre, SNHU Director of Choirs. “The New England Brass brings Gershwin’s jazzy, finger-snapping ragtime music to life, along with his opera ‘Porgy and Bess’ and his applauded melodies from the American songbook.”

The special feature on the concert program is the timeless “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring Lopez on piano, originally written for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra combining elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Also on the program is a world premiere written for the New England Brass by New York composer Milton Granger.

Members of New England Brass include Jay Daly on trumpet, Scott Sabo on trumpet, Alyssa Coffey on horn, Walter Bostian on trombone, Michael Stephan on tuba, Ryan Yure on woodwinds, and George Lopez on piano.

Along with her husband Saul O. Sidore and her parents, May Gruber founded Pandora Industries, a nationally known sweater and sportswear maker that moved from New York City to Manchester, NH in 1940. She was involved in a wide range of civic and philanthropic activities and was a longtime benefactor of the arts and music around the state. Lopez will perform on the piano Gruber left as a legacy to SNHU’s Music Department.

The New England Brass has been performing to enthusiastic audiences, first in New Hampshire, and then expanding to the Northeast and beyond, since 1980.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in the lobby of Robert Frost Hall prior to the performance from 6-6:45p.m. To RSVP for the concert and/or the reception, please contact, 603-645-9799, or

The Southern New Hampshire Concert Series is an engaging mix of traditional, classical and modern musical genres designed to appeal to individuals across generations and tastes. The annual program features nationally recognized artists and emerging talent of distinction.

Visit for more information or contact the School of Arts & Sciences with any questions at 603.629.4626, email


All Day (Wednesday)


Southern New Hampshire University's Walker Auditorium

2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH


Southern New Hampshire University