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Portsmouth Peace Treaty Centennial Concert Series To Run 15 Weeks

Portsmouth NH -- The Portsmouth Men's Chorus, celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2005, has assembled an impressive and diverse series of concert programs to allow Seacoast singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Centennial in their own, distinctive way.

The 15-week Portsmouth Peace Treaty Centennial Concert Series, organized by Portsmouth Men's Chorus founder Terrie Harman, allows a diverse assembly of Seacoast and regional musicians to highlight some of the churches and performance venues that played a role in the 1905 Peace Conference.  Each Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, from July 10th through October 16th, a different performer or choral group will present a free concert in a different Seacoast location.

The concerts and their locations are as follows:

July 10th, Seacoast Community Chorus

Location: First Congregational Church,

149 State Rd.
, Eliot ME

July 17, Kelly Hathorne, flute/The Angel Band

Location: First Congregational Church,

23 Pepperrell Rd., Kittery Point, ME

July 24,  Chorus Boston (Japanese language)

Location: North Church of Portsmouth, Market Sq., Portsmouth 


July 31, Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra

Location The Music Hall,

28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth

Aug 7 Japanese Musical Artists

Location: South Church (Unitarian Universalist),

292 State St., Portsmouth

Aug 14,  Catherine York Knowlton, piano

Location: St. John's Episcopal,

101 Chapel St., Portsmouth


Aug 21,  Larry Simon and Jazz Friends

Location: United Methodist Church,

129 Miller Ave., Portsmouth

Aug 28, TBD

Location: New Castle Congregational Church,

Main St
. New Castle

Sep 4,  Nevers Band, followed by Service of Peace Re-enactment

Location: Christ Episcopal Church,

1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth

Sep 11, Massed Choirs perform “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Location: Portsmouth High School Auditorium, 50 Alumni Cir., Portsmouth

Sep 18, York First Parish Congregational Church Men's Choir

Location: Women's City Club,

375 Middle St., Portsmouth

Sep 25,  John Perrault & Friends

Location: United Methodist Church,

60 Dow Hwy.
, Eliot ME

Oct 2, Amare Cantare/Opus 39

Location: Green Acre Baha'i Conference Center, Eliot ME

Oct 9, ARC Trio (Alexandra Harrod, violin; Rylie Harrod, cello; Catherine York Knowlton, piano); Location: Rye Congregational Church,

580 Washington St., Rye

Oct 16, Portsmouth Men's Chorus/Portsmouth Women's Chorus

Location: South Church,

292 State St., Portsmouth

For more information about the series, contact Terrie Harman a th@tharman.net or call 603-431-0666. Updates on the concert performers will be posted to the Peace Treaty website, www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com. ###

For a month's view Calendar, click here.

The Japan-America Society is the 501c3 nonprofit that supports the efforts of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum. To join, click here.

© Richard Haynes
Haynes Images

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

For information about the Russia Society of New Hampshire, write to
PO Box 177
Concord NH 03302-0177

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:

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:

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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