"A musician who made himself a part of the larger community almost immediately"

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Rebecca Alice Bailey

Dartmouth wind orchestra celebrates a generous musical genius, May 5

Scott Smedinghoff left an enormous hole in the Upper Valley music scene when he died at age 28 in 2016. Along with playing for two local church congregations and accompanying great numbers of Dartmouth student and faculty musicians, he was the pianist for the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble and a close colleague of its director, Matthew M. Marsit. In the fourth year of stellar PhD work in a branch of abstract mathematics known as non-communitive geometry, he was also a brilliant and joyous pianist and organist.

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The wind ensemble - joined by a chorus of some of the singers Smedinghoff inspired in the Upper Valley and beyond - honor him with a concert on Saturday, May 5, at 8 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium of the Hopkins Center. Tickets are only $10 for this program, featuring a full wind and percussion orchestra, a chorus, and a world premiere.

In this brief video, Marsit talks about his friend, the music he made, and the concert in his honor.


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