Monadnock Music

Progressive Garden Party

garden party

garden party


Saturday, July 27, 1:00-5:30pm

Peterborough, NH


Chef Jordan Scott

David Ross, guitar
Tara Novak, violin
Alison Chapman Hale, flute

Join us for a botanical escape, set to classical music, performed live by soloists in each garden, and featuring a unique food and drink at each location. This is a garden party like none other. Your ticket includes three different drinks, three tastings, and three musical performances as you make your way through our garden showcases.


Schedule for Music, Food, and Beverages:

Each garden will be open for 1 1/2 hours so that you can make your way from one to the other. A culinary delight, handcrafted cocktails and a different musical soloist will greet you at each location.

Garden Showcases:

Garden One

Michael Gordon: 1:00pm–2:30pm
14 High Street, Peterborough

Garden Two

Maude Odgers: 2:30pm–4:00pm
130 Four Winds Farm Rd, Peterborough

Garden Three

Louisa Thoron: 4:00pm–5:30pm
139 Harkness Road, Jaffrey

David Ross

David Ross, guitar

David William Ross has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Trained in both classical and jazz, he works across genres and brings a unique musical sensibility to his approach. David frequently works closely with composers and other artists as well as dancers and choreographers. He has written music extensively for dance and other performance arts, creating music that is organic and piece specific. He has premiered much of his own work in venues such as The Patterson Theatre in Baltimore and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and appears frequently in recital as a solo performer, in chamber settings, and small jazz combos. David has appeared on several recordings, his most recent commercial release for PARMA was released in 2017, a collection of the solo guitar works of Swiss composer Georges Raillard. An advocate of new music, he is active in seeking and supporting work by living composers. He has recorded new music for the guitar by Pierre Schroeder, Mel Mobley, Peter Dayton, Ferdinando de Sena, and more most of which has been released under the Navona label. In April, 2018 he appeared on the indie-rock release For Posterity by the Burlington based Deep River Saints as guitarist/arranger, an album he also recorded and produced; Seven Days VT praised his work saying “Ross does more than simply produce. He uses his deep background in classical, jazz and experimental music to layer For Posterity in gossamer. Ross weaves a foundation of lush beauty and haunting sounds” and lauding the work as “a colossally impressive record”. In 2018 David will release his 2nd solo album on the Ravello label featuring music of season, change, and cycles including music by Piazzolla and a new work written specifically for the project by composer Frank Wallace. David is active as a teacher and instructs students in classical and jazz guitar as well as music theory, composition, ear-training, and jazz. He has served on the faculties of Fitchburg State University, Keene State College, The Vermont Jazz Center, Elm City Music, and the Concord Community Music School.

Tara Novak

Tara Novak - violin

Classically trained at the UMKC Conservatory, violinist, vocalist and composer/arranger Tara Novak has devoted the past 20 years of her life to studying music of many genres, specializing in Irish traditional music, musical theatre, folk, pop, and improvisatory styles.

In 2013, Tara completed a degree in orchestration and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music in between tours. She works extensively as a soloist, touring China for three months in 2015 as solo violinist for Heartbeat of Home, the new show from the producers of Riverdance. In 2013, she performed the Boston premiere of Bill Whelan's double concerto Inishlacken with fiddler Zoe Conway. She is the guest soloist with both the Three Irish Tenors and Druid, as well as music-directing and leading her own show, Ishna, and has toured throughout Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Asia. When not on the road, Tara can frequently be found playing for Broadway musicals: recent credits include Aladdin, Moulin Rouge, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Fun Home, If/Then, Sound of Music, Something Rotten, Newsies, Motown the Musical, Finding Neverland, and The Lion King. She considers herself lucky to have shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest artists: Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, il Divo, Bill Bailey, Mannheim Steamroller, and more.

In addition to her busy performance schedule, Tara is also an active educator, recording artist, composer, and consultant - and an avid foodie in any time off she can find. To follow Tara's performances and blog, please follow her on social media or her website:

Alison Chapman Hale

Alison Chapman Hale -flute

Since making her NYC debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 as winner of the Artists International competition, Alison Hale has performed in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, and many of the major churches in New York City. Recent solo performances include appearances with Berkshire Bach Ensemble, New England Piano Quintet, Portland String Quartet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and at the National Flute Association convention.

Ms. Hale holds both MM and DMA degrees from Manhattan School of Music as well as an AB degree from Mt. Holyoke College where she received the prestigious Mary Lyon award for outstanding alumnae. She is currently on the faculties of Mt. Holyoke and Bennington Colleges and is a member of the Portland, ME, Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, and Berkshire Bach Ensemble.

Jordan Scott

Chef Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott is a classically trained chef with a passion for globally inspired seasonal food made with local ingredients. Jordan has described his wine dinners as a study in simplicity. He finds great joy in creating simple, elegant dishes built on a foundation of technique and with care given to each ingredient. His dishes delight the most sophisticated palate, balancing rustic charm with an innovative and artistic twist. Jordan has a great deal of respect for the traditional French style of cooking and uses that as a foundation from which to explore modern and progressive methods and flavors. Jordan cares deeply for our local community and has been a passionate advocate for local foods and has worked tirelessly to build long-term relationships between our restaurant community and our local farms. Jordan is the Head Chef and Part-Owner of Machina Art Bar & Kitchen in Keene, NH.


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Supported by:

Von Weber Trust   Smyth Trust   Memton Fund   Getty Foundation   Getz Charitable Trust   Grimshaw Gudewicz Foundation   Eppes‑Jefferson Foundation   Amphion Foundation   Alchemy Foundation   Merrill Family Charitable Fund   Boote Fund   Hoffman Family Foundation