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February 20, 2014

Out & About: 'On the Wing' taking flight at Phillips

Phillips Academy presents “On the Wing: A Celebration of Birds in Music and Spoken Word” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus at 180 Main St., Andover.

The program aims to exalt birds as symbols of wonderment, freedom and beauty. “On the Wing” will showcase 12 original songs by composer Andrew List, played by noted pianist George Lopez, artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Maine, and sung by mezzo-soprano Krista River.

“Creating`On the Wing’ is a fulfillment of a lifelong desire to make a special work that celebrates birds and the natural world,” List said in a release. “I draw most of my inspiration as a composer from the outdoors and nature, which have always been a grounding force for my music.”

Interspersed through the song cycle will be poems written and recited by poet and Babson College English Professor Mary Pinard, who also wrote lyrics to the music, and commentary by ornithologist Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon’s director of important bird areas and an expert guide.

Petersen, who has traveled the globe in search of bird life, said the performance has great potential for connecting people to nature in an original way.

“When Andrew proposed this project, I was immediately intrigued because of our shared love of birds,” Petersen said in the release. “And the way he has reached out to colleagues in the worlds of music and literature to join him in this concert series has reaffirmed for me how nature can inspire artists and build communities.”

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer period moderated by List.

Admission is free. Call the Music Department at Phillips at 978-749-4260 for more information.

Tenors for a Sundayat Rogers Center

The New England Tenors teams with two female guest soloists, a youth dance group and an interfaith choir to present its third annual concert in the Valley this weekend.

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