Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 20, 2014

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


The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

The ensemble will perform its third annual concert at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

The tenors — John Middleton-Cox, Damien Corcoran and Jeffrey Hartman — have assembled a program of all-time favorites and have added a “Sound of Music” set that will feature special guest soprano April Foley of North Andover, youth dancers from Dance Infusion and an interfaith choir.

The tenors will be accompanied by a pianist and violinist as well.

In addition, Nurylis Centron, winner of the 2013 Merrimack Valley Idol contest sponsored by Quota International of Andover, will open the show with her award-winning reprisal of “I Am Changing” from the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. They can be purchased online at www.newenglandtenors.com or by calling the Rogers Center box office at 978-837-5355. Visit www.merrimack.edu/rogerscenter for more.

Local pitching inat Emerson Stage

Rachel Shaw of Andover is lending a hand to the stage production of Emerson College in Boston’s “Fefu and Her Friends” this weekend.

Shaw, who is majoring in stage/production management, is serving as an assistant production supervisor for the Emerson Stage production, which plays Feb. 20 through 23 at the Semel Theater on campus.

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