Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 6, 2014

Out & About: Choral 'Sampler' from New England Classic Singes

New England Classic Singers celebrates the rich tradition of 20th century American choral music in “An American Sampler: Songs of Love and Nature” on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Under the direction of David Hodgkins, the program will feature Ronald Perera’s “Why I Wake Early,” a selection of eight poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Mary Oliver. A resident of Provincetown, Oliver’s poetry is inspired by her observations of nature during her infamous walks in and around Cape Cod. Perera captures Oliver’s poetry in his colorful use of string quartet, piano and chorus.

Also on the program will be works by Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, Robert Stern and Eric Whitacre.

Perera will open the program with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for groups of 10. Children and students with ID are free. For more information, visit or call 978-474-6090 or the Rogers Center box office at 978-837-5355

Spotlight on women poster exhibit

Colorful posters highlighting International Women’s Day, which is celebrated worldwide annually on March 8, are the featured exhibit this month at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

The display features examples from the collection of Stephen Lewis, who owns more than 4,500 posters. A long-time activist in the labor movement and the former treasurer of his union. Lewis has exhibited his posters at public libraries and state Heritage Parks in Massachusetts.

For more on Lewis’ collection, visit his Facebook page under labor/progressive political posters.

March Musical Madness at Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran Church on South Main Street hosts its March Musical Madness featuring a winter concert, Italian dinner and raffle on Saturday, March 8.

The musical program, which starts at 6 p.m., will showcase Faith’s senior choir, bell choir, the Children’s Chimes choir, Praise Band and acoustic guitarist Bill Hartzell.

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