Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 27, 2014

Out & About: Local duo keep Celtic beat going

The Andover Townsman

---- — Andover musicians Terri and George Kelley will treat listeners to Celtic melodies for the next free concert in their Lawrence Public Library series on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at the Lawrence library, 51 Essex St.

The Kelleys will be joined by guest performers. The concert is sponsored by The Irish Foundation and presented by the Friends of Lawrence Public Library. For more information, call 978-683-8222.

Town artist lends talents to ‘Extravaganza’

Andover artist Karla Cook joins 17 other artists and artisan this weekend for Saltbox Gallery in Topsfield’s 26th Spring Art Show and Sale dubbed “Extravaganza.”

Cook’s works on display include a thick-haired canine named Bruno and a smooth-haired pooch named Isis. A lifelong painter, she has earned her membership in the prestigious Rockport Art Association and is jurying into Saltbox Gallery as a guest artist.

The show takes place in Coolidge Hall at Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1. It opens Friday, March 28, with an artists reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more, visit or call Karyl at 978-468-1028.

‘States of Nature’ at Alpers Fine Art

Alpers Fine Art at 96 Main St. in downtown Andover is presenting “States of Nature,” an exhibit of original land- and seascapes by three New England artists — Cara Gonier of Massachusetts, Susan Hunter Petree of Rhode Island and Christopher Volpe of New Hampshire.

The show, which features 44 paintings, marks all three artists’ first full-scale exhibit in Andover, gallery owner Peter Alpers says. It runs through May 4.

An artists reception is planned for Saturday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Alpers at 978-760-1829 or visit

Ice Cream Social to benefit Ritzer fund

Putnam Pantry Candies on Route 1 north in Danvers is hosting a Colleen Ritzer Memorial Ice Cream Social Benefit on Saturday, March 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the Danvers High School teacher from Andover who was murdered last fall.

In addition to the Ice Cream Social, proceeds from the sale of Putnam Pantry “Danvers Strong” chocolate coins will also be donated to the scholarship fund. The fund was established to benefit Andover and Danvers high school seniors who demonstrate a passion for teaching, academic excellence and love of family.

Hometown direction for chamber players

The Essex Chamber Music Players under the artistic direction of Andover flutist Michael Finegold welcomes violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor of Brookline who will join pianist David Allan Pihl in a concert of music from the Romantic and Baroque periods on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

The program will feature works by Arvo Pärt, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Quantz. Finegold will collaborate with the pair on the Quantz piece, as will guest cellist Priscilla Bellairs, a professor emerita of English at NECC.

“The Brahms Sonata for Piano & Violin in A Major,” which features the violin and piano equally, is the major work on the program, Finegold says in a release. But the other pieces are worth a listen, too.

“The beautiful, mystical and emotionally wrenching contemporary music of Arvo Pärt, though less familiar to the general public, is a must to hear and will win you over,” Finegold says. “Pärt’s works are influenced by Gregorian chant, and his ‘Fratres’ is a virtuosic violin gem.”

The Essex Chamber Music Players is devoted to the creation and presentation of new classical music along with great musical treasures of the past. The nonprofit group has been in residence at NECC since 1999.

Sunday’s performance takes place in the David Hartleb Technology Center. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, with NECC students admitted for free. For more information, visit of email Finegold at

Comedic satire bound for Rogers Center

“Tartuffe,” a comedic satire about a chronic con artist, is preparing to beguile audiences next week when it hits the stage of the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

Written by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, the play follows Tartuffe, who finds his mark in Orgon, an affluent and politically connected man of unquestioned faith. Molière’s play, banned after its first performance in 1664, has gone on to provoke laughter worldwide for centuries.

Merrimack College students and alumni deliver this latest production. It is directed by Kathleen Sills, Merrimack College’s chairwoman of visual and performing arts, and stars alumnus Dave LeMay, class of 2002, and students Mike Semonelli, Meaghan Looney, Erin Beausoleil, Andrew Joyal, Brendan Doherty, Josh Canner, Moriah Goldblatt, Arianna Kirby, Will Lee, Tony Rossetti, Lissette Schum and Ally Lewis.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on the Merrimack campus, 315 Turnpike St. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for college students and faculty. Visit or call 978-837-5355.

A dog’s world at Essex Art Center

Essex Art Center at 56 Island St. in Lawrence has gone to the dogs this spring with an exhibit of canine portraits.

The show featuring work by Anna Dibble, Nancy Diessner, Sandy Flanagan, Damon Lehrer and Samuel Price runs through April 17. For more information, call 978-685-2343 or visit


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