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March 27, 2014

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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.

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