Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

March 21, 2013

In tune with a musical couple

She likes to talk, telling stories while he quietly listens, correcting any minor details she has forgotten.

Married 47 years, Terri and George Kelley of Andover come across much like the classical musical pieces that she loves to play on her beloved piano — melodic and traditional. Long-haired George will be her accompanying vocalist when asked but what’s so refreshing is that his classical singing crosses over to a comedic stage easily. He leads the laughter when the couple is described as oldies but goodies.

When she shares his singing-in-the-shower talent, he just lets it roll off his shoulders with one of those “whatever” looks.

The Kelleys have been on the local music scene for years. They are the behind-the-scenes organizers for some popular concerts around the area, such as the free concert series held every spring and fall at Lawrence Public Library for the past seven years. It’s typically a standing-room-only crowd at those concerts. They also perform at weddings and church events.

This couple simply loves music and enjoys sharing their passion. On Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., they will be at it again with an afternoon Celtic celebration called “Ireland in Song.” The concert at Lawrence Public Library features classical Irish music. Songs typically sung in Irish pubs for rowdy crowds are out. Kelley’s concert is much softer and traditional. But one of the most popular Irish songs - Danny Boy - is on the playlist.

“Irish classical music is so versatile and I love to play it on the piano,” said Terri, who teaches piano at her Cross Street home. “Danny Boy’s classical roots are an example. The song was written in 1855 - by a Presbyterian - and audiences still love it and so many people sing along. I just love seeing that at a concert.”

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