Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Mistral goes baroque for annual holiday show

Mistral’s “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World” 2013-14 season continues Saturday with a concert featuring concertos of composers hailing from Germany and Italy: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi.

Mistral audience members have begun to associate the turning of the calendar page in December with the anticipation of the annual Baroque concert, which for many years has been performed both in Andover’s South Church, and in Cambridge at the First Church, Congregational. This year, the Boston-area concert will take place at the intimate St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Brookline.

Founders Michael Brower and Julie Scolnik say this concert has always been one of their most popular.

The concert will include Bach’s Violin Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052, often performed as a keyboard concerto, but this time with three rotating violinists — Irina Muresanu, Gabriela Diaz and Alexi Kenney, who just won first prize in a major American competition, Concert Artist Guild, at the age of 19. Also on the program is Telemann’s Tafelmusik with the recorder virtuoso Aldo Abreu, a melodic flute concerto in A major by one of Bach’s sons, Carl Philip Emanuel; and a double violin concerto in d minor by Vivaldi.

The Andover concert starts at 5 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. For more information, visit or call 978-474-6222.

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