Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 7, 2013

Woodwind masters blowing into library Sunday

The Andover Townsman

---- — Memorial Hall Library will host a free patriotic performance this Sunday afternoon open to the town.

The New England Winds will perform woodwind masterworks by Strauss, Francaix, Debussy, and Fernandez as well as folk and patriotic music on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The members are professional military musicians, part of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty.

“The New England Winds has been recognized by audiences throughout the Northeastern United States for their passionate and refined performances. The New England Winds’ versatility and ability to interact with listeners on an intimate level has left audiences with memories of compelling and expressive music-making. Every member of the quartet is a dedicated chamber player with years of study on his or her instrument,” according to a release from the library.

Additional events planned for the library this month are listed below. Programs are held at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. in downtown Andover.

“2013 IRS Tax Update: The Fiscal Cliff” will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Are you confused by the new changes in the tax law? The library says this event is a chance to learn how these changes might impact your business or family. It is sponsored by the Harvard Club of Andover.

The Memorial Hall Library writers’ group will meet Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. open to writers of adult fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. This group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress.

Career Networking Group is a free group that allows residents to share their network of business contacts, share ideas, and learn about effective job-search strategies. Meetings are facilitated by certified career coach Arleen Bradley. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the topic is using social media. The group will also meet Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to talk about library resources for job seekers.

Ruth Harcovitz will perform “A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein” on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm. Known by some as Boston’s Julie Andrews,she sings selections from Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The King and I.

The library’s next free, monthly Monday Movie will be shown Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. People attending the movie can enter to win the DVD. For more details and for this month’s selection, visit

“From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: Social and Political History of Music” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. by Kevin Comtois, adjunct professor of Global Studies at Northern Essex Community College. The night is billed as a chance to “trace the evolution and social and political context of American popular music through four centuries ranging from slave spirituals, minstrelsy, blues, jazz, and rock and roll.”

All events are sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

For more information, visit, or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.