Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

Out & About


The Andover Townsman

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Andover talent will figure prominently when Voices of Hope brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” to the stage this weekend.

Two Andover teachers and a local actress are involved in the production set for Saturday night at 7 at South Church in Andover.

Mark Mercer, who is the Andover High School show choir director and choreographer and the middle school choir director, serves as the music director for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Well-known teacher and middle school drama director Beth Kennedy, meanwhile, is helping out with the choreography.

Kennedy has been involved with Voices of Hope since its inception and has donated many hours to helping the nonprofit, volunteer group raise funds and raise awareness for cancer research, says Greg Chastain of Winchester, the organization’s president and founder of the organization.

The show will also spotlight the theatrical work of Andover’s April Baldwin Foley, who plays Mary.

Voices of Hope is comprised of more than 100 individuals from Greater Boston, including many from the Andover area. The lives of each of the group’s performers have been directly affected by cancer in some way and they dedicate themselves to the general public about the cancer experience

Saturday’s show is an encore to a sold-out performance last month at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit the Henri & Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center. For more, visit www.voicesofhopeboston.org.

Photo show marries Zen with yoga

Andover photographer and yoga instructor Susan Currie highlights fields of contemplation in her new show opening tomorrow, Friday, June 28 at Touch Gallery in Cambridge.

Currie’s “The Garden of the Heart of Heaven” includes a mix of composite images printed on metal. The pieces were inspired by The Tenshin-En, or Garden of the Heart of Heaven, located on the grounds of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

“It’s an oasis of peace there colliding gently with kindred spirits basking in those unoccupied spaces of the mind,” she said.

Currie, who has been photographing families and children for 15 years, refers to the exhibit’s essence simply as “common threads.” Her subjects embrace the fine art of yoga with the energy of the museum’s sanctuary. She said the Tenshin-En has long been one of her favorite spots to visit.

“The moment I arrive, I am struck by its invitation for quiet contemplation — much like the invitation when we come to our mats in (yoga) practice. This new collection of work represents my expression of these parallels of calm beauty,” she said.

An opening reception for the show takes place tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery located at 281 Concord Ave. in Cambridge.

Young musicians on Netherlands tour

Two Andover students are finishing up a 12-day tour of The Netherlands with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Clarinetist Nicholas Brown and harpist Anna DeLoi are among 116 students who took their talents overseas to culminate the youth orchestra’s first season.

Since June 15, the musicians, who range in age from 13 to 21, have been performing and teaching throughout The Netherlands, including a final concert Thursday, June 27, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” where the composer himself once conducted the piece.

The youth orchestra is due to return home Friday, June 28. For more on the group, visit www.bostonphil.org/bpyo.

Classic car series rolls in

Wingate Healthcare of Andover has revved up its monthly classic car series this summer at its facilities at 80 Andover St., off Dascomb Road.

In addition to a show of classic cars, the events feature a 50/50 raffle, giveaways, music, food and ice cream.

The car series continues Tuesdays, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit The One Fund Boston. Rain dates are the following Tuesdays.

For more information, call Eric Brunette at 978-470-3434, ext. 5227.

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