Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 1, 2014

Out & About: Youthful voices in sacred harmony

St. Michael’s Choir School of Toronto visits Andover to perform a concert of sacred music on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 198 Haggetts Pond Road.

The internationally noted choir school has been touring for 47 years, performing last year in Vatican City, but this is the first time that the young voices will be visiting the Boston area. St. Robert’s parishioners say they are thrilled their church was selected as a concert venue.

In a release, St. Michael Choir School Director Stephen Handrigan says the ensemble is “looking forward to our concert in Andover, as the warm welcome and sense of occasion in smaller cities make for a memorable experience for our young singers.”

Founded in 1937 with the purpose of providing sacred music for services at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto, St. Michael’s Choir School is one of only six in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish will be requesting a free will offering at the door. For more on the choir, visit

Orchestral afternoon for all ages with NMYO

Almost two dozen young musicians from Andover will join the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras in presenting their Spring Afternoon of Concerts on Sunday, May 4, at Gordon College Chapel, 225 Grapevine Road in Wenham.

The afternoon will be split into two events — a 2:30 p.m. performance featuring Prelude String Ensemble, Overture String Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Junior Flute Choir and Flute Choir and a 5 p.m. concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Select Flute Choir.

The Andover musicians performing are violinists Timothy Wang, Vivien Qin, Samuel Zhang, Arman Koul, Alice Fan, Gavin Batsimm, Yanchen Zhan, Yazhini Ramesh, Sarah Vrountas, Stefanie Sartschev, Alexandra Zhang and Louis Galligani; violist Reverie Nedde; oboist Hannah Garth; flutists Sam Krapels, Amanda Hornick, Avery Wendell and Somin Virmani; cellists Maxwell Fan and Chad Cao; and trombonist Shawn Moon.

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