Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 8, 2014

Out & About: Big band sounds for a Saturday

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Glenn Miller Orchestra keys up the music of the big band era on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the top bands of its genre. The present ensemble was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently ever since, playing an average of 300 dates a year around the world.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students; tickets at the door are $30. For reservations or information, call 978-837-5355 or visit

‘Favorite Places’ in view at Memorial Hall Library

Danvers artist and teacher Karen Nastuk shares her “Favorite Places” as the featured artist for May at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

Nastuk says she has loved becoming an artist in the historically rooted, scenic North Shore. But she is most passionate about teaching her drawing tricks and shortcuts in art classes at area senior centers as well as outdoors.

She studied fine arts and commercial art/writing at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her wedding flower portraits and locational watercolors are on display at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester and online at

The second-floor display case this month features blown glass creations by the student interns in Andover craftsman Sandy Dukeshire’s studio, appropriately called Sandy’s Glass Shack. Visit for more.

Both exhibits run through May 31 and may be viewed during regular library hours. Call 978-623-8401 or visit

Solo strings for winning teen violinist

Thirteen-year-old violinist Sean Diehl of Andover will be the featured soloist in a concert on Sunday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston.

Diehl, the winner of the 2013 NEC Preparatory School Concerto Competition (Category B), will perform two movements of Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonies Espagnole” with the school’s Youth Repertory Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jane Ezbicki.

The 13-year-old Diehl began his violin studies at age 4 with Adrienne Caselle of Andover and quickly became a participant in local Suzuki festivals, attending Suzuki institutes for five summers in Maine, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

Diehl has gone on to study with NEC Preparatory School faculty member Cate Howard for five years. During that time, he entered the preparatory school orchestra program, where he is currently a first violinist in the Youth Symphony. For the past two years, he has been a student of Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist and NEC faculty member Jason Horowitz.

A seventh-grader at Wood Hill Middle School, Diehl is a member of the school orchestra, math team and Academic Bowl. He is also an avid tennis player and has won several USTA tournaments.

Young cellist closes out BSO family series

Ten-year-old cellist David Irza of Andover took the stage with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra last month as Boston Symphony Orchestra closed out its 2013-2014 Family Concert Series at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Irza was among the 80 musicians performing with the BYSO’s Young People’s String Orchestra as part of the program titled “Bon Voyage.” The Young People’s String Orchestra is comprised of 7- to 12-year-olds.

Members of the Intensive Community Program, a training program that brings classical music instruction to underrepresented communities, were also part of the program that showcased pieces from around the world, including works by Dvorak, Haydn and Rossini, and featured a magic show, too.


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