Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 15, 2014

Out & About: An ode to 16th century Spanish music

The Andover Townsman

---- — Boston-based chamber choir Convivium Musicum spotlights the Spanish music of the Renaissance to close out this season’s Music at Christ Church concert series on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at the church, 33 Central St., Andover.

The concert will feature works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero and Cristobal de Morales — 16th century organists, singers and composers whose music became known both in Europe and Latin America.

The ensemble is directed by Michael Barrett, who earned his bachelor’s in music from Harvard University, master’s in music with a concentration in choir conducting from Indiana University and a First Phase Diploma in singing from Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University, where he has also taught.

The concert is part of the Music at Christ Church series. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or

Drop in for family fun at Addison Gallery

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy invites area families to take in its new spring exhibitions Sunday as it celebrates the Association of Art Museum Directors’ fifth annual Art Museum Day with interactive programs and more.

The free Drop-in Family Day welcomes visitors of all ages to tour the gallery and make their own unique works of art. Activities go from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Addison, 180 Main St.

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums.

Susan Faxon, interim director of the Addison, said in a release that families will have an opportunity to explore the gallery’s current exhibitions, including “Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue” and “Pop! Selections from the Collection,” to discover the sources of artists’ inspiration. They will also be encouraged to experiment with art materials themselves to create their own masterpieces.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council. For more information, call 978-749-4015, or visit

Goods times rolling for American Training

The sounds of John Lennon and Paul McCartney will fill Andover Country Club this weekend as the Beatles tribute band 4EverFab entertains guests at American Training’s annual Good Times Gala.

This year’s London-themed event is set for Friday, May 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the country club, 60 Canterbury St. It will feature dancing, live music, awards, food and a custom-built cupcake tower from Rudy’s Catering and Confection in Haverhill. Visits from the Spice Girls, James Bond, Harry Potter and even Adele, or their look-alikes, will add to the fun and NRG Entertainment will keep guests on the dance floor.

Based on Campanelli Drive in Andover, American Training, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has been providing workforce development, day habilitation, and work and residential programs since 1979. It serves hundreds of residents in the greater Merrimack Valley, including people with disabilities, youths, youths at risk, the unemployed, underemployed, lifelong adult learners, and those looking to get the most out of life. To learn more, visit

Piano Showcase, with honors, by local students

The Merrimack Valley Music Teachers Association presents an honors recital featuring its piano students on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. For more, contact the library at 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32, or visit

Season-ending ‘Pops’ for Reading Symphony

“An All Star Pops” is the theme of the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. at Parker Middle School Auditorium, 45 Temple St., Reading.

The program was compiled based on the recommendations of the symphony orchestra’s regular patrons and audience members and will feature hits from the classical to the contemporary, with pieces by Strauss, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Copland and Sousa plus several Broadway favorites planned.

The show will represent a farewell for Music Director and conductor Roland Vazquez, who is retiring from the RSO after 15 years at the helm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are invited for free. Visit for more.

Weekend of music at Phillips Academy

Phillips Academy is hosting two free concerts as well as a piano master class this weekend.

On Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Academy Concert Bands and ensembles, under the direction of Vincent Monaco and Derek Jacoby, will feature the music of Winsor McCoy, Johann Strauss Jr., Michael Sweeney, Karl L. King and graduating senior Maita Eyzaguirre.

On Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., The Fidelio Society, a select a cappella choir of 18 voices that represents the oldest musical organization on Andover Hill, will present its spring concert.

Both concerts take place in Cochran Chapel at Phillips, 180 Main St.

Also on Friday, the Music Department presents a master class with Victor Rosenbaum, the former chairman of the New England Conservatory Piano Department for more than 10 years. The free class goes from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Timken Room at Graves Hall and is open to the public

For more information on any of the events, contact the Music Department at 978-749-4260 or email

Psychic medium sharing inspiration in new book

Andover’s Kelle Sutliff will be reading from her latest book, “Listen UP! The Other Side IS Talking,” an inspirational book that explores the importance for people to listen to their intuitive direction from deceased loved ones, next Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St.

In her latest work, Sutliff shows readers how to trust their intuition and learn how to make it part of their daily lives. She reflects on her 14-year career as a psychic medium and psychic investigator, sharing her journey of how all of this “psychic stuff” really does work. Sutliff says anyone who has mourned the loss of a loved one or been curious about how deceased loved ones can guide people can gain from her perspective. She is also the co-author of “Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now!” with Jack Canfield in 2012.

Admission to the reading is free. For more, call the bookstore at 978-475-0143 or visit To learn more about Sutliff, visit


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