Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

Out & About


The Andover Townsman

---- — Local influence fills music series

Violinist Michael Rosenbloom, who teaches at Phillips Academy in Andover, joins with pianist Rebecca Plummer for a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.

Rosenbloom, who is also the concertmaster of the Boston Ballet, discovered a little-known violin sonata by Bernstein just as he was being hired to perform in Lawrence. The piece along with selections by Mozart and Brahms will be featured in the program.

The concert is part of an ongoing classical music series presented by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library. Terri Kelley of Andover is artistic and managing director of the series that spotlights world-class chamber musicians.

The series, which is open to the public, continues Sunday, Oct. 6, with pianists Esther Ning-Yau and Eleanor Perrone. Cellist Joel Moershel and Lisa Caliri are on tap for Sunday, Nov. 3.

For more information, call the library at 978-620-3600.

Author to speak on debut novel

Marjan Kamali, author of “Together Tea” — the story of a mother and daughter who return to Iran 15 years after their family escaped and fled to America — visits Congregation Beth Israel, 501 South Main St., Andover, on Sunday, Sept. 29, at noon.

Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Kamali spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. As an adult, she’s lived in Switzerland, Australia and the U.S.

Kamali has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University in New York and a master’s degree in fine arts from New York University.

Her fiction work has been selected as a top finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest. Her works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in the anthologies “Tremors” and “Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been.”

“Together Tea” is her first novel. Kamali teaches writing at Boston University. She and her husband have two children.

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