Milestone strings forUp with Music
Marcia Lier of Andover hosts the first benefit concert for Up With Music — a community strings program for students in Lawrence that she co-founded and directs — on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at North Andover Middle School. Noted fiddler Hanneke Cassel headlines the show, joined by cellist Mike Block and guitarist Christopher Lewis.
Lier teamed up with Trudy Larson of North Andover, founder of Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra and Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, 15 years ago to launch Up With Music with just three students. Today, the program reaches nearly 100 students each year in Lawrence schools, including at the Community Day Charter Public School as well as programs at Esperanza Academy for Girls and other offerings.
Up With Music provides music training through group violin classes and performances with the goal of increasing students’ self-image, building healthy peer relationships and providing leadership training through mentoring. Lier teaches violin lessons in the schools as well as opening her Andover home to students for weekly Saturday lessons. One of her proudest moments came last year at the group’s end-of-year concert when she bid farewell to two students who began taking lessons as second-graders and were heading off to college with their violins in hand. Both had risen to mentoring within the group and hope to return to teach the younger students.
Tickets for Friday’s concert are $25, or $35 for reserved seating and a meet-the-artist reception. They are available at www.upwithmusic.org or by calling 978-430-8103.
Youth Council perks up for Java Jam
Andover Youth Services is hoping the voices of angels, art of gods and smell of heavenly coffee draw people to Old Town Hall for its Java Jam on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Andover Youth Council is bringing back the classic event and promising an evening of acoustic rhythms, spoken word, poetry, original performances and more to combine for a memorable event.
The line-up will feature a showcases of some of the high school’s most talented students, including Harrison Cobb, Grant Hespeler, Kelsey Stevens and Jesse Mattison. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Christ Church rings out with Spring Concert
Benjamin Britten’s festive cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” will highlight Music at Christ Church Andover’s Spring Concert on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at the church, 33 Central St., Andover.
Donald Teeters will be guest conductor for the program and Anney Barrett will be soloist for the featured works. Included in the performance will be a newly commissioned work by resident composer Dr. Peter Bell that will showcase the choir and organ.
Also, Terry Morgan will sing Purcell’s “Evening Hymn” and Wendy Heckman will perform Burgon’s “At the round earth’s imagined corners.”
Organist Barbara Bruns, who also serves as the church’s minister of music, will perform Duruflé’s “Theme and Variations on Veni Creator Spiritus.”
Teeters directed the Boston Cecilia for 44 years and has been director of All Saints Parish, Brookline, since 1967.
Admission at the door is $15 adults, $10 students/seniors.
Hall siblings front and center in ‘Secret Garden’
The Hall children of Andover are well represented in this month’s production of “The Secret Garden,” playing through Sunday, May 19, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.
Sisters Katherine, 14, and Caroline, 12, are splitting the role of Mary Lennox, with each holding down the part for different performances. Katherine is headed to Phillips Academy in the fall, while Caroline is a student at Doherty School.
Meanwhile, younger brother, Joseph, 9, also a student at Doherty, is one of the actors cast as Colin Cravens.
In addition, Nathan Ladd, 14, who attends the Andover School of Montessori, is adding the production to his extensive list of stage managing jobs.
The Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Anna Smulowitz, is on stage Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. For more information, call the Firehouse Center box office at 978-462-7336 or visit ww.firehouse.org.
Andover students in Lawrence Academy one-act plays
Three Andover students are participating in Lawrence Academy in Groton’s current production of student-directed one-act plays.
Senior Jillian Thero, a frequent performer on the school stage, is one of 10 students in the Honors Theatre Ensemble taking on the challenge of directing a play for this final production of the year.
Like some, she has also chosen to write the script for her play, “Steubenville,” which she calls “a dramatized retelling of the true events of a case” that happened last August.
Sophomore Gabriella DiVincenzo, who has participated in every theatrical production during her two years at Lawrence Academy, will play the role of Harper in “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller.
Senior Emma Keefe will make her debut on the stage as Paige in an adaptation of James Thurber’s story, “The Catbird Seat.”
Performances are Thursday through Saturday, May 16 through 18, at 7 p.m. at the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center at the school. Admission is free; the public is invited. Contact Theatre Director Joel Sugerman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Young pianists finish strong at competition
Several young pianists from Andover placed at the The Steinway Society of Massachusetts’ 10th annual Piano Competition May 3 through 5 at Steinert Hall in Boston.
Kevin Chen tied for first in Division 3 for grades 7 and 8. Bryan Alexander McGuiggin placed second in Division 4 for grades 9 and 10.
Harvey Wu tied for third in Division 5 for grades 11 and 12. Steven Zhang took honorable mention in Division 1 for grades 3 and 4.
Sponsored by M. Steinert & Sons, 121 pianists participated in the competition. Visit www.steinwaysocietymass.org for more.
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