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.