Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 3, 2014

'Hot-blooded' season finale for Mistral Music

The Andover Townsman

---- — Julie Scolnik — music director of Mistral, the former Andover Chamber Music — is promising a “hot-blooded” concert spotlighting European composers to close out the group’s 17th season this weekend.

“The Orient Express,” the last stop in the group’s “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World” series, will be performed Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.

The program will feature pieces by Czech, Romanian and Hungarian composers that draw their inspiration from folk melodies and dances from Bavaria.

“The program ranges from solo, intimate works — Suk’s melancholy “Ballade” for cello, Bartok’s ‘Romanian Folk Dances’ for violin — to larger ensemble works — Dvorak’s formidable piano quartet in E flat and Enesco’s jubilant foot stomper, his ‘Rhapsodie No. 1’ in a chamber arrangement,” Scolnik said in an email. “These pieces are a great way to bring the season to a close.”

The line-up showcases Adrian Daurov, cello; Sharon Roffman, violin; Amadi Azikiwe, viola; Max Levinson, piano; Julie Scolnik, flute; and Donald Palma, bass.

The artists have won various international competitions, including the Dublin International Piano Competition, and have led chamber orchestras across Europe.

“...the music lovers who fill our seats welcome us with smiling faces and make it so rewarding to play music for them,” said Scolnik, who lived in Andover for many years before relocating to Brookline last year.

The concert will first be performed Friday night at 7 in Brookline at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church before coming to Andover on Sunday. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors.

Mistral returns to Andover on Saturday, April 12, for its annual gala and auction from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St. Tickets for the fundraiser are $65 to $75. Email or call 978-474-6222 for reservations. For more on Mistral, visit