Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 2, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

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The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, welcomes back pianist and international competition winner Yukiko Sekino for its concert on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. (Route 114), North Andover.

Sekino will be performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.” Since making her debut at age 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sekino has appeared around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School and has a doctoral degree from SUNY Stonybrook. She was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition and also won the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. She is now the keyboard area leader at UMass Lowell and is on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

The orchestra, conducted by George Monseur, will also be performing Verdi’s “Nabucco Overture” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G minor” in what will be its final concert of the season.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for ages 4 to 12. Seating is general admission. Visit for more.

A youthful afternoon of orchestra music

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will be presenting their Spring Afternoon of Concerts on Sunday, May 5, at Gordon College Chapel in Wenham.

The afternoon will be split into two events — a concert featuring prelude and overture string ensemble, intermezzo orchestra, junior flute choir and flute choir at 2:30 p.m. and a performance featuring the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble and select flute choir at 5 p.m.

Works by NMYO’s local composer-in-residence, Robert Bradshaw, will be performed at both concerts, with the symphony orchestra presenting a world premiere of “Las Aparencias Engañan” during the 5 p.m. show.

The ensembles feature several Andover youths: flutists Avery Wendell, Casey Yi Zhang, Julie Clark, Julia Cuozzo, Amanda Hornick and Sam Krapels; violinists Gavin Batsimm, Alice Fan,Olinah Hassan, Arman Koul, Vivien Qin, Mayazhini Ramesh, Sydney Raza, Stefanie Sartschev, Sarah Vrountas, Timothy Wang, Yanchen Zhan and Samuel Zhang; cellists Maxwell Fan and David Irza; violist James Booth, and oboist Hannah Garth.

Led by Music Director Gerald J. Dolan Jr., NMYO’s musicians come from more than 40 communities and participate in one of eight ensembles offered by the program.

Admission is free. Each concert will last between one to two hours and be followed by a reception. A silent auction will take place during the concerts as well. For more information on NMYO, visit, email or call 978-309-9833.

Solo exhibit for Artist’s Guild president

“Time Zones,” new and recent paintings by Nella DeLuca Lush of North Andover, are being featured in an exhibit opening Saturday, May 4, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Alpers Fine Art, 15 Nutmeg Lane, Andover.

Lush is the president of the Andover Artist’s Guild.

The show runs through June 30. For information, call 978-760-1829, email or visit

Student Art Show opens at NECC

Thirty Northern Essex Community College art and design students are showing off their talents in the annual Student Art Show in the ArtSpace inside Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

The show features drawings, paintings, graphic design, photographs, illustrations and three-dimensional work from students in a range of classes in the Art & Design program. Tyler Dearborn of Andover was among those winning an honorable mention for his piece.

The show runs through May 20. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will also be open during the NECC college commencement on Saturday morning, May 18. For more, contact Patricia Kidney, chairwoman of the Arts & Design Department, at; or Marc Mannheimer, gallery coordinator, at

Folktales for a Saturday on college stage

The Northern Essex Community College Children’s Theater Class will present three folktales that have been adapted for the stage on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St..

The plays are “The Star Bearer,” an Egyptian creation story adapted by Royal Grant; “Mother Holle,” a fable by the Brothers Grimm adapted by Robert Mantegani; and “The Chief’s Daughters,” a Native American folktale adapted by Lissangy Rodriguez.

Admission is free. The running time is approximately 45 minutes. There will be a talk-back period after the 11 a.m. show so that children can interact with the performers and crew. Contact Susan Sanders at 978-556-3374 or for more.