Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

Up ahead: A globe-trotting season

The Andover Townsman

---- — Mistral is going global for its 17th anniversary season with a concert series built around the theme “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World.”

“This year we are celebrating in style with ambitious programs that hail from five different corners of the globe,” Artistic Director and flutist Julie Scolnik said.

The season opens Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover with “A Night of Modern Tangos with Pablo Ziegler.”

A 10-piece band of familiar Mistral faces led by Ziegler at the piano will present a program designed to transport listeners to the bars and dance halls of Buenes Aires.

Ziegler is a Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and member of Astor Piazzolla’s groundbreaking tango ensemble. His music combines classical Argentinian music with jazz. The program will include rhythmic new compositions as well as classics by tango legends.

The concert is presented in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning international violist Kim Kashkashian’s Music for Food, a concert series that fosters awareness and raises funds to fight hunger in home communities.

Rounding out the ensemble will be violinists Paul Biss and Rhiannon Banerdt, cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower, Donald Palma on bass, Todd Palmer on clarinet, Thomas Stephenson on bassoon, Robert Schulz on percussion and Scolnik on flute.

The series continues Nov. 3 with “America the Beautiful” featuring a range of works by American composers, from Samuel Barber’s lyrical “Dover Beach” for baritone and string quartet to popular songs by George Gershwin and Cole Porter, some forgotten works of 19th century African-American pianist “Blind Tom” Wiggins, and culminating in a lively piece by Bruce Adolphe just in time for Thanksgiving titled “Tough Turkey in the Big City” for ensemble and narrator.

February’s annual Valentine Concert on Feb 7 and 9 — “Viennoiseries!” — will present masterpieces from Vienna, the center of the musical world for nearly two centuries. The program will include Schoenberg’s tonal masterpiece, “Verklarte Nacht” (Transfigured Night), and works by Schubert and Mozart.

The season finale on April 4 and 6 is titled “The Orient Express,” with works by Eastern European composers such as Dvorka, Enescu, Suk and Bartok that evoke the folk tunes and dances of Bohemia.