“I cannot tell you how many people wrote me letters telling me that, because of the `Andover’ in our name, they had no idea the caliber of music was world class, that our musicians hailed from Marlboro and Lincoln Center and Jordan Hall,” Scolnik wrote.
“... They just assumed that it was a local organization for a small-town series. After years of hearing that the name made us sound provincial, we knew we had to make a change.”
The Scolniks and Mistral aren’t leaving greater Andover behind for good though.
The group kicks off its new season on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover. See related story.
While Scolnik and Brower say they will miss Andover, they feel being in Brookline will allow them to be closer to their children, who both graduated from Phillips Academy.
Son Sasha is a freshman in the dual-degree program of Harvard University and New England Conservatory and daughter Sophie has begun her master’s program in piano at NEC
“While I was unpacking what seemed like 1,000 boxes, they kept me company by rehearsing a program together that they were performing that night,” Scolnik said in her email. “They will continue to play a lot together in their various musical endeavors.”