Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

Out & About: Young musicians tune up for BYSO season

Five local musicians will join with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as they begin their 2013-2014 season Sunday at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Cellist Mari Nagahara, 14, will take a seat with the Boston Youth Symphony when it performs Brahms’ “Symphony No. 3” and Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements” under the leadership of Music Director Federico Cortese, who has led BYSO for the past 14 years.

Bassist Brett Sawka, 14, and violinists Aditi Kannan, 13, and Katie Yu, 16, will perform with the Repertory Orchestra conducted by Mark Miller.

And flutist Jessica Wang, 13, will perform with the Junior Repertory Orchestra conducted by John Holland.

The young musicians auditioned for BYSO in May. Of the 830 applicants, almost 500 were selected to become members of BYSO, which is now in its 56th season.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $30. For reservations, more information or the full season schedule, visit

A night of laughs with Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Andover thinks everyone can use a laugh. And the club promises to deliver at its annual Comedy Night on Friday, Oct. 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover.

Dave Rattigan will host the hilarity, with featured comedians Kelly MacFarland, Tony V and Steve Macone.

The club’s two previous Comedy Nights both sold out, and this year’s fundraiser is expected to be no different. Proceeds support the civic club’s community grants programs.

“This is a perfect show for this crowd, because the comedians are all smart and original and very funny,” returning host Rattigan said in a release. “There are plenty of comedians with one or two of those qualities, but very few who provide all three.

“It’s one of my favorite shows of the year, because the crowds are great, everybody has fun, and we raise a lot of money that Rotary will use to support a variety of important community organizations and causes. To me, that’s the best show to do.”

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