Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 10, 2013

Out & About: Young musicians tune up for BYSO season

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.”

The night will include a cash bar and finger foods. Tickets are $25 and available at

Guest piano recital at Cochran Chapel

Pianist Gabriel Chodos, who led the piano department at New England Conservatory for 25 years, visits Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy to perform a recital on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

A teacher, concert performer and recording artist, Chodos also spent many summers as a mainstay of the Aspen Music Festival faculty. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Israel, including appearances as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Holland and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, Chodos also received a Fulbright Scholarship, Martha Baird Rockefeller grants and an NEA Solo Recitalists Grant. He has also given master classes and lecture-demonstrations around the world.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the Phillips Academy Music Department at 978-749-4260 or email

AHS Cabaret takes a note from Broadway

Have you ever wanted to be someone else for the day? Have you wondered what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes?

The Andover High School Choral Department is switching roles next weekend as it presents a night of “dress-up” showcasing famous Broadway characters.

More than 100 students will stage the night of Broadway memories both old and new as part of the fifth annual Andover High School Cabaret on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Center on Shawsheen Road. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students; the public is invited. For tickets or more information, visit or call 978-623-8616.

Musical harvest opens library music series

Harpist Aine Minogue will kick off the Friends of Memorial Hall Library’s 2013-2014 concert series on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the 2 North Main St. library.

Minogue will sing and perform selections on the Irish harp to highlight the beauty of the fall season and the rich Celtic heritage of the harp. Her songs will be in both Gaelic and English and she may even add a line or two of poetry.

The program explores the manner in which fall and the harvest season reflected the ancient cycle of the year for the early Irish and Celts.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Sibling rivalry plays out at Merrimack

“True West,” a dark comedy about family dysfunction and sibling rivalry written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, comes to Merrimack College next week.

Associate professor Kathleen Sills is directing the play of duality that focuses on two estranged brothers — a successful screenwriter and a petty thief — who are reconnecting.

The cast features Merrimack students Josh Canner, a freshman from Andover as Saul Kimmer; Nathaniel Vilandre, a sophomore from Shrewsbury as Austin; Matt McCormick, a senior from Arlington as Lee; and Kali Tudisco, a junior from North Andover as Austin’s mother.

The production is presented by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Merrimack. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17 through 19, at 7:30 p.m., with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. General admission tickets are $10, with students and college employees admitted for $5. For tickets or information, visit or call 978-837-5355.


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