Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 11, 2013

Chambering out of town

Scolnik, family bid adieu, but Andover Chamber Music to continue

The Andover Townsman

---- — Her circa 1860 Main Street home near Phillips Academy has been sold and after 18 years, Julie Scolnik, longtime artistic director of Andover Chamber Music, is moving to Brookline.

In a message to friends and supporters, Scolnik says the decision for she and her husband, Michael, to say good-bye to the house where they raised their two now college-age children wasn’t easy.

The realization that it marks the end of “fire-side meals with the musicians after concerts and ... donor/subscriber thank-you parties on our porch” weighed heavily as well, she says.

“We were fortunate to have the beautiful Phillips Academy campus as a backdrop for raising our children, with many games on the green, walks in the bird sanctuary, and bike rides on campus paths past golden-leaved maples and lilac bushes,” she wrote on Andover Chamber Music’s Facebook page.

But the Scolniks are ready for a new chapter. After a vacation to France, the couple intend to rent an apartment in Brookline as of Sept. 1.

Daughter Sophie and son Sasha will be attending schools in Cambridge and Boston come fall. Scolnik says while that was not the reason for their move, she agrees it will be nice to be close to her children.

“Of course, it is poignant for us to be leaving a house filled with so many memories. But it is also exciting to be moving back into the city where Michael and I first met and began our life and family together,” Scolnik writes. “I believe it will help us adjust to empty nest syndrome, and embrace the next stage of our lives.”

But rest assured, Andover Chamber Music, now named Mistral, is continuing “with as much fervor as ever,” Scolnik says.

The 2013-2014 concert season — “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World” — is firmly in place.

It kicks off Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. with “Argentina — Pablo Ziegler & Tangos” — at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

“America The Beautiful” is on tap for Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church in Andover. And “Venice & Leipzig,” the group’s annual holiday concert, will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at South Church in Andover. The season continues into next year with additional performances.

Scolnik is planning to reconnect with Andover Chamber Music supporters after the summer and thank donors and subscribers with an event on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m., at a location to be determined.

The group also plans to offer receptions after each concert so that musicians can mingle with their audience.

For more on Andover Chamber Music and a documentary video about the group, including footage of its 15th anniversary celebration, visit

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer