Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 20, 2012

Music and drama spice up autumn at Rogers Center

The Andover Townsman

---- — A variety of music and drama will provide color to the fall entertainment season at the Rogers Center on the campus of Merrimack College. Included is a tribute to jazz great Benny Goodman including one of his former orchestra members.

Here’s what’s coming up at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover:

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra presents its “13th Annual Pops Concert” on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20, or $15 for college employees, students and seniors. All tickets at the door are $20.

Anne Bradstreet’s 400th birthday gala concert “Celebration of Her Life” highlighting one of the area’s historical figures will be offered for free to the community on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

The concert includes poetry set to music, featuring Cappella Clausura, Essex Chamber Music Players, North Andover High School Scarlet and Black Singers, New England Classical Singers, and Susan Lenoe as Mistress Anne Bradstreet.

The Core Ensemble presents the premiere performance of “Los Valientes” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

This new chamber music theater production was commissioned by Merrimack College for a chamber music trio and a solo actor exploring the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta aka Zorro, according to a release.

This premiere performance will feature songs and concert/vernacular music by Latin American composers.

General admission seating is $12.

The college’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents “Macbeth” Oct. 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m.

“Shakespeare’s classic drama about unbridled ambition and political machinations receives a fresh treatment by The Genesis Project (last season’s “The 9/11 Effect”),” according to the Rogers Center. “Presented in the original language and featuring a cast of students, alumni and associate actors of Merrimack Theater, this ‘Macbeth’ is a dark look at the psychology of ambition and madness.”

Parental notice: This performance contains images of graphic violence. It is not appropriate for those under 15 years of age.

General admission seating is $15, $10 seniors and $5 all students.

A Moment in Time presents “A Tribute to Benny Goodman” on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

On Jan. 16, 1938, the world of jazz and swing changed forever when famed clarinetist Benny Goodman took the stage at sold-out Carnegie Hall in New York in what has been billed as the world’s most famous jazz concert.

Now, 74 years later, The Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra, musical director Clayton Poole, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, an actual alumnus of the Benny Goodman Orchestra, will salute this pivotal concert tin music history in a tribute to Goodman, the King of Swing.

Included will be such timeless jazz classics as “Don’t Be That Way,” “Avalon,” and the iconic swing performance of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

All tickets at the door are $35. Advance tickets are $30, $25 students and seniors.

The Onstagers Dramatic Society of Merrimack College presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10.

Tony Kenny and his entertainers will try to transport the audience to “Christmas Time in Ireland” on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets at the door are $30. Advance tickets are $25, $22 students and seniors.

For more information or tickets to any event above, visit or call 978-837-5355.