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November 1, 2012

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---- — Sunday is good day

for music lovers

Three acclaimed local groups will be staging three concerts this Sunday. It’s a shame that music lovers can’t be in three places at once. Here are the details:

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic will feature Robert Sheena — a critically acclaimed principal horn player for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops — Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

Sheena will join the orchestra in a performance of Telemann’s “Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G.”

Prior to joining the BSO, Sheena often performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was an assistant principal oboe player and solo English horn player with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a member of the San Antonio Symphony.

The orchestra will round out the concert by playing, Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” “The Moldau” by Smetana, and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Tickets are available at mvpomusic.org or at the door. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and students, and $5 for those ages 4 to 12.

In Lawrence, the popular Fall Music Series at the Lawrence Public Library featuring its famed Steinway piano continues Sunday at 2 p.m. with Boston Symphony violinist Tatiana Dimitriades and Jonathan Bass, head of the Boston Conservatory Piano Department. They will perform the music of Mozart, Brahams, Debussy and Kreisler in a free one-hour concert. A reception follows. More information is available by calling 978-683-8222.

And last, but certainly not least, in Andover the 16th season of the Andover Chamber Music series continues with an all-Beethoven concert at West Parish Church in Andover starting at 3 p.m.

This concert, devoted entirely to Ludwig, features a program that includes his monumental “Appasionata” Piano sonata, performed by Max Levinson, and two formidable chamber works: the “Ghost Trio” and the “String Trio in E flat major” in a flute transcription.

Artists include Levinson, Andover’s Julie Scolnik — the director of the series — Julianne Lee and Owen Young. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for general admission. More information is available by calling 978-474-6222 or at AndoverChamberMusic.org.

‘Steel Magnolias’

comes to Lawrence

Speaking of wonderful local performers, Acting Out! will stage “Steel Magnolias” at The Space, 60 Island Island St., Lawrence. The show runs Nov. 2 and 3, and Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., as well as Nov. 4 and 11 at 5 p.m. All tickets are $12 and available at 978-807-1191.

Directed by veteran David Cook of Methuen, the show features North Andover’s Rosanne Colarusso as Ouiser, Andover’s Barbara Bourgeois as Clairee, Haverhill’s Terra Heimbold as Annelle, Merrimac’s Beth Yuskaitis as M’Lynn, North Andover’s Linda Schoonmaker as Truvy and North Andover’s Mikayla Ott as Shelby.

Based on a 1987 play and 1989 movie of the same name, the story explores the connections between this group of women.

“To me, the essence of this play is about relationships,” Cook said, “about friendship, love, heartbreak and healing and the connection these incredible women share. This is a story for everyone. ... It’s a story for anyone who has a mother, a wife, a sister, a grandmother, a daughter, an aunt or a friend.

“I call this a dramedy,’’ he said. “It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will make you think and care, not just about the characters in the play, but about the women in your own life.’’

Boston Festival

features local artist

Doesn’t it seem too early for Christmas? But the decorations are already in the stores and some early birds have probably started their Christmas shopping.

For those who are ready to begin the season, the Boston Christmas Festival is an excellent place to start. This year the show will feature Derry artist Heather Cohen, owner of Textile Designs by Heather.

You can see her wearable art among the other crafts at the festival tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center. She will be one of 350 artisans displaying their wares at the 26-year-old festival.

Admission is $12 for adults and free for children under 14. For more information on what the festival has to offer, visit BostonChristmasFestival.com.

Calling all brides

Sometimes a bride just needs a little bit of inspiration. The Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston wants to provide that and is inviting prospective brides and grooms and their friends or families to the hotel tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Champagne and Sweets” in the Seasons Ballroom. There you can tour the ballroom and preview the wedding packages available at the hotel.

The event includes free champagne and sweets, tours, consultations with onsite wedding planners and validated valet parking. Admission to this event is free. There’s also a raffle for a one-night stay at the hotel and breakfast at its North 26 Restaurant.

Not familiar with the Millennium Bostonian? In 2008 the hotel opened its Seasons Ballroom, offering views of the city and 3,000 square feet of flexible event space. Overlooking Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, the Seasons Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, walkout balconies and breathtaking views. To RSVP call Michael McGue at 617-557-3660 or e-mail mmcgue@mill-usa.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.