Mistral performs 17th annual Valentine Concert
Continuing its 17th season entitled, “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World,” Mistral presents a Valentine Concert featuring masterpieces from Vienna. The program includes Mozart’s sunny horn quintet, Schubert’s “Rosamunde” string quartet, and culminates with Schoenberg’s early masterpiece, the haunting string sextet “Verklarte Nacht.”
The program will be performed by an ensemble including horn player Eric Ruske, who at the age of 20 was named associate principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra. Other familiar Mistral players, the Israeli cellist Micket Katz of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and well-known New York/Israeli violinist Nurit Pacht, as well as violist Stephanie Fong and newcomer violist Jessica Bodner of the Parker Quartet, also will be performing.
Flutist and artistic director Julie Scolnik says she has been on a mission for years to expand the flute repertoire. As a result, Mistral audiences have come to expect transcriptions of chamber works that use the flute in place of the first violin.
Mistral, formerly Andover Chamber Music, has been bringing “unstuffy, unpredictable, and unmatched” concerts with internationally renowned musicians to the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston since 1997.
Performances are Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. Paul St., Brookline, and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Tickets are $30, $25 for senior citizens and free to students with ID. Order securely online at. www.MistralMusic.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-474-6222.
Acting Out! presents ‘Peter Pan: The Musical’
Acting Out! brings the musical based on James M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” to the The Rogers Center for the Arts at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7.
With lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne, the show features a variety of songs including “I Gotta Crow,” “Neverland,” and the hit, “I’m Flying.” The performance is appropriate for audience members of all ages. It is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
Reserved seating tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door. General admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. The Rogers Center is located at Merrimack College, Walsh Way, North Andover. Call 978-807-1191 or visit www.actingouttheater.com.
‘Where There’s A Will’ ... there’s a play
What happens when the family matriarch dies suddenly? A funeral, of course; condolences surely. But that’s not what the family is gathering for in “Where There’s A Will,” a new comedy by George Hosker-Bouley. The play premieres Friday, Feb. 14, at the West End Theater, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth, N.H., and runs through March 2.
The cast of characters knows mom was loaded and everyone wants a piece of the pie. Will either one of her sons prevail and inherit Bradford Manor, or will the shifty daughter-in-law Danica pull another fast one? What about her dedicated butler, Basile, or her lawyer, Mr. Divencencio, who have served her faithfully for more than 30 years? So who gets it? And for that matter, is she really dead?
Hosker-Bouley is an award-winning playwright, director, actor and choreographer who has presented more than 22 original scripts in the past two decades. He is the former executive and artistic director of the Prescott Park Arts Festival and created and stars in the Portsmouth Underbelly Tour, beginning its 10th season this June.
“Where There’s a Will…” runs Feb. 14 to March 2. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 978-683-7745.
Take in ‘Warm Music for a Winter’s Night’
The second annual “Warm Music for a Winter’s Night” welcomes Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport this Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. This gala benefits the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra’s special programs for young musicians, community outreach efforts and scholarship fund.
Oliver leads a youthful, vibrant, 15-plus piece orchestra with a female vocalist. The New Life Jazz Orchestra has been building its reputation on the jazz scene since its inception in 1995, while Oliver still was a student at Berklee College of Music.
Tickets are $150 for benefactors (premium seating, pre-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres, and acknowledgment in the concert program); $75 for patrons (premium seating and acknowledgment in the concert program); and general admission tickets are $50 and $25. For more information, visit www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.