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February 6, 2014

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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 sales@andoverchambermusic.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.

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