EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 17, 2013

EDITOR'S PICKS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK OF JAN. 17-24 AS CHOSEN BY EDITOR TRACEY DEE RAUH


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Writer series turns page

to Katrina Kenison

The Writers in the Loft series continues at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., with a reading and discussion by Katrina Kenison at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24.

Kenison, author of “Mitten Strings for God” and “The Gift of an Ordinary Day,” is appearing in support of her latest book, “Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment.” The book is about beginning a new life without children at home, representing one of life’s great transitions for individuals and couples.

“This luminous memoir is a gift to any reader searching for meaning, clarity, and perhaps a bit of hard-won joy,” wrote Dani Shapiro, author of “Devotion Ticket.”

“Katrina Kenison is the best kind of guide through our life’s passages: a thoughtful, fearless friend who reaches out a hand and says, ‘I’ve been here too.’”

Tickets are $39 and include a reserved seat, book ($24.99 hardcover), beverage, author presentation and question-and-answer session, and a book signing meet-and-greet.

The Music Hall is located at 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. Visit www.themusichall.org, or call 603-433-3100.

Pianist Stephen Porter brings classical sounds to academy

The Phillips Academy Music Department presents a Faculty Piano Recital featuring Stephen Porter performing works by Debussy and Chopin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19.

Free and open to the public, the concert will be held in the Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy in Andover.

In 2012, American pianist Porter was named artist-resident of the Cité Internationale Des Arts. He was invited to Paris for two months to give recitals of the music of Claude Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year.

He recently visited Washington, D.C., to be the guest on National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show,” discussing Debussy’s life and music and playing selections from the live concerts.

He has appeared as soloist at Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, the Rockefeller Foundation at Lake Como, Italy, and with the Amadeus Orchestra of London at LSO St. Luke’s. This spring he will give solo recitals in Rio de Janeiro, at Harvard University (new works dedicated to him by 15 contemporary composers, entitled “Re-Imagining Debussy”), and perform Beethoven’s final piano sonata, Op. 111, at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For further information, contact the Music Department at (978)749-4260 or email to music@andover.edu.