EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 24, 2013

Editor's Picks: Highlights of the week in entertainment as chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh.


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---- — Mistral promises unpredictable performance

Mistral (formerly Andover Chamber Music) brings “American Voices” to West Parish Church in Andover at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3.

With Artistic Director Julie Scolnik at its helm, Mistral bills itself as as having brought “unstuffy, unpredictable and unmatched” concerts with internationally renowned musicians to the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston since 1997. Most concerts are repeated at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline.

Scolnik aims for performances that are a little eccentric, stubbornly personal, impassioned and committed to invigorating old traditions with an ever-youthful perspective, she says.

Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and free for students with ID. Order securely online at www.MistralMusic.org, call 978-474-6222, or email Sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org.

Faculty all jazzed up for concert at Phillips

In other concert-related news, The Phillips Academy Music Department in Andover presents a concert of Faculty Jazz Ensembles at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27. The performance will feature the music of Charles Mingus, Bob Baughman, Moacir Santos, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson, Frank Loesser, Chick Corea, Nelson Cavaquinho and Toninho Horta.

Free and open to the public, the concert is in the Timken Room at Graves Hall on the Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Graves Hall is handicapped accessible. For further information contact the Music Department at (978)749-4263 or e-mail to music@andover.edu.

Howard G. Buffett next on stage for writer series

The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes farmer, businessman, politician, photographer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, the oldest son of multibillionaire Warren Buffett, on Friday, Oct. 25. Buffett comes to Portsmouth, N.H., to discuss his new book, “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.” He will appear on stage with his son and and fellow farmer, Howard W. Buffett. The two will converse with longtime Music Hall member Peter Lamb, an independent philanthropic advisor who has served in the non-profit field for over 35 years.

“40 Chances” chronicles Howard G. Buffett’s journey as a philanthropist, photographer, and perhaps most importantly as a farmer with a deep understanding of what it takes to produce food in difficult conditions. He applies the lessons he learns to everyone: We each have 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life and do our best work, whatever our passions may be.

This hour-long event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. The ticket package, which includes a book, bar beverage and author meet-and-greet and book signing, is $40.25 ($37.25 for members). Packages can be purchased through The Music Hall Box Office, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or online at www.themusichall.org.

Voca People brings musical adventure to Boston

The Voca People, an original musical theater experience that bridges languages, cultures and even planets, makes its Boston debut at the Citi Shubert Theatre on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, for three performances.

The show stars eight “vocal acrobats” who combine a cappella vocals with the art of the modern beat box, which imitates drums, trumpets and guitars without instruments or sound effects. It incorporates 70 songs from Mozart to Madonna to Run DMC, making it fun for all ages.

Voca People began on YouTube with a video clip now boasting more than 20 million hits. The show been performed in more than 20 countries since 2009, from South America, to the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The show is at the Citi Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60 and on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.