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May 16, 2013

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

Famed clarinetist, violinist to perform ‘Streets of New York’

World renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and virtuoso violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor join the Essex Chamber Music Players at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, to present the world premiere of “Streets of New York” by William Thomas McKinley.

The concert will be held in the in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. Admission is free for NECC students with a college ID.

“McKinley’s brilliant work was inspired by his visits to New York City for concerts of his music,” said flutist Michael Finegold, Essex Chamber Music Players artistic director and an Andover resident.

Stoltzman, of Winchester, is a two-time Grammy Award winning clarinetist. According to Finegold, “His virtuosity, technique, imagination and communicative power have revolutionized the world of clarinet playing, opening up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted.”

Taylor, of Brookline, has an expanding international reputation as fans are drawn to his probing musical insight, luminous tone, expressive phrasing and technical mastery, Finegold added.

An audience question-answer period will follow with the composer and players. For additional information, visit www.ecmp.org or contact Michael Finegold at ecmp314@comcast.net.

The New Greeley Singers sing for the troops

The New Greeley Singers will perform a benefit concert for Homes for Our Troops at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

Under the direction of Michael Green with accompanist Elizabeth Tousignant, the group will perform “Requiem” by John Rutter and a wide array of patriotic arrangements including the “Armed Forces Salute,” the “Navy Hymn” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Peter Krasinski, widely renowned Boston organist, will accompany parts of the program on the Music Hall’s magnificent Walcker organ.

The New Greeley Singers formed in 1996 as part of the town of Pelham’s 250th anniversary, to re-enact an 1886 gathering for a day of singing organized at that time by David Alonzo Greeley. Since, the group has performed several concerts annually in Pelham and surrounding communities.

A portion of proceeds from the concert will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, an organization that restores freedom and independence to seriously wounded veterans through gifts of specially adapted homes.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for veterans and $5 for children 12 and under. The venue is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28) in Methuen. For more information, call Helen at 978-453-9982, email ngsingers@gmail.com, or visit http://www.newgreeleysingers.org.

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