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January 17, 2013

Lookout: Pianist Moyer kicks off music program

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Concert pianist Frederick Moyer will perform “Of Old and New: A Grandfather’s Tale” on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. It is the first of three concerts in this year’s Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

The program will feature works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Béla Bartok, Alberto Jonás, Ernst von Dohnanyi, Enrique Granados and Sergei Prokofiev, according to organizers.

His more than 25-year career as a full-time concert pianist has taken Moyer to 43 countries and to international venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, as well as national venues like Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Tanglewood in Lenox, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Moyer has appeared with many of the major orchestras of the United States, as well as Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.

With an affinity for computer programming, Moyer will incorporate technology into his concerts, as well. He is a member of the Jazz Arts Trio and performs “note-for-note transcriptions of such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner, bringing this great American music onto classical music stages. In 2009, he and Dr. Paul Green unveiled an unfinished piano sonata by Robert Schumann.”

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 27 years. Now organized by the First Religious Society’s Music Committee, the program offers three concerts, typically held during the first three months of the year.

There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. It is free for children and students to attend. For more information about the concert go to www.frsuu.org or call 978-465-0602, ext. 401.

Thornton to speak at Emma Andrews Library

Author Evelyn Thornton will read aloud from and discuss her book, “To Walk with My Brother,” a memoir detailing her special relationship with her younger brother, Wayne, at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport tonight.

In 1953, 6-year-old Wayne became a paraplegic — and, in an era long before the Americans with Disabilities Act, — “an involuntary but willing pioneer in changing our expectations and perceptions of the physically disabled.”

Thornton, who lives in Hampton, N.H., wrote the book as a tribute to her late brother — who led a full and active life, graduating from college and pursuing a career as an accountant — while also highlighting the supportive spirit of a small town community.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free to attend, but registration is suggested. The library is located at 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.

Auditions for ‘The Music Man Jr.’ today, Saturday

TTS Players will hold open auditions for “The Music Man, Jr.” today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., and on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Auditions are open to all area youth ages 8 to 18.

Directed by Jack Neary, the “adaption of the hit Broadway musical follows traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a kids’ band, despite the fact he doesn‘t know a trombone from a treble clef. But his plans to skip town with the cash may be foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian.”

For the audition, actors and actresses will be asked to read from the script as well as some singing.

Visit tts-players.com or contact Mike Fay at 978-476-6053 or e-mail ttsplayers@gmail.com for more information.

Yoga and wine

at Mill River

Pack up your yoga mat and head to Mill River Winery in Rowley on Sunday for a day of exercise and refreshments.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class. The session is appropriate for all skill levels. Following the class, enjoy a sampling of organic food, green tea, lemon water and a glass of Mill River’s “Sunrise.”

Reservations are required; $20 per person. To purchase tickets online, visit www.millriverwines.com or call 978-432-1280.

New Works Festival begins this weekend

Newburyport’s New Works Festival is returning to the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

For the festival, area playwrights are asked to submit new plays that have not been staged previously. The submissions are then judged by a panel of theater professionals who choose a mix of works to be given to a director and actors to perform.

One full-length play, which opens the festival tomorrow night, is performed as a staged reading. Numerous one-act plays and short plays are memorized by the actors.

This year’s New Works Festival is set for tomorrow and Saturday, as well as Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

The program began 11 years ago as an opportunity to give local writers a chance to see their plays on stage. In recent years, it has started to attract attention from writers throughout New England. This year organizers received close to 140 submissions from across the region, breaking the previous record of entries of about 100.

Tickets are $13 per evening or $38 for a 4-day festival pass. For more information or to view the festival’s schedule, visit www.firehouse.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 978-462-7336.

‘Open Heart’ earns

Oscar nod

Earning his first real film credit was exciting enough for Newburyport native John Pouliot, but last week it became an amazing dream come true as well.

Pouliot, a 2007 Newburyport High graduate, moved to Los Angeles shortly after finishing his degree at Emerson College in Boston after being offered a position working on a short documentary, “Open Heart,” which follows the journey of eight young Rwandan heart patients who travel to Sudan to get lifesaving treatment at a free heart surgery clinic.

Late last week, it was announced the film is among the contenders in the Best Short Documentary category. The film was nominated along with the films, “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine,” and “Redemption.”

Pouliot, who first became interested in film studies as a student at Newburyport High, was responsible for organizing and overseeing the detailed travel process for the cast and crew, orchestrating the shooting from the film’s home base, and arranging for translators for a film that features five different languages. Once the footage was in hand, Pouliot was named an associate editor and was responsible helping to piece the film together.

The Oscars ceremony is set for Feb. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

Steel drum concert Sunday

Students at Zach Field Drum Studios will hold a steel drum and percussion ensemble concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Students in the steel drum bands range in age from elementary through high school, Students will perform a mix of traditional calypso, contemporary calypso, pop, reggae and a few original compositions. Making their debut will be the Suite Jams project, a collaboration of students from Zach Field Drum Studios and The Musical Suite, which is also located in the Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport

Tickets are $5. Students age 8 and younger are free. For more information, visit www.zachfielddrumstudios.com or call 978-462-1100.

Transition Newburyport discusses sustainable living

The local groups Transition Newburyport and Community Resilence Circles invite the public to learn more about food sustainability by viewing 24 photos involved in the “Lexicon of Sustainability” project during a presentation on Sunday in Newburyport.

The photos “illustrate terms we should understand to ensure we have healthy, tasty, local food in our homes, at our farms and in our communities,” organizers note, such as “grass-fed,” “the soil-free web” and “pasture raised versus cage-free.”

The Lexicon project was started on the idea that individuals can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t learn about the basic terms and principles that comprise the movement.

The free program begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St, Newburyport. For more information, visit www.transitionnewburyport.org or call 978-462-1308.

‘Souper Saturday’ at Andrews Library

Emma L. Andrews Library will begin its annual “Souper Saturday” fundraising program on Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. Visitors can enjoy homemade hot soup and desserts to benefit summer children’s events at the library. A $5 donation is suggested.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend. “Souper Saturdays” will also be held on the last Saturday of February and March.

First Religious choir looking for singers

The First Religious Society in Newburyport is beginning its new season of music shortly, and is looking for new singers to join the group.

The choir sings in a variety of styles and pieces from numerous faith traditions. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. The Choir Room is upstairs in the sanctuary behind the organ.

For more information, email the church’s music director Jay Lane at jaydlane@comcast.net.

Historical Society accepting consignments

The Historical Society of Old Newbury is accepting consignments for March’s ‘Bury Treasures Auction now through Feb. 1.

The society is seeking a range of items, such as paintings, prints, vintage items, jewelry, toys, mirrors, furniture, china, candlesticks, marine-related items, silver, tools, ceramics, pottery and Newburyport-area related items. Call the Historical Society at 978-462-2681 to schedule a consultation with curator Jay Williamson.

The auction is set for Saturday, March 9, at the Masonic Hall in Newburyport.

OpArt gallery reception set for next week

The Provident Bank in Newburyport will host an artists’ reception next Thursday, Jan. 24, for the new exhibit in the “Lobby for the Arts” program.

This month, the Storey Avenue branch is featuring the works of the artists in OpArt, a program run by the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works. Through the program, instructors from the Art Association teach participating artists from Opportunity Works how to professionally create, exhibit and market their artwork.

“Fresh Paint: An OpArt Exhibit” will run through Feb. 24. The artists will be at the bank next Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to meet with the public.

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