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February 14, 2013

Lookout: New England String Quartet plays Sunday

The New England String Quartet will perform a program of Brahms, Beethoven and Shostakovich on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. This is the second performance in this year’s Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

The quartet is currently the ensemble-in-residence at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

The New England String Quartet seeks to broaden the contemporary chamber music tradition with a mix of concerts, recordings, community outreach and educational programs. The quartet has numerous recordings of contemporary works through New England-based PARMA recordings, including pieces by Alan Beeler, Michael Cunningham, Sarah Wallin-Huff, Larry Read and Kyle Peter Rotolo.

Recently, they released their premieres of “Romance and Descent No. 1” by Brian Buch, “Exquisitries” and “Light Excelleth Darkness” by Betsy Schramm and “String Quartet No. 2” by Pasquale Tassone.

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 27 years. Now, it operates under the sponsorship of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Music Committee. The series traditionally offers three concerts each year from January through March.

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

Valentine’s Day

beer, dessert tasting

Grab special someone and head to The Port Tavern in Newburyport tonight to celebrate the holiday.

“Be My Porter Valentine” is a celebration of loved ones — and the love of beer. From 8 to 10 p.m., attendees can learn about beer and brewing as organizers pair rich, delicious desserts and craft beers.

The Port Tavern is located at 84 State St., Newburyport.

‘Beauty and The Beast’ staged at Boys and Girls Club

The theater group, Kool with a K, will perform “Beauty & The Beast” at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley this weekend.

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