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April 11, 2013

Lookout: Quartet For-Te celebrates spring

Local musicians Quartet For-Te will celebrate spring’s arrival and a new awakening with a special performance. Their concert, “Oppression and Liberation of the Human Spirit,” is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.

Quartet For-Te features Loren Lee and Caroline Lieber on violin, Dayla Stoerzbach on viola and John Bumstead on cello. The quartet began last year and explores a diverse mix of classical to contemporary music.

On Sunday, audiences will hear the string quartets selections by Dmitri Shostakovich and Edvard Grieg.

“The musical experience for the afternoon begins with a piece that captures the tremendous torment felt by tragedy, loss, war and bereavement,” according to organizers. “It is said that the composer himself could not hear this quartet without breaking into tears and dedicated the work.”

Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

“The music speaks volumes without saying a word,” Lieber said in a statement.

Music at 17 State St. Cafe

Singer/songwriter Marc Douglas Berardo will perform at Newburyport’s 17 State Street Cafe tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, performer Josef Nocera will entertain with original songs and cover the tunes of artists from the1950s and 1960s, including Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin.

Feline rescue society book sale

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will hold its annual Book Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 16 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Customers can browse a huge selection of books on various topics. All books will be priced at $2 or less. Proceeds benefit the MRFRS programs and services.

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that advocates for the health and welfare of cats and kittens and promotes no-kill programs.

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