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October 4, 2012

Lookout: Quartet brings Beatles to Bellev

The Boston String Quartet will perform at the Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport on Saturday at 7 p.m.

This is the quartet’s third annual concert series. Their performance, “String Circus,” will feature the music of Sergeant Pepper and the Beatles.

“Familiar songs such as ‘A Day in the Life,’ ‘Fixing a Hole,’ and ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite’ receive their first ever performance by a string quartet,” notes organizers. A video screen will display images throughout the performance, as well.

The quartet formed in 2004 and specializes in “retelling modern music with original arrangements of rock, jazz and world music.”

The group includes Christopher Vuk, violin 1; Angel Valchinov, violin 2; Chen Lin, viola, and Christina Stripling, cello. During the concert, they will also perform original pieces written by each of the four members.

Tickets are $20 for the general public. Children under age 18 are free. The program is a fundraiser for the Belleville Church.

Belleville Congregational Church is located at 300 High St., Newburyport.

Whittier biographer speaks in Amesbury

John Ben Pickard, the great grand-nephew of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, will visit the Whittier Home in Amesbury this afternoon to give a final talk for the public.

Pickard is the official biographer of Whittier. During his presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., he will discuss his famous relative and his well-known work, “Snowbound.”

His talk will include three sections.

“I’ve always wanted to do a ‘full treatment of this poem,’” Pickard said in a press release. “The first section will focus on Whittier’s background before penning his masterpiece in 1865. It will center on the many family losses as well as writing about this New England region.”

The second section will address the genesis of the poem itself and why Whittier wrote it, and the third and final section will delve into the poem and why it succeeds as a great poem, according to the Whittier Home.

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