The Rogers Center at Merrimack College is located at 315 Turnpike St. (Route 114), North Andover. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Admission for children age 12 and younger is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door or via the website at www.mvpomusic.org.
Composer premieres new piece
Newburyport’s David Schumacher, a professional composer and director of jazz for Pentucket Regional High School, will celebrate the premiere of his new piece, “Deconstructing Victor,” this weekend.
The piece will be performed by Joshua Thomas of the United States Coast Guard Band, who commissioned the work, on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference hosted by Salem State University.
“Deconstructing Victor” is a solo saxophone sequel to Schumacher’s “Deconstructing Eddie.”
“Based on the music of virtuoso bassist Victor Wooten, ‘Deconstructing Victor’ employs the graceful unfolding development and minimalist approach to material that are integral to Wooten’s style,” Schumacher wrote in an email. “I explore the dichotomy of soulful groove and ethereal beauty I found captivating in his music. Though the piece certainly has its moments of virtuosity, ‘Deconstructing Victor’ is more about emotion and nuance, than the pyrotechnic audacity of ‘Eddie.’”
Schumacher is the director of the jazz orchestra, Sound Assembly, in New York City.
Jurney speaks at Art Association Sunday
Newburyport landscape painter Donald Jurney will host a discussion on Sunday at the Newburyport Art Association. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jurney will discuss his plein air art and offer some tips on the art form.
Following his presentation, Jurney will answer questions from the audience and critique one painting from each participant, if he or she desires.
“Both painters and non-painters alike are encouraged to attend,” Jurney said in a statement. “For the non-painter, to experience a painting from the point of view of the artist can often enhance one’s overall pleasure in appreciating art and make one a better-informed gallery/museum visitor.”