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Jazz festival in Newburyport features pros and students

Tina Silverio of North Andover creates glass works to see “what else glass can do.’’ Her art is on view in The Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell through April 25. Tina Silverio of North Andover creates glass works to see “what else glass can do.’’ Her art is on view in The Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell through April 25.
By Wendy Killeen
April 11, 2010

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JAZZING IT UP: The Greater Newburyport Jazz Festival, featuring bands from local high schools and middle schools as well as The Danny Harrington Jazz Combo, is Tuesday at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport.

The event, sponsored by the Newburyport Education Business Coalition, features jazz ensembles from Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury and Newburyport High School and jazz bands from Triton Regional High School in Newbury, Ipswich High School, and Nock Middle School.

Danny Harrington of Newburyport, who plays baritone saxophone, has been a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1978. He previously toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Call 978-463-7893 or visit www.newburyportef.org.

SPRING POPS AUDITIONS: High school students are invited to enter the second annual Musical Theatre Contest to win a solo spot in the Polymnia Choral Society’s June 5 concert, “Spring Pops in Melrose.’’

Auditions are 2-7 p.m. next Sunday at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose. Contestants should prepare two contrasting Broadway songs, to be performed with piano accompaniment. There is a time limit of seven minutes per singer and a $5 fee.

Polymnia is a 60-voice chorus composed of people of all ages. It presents concerts ranging from sacred hymns to popular show music. “Spring Pops’’ features Broadway show tunes.

For more information or to reserve an audition time, contact Eileen Christiansen at 617-429-4026 or Eileen.Christiansen@gmail.com.

ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: The Essex Chamber Music Players, in residence at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, celebrate their 10th anniversary with a concert next Sunday.

The concert features the debut of music from the group’s first CD, “Classic Contemporary Music for the 21st Century, Volume 1,’’ and a performance by Boston Symphony cellist Jonathan Miller.

Performers include soprano Charlotte Russell of Littleton; flutist Michael Finegold of Andover, artistic director of the Essex Chamber Music Players and a music professor emeritus at Northern Essex; and pianist David Pihl of Worcester.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus. Tickets are $10; $5 for students; free for Northern Essex students with an ID. Visit www.mvarts.info.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Casey Sherman presents “Tales of Suspense,’’ the true stories behind a New England sea rescue and one of America’s most notorious crimes, at the Topsfield Town Library at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Sherman is the author of “The Finest Hours,’’ “A Rose for Mary,’’ “Search for the Strangler,’’ “Black Irish,’’ “Black Dragon,’’ and “Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains.’’ . . . Estelle Epstein of Swampscott talks about her book, “I Heard My Father’s Voice,’’ the true story of a family’s journey from Russia to America at the turn of the 20th century, at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 8 p.m. Thursday.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Crazy About Color,’’ an exhibit of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Judy Beals, is at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through May 6. An opening reception is 3-5 p.m. today. After 26 years as admissions director of Simmons College in Boston, Beals is pursuing her passion for abstract painting. She is also coordinator of the Cloister Gallery in Marblehead. . . . “Glass: Please Handle with Care,’’ an exhibit of the work of Tina Silverio of North Andover, is at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell through April 25. Silverio’s mission is to create glass works that are not functional, but “art for art’s sake.’’ She transforms granules, chips, and cut sheets of glass in kilns up to 1,500 degrees. She said her inspiration comes from “the need to really try to push the envelope and see what else I can do and what else glass can do.’’

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.