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Symphony by the Sea presents Valentine’s week celebrations

“High Street” is in an exhibit of paintings by Carol Reynolds at Ten Center Street in Newburyport.

“High Street” is in an exhibit of paintings by Carol Reynolds at Ten Center Street in Newburyport.

LOVE-LY FOOD AND MUSIC: Symphony by the Sea  presents Valentine’s week concerts Thursday in Marblehead and next Sunday in Byfield.

The programs feature the music of Tchaikovsky, Villa Lobos, Brahms, Gershwin, and others.

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The Marblehead event begins with a preconcert reception at 6:30 p.m. at Abbot Hall where sparkling wine and chocolates will be served.

Donald Palma, music director of the symphony, promises “something different” and is not ruling out a grand waltz for dancers of all ages to whirl around the hall or sway in their seats.

The Endicott Singers from Endicott College in Beverly perform a cappella selections from the classic repertoire.

Eight Marblehead restaurants — Le Bistro, Three Cod Tavern, Yannalfo’s Ristorante, The Landing, Five Corners Kitchen, Jack Tar Restaurant, Hungry Betty’s, and Caffé Italia — are offering early dining so patrons can enjoy dinner before attending the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Diners are urged to call the restaurants for reservations.

With a dinner receipt from one of the participating restaurants, concertgoers receive a discounted ticket for $25, a savings of $10. 

The 3 p.m. concert at The Governor’s Academy  next Sunday features the same musical program.

Tickets are $35. Visit symphonybythesea.org. 

BEING HEARD: Four young actors from the area are appearing in the Boston Children’s Theatre’s  production of “Honk!” at the Boston Center for the Arts  through Feb. 24. 

Featured are Brandon Barbosa  of Revere in the lead role of Ugly; Karllee Hunt  of Peabody as Dot; Tom Rush  of Rockport as Drake; and Nina Barresi  of Wakefield as Cat.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the family musical tells the story of a young bird named Ugly, whose unusual and awkward appearance triggers prejudice and ridicule among his family and friends.

From left, Tom Rush, Brandon Barbosa, Nina Barresi, and Karllee Hunt (kneeling) perform in the family musical “Honk!

From left, Tom Rush, Brandon Barbosa, Nina Barresi, and Karllee Hunt (kneeling) perform in the family musical “Honk!

The show traces Ugly’s journey as he meets some interesting characters and discovers not only his inner beauty and destiny, but also love and acceptance.

Performances are 2 p.m. Sunday, Saturday, and next Sunday, and also on Feb. 20-24. 

Tickets are $25. Call the box office at 617-424-6634, ext. 222, or visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org. School groups can reserve tickets for weekday performances by contacting the box office.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: The Book Shop of Beverly Farms  is celebrating 45 years of independent bookselling this month. Co-owners of the business — Pam Price  of Beverly, Lee Simonds Brown  of Manchester, and Janet Weedon  of Salem — and co-workers Lalie Clayman  and Mary Healey  are committed to keeping the community bookstore vibrant.

Local authors hold book signings at the shop. And it has long-established ties to local schools, providing fund-raisers and book fairs, discounted books for classrooms, and special prices for educators.

“Flag 2012” by Eva Hoffman, on view in Marblehead.

“Flag 2012” by Eva Hoffman, on view in Marblehead.

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, The Book Shop is holding a storewide sale Feb. 21 to 23. 

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Highlights,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Carol Reynolds, is at Ten Center Street  in Newburyport through April 30. Reynolds is inspired by the area’s surroundings and historical architecture. She paints landscapes in pastel and oil, as well as commissioned portraits. Reynolds works as a designer at Newburyport Framers and is focusing again on her own art after presenting, promoting, and exhibiting other artists’ work for many years. A reception with the artist is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20.  . . . The Marblehead Arts Association  presents the mixed media works of four local artists — David Lieb, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Elizabeth Neville, and Eva Hoffman  — through March 10. A reception with the artists is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday . . . The Conant Gallery at Lawrence Academy  in Groton presents the mixed media art of Margot Stage  of Westford through Feb. 28.

The exhibit, “What’s Left Behind,” explores memory, legacy, and the cycles of life.

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