SPRING SERENADE: Cape Ann Symphony presents the final concert of its 61st season, “Heroic Music for Mother’s Day,” Saturday at Manchester-Essex High School in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Under the direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa, the symphony performs the music of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.
The program features Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” which means heroic in Italian.
“Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings’ is a gorgeous and beautiful masterpiece,” said Udagawa. “The four movements are made up of an energetic first movement, sparkling waltz, expressive slow movement, and a joyful finale.
“The Symphony No. 3 by Beethoven is one of his most popular works,” he continued. “It’s a sweeping and majestic work full of the strength, energy, passion, and even the humor Beethoven’s music is known for. The orchestra and I are looking forward to performing it.”
The public is invited to the symphony’s open rehearsal from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the high school. The rehearsal gives audiences the opportunity to observe the collaborative process the musicians and conductor go through in preparing for a concert.
Udagawa also takes questions from the audience.
“We have been opening a rehearsal to the public for a few seasons,” he said. “I look forward to the immediate feedback from the audience and the chance to give them a behind the scenes look at the Cape Ann Symphony.”
Admission to the open rehearsal is $10; free for age 18 and younger.
Saturday’s concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35; $30 for senior citizens, $20 for ages 19 to 24; and free for age 18 and younger.
Call 978-281-0543 or visit capeannsymphony.org.
A FAMILY DRAMA: Salem Theatre Company concludes its 10th season with a production of an Edward Albee’ play,
“A Delicate Balance,” Thursday through June 1.
In the play, the lives of well-to-do suburbanites Agnes and Tobias are turned upside down by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends, Harry and Edna, who seek refuge from an unnamed terror. In the space of a weekend, the invasion of this “plague” exposes the couple’s own emotional imbalances.
“I view this play as a fascinating period piece, set in an affluent Connecticut suburb in the echoes of the conformist 1950s,” said John Fogle, artistic director. “Though times have certainly changed, many will recognize the milieu of this story — where the appearance of virtue is equated with virtue itself.
“It’s about the masks we wear to defend ourselves and what can happen – for the good – when the masks slip,” Fogle added.
The cast features Sarah Carlin, Linda Goetz, Lida McGirr, Sharon Mason, Jeffrey Phillips, and Chuck Schwager. Fogle directs.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior citizens; and $10 for students.
Name your own ticket price performances are next Thursday and Friday.
Call 866-811-4111 or visit salemtheatre.com.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Salem State University professor J.D. Scrimgeour celebrates the release of his chapbook, “Territories,” with a dramatic reading at the Callan Studio Theatre 7 p.m. Friday. Theatre students Taylor Botticelli, Paige Fasold, and Nick LaRoche, under the direction of theatre professor Peter Sampieri, perform the dramatic monologues. The 40-minute performance is followed by a reception and book signing.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: An exhibit of work by Peggy Farrell of Marblehead and Jan Condon of Salem is
at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem throughout May. An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. today. Farrell is a landscape photographer. Condon paints commissioned portraits of people, pets, and homes as well as traditional landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes. The artists met through their association with the new Brush Strokes Studio and Gallery in Marblehead. . . . “Sky Symphonies,” a solo exhibition of abstract landscapes by Cara Gonier of Newburyport, is at Time & Tide at Post Road Framers in Rowley throughout May. Gonier deconstructs the classic landscapes of coastal New England into the essential elements of color, form, and texture. . . . “As I See It,” an exhibit of paintings by Barney Levitt, is at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell through June 8. A reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Levitt is inspired by the Dutch masters, as well as contemporary realist painters. His aim is to create a narrative from ordinary objects that will elevate them and give them new meaning.