Close Encounters with Music focuses on the flute

An oil painting by Linda Tasker is on view in The Colorists exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association, Tuesday through March 25.
An oil painting by Linda Tasker is on view in The Colorists exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association, Tuesday through March 25.

THE FLUTE REDEFINED: The Peabody Institute Library presents flutist Orlando Cela in the third installment of its series Close Encounters with Music, which combines lecture and performance to explore the world of classical music.

The program, “Fluted Edges: Pushing the Boundaries of the Flute,” is at 7 p.m. Monday at the main library in Peabody.

The program includes “Conversations between Wind and Water” by Hong-Da Chin, “Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi?” by Salvatore Sciarrino, “Cassandra’s Dreamsong” by Brian Ferneyhough, and “Lied” by Heinz Holliger.


A native of Venezuela, Cela started playing flute at a young age. He studied flute at DePauw University, in Vienna, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a double master’s degree in wind ensemble and choral conducting.

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In addition to performing widely, he is a conductor, teacher, and arranger.

Close Encounters with Music combines traditional live classical music performances with interactive dialog among performers and listeners.

The aim is to provide an enlightening and participatory experience for the seasoned concertgoer, as well as for newcomers to chamber music.

Performers reflect on the history of their instruments, cultural context of the music performed, literary and artistic cross-discipline connections, and their personal insights into the music they perform.


The series is sponsored by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10 or visit

A PARADE OF PERFORMANCES: The NextDoor Center for the Arts in Winchester continues its month long “March of the Arts.”

“Creative License,” a new musical written by actor Kevin Cirone , has a staged reading and talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This evening offers audiences a glimpse of the creative process of playwriting and artistic collaboration. Tickets are $5.


”Sing! Winchester” brings local talent to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday to help raise funds for sound system upgrades at the theater.

Professionals from previous and upcoming shows at the NextDoor Theater, and members of the community, perform in this cabaret-style show. There is a cash bar. Tickets are $10.

“Dance Unites,” a daylong dance festival hosted by Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester, culminates with performances at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Winchester Community Music School presents a classical children’s concert at 3 p.m. next Sunday with a reading of a children’s storybook by actors from Kidstock. For ages 2 to 8 and anyone young at heart. Tickets are $10.

NextDoor Center for the Arts is a nonprofit located at 40 Cross St. It has a professional, intimate space and is focused on building community through the arts with education, participation, and presentation.

Call 781-729-6398 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: John Theo of Manchester-by-the-Sea is the author of the young adult novel “The Grotto Under the Tree.” The book follows two youngsters, Sebastian and Sara, as they mistakenly descend into a land where mythical creatures live. On their journey, they learn about sacrifice, love, and forgiveness. Theo has a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from Pine Manor College and is a former adjunct professor at Endicott College in Beverly.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Colorists, a new interest group at the Newburyport Art Association, presents a show of its work in the association’s Hills Gallery Tuesday through March 25. A reception with the artists is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. A colorist is an artist who exaggerates a color or uses an unexpected color rather then the hue usually there. The show features works in pastel, oil, and acrylic, ranging in style from realistic to abstract. The artists include Karen Jones, Janet Mac­Leod, Annalee Johnson, Linda Tasker, and Candace Mitchell . . . . The Brush Gallery in Lowell presents “Massachusetts Artists 2013: Showcase of Contemporary Art” through April 13. Featuring work from artists throughout the state, the show includes hybrid styles, mediums, and materials exploring conceptual, political, and psychological ideas. It blurs the boundaries of photography and painting, fiber art and sculpture, natural and man-made materials, and traditional and technological approaches.

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