SMART STRINGS: Concluding its yearlong “Portraits of Genius” season, Andover Chamber Music presents a program with works for harp, strings, clarinet, and flute by Debussy and Ravel on April 7 at West Parish Church in Andover.
“These two composers created a new tonal language that has been called a musical counterpart to the Impressionist paintings and symbolist poetry,” said Julie Skolnick, artistic director of Andover Chamber Music.
“They are considered the most influential French composers of the early 20th century. Both were grand originals in the history of music, visionaries who dreamed a new world of sound and then brought it into being.”
Jessica Zhou, principal harpist for the Boston Symphony, makes her Andover Chamber Music debut for this concert, in which harp plays a prominent role.
Also featured are five other acclaimed string players from Italy, Sweden, Australia, and France. All have won awards in international competitions and have performed as soloists with major symphonies around the world.
Todd Palmer returns to perform his own transcription of Debussy’s “Première Rhapsodie” for clarinet and chamber ensemble.
Since 1997, the aim of Andover Chamber Music has been to bring unstuffy, unpredictable, and unmatched concerts with renowned musicians to the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston.
The performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25 for senior citizens, and free for students 18 and younger.
Call 978-474-6222 or visit www.andoverchambermusic.org.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Pamela Means, a singer-songwriter and
jazz musician, presents a free performance for the public at North Shore Community College in Lynn on Thursday.
Means has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Through her music, she addresses a range of themes, from the state of the union to the state of the heart.
Curve magazine has called her “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today.” She is also a composer and producer and has won multiple awards.
The event is sponsored by the college’s Performing Arts Council. Means will play two sets, one beginning at 1 p.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
Contact Matthew Woods at 781-593-6722, ext. 6228, matwoods@ northshore.edu or visit www.northshore.edu.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Linda Greenlaw discusses and signs copies of her newest book, “Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother,” 7 p.m. Friday at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. Greenlaw, a former swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and movie “The Perfect Storm” and in the Discovery Channel series “Swords: Life on the Line.” She is the author of three autobiographical books, two mysteries, and two cookbooks. “Lifesaving Lessons” chronicles the journey Greenlaw takes when a troubled and abused 15-year-old girl enters her life and stays. From legal guardianship to becoming a family, Greenlaw and the girl struggle to learn to trust each other and forge a new relationship.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: A new show at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester through April 14 highlights the photographic work of three local artists: Anne Rearick, Lynn Swigart, and Brooks Gibson. The collection of hand-crafted silver gelatin prints spans
three generations of photographers, demonstrating years of refinement in both image-making and the traditional black-and-white process. The exhibit takes viewers on a journey from the hills of Basque country to Midwestern farmlands to local scenes . . . “Alternate Realms of Possibility,” featuring the work of Becca Donohue, Elizabeth Wilson Jackson, and Renee Schneider, is at the Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Amesbury through May 8. Donohue is a junior at The Boston Institute of Art, majoring in photography, and is also an art education major at Lesley University. She has been a serious photographer since the eighth grade. Jackson and Schneider, both of Amesbury, are local artists with unusual styles.Items can be sent to wdkilleen@