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March 28, 2013

Lockhart returns to Merrimack Valley for NECC event

Keith Lockhart and Friends will perform Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School.

This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler.

This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

Tickets are $35. For tickets, call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.

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