:Pianist featured in Essex Chamber fundraiser: Pianist David Alan Pihl will perform the works of Mozart, Brahms and McKinley during a fundraiser for the Essex Chamber Music Players Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held March 24. It is free to NECC students who present an identification. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MVarts.Info. Proceeds benefit the Essex Chamber Music Players. Under the artistic direction of Michael Finegold, ECMP is in residence at NECC. For more information visit www.ecmp.org or contact Finegold at 978-470-1584 or ECMP314@comcast.net.
:Talk on the history of American Music: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland will host a talk by Kevin Comtois of Northern Essex Community College on how American music has evolved over the past few centuries The program, titled “From Slave Songs to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music,” is Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. An emphasis will be placed on the social and political context of the music and messages the songs were trying to convey. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NECC Speakers Bureau. For more information or to register, call 978-372-1732 or register online at www.langleyadamslib.org.
:Talk by local author K.D. Mason: Local author K.D. Mason will discuss his new book “Killer Run,’’ the latest in his Jack Beale mystery series, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Village in Groveland. Readers will be familiar with the setting of “Killer Run’’ as he mentions Maudslay State Park and Ipswich, then travels to Leavitt, N.H. Mason will sell and sign copies of his book at the event. The event is free and is presented by the Langley-Adams Library and Nichols Village. For more information or to register, call 978-372-1732 or register online at www.langleyadamslib.org.