Globe North Arts

Ending on a high note

Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo are on exhibit through April 15 at Northern Essex Community College. Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo are on exhibit through April 15 at Northern Essex Community College.
By Wendy Killeen
April 3, 2011

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North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its 63d season with a concert at Swampscott High School next Sunday.

The program features Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending.’’ Music director Robert Lehmann leads the orchestra.

The four movements of Tchaikovsky’s symphony range from bold to contemplative to whimsical to explosive.

“The Lark Ascending’’ is a violin solo performed by Zoia Bologovsky, the orchestra’s concertmaster since 1999. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is also principal second violin with the Nashua Symphony and teaches violin.

The concert marks the end of the orchestra’s second full season at the high school.

“We feel most welcome in Swampscott, and the facilities at Swampscott High are wonderful for orchestra performance,’’ said Lehmann, adding that the venue has helped the orchestra develop a devoted following.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $20, $15 for senior citizens and students, free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at

BRINGING ‘RENT’ TO LIFE: Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical, “Rent,’’ is presented at the Mainstage Theatre at Salem State University Thursday through Saturday and April 14-17.

The show is about a year in the life of friends and enemies struggling to survive in New York City during the 1980s amid the AIDS epidemic, drug addiction, intolerance, and greed.

Facing poverty and the pressures of keeping up with the rent, the characters work to change the world they live in and find meaning in their lives.

The cast and crew are taking the themes of “Rent’’ to heart by donating blood to the Red Cross, visiting people living with HIV and AIDS at the Boston Living Center, and collecting donations across campus to benefit the center. Also, half the proceeds from ticket sales at the door for the April 14 performance are being donated to the Living Center.

“AIDS received a lot of media attention prior to when ‘Rent’ was first produced in 1994,’’ said David Allen George, theater coordinator at Salem State and director of the musical. “We want to bring the awareness back because, yeah, it’s still out there. ‘Rent’ does that and reminds us about hope and love and how important it is to be an inclusive community [with people] who treat each other with kindness, with dignity.’’

Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and students, free to Salem State students with identification. Call 978-542-7555 or visit

AUTHORS CORNER: Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp discuss their book, “Table of Contents,’’ at the Swampscott Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cookbook features recipes and insights from many authors, including James Patterson and Anita Diamant. . . . “Poetry by the Sea: The Poetry of Nahant,’’ is now online at, a website sponsored by North Shore Community College. In addition to classic poems, the site includes the work of Annie Johnson (1827–1910) and her contemporaries in Nahant. Dan deStephano, director of the Nahant Library, writes about the town’s history, and Carl Carlsen, an English professor at North Shore, explains the abundance of poetry about Nahant. . . . Brunonia Barry, author of “The Lace Reader,’’ discusses her latest novel, “The Map of True Places,’’ at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The novel is about a psychotherapist who explores aspects of her own life after the death of a troubled patient.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Branching Out,’’ an exhibit by Janet Juel Cook of Swampscott and Michael Reardon of Lynn, is at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through April 28. Both are enjoying second careers as artists. Cook is a former teacher in Swampscott elementary schools and Reardon is a former letter carrier for the US Postal Service. Cook is inspired by the region north of Boston, painting scenes of the ocean, beach, landscapes, and gardens, and of children playing. Reardon often drives through Massachusetts and New Hampshire seeking farmhouses, stone walls, fences, horse farms, and open fields that provide material for his oil paintings. An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m today. . . . The work of Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo, an art professor at Northern Essex Community College, is on display in the college library’s ArtSpace Gallery through April 15. The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking.

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