, Gloucester, MA

February 21, 2013

Quartet to play at Oscars party

Around Cape Ann/Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — The 85th annual Academy Awards will be shown in high definition on the big screen at Cape Ann Community Cinema’s annual Oscar Party. The event starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

The New England String Quartet will play a mixture of movie favorites and classical chestnuts. The red carpet show starts at 8 p.m., with the ceremony, hosted by “Family Guy” guru Seth MacFarlane (nominated for Best Original Song for his tune from “Ted”), starting at 8:30 p.m. 
Movie snacks from around the world will be served, and every guest will have the chance to win a movie party for 100 people by guessing the winners in the seven major categories.
 Tickets for the Oscar Party are $15, $13.50 for members. More information and a full film schedule through Feb. 28 can be found at
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Mary Ann and Mace Wenniger, artists and owners of The Wenniger Cottage Gallery, are celebrating 41 years of arts on the North Shore in their career as artists and gallery owners with a special “For the Love of Art” Open House and sale. Residents of Manchester for 44 years, the couple moved their home and gallery to Gloucester two years ago, after they sold their gallery in Rockport. The Wennigers are known for their extensive collection of contemporary and vintage original prints. 
The gallery has a collection of figurative and abstract subjects ranging from New England forest scenes to Chinese scrolls.  The collection also includes watercolors, large and small aquatints and etchings, decorative silk-screens and lithographs, historic white-line woodcuts, wood engravings and drypoints, handmade papers and more. There are also collagraphs by Mary Ann Wenniger and figure paintings by Mace Wenniger.
The open house is Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wenniger Cottage Gallery at 70 Holly St. in Gloucester.  For more information or an appointment, call 978-281-1181 or visit
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The Jasper Quartet performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. with a program featuring Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 77, No. 2; Kernis’ String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.
The Jasper Quartet, winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, has received high marks from critics. The quartet performs music from Haydn and Beethoven to Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. The group have already commissioned four string quartet pieces from today’s up-and-coming composers and to critical acclaim. They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Norway.
Earlier the same day, music lovers are encouraged to register for “Music 101” — a series of workshops led by Dr. James Johnson, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and Dr. Elizabeth Seitz. The interactive sessions will explore the life and music of the composers being performed by the Jasper Quartet that evening.
For tickets or more information on these events, visit, or call the box office at 978-546-7391.
Don White in concert
Don White, a comedian, singer and songwriter, will perform at One World Coffeehouse at the First Universalist Church at 59 Main St. in Essex on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. 
“Don White illuminates the human experience though his writing and performing. His motivation for doing so is eloquently expressed in the spoken word piece he performs after singing Heartbeat of Heaven,” according to a press release.
The venue is handicap accessible. The suggested donation is $15. For reservations, call 978-768-3690. For more information, visit or, or on Facebook. 
Auditions for North Shore Voice
A second edition of North Shore Voice kicks off with auditions of  would-be competitors from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, 2 Main St. in Gloucester.
The contest is open to singers 12 and older. Contestants need to bring an application form, with required signatures for minors,  and a track of choice on iPod or CD unless singing a capella.
This is an eight-day competition, taking place on Thursdays, 7 to 10 p.m., from March 21 to May 16.
The winner will take home $500 cash. 
For more information and an application form, visit
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe
William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” a drama about politics, intrigue, assassination, and civil war is Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe’s next production. Director Joseph Stiliano has assembled a fine cast of local and regional talent to bring to life this tale of ambition, betrayal and violence. The play opens Feb. 27, when  all seats are $5, and continues through March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 3 p.m. at the Gorton Theatre (home of the Gloucester Stage Co.), 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. Tickets are $15; $10 for students; and $5 for those younger 19; they are available at the door or reserve at 
More information at and Facebook.
Renowned pianist performs
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who gained international success from her recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” which ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales, performs nearby on Friday. Dinnerstein returns to the area to perform the “Goldberg Variations” live on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in an Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series concert in the Phillips Music Center’s Recital Hall at Gordon College,  255 Grapevine Road, Wenham.
The three albums Dinnerstein has released since Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” — “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc), “Bach: A Strange Beauty” (Sony), and “Something Almost Being Said” (Sony) — also have topped the classical charts.
She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin, who was a popular draw at a Rockport Music event. She was a winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions, and has received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and the Classical Recording Foundation Award. For more information, visit
 @text1_r:Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.