THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, April 5, 2019 Page 15 North Shore Philharmonic features Shostakovich, Haydn in Spring Concert Symphony No. 9, is regarded as the lightest and most amusing piece amid the Russian composer’s somber symphonies that depicted his complicated relationship with the Russian government during World War II. Though it earned critical praise afT he North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra (NSPO) will complete its 71st consecutive season when Music Director Robert Lehmann conducts works by Haydn, Gounod, Bolcom and Shostakovich in a spring concert on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at Swampscott High School. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $30, $25 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets are available online at nspo.org. Music Director Lehmann programmed a satirical theme to the spring concert. The featured piece, Shostakovich’s ter its first performance in 1945, a year later the Ninth was censured for its “ideological weakness” and “its failure to refl ect the true spirit of the people of the Soviet Union.” However, history has treated the Ninth symphony with more respect, comparing it with Mozart’s works for its themes and brilliance. The concert will open with Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, nicknamed “Surprise” because of its unexpected fortissimo (loud) chord at the end of an otherwise soft second movement. It remains one of the most popular of the 106 symphonies Haydn wrote. Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” is most likely recognized as the theme music for Alfred Hitchock’s television show that aired from 1955 to 1965. It depicts the death of a Marionette in a duel and follows his funeral procession, along with a depiction of the mourners enjoying refreshments during a break from their march. Perhaps culminating the concert’s theme, William Bolcom’s “Commedia for (almost) 18th -century orchestra, which was composed in 1971, is popular for its hyperactive and impulsive jumps throughout a range of styles and paces. It is one piece of music that has a little something for everyone, all in one. The NSPO plays three subscription concerts at Swampscott High School. The 20182019 season marks the Orchestra’s 71st Anniversary. The Orchestra is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information about the NSPO, visit the Orchestra’s website at www.nspo.org or on Facebook. Gov. Baker signs bill to restore Title X funding BOSTON – On March 29, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, joined by Legislative leadership and family planning providers, participated in the ceremonial bill signing of H.3638, An Act making appropriations for the fi scal year 2019 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects (Title X). The legislation ensures local providers will continue to have access to family planning resources that were previously provided by the federal government; the bill provides state funding for eligible entities so they can continue providing health-care services, including physical exams, counseling and reproductive cancer screenings. Baker and Polito were joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders; Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop); Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Framingham); Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts; Julia Kehoe, President/ CEO of Health Imperatives; Dr. Gabrielle Ross, Executive Director of Health Quarters; John Drew, President/CEO of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD); and several other members of the Legislature. “Signing this bill into law ensures women’s health providers across Massachusetts will continue to have access to these critical funds,” said Gov. Baker. “We are proud that Massachusetts remains a national leader in women’s healthcare, and we thank our colleagues in the Legislature for their swift response to changes in federal policy.” “We are pleased to work with our legislative colleagues on this bill and send an unequivocal message to women in Massachusetts that these services are important and will remain protected,” said Lt. Gov. Polito. “The House of Representatives has never stopped working to keep in place protections for women’s health, and I’m proud the House moved swiftly on this issue,” said Speaker DeLeo. “Today more than 75,000 individuals can feel safer that now family planning services across the Commonwealth are protected. Thank you to my colleagues in the House, especially Chair Michlewitz and Vice Chair Garlick, and to Governor Baker and Senate President Spilka for their work on this issue.” “I applaud the Governor for acting swiftly on the Legislature’s actions to ensure resources are still available for Title X family planning and health services, despite new damaging rules out of Washington,” said Spilka. “Together, we are sending the message that all women and men across the Commonwealth will continue to have access to vital health services, even if the federal government choses to leave them behind. Today we have shown the country what a proactive government, who puts its citizens fi rst, looks like.” “The Trump-Pence administration’s domestic gag rule will dismantle Title X, the nation’s program for affordable, preventive reproductive health care, threatening the health care of four million people across the country, and 75,000 people right here in Massachusetts,” said Dr. Childs-Roshak. “I applaud the Baker Administration and the Massachusetts legislature for taking swift action to defend access to affordable, preventive services like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. We will continue to fi ght this dangerous, unethical rule through every possible avenue because all people – no matter what state they live in – deserve access to affordable reproductive healthcare.” “Health Imperatives believes the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for all residents, regardless of their ability to pay, will improve birth and health outcomes,” said Kehoe. “Investing in eff ective family planning services also reduces the need for more costly government programs and improves family stability and economic security because young, lowincome women will be better able to achieve their educational and career goals.” “The bold and swift decision of Gov. Baker and the State Legislature to replace federal funds with state funds refl ects the will of Massachusetts voters who overwhelmingly support unfettered access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services, including access to information about prenatal care, adoption and abortion,” said Ross. “Health Quarters, the Title X sub-recipient for the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, wholeheartedly laud Governor Baker and the Legislature’s decision to stand up for women, especially at a time a time when so few appear willing to do so in Washington, D.C.” “ABCD deeply appreciates the extraordinary support for the Title X public health program shown by Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen E. Spilka, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and our state legislators,” said Drew. “Serving over 29,000 clients each year in partnership with 21 health-care agencies in the Greater Boston area, we provide access to preventive reproductive health care that enables patients to make informed personal decisions. As a longstanding grantee for Title X, ABCD thanks these leaders for their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents.”

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