Mistral - "unstuffy, unpredictable and unmatched music"
Mar 15, 2024
Julie Scolnik
Mistral - "unstuffy, unpredictable and unmatched music"

One of New England’s premier chamber ensembles,  Mistral has been a jewel in the cultural landscape of Greater Boston since 1997, when it was founded by  Julie Scolnik and her husband, physicist MIchael Brower.  With a five-concert series in both Andover and Boston/Brookline , Mistral presents virtuosic and communicative international artists in far-ranging, thematic programs, from little-known gems to timeless masterpieces, with an irresistible combination of high jinks and serious music-making. Committed to invigorating old traditions with an ever-youthful zest, Mistral connects in a singular way with its audiences. Thousands of music lovers from far-flung towns have recognized something unique in Mistral’s special brand of “unstuffy, unpredictable, unmatched” music making.

Today she is here to speak about something entirely different. She is the author of an award-winning debut memoir, Paris Blue, which has won 18 awards, was an Amazon best seller,  and has John Irving’s quote on the cover. Set against a backdrop of classical music and Paris in the late 70’s it is a true fairy-tale memoir (with a dark underbelly) about the tenacious grip of first love. She’d like to share with you a bit about the journey that took four decades to see this story in print.