By now you’ve been to the Rockport Music’s spectacular, world-class venue, Shalin Liu Performance Center, right? Just in case you haven’t yet been there, here’s your chance to go for free. Check out their community concerts, below!
On Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm, “Master Drummer” and Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont Sowah Mensah performs music from Ghana and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus. During his stay in Rockport, Mensah will hold numerous workshops on the music and culture of Ghana in the Rockport and Gloucester Schools. Rockport students have been studying and rehearsing music by Mr. Mensah as well as traditional and contemporary music of Ghana. Rockport student ensembles – Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and a Drumming Ensemble – will take part in the concert with a finale including a performance by the combined ensembles. This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.
Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm, the Berklee World Strings, directed by cellist Eugene Friesen, features an international collection of Berklee’s most accomplished and promising soloists, chamber players and fiddlers in a lively program that will include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world’s music. With a repertoire drawn from Celtic, bluegrass, South American, Arabic, Gypsy, jazz, and classical styles, Berklee World Strings redefines the traditional string orchestra with bright melodies, dance rhythms, improvisation and sparkling interplay. Performing a contemporary program including Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho—A Narrative for String Orchestra, Bruce Thomas’ East River Mountain Suite, Andy Reiner’s Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra, Friesen’s Maracaibo and Asreon, and much more. Tickets are $10 Adults/FREE 18 & Under (General Admission).
Experience the Firebird Ensemble’s unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol in a free community concert on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm (Please Note: Date has changed from Thursday, December 6). TheFirebird Ensemble has been described as “ambitious and eclectic” by the New York Times and has earned a reputation as one of the premier new music ensembles in the United States. Known for its virtuosic performances and wide audience appeal, Firebird Ensemble’s musical interpretations are drawn from diverse sources and genres. This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required. (This presentation is also part of an educational residency in which the Firebird will present this unique holiday program to Rockport and Gloucester school students in multiple programs that week.)
On Saturday, December 22, at 7 pm, Rockport Music will host a Holiday Community Sing featuring Rockport High School Madrigal Singers and host Bill Hausman as part of Rockport’s annual Christmas Pageant activities. Please Note, the date has changed from Saturday, December 15 so it is part of the Town of Rockport Annual Christmas Pageant. This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.