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34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival Lineup Announced

Yo_Yo_Ma_Michael_O'NeillYo-Yo Ma Kicks Off the 34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Friday, June 5
Opening Night Gala
featuring Yo-Yo Ma, cello

The Opening Night Gala honors David Deveau for his 20 years of Artistic Leadership

Gala Chairs: Diane Chen Koch-Weser & Jan Koch-Weser and Joe & Eileen Mueller
6 PM Concert :: 7:30 PM Gala Dinner

PROGRAM

SAYGUN: Partita
BACH: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
CRUMB: Sonata for solo cello
BACH: Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Tickets: Concert Only $150, Gala Event tickets start at $600

 

Saturday, June 6, 8 PM
Shanghai Quartet

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
BARBER: String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1
Tickets: $58, $48, $39 

Sunday, June 7, 5 PM
Shanghai Quartet with David Deveau, piano

HAYDN: Quartet in G, Op. 77 No.  1
BARTOK: Quartet No. 5
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Week 2

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: In Mo Yang, violin
Renana Gutman, piano

MOZART: Sonata in A major, K.305
BRAHMS: Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78
SCHOENBERG: Fantasy for violin and piano
RAVEL: Sonata No.2 in G major
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Thursday, June 11, 8 PM
An Evening of French Music

Franziska Huhn, harp | Pei-Shan Lee, piano | Sooyun Kim, flute
Sophie Shao, cello | Randall Scarlata, baritone
FAURE: Fantaisie, Op. 79 for flute and harp
CAPLET: Deux Divertissements for solo harp
RAVEL: Chansons Madecasses (Madagascar Songs) for baritone, flute, cello and piano
POULENC: Sonata for cello and piano
DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
Tickets: $58, $48, $39

Friday, June 12, 8 PM
A Schubertiade Evening

Jennifer Koh, violin | Randall Scarlata, baritone | Benjamin Hochman, piano
SCHUBERT PROGRAM
Sonatina in D major for violin and piano, D.384
Selected lieder for baritone and piano
Piano Sonata in D major, D.850
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Saturday, June 13, 8 PM
Art and Music: Boston Trio

A Collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum celebrating its ocean-related collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane and others
SALLY BEAMISH: The Seafarer (narrator and piano trio) ** U.S. Premiere **
FAURE: Piano Trio No. 1
DEBUSSY/arr. SALLY BEAMISH: La Mer  **  U.S. Premiere **
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Sunday, June 14, 5 PM
Russell Sherman, piano
Celebrating 70TH Anniversary of New York debut

All-Beethoven Program
Sonata in E minor, Op. 90, No. 27
Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”
Sonata in E major, Op. 109, No. 30
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23 “Appassionata”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 3

Thursday, June 18, 8 PM
David Deveau, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

HAYDN: Trio in E major
HARBISON: Trio No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, June 19, 8 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in D major Op. 18, No. 3
HINDEMITH: Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor Op. 51, No. 1
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Saturday, June 20, 8 PM
Marc André Hamelin, piano

JOHN FIELD: Andante in E-flat Major, H. 64 (Unrevealed Andante)
MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN: Paganini Variations
DEBUSSY: Images, Book II
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 21, 5 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Andrés Cárdenes, viola
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
David Deveau, piano

SCHUBERT: Notturno in E-flat major for piano trio
SU LIAN TAN: “Life in Wayang”
BRAHMS: Sextet in G major Op. 36
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 4

Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Matthew Aucoin, composer and Friends

Program: Some of Aucoin’s recent instrumental and vocal chamber music, including The Orphic Moment (a “dramatic cantata” for voice, solo violin, and ensemble), Celan Fragments, Celan Songs, and a series of piano études.
Tickets: $32, $28, $19

Emanuel Ax 1_LisaMarieMazzuccoThursday, June 25, 8 PM
Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op. 70
MOZART: Quartet for oboe and strings, K.370
SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Tickets: $93, $83, $55 

Friday, June 26, 8 PM
Emmanuel Music

Ryan Turner, artistic director
Andrew Rangell, guest pianist
HANDEL: Overture The Queen of Sheba from the opera Solomon
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in D minor
HANDEL: Cantata Apollo e Dafne, HWV. 122
Tickets: $52, $41, $31 

Saturday, June 27, 8 PM
Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu, piano

SCHUMANN: Six Etudes in the form of Canons, Op. 56
BIZET: Pieces from Jeux d’Enfants
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat major, K.358
SCHUBERT: Lebenssturme and Rondo in A major
BRAHMS: Four Hungarian Dances, No. 8, 9, 11, 18
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 28, 5 PM
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

FRANCISCO MIGNONE: Quartet No. 2
MANUEL PONCE: Estrellita and Gavota
PIAZZOLLA: Four for Tango
VILLA-LOBOS: Quartet No. 5
GINASTERA: Quartet No. 2
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Week 5

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Cicely Parnas, cello
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Anonymous 4 blue-credit Dario AcostaThursday, July 9, 8 PM
Anonymous 4

Anthology 25: A program of 25 songs from anonymous 4’s 25 albums featuring music from the Middle Ages to today
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, July 10, 8 PM
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Yehudi Wyner, piano
David Deveau, piano
SCHUMANN: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
HINDEMITH: Sonata for clarinet and piano
WYNER: Commedia
BRAHMS: Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No.1
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Saturday, July 11, 8 PM
Escher Quartet with Gilles Vonsattel, piano

MOZART: Quartet in D minor, K.421
JANACEK: Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata
TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Sunday, July 12, 5 PM
Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc, flute
MOZART: Quartet for flute and strings in C major, K. 285b
YUKO UEBAYASHI:  Misericordia for flute and strings  ** Massachusetts Premiere **
SCHUBERT: Quartet in G major, D. 887
Additional works to be announced.
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Benjamin Grosvenor playingSaturday, August 1, 8 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Two Preludes & Fugues
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 5
RAVEL: Tombeau de Couperin
LISZT: Venezia e Napoli
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Dinner with David :: 5:45-7 PM
Fridays: June 12, 19, 26
Tickets: $35 (includes 3-course meal)
Pre-Concert Talks :: 7 PM
Fridays ::  June 12, 19, 26, July 10
Saturdays ::  June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Seitz  | Dr. Teresa Neff  | Dr. William Matthews  |  Dr. Jan Swafford
Free, Open to Ticketholders

Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM
Meet the Author-Collaboration with Rockport Public Library

Bonnie Marsden, author of Sleeping with Schubert
Location: Rockport Public Library

Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM
Masterclass: Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM
Family Concert: Jupiter Quartet

Saturday, August 15, 10 AM

Family Concert: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet

All Community & Education events are free and open to the public.

Ticket Sales Dates

Subscriptions: March 30, 2015
Single Tickets: April 14, 2015

March is going to be a great month of incredible concerts at Rockport Music

FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS

On Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz, faculty member of Boston Conservatory, will provide a free lecture on The Many Faces of Arnold Schoenberg.  A controversial figure in the history of Western music, Schoenberg is still one of the most influential and intriguing musicians of the last century. In this lecture/recital, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz will explore the three different stylistic periods of Schoenberg. We will follow his growth as a composer from his lush post-Romantic language, through his atonal period, and then discuss how Serialism works. Each period will have a live performance component, as well as open discussion and questions with the audience.  Free, no tickets required.

CONCERTS

On Friday, March 6 at 8 pm, Justin Townes Earle will bring his genre-busting style of folk music to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. In the past five years, Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. As the son of beloved country folk rabble-rouser Steve Earle, Justin (his middle name Townes is in honor his father’s mentor and friend, the great Townes Van Zandt) had large musical shoes to fill, but after five critically-adored records and an ever-growing legion of fans, it’s safe to say he’s done that.

On the strength of his stellar album Midnight at the Movies, Earle won an Americana Music Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2009, and then returned two years later to win Song of the Year for the title track of Harlem River Blues. Of late, Earle has veered from the hillbilly shuffles of his earlier records, incorporating a tinge of Memphis soul in 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Know.  In 2013, he signed with Vagrant Records and released Single Mothers, and in January this year, released its compendium record Absent Fathers. Gill Landry will open the show.  Tickets: $28-$46

On Saturday, March 7 at 8 pm, the Billy Childs All-Star Quartet will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. A tremendous jazz pianist and 2015 Grammy Award winner, Billy Childs plays and composes in a unique style that borrows heavily from the classical world, but still manages to be wholly his own.  A three time Grammy winner as well as a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and a recent recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performance Award, Childs has been playing professionally since the 70’s. His first big break came when asked to tour with trombone legend J.J. Johnson. He became a fixture in Freddie Hubbard’s band in the late 70’s and 80’s, making a name for himself as a remarkable sideman and accompanist. A composition major at USC, Childs eventually began gaining acclaim for his writing and arranging, receiving commissions from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Kronos Quartet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the American Brass Quintet, among others. He has also arranged for mainstream pop artists such as Sting, Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, and Michael Bublé.  His own recording career began in the late 80’s under the Windham Hill label. He has now released ten studio records, the most recent being a Laura Nyro tribute called Map to the Treasure, which featured guest appearances from Renee Fleming, Dianne Reeves and Alison Krauss among others.   The All Music Guide hails him “a superb player and underrated writer.”  Tickets: $39-$58

On Sunday, March 8 at 5 pm, the Hot Club of Cowtown, expertly combines the dusty stomp of Western swing with hot gypsy jazz.  This Austin-based trio has crafted a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries.  Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have been conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and jazz manouche legend Django Reinhardt for close to fifteen years and show no sign of slowing down.  Since their first recording in 1998, Hot Club of Cowtown found an almost immediate and dedicated following, the band’s joyous musical alchemy filling dancefloors at first throughout Texas and eventually across the country and the world. Their repertoire covers an understandably large spectrum with little-heard vintage Western swing tunes mixing in with gypsy jazz and pre-war pop standards, as well as a burgeoning stable of catchy originals. They’ve released ten acclaimed records, including 2013’s Rendezvous in Rhythm.   Tickets: $28-$46

On Tuesday, March 10, at 8 pm, Danú, one of Ireland’s most cherished Irish folk bands and among the leaders of the new traditionalist movement in Celtic music, will thrill the audience with their instrumental virtuosity and powerfully emotive ballads at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.   Based in the city of Waterford (Dungarvan Co.), the talented septet (along with kindred spirits like Lúnasa and Dervish) has successfully brought Celtic music back to its earthy, traditional roots while keeping a modern, youthful sensibility. The band has released seven records since forming in 1994, and has been voted Best Overall Traditional Act by Dublin‘s magazine Irish Music, as well as getting voted Best Traditional Group twice in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tickets:  $28-$46

Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm, two-time Grammy nominee and legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Known for his signature fingerpicking style drawing from blues, jazz and folk music and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies, Kottke is widely recognized as a master of his instrument and has collaborated on records with legends such as John Fahey, Chet Atkins and Lyle Lovett.  After Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut album Mudlark, he became somewhat uneasily categorized in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, Kottke flourished throughout the 1970’s with albums like Greenhouse, My Feet Are Smiling, and Chewing Pine.  In 2002, Kottke’s collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, on the album Clone, caught audiences’ attention and the collaboration continued with an island music inspired album entitled Sixty Six Steps. Tickets: $39-$58

On Sunday, March 15 at 5 pm, Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton.  From being an essential voice in Brown’s horn section to helping steer George Clinton and Parliament’s Mothership Connection to platinum status, his soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.  As a soloist and bandleader for the last two decades, he has created his own musical juggernaut, highlighted by the smashing success of the live record Life on Planet Groove.  In recent years Maceo has brought his seminal sound to collaborations with Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Prince.  In 2012, he received the Les Victoires du Jazz in Paris: a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music, as well as an Icon Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival.  Tickets: $80, $70, $50

On Sunday, March 22 at 3 pm, the American Brass Quintet—Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpet, Eric Reed, horn, Michael Powell, tenor trombone, and John Rojak, bass trombone—performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  A groundbreaking ensemble that has been at the vanguard of brass chamber music since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has forged a powerful legacy that cannot be overstated. The ABQ has premiered works by Jan Bach, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Gunther Schuller, and Virgil Thomson, among many others.

The Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Last year, the ABQ was given Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field. Newsweek hails the Quintet as “the high priests of brass.”  The program includes Thomas Morley’s Elizabethan Ayres, Stephen Foster’s Suite from “The social Orchestra,Maurer’s Five Pieces, Josquin des Prés’s Chansons, and Joan Tower’s Copperwave.  A Pre-Concert Talk is free and open to all ticketholders at 2 pm. Tickets: $25-$39

On Thursday, March 26 at 8 pm, the pioneering Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  This Band has crafted a musical legacy that has spawned an entire genre of music, influencing a generation of country-rock bands in its over 45 year history. Their 1970’s album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy included their first major hit, a cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.”  In 1972, the band made their official leap into country music, releasing a triple-album Will the Circle Be Unbroken that featured many of Nashville’s living legends, including Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson among others. The now-iconic record has since become a landmark country-rock album, setting the stage for bands like The Eagles and Alabama, who gratefully followed in their wake. Later notable releases included Stars and Stripes Forever (1974) and An American Dream (1979).  The band has had some line-up changes, but is now made up of a quartet, including guitarist Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen. They’re most recent record (and 33rd release) Speed of Life hearkens back to their freewheeling, live-in-studio acoustic albums for their 70’s heyday.    Tickets: $55-$85

 

On Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm, the Brattle Street Chamber Players performs in the Community Connections series at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  The fourteen-member Brattle Street Chamber Players has quickly developed into one of Harvard’s most exciting musical chamber ensembles. A conductorless string chamber orchestra, Brattle has brought an intimate and dynamic approach to a broad-ranging repertoire of standard, seldom performed and newly composed music for strings since its founding in 1998. They have garnered rave reviews and a reputation for premiering works by Harvard undergraduates and collaborated with ensembles including the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Harvard University Choir and the Harlem Boys Choir. Tickets: $15-$20

Tonight’s SOLD OUT American Crossroads show is ON as scheduled at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

Be sure to give yourselves a little extra travel time, and be safe! Join us for a fun, lightly snowy night of music w/ David Bromberg, David Hidalgo, & Larry CampbellshalinDon’t have tix? Check it out tomorrow up in Plymouth, NH at the Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center.

Still great tix:http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/…/american-crossr…/2015-01-31/

Shalin Liu
37 Main St
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Phone (978) 546-7391
Website http://www.rcmf.org/newperformance.html

Ring in the New Year with Rockport Music!

Paula PoundstoneFriday, January 2, 8 PM
Known for her spontaneous and dynamic stand-up comedy, as well as her recurring role on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, comic Paula Poundstone is truly one of the funniest people on the planet.

 

This show is currently sold out. Check with the box office closer to the date of the show as some tickets may become available.

 

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Handel & Haydn’s Guy Fishman, cello                           Ian Watson, fortepiano

Sunday, January 11, 3 PM

Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Teresa Neff

 

Two stalwarts of the acclaimed Handel & Haydn Society join forces for a special all-Beethoven program, including his Cello Sonatas for fortepiano and violoncello, Op. 5, Nos. 1 & 2. Don’t miss your chance to see two of the greatest period-piece musicians in the world explore Beethoven.

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Free Community EventNext Generation Recital with

Christopher Rogers-Beadle, viola 

Zlatomir Fung, cello 

With Special Guest David Deveau, piano 

Saturday, January 24, 3 PM

 

Two rising stars of classical music join forces for a free community concert featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Poulenc and Sulkhan Tsintsadze.  A reception with the musicians will follow the performance.    

 

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionSunday, January 25, 5 PM

 

A folk-rock duo that balances homespun harmonies with indelible pop melodies, Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody, daughter of Arlo) & Johnny Irion have gained additional rock cred with their latest record Wassaic Way being produced by members of Wilco.

 

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Great Shows Coming in 2015 to Shalin Liu – Don’t Miss them

Paula Poundstone 160

Friday, January 2, 8 PM

Paula Poundstone

A beloved comic who thrives on spontaneity and improvisation, Paula Poundstone has been performing stand-up comedy for over 25 years, fine-tuning her craft over the years to become of the truly great humorists of our time.  Learn more

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GUEST PRESENTATION
PRESENTED BY THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

Friday, January 23, 8 PM

Owen Young and Lucia Lin in Concert- A Benefit for the Cape Ann Symphony

Acclaimed Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians Owen Young (cello) and Lucia Lin (violin) will be performing a dynamic program of duets (Mozart, Kolday and more) to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony.  Learn more

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Sarah & Johnny 160

Sunday, January 25, 5 PM

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

A folk rock duo drawing from a musically-rich gene pool, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion combine the down-home campfire strumming of Woody and Arlo with a modern pop/indie rock sensibility, all anchored by their lush, intimate harmonies. Learn more

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GUEST PRESENTATION
PRESENTED BY M.E. PRODUCTIONS

Friday, January 30, 8 PM

American Crossroads: David Bromberg, David Hidalgo & Larry Campbell

Three of America’s most admired musicians meet for an evening of musical diversity. David Bromberg pioneered the skillful blending of several genres into what is now known as Americana. David Hidalgo is the co-founder of acclaimed Los Lobos. Larry Campbell is renowned for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm among many others.  This will be an unscripted evening of spontaneity, discovery and musical virtuosity by three American music masters.  Learn more

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Saturday, February 7, 8 PM

Amy Helm

A dynamic singer and talented songwriter blessed with legendary rock and roll blood (her dad is the late great Levon Helm, her mother is songwriter Libby Titus), Amy Helm infuses her particular brand of Americana with heavy doses of gospel, folk and country.  Learn more

 

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Mavis Staples 160

Friday, February 20, 8 PM

Mavis Staples

Opening Act: Dwight and Nicole

A veritable titan of both gospel and R&B, Mavis Staples has been tiptoeing the boundary between the spiritual and the secular for more than 60 years. And she isn’t slowing down. Learn more

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Sunday, February 22, 5 PM

Travis Tritt– solo acoustic

As one of the leading lights of country music throughout the 90’s, Travis Tritt stood out among the pack with a style that borrowed as much from southern rock as it did the Grand Ole Opry. Of course his trademark long hair and conspicuously absent cowboy hat aided in making Tritt one of the most recognizable country music stars of the last 25 years. His impressive string of multi-platinum albums and Top Ten singles didn’t hurt either. Learn more

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Friday, February 27, 8 PM

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been generously exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to forty years. After almost singlehandedly reviving Cajun music in the 70’s, they began incorporating various folk and world music traditions into their sound, creating a musical hybrid unlike any in the world.  Learn more

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Friday, March 6, 8 PM

Justin Townes Earle

In the last five years, Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. As the son of beloved country folk rabble-rouser Steve Earle, Justin had large musical shoes to fill, but after five critically-adored records and an ever-growing legion of fans, it’s safe to say he’s done that. Learn more

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billy childs 160

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM

Billy Childs All-Star Quartet

A tremendous jazz pianist with a seemingly boundless curiosity and adventurous spirit, Billy Childs plays and composes in a unique style that borrows heavily from the classical world, but still manages to be wholly his own. Learn more

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HotClubofCowtown 160

Sunday, March 8, 5 PM

Hot Club of Cowtown

Expertly combining the dusty stomp of Western swing with hot gypsy jazz, the Austin-based trio has crafted a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries. Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have been conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and jazz manouche legend Django Reinhardt for close to fifteen years and show no sign of slowing down. Learn more

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Danu-160

Tuesday, March 10, 8 PM

Danú

One of Ireland’s most cherished Irish folk bands and among the leaders of the new traditionalist movement in Celtic music, Danú has been thrilling audiences with their instrumental virtuosity and powerfully emotive ballads for close to 20 years. Learn more

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Leo Kottke 160

Saturday, March 14, 8 PM

Leo Kottke

A two-time Grammy nominee, legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke is known for his signature fingerpicking style drawing from blues, jazz and folk music and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies.  Widely recognized as a master of his instrument, he has collaborated on records with legends such as John Fahey, Chet Atkins and Lyle Lovett, and is a frequent guest on radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.  Learn more

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Maceo 160

Sunday, March 15, 5 PM

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton.  From being an essential voice in Brown’s horn section to helping steer George Clinton and Parliament’s Mothership Connection to platinum status, his soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.  Learn more

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Nitty Gritty 160

Thursday, March 26, 8 PM

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

One of the first bands to blend rock and roll with country, the pioneering Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have crafted a musical legacy that has spawned an entire genre of music,  influencing a generation  of country-rock bands in its over 45 year history.  Learn more

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Sunday, April 19, 5 PM

Taj Mahal

A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. With his booming baritone, nimble finger-picking guitar playing and pioneering fusion of blues with disparate world and folk styles, the iconic artist has earned himself a place amongst the titans of American music. Learn more

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Friday, May 15, 8 PM

Edwin McCain

Known for his earnest, heart-on sleeve balladry, folk pop songwriter Edwin McCain has enjoyed a lengthy career since the mid 90’s, mostly due to the success of his smash hit single “I’ll Be” and a relentless touring schedule.  Learn more

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 Melanie 160

Friday, July 17, 8 PM

Melanie

(Re-scheduled from September 27)

A singer-songwriter known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit “Brand New Key,” Melanie has remained an iconic voice for the “summer of love” generation. Learn more

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Arsenic and Old Lace at Shalin Liu

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Theater In The Pines in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER
37 Main St., Rockport – Accessible
September 12, 13, 14, 2014
Friday and Saturday 7:30.
Matinee: Saturday 2:30. Sunday 2:00
Tickets $20 – Available at:
Toad Hall Books, Main St, Rockport
The Book Store, Main St., Gloucester
Rockport Music Box Office, 37 Main St., Rockport
978-546-7391 or tickets.rockportmusic.org
and in the lobby prior to performance.
written by Joseph Kesserling

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a old beloved, hysterical, and dark CLASSIC comedy about a family with several homicidal, maniacs, including two elderly, adorable, and precious Aunts who lovingly poison older gentlemen and then employ their delightfully confused brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt to bury them in the basement. This all happens around a wonderful love interest and delicious romance. Arsenic and Old Lace has it all and it is SWELL. Written by Joseph Kesserling. Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30, Saturday, September 13, 2:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, September 14, 7:30. Theater in the Pines at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, 978-546-7391
Arsenic and Old Lace
Cast List
(In Order of Appearance)
Abby Brewster – Sue Barratt Sousa
The Rev. Dr. Harper – Randy Dupps
Teddy Brewster – Rick Doucette
Officer Brophy – Chuck Francis
Officer Klein – Ruthie Exama
Martha Brewster – Marjorie Grace
Elaine Harper – Kierstin Hazzard
Mortimer Brewster – Larry Cook
Mr. Gibbs – Fr. Garibaldi
Jonathan Brewster – Martin Ray
Dr. Einstein – Jonathan Arnold
Officer O’Hara – Nelson Pike/Karl Pulkkinen
Lieutenant Rooney – Keith McCarthy
Mrs. Witherspoon – Patti Pike
Artistic Director – Nan Webber
Technical Director – Frank Wolcott
Stage Manager – Karl Pulkkinen

September At Rockport Music great shows you won’t want to miss

September At Rockport Music brings guitarist Sharon Isbin, Joan Osborne and much more

This September, Rockport Music presents classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, folk singer Melanie and the Celtic ensemble Cantrip, as well as National Theatre presentations and the Manhattan Short Films.

New concerts to the 2014-15 Season since the original announcement include:

Saturday, October 18, 8 PM:       Marcus Roberts Trio
Sunday, October 19, 5 PM:          John Hiatt Solo
Saturday, March 14, 8 PM:           Leo Kottke

On Saturday, September 6 at 7 pm, classical guitarist Sharon Isbin performs a concert including the Massachusetts’ premiere of her documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour.  A three-time Grammy Award winner, she has released more than 25 recordings covering a wide range of styles, genres and composers. She’s played with more than 170 orchestras over the world, has commissioned more concerti than any guitarist in the modern era, and has won numerous awards and accolades, including being the first guitarist to win the renowned Munich Competition.  Isbin’s music has ranged from Baroque to Spanish/Latin to crossover jazz to contemporary new music. Her documentary includes guest appearances from a wide array of luminaries including Michelle Obama, Joan Baez, Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan, Garrison Keillor, Mark O’Connor, Martina Navratilova and many more.  The evening includes an Artist Meet and Greet Reception following the concert. Tickets: $28-$46

On Friday, September 5 at 8 pm, the Scottish folk trio Cantrip perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Expertly balancing tradition and innovation, the band—Jon Bews (vocals, fiddle), Dan Houghton (vocals, pipes, flutes), and Eric McDonald (vocals, guitar, mandolin)—infuses a modern sensibility to beloved Scottish folk tunes as well as their own compositions.  Originally a quartet, the band quickly gained a following in Scotland and signed with the well-respected Foot Stompin’ record label, for which they released their 2001 debut, Silver.  Their next two self-released records (Boneshaker in 2005 and Piping the Fish in 2008) further cemented their place among today’s premier traditional folk acts. The band has just finished its fourth album and their performance at the Shalin Liu is the CD Release Party.  Tickets: $20-$25

On Thursday, September 25 at 8 pm, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will perform songs from her latest release Love and Hate, which combines her folk and jazz influences with her tremendous songwriting.  Rolling Stone magazine reviewed the new CD stating that “there’s a substance and depth here that is not easily achieved, and I think Osborne is getting more interesting with time.”  Well-known for her 1995 breakout album Relish with her hit song “One of Us,” Osborne was catapulted into super stardom with seven Grammy nominations.  In recent years, Osborne has worked in the world of blues and R&B, from which her love of singing began. In 2002 she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with the acclaimed documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown and a tour with legendary Motown band The Funk Brothers. Earning a 2013 Grammy nomination, Bring It on Home was her first album composed entirely of covers in that genre, featuring songs by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Nina Simone and Otis Redding. Tickets: $39-$58

Folk singer Melanie performs for the first time at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Saturday, September 27 at 8 pm.  A singer-songwriter known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit “Brand New Key,” Melanie has remained an iconic voice for that generation.   Melanie was just 22 when she got her big break, being invited to perform at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Before that, the Queens native had been playing in relative obscurity in the Greenwich Village folk circuit. It wasn’t until after Woodstock, when she wrote and recorded a tribute to the festival and its attendees called “Lay Down” (Candles in the Rain)” that her star truly began to rise, the single hitting #6 on the pop charts. So began a string of hit singles and albums including “What Have They Done to My Song, Ma?” As the 70’s rolled along, Melanie continued to write and record, releasing a steady stream of albums throughout the years, retaining a cult audience enamored by her whimsical songwriting style and powerful emotive voice. Her most recent effort, 2013’s Ever Since You Never Heard of Me, was produced by her son, Beau Jarred.  Tickets: $28-$46

HD BROADCASTS

On Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm, the National Theatre production of Medea is broadcast on the big screen, starring Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) in the title role of Euripides’ powerful tragedy.  In a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, Medea is a wife and a mother. After her husband leaves her and their two sons, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children and sets out on a path of revenge.  Tickets: $22 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors/ $5 Youth

On Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm, the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast from London by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.  Tickets: $22 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors/ $5 Youth

The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns for the third year at the Shalin Liu Performance Center with showings on:

Sunday, September 28 at 3 pm
Thursday, October 2 7 PM
Sunday, October 5, 3 & 7 PM

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique experience, allowing audience members to vote for the winner. The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so. Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors

The summer is coming to an end, don’t forget the remaining August performances: 

Thursday, August 28 at 8 PM
Friday, August 29 at 8 PM
Paula Cole
Tickets: $49-$68

 

Saturday, August 30 at 3 & 8 PM
Capitol Steps
Tickets: $45-$78

 

Rockport Music presents classical, jazz, folk, world and pop concerts throughout the year.  Tickets are available through our website www.rockportmusic.org, the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm.

 

 

August at Rockport Music

August At Rockport Music

This August, Rockport Music offers a wide variety of music with The Bad Plus and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman to pianist Anthony De Mare in a tribute to Sondheim’s music on piano.  In mid-August, the 3rd Annual Rockport Jazz Festival brings such legendary jazz musicians as Kenny Barron and Christian McBride to genre-defying Donal Fox to young jazz artists like drummer Ali Jackson and jazz singer Cyrille Aimée. The month doesn’t end there as we also have many other performers including the Kingston Trio, Tom Rush, Paula Cole and Capitol Steps.

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Livingston Taylor at Shalin on July 1 & 2 – Don’t Miss This

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Tuesday, July 1, 8 PM

Wednesday, July 2, 8 PM

From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   His vast musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.  His versatility has led to performing with such major artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull among many others. As the younger brother of iconic folk rock star James Taylor, Livingston successfully carved out his own niche in the pop music world, gaining acclaim for exquisitely reworked covers of classics like “On Broadway” and “Over the Rainbow” among others, as well as his warm, heartfelt original tunes.  Don’t miss the breezy sounds of Livingston Taylor, two performances on July 1 & 2


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Fourth of July week at Rockport Music

LivTaylor-photo Ron PownallOn Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, at 8 pm, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will share his signature upbeat storytelling to touching ballads that will take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   His vast musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.  His versatility has led to performing with such major artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull among many others. As the younger brother of iconic folk rock star James Taylor, Livingston successfully carved out his own niche in the pop music world, gaining acclaim for exquisitely reworked covers of classics like “On Broadway” and “Over the Rainbow” among others.  Currently a professor at Berklee College of Music, Livingston shares his performance knowledge and experiences with the next generation of young artists.  Additionally, he released a new book in 2013 aptly titled Stage Performance, in which he imparts the various tricks of the trade.  Tickets: $31-$52

 

ZappaOn Saturday, July 5 at 8 pm, Dweezil Zappa is keeping the musical legacy of his legendary father alive with a series of tours called Zappa Plays Zappa. The fully orchestrated band, complete with video integration of the elder Zappa performing along with his son and band, is a complex, entertaining, fun, sophisticated and rare experience! With a handpicked band of young musicians, the younger Zappa celebrates his father’s classic album Roxy & Elsewhere by performing the album in full!   For fans of Frank Zappa (or fans of experimental, progressive rock), it just doesn’t get any better than this.  Tickets: $55-$85

Earlier the same day (3 PM), Dweezil will lead a guitar masterclass—for the price of a fuzz pedal, learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa! Dweezil Zappa’s music camp, Dweezilla, has a motto “Learn and Destroy.” It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. Tickets $75

 

Richard Stoltzman and Mika Yoshida credit Lisa Marie MazzucoOn Sunday, July 6 at 5 pm, two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and marimbist Mika Yoshida Stoltzman perform an eclectic mix of music-both old and new.  The program includes works by Bach, Toru Takemitsu, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Ravel, Piazzolla, Serban Nichifur and Chick Corea. Tickets:  $45-$78

 

On Tuesday, July 8 at 8 pm, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet is a winner of numerous competitions including grand prize at the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.  The Quartet’s program will feature Barber’s Adagio for Strings, as well as works by Schubert, Glazunov, Wanamaker and Michael Nyman.  Tickets: $19-$34

On Wednesday, July 9 at 8 pm, Grammy Award winner and platinum-selling artist Shawn Colvin will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Known best for her platinum-selling A Few Small Repairs with hit single “Sunny Came Home,” this incredibly talented singer-songwriter has carved an immovable place for herself amongst the pantheon of contemporary folk music. In a career spanning more than three decades, Colvin has developed a devoted and loyal fanbase on the strength of her highly personal and emotive lyrical style. The Opening Act is Anthony D’Amato. Tickets: $49-$68

The Rockport Chamber Music Festival continues through July 13 with performances by the Calder Quartet, Imani Winds and the all-male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer. Please visit our website www.rockportmusic.org  for more details on these and other concerts in the 33rd Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

 

COMMUNITY (FREE) EVENTS

On Monday, July 7 at 7 pm, visit the Shalin Liu Performance Center for a Silent Movie Night featuring Rin Tin Tin in the 1924 film Clash of the Wolves with introductory remarks and live piano accompaniment by renowned film-music expert Martin Marks.  Free, no tickets required.

Great weather means you have to plan ahead a little

Every once in a while, we make a point of alerting you when upcoming concerts are about to sell out or when seats are released.  We realize Gloucester is a last-minute-town and, during the winter, you can get used to showing up on the day of a concert to buy tickets at the door.  As more people discover the thriving music scene around here, you can’t always do this — even in Winter.

Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14

Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14

Now we’re approaching the time of year where you really do have to think ahead a little — especially if you want to see a show at Shalin Liu in Rockport.  Many of their May shows sold out and if you check their website, you’ll find shows in June and July with only a very few seats left.

Luckily for you, there are still seats left to see Gary Hoey this Friday (tickets here).

Gary’s solo set dazzled the packed Larcom Theatre audience back in March when he performed with James Montgomery and the Guitar Summit.

So just accept the fact that living in the middle of one of the top music scenes in the U.S., means you’ll have to plan ahead if you want to see some of the top artists who come here.

As always, we’re here to help with a local live music listing that’s updated every day.

Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore Spring concert “Songs of Love and Friendship” at Shalin Liu – Friday May 2

The Honors Youth Choir will   perform songs of love and friendship including selections from early opera, sentimental favorites, revolutionary war songs, humorous songs and even a little doo-wop.  The concert will be a walk down memory lane with songs that cover the gamut of love and friendship.

Sunny says the youth have been working very hard to prepare for this concert and are looking forward to presenting an evening of fun, sentiment and beauty.

Youth in the Concert: 
Rockport:  Emily Dailey,  Sarah Palmer,  Sophie Shwartzer,  Katrina Tuck
Gloucester:  Lucas Brisbois,  Lucia DiMeo,  Olivia Francis,  Moriah Murphy-Thornley,  Shannon Murphy-Thornley,  Kayla Saltonstall,  Isabel White,  Silas White,  Rachel Wolfe
Essex:  Anna Newkill
Manchester:  Naomi Franklin,  Madelaine Potter,  Sarah Potter,  Tori Potter
Ipswich:  Taeko Abuza,  Bailey Amazeen,  Regan Amazeen,  Elsa Anderson,  Marina Beauvois,  Elijah Bergner,  Isaac Bergner,  Nicole Brouillette,  Daniel Buletza,              Teaghan Duff,  Maggie Gould,  Myles Kercher,  Rachel McCatty,  Fiona O’Connell,  Erica Prisby
Wenham:  Shayne Bower
Boxford:  Emma Vitale
South Hamilton:  Ellie Greer
Rowley:  Emily Beckingham,  Alice Thornton
Georgetown:  Grace McGrail,  Laura Tarr
Newburyport:  Isabelle Bacon,  Anna Moreland
North Andover:  Breanna McCarragher
Marblehead:  Iryna Polunia

 

Music venues abound — and a new one is on the way!

Woke up to a dusting of new snow that was gone by noon.  Only a few dirty-gray-white winter leftovers remain as the sun burns a bright spot behind the clouds — too shy to show its full face.  Does this presage one of those jolting seasons when Mother Nature forgets about spring and jumps into summer without warning?

That’s what seems to happen in Gloucester’s music scene.  Before you know it your choices for live music double, but don’t worry.  We’ll continue to help you sort it all out with Cape Ann’s only complete live music listing here.

If you think about it, there really are two kinds of music venues: restaurants/clubs and what musicians call “listening venues”.  (That is, until the weather gets nice enough to add a third: boats with music cruises.)  For now, suffice it to say that we’re extremely lucky to live in an area with an abundance of good restaurants and clubs who offer live music for free because they’re able to make a living on the food and drink they serve.

A good club can make for a great experience (both for artist and fan) but sometimes you end up in a singer vs. crowd competition like the one I wrote about here.

Chelsea Berry wrote an excellent song about this very issue:

And now there’s even a facebook page dedicated to promoting listening venues in MA.  See it here.

Free from the distractions of TV, clanging silver & dishware, people talking, wait staff running around and kitchen noise, the concert milieu connects you with the artist through an intimate, intense bond that’s simply impossible to maintain in a restaurant or bar.  And when you’re on stage you can feel that energy, soak it in and give back something more powerful that seems to arise spontaneously out of the ether.

Luckily, we live in an area with several excellent listening venues.  Good coffee houses: Old Sloop in Rockport.  One World in Essex and Crosswinds in Gloucester.  Cape Ann’s crown jewel, the Shalin Liu performance Center and the Larcom Theatre down the road in Beverly.

ComeTogetherBenefi600With your help, Gloucester’s iconic UU Meetinghouse is working to restore their balcony so it can become another major listening venue and we’re helping them by presenting concerts in the church to raise money for that effort. Cape Ann Winter Solstice started this project off by packing the house on December 21.  We’re doing it again on April 25 with The Number Nines featuring top Cape Ann talent 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and Dennis Monagle together with Boston stars Meff and Brendan Burns.  If you want to be sure to get a seat, you probably shouldn’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets.  Get them now here:

 

Whats Coming Up at Shalin Liu for April – May

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 Sunday, April 6, 5 PM
An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari & Mia
Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about folk/Americana acts, Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs from the Appalachian and Celtic traditions. Learn More

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Friday, April 11, 8 PM
Glen Phillips (of Toad The Wet Sprocket)
Opening Act: Natalia Zukerman
Best known as the singer and frontman for the chart-topping 90’s alt-rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips has had himself quite a second career as a solo artist. Mixing his uncanny gift for melody with thoughtful, introspective lyrics, Phillips’ sound has remained as infectious as ever. Learn More

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Saturday, April 12, 8 PM
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Forget everything you think you know about the harp. Deborah Henson-Conant barrels through every stereotype with her free-wheeling take on the instrument. Instead of the sedentary stillness enforced on most harpists, Deborah infuses the stage with dynamic movement and a dazzling range of styles. Learn More

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Thursday, April 17, 8 PM
An Evening With Jon Anderson—The Voice Of YES
The former lead singer and creative force behind the group YES, Jon Anderson stands as one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock. His distinctive high tenor remained a fixture on mainstream rock radio for decades, fronting the band’s biggest hits throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Learn More

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Guest Presentation
Thursday, May 8, 8 PM*
Friday, May 9, 8 PM
Presented by Randa Records
Miranda Russell
Miranda Russell and her extraordinary band have delighted packed audiences at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the past three years. A powerful and moving vocalist, Miranda’s performance centers on nuanced treatments of a wide range of favorites from Joni Mitchell to Cole Porter. Learn More   *Private event, tickets unavailable for Thursday show

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Saturday, May 10, 8 PM
Suzy Bogguss
One of the most successful country singers of the 90’s, Suzy Bogguss successfully straddled the line between mainstream Nashville pop and classic honky-tonk for years. After a string of hits like “Drive South” and “Letting Go,” the Illinois-raised singer-songwriter has broadened her range in more recent years with diversions into swing and folk. Learn More

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Thursday, May 15, 8 PM (Newly Added Show!)
Friday, May 16, 8 PM
1964: The Tribute
1964: The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to a nostalgic era in rock history. In an authentic and endearing tribute, the group recreates early live Beatles concerts from 1964, with period clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic Carnegie Hall appearance. Learn More

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Saturday, May 17, 8 PM
Cheryl Wheeler & Melissa Ferrick
Trailblazers in today’s New England folk music scene, Cheryl Wheeler and Melissa Ferrick are two artists whose mesmerizing voices and delicate poetry have captured stories of the past, present, and future. Wheeler’s songwriting style ranges from heart-wrenching to humorous, often within the same song. Ferrick, a North Shore native, was among the new wave of female alt rock songwriters to burst into the mainstream in the mid 90’s, and has since created a passionately loyal following. Learn More

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Friday, May 30, 8 PM
Ottmar Liebert
With Luna Negra

Guitarist and composer Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most successful instrumentalists of the past decade, blending flamenco guitar with South American percussion, rock, jazz, and pop influences to create “nouveau flamenco.” Learn More

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Al Stewart at Shalin Liu on Friday, April 4th

AL STEWART
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center
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Al Stewart is best known for his singles “Year of the Cat,” “Nostradamus” and “Time Passages,” Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart has enjoyed a remarkably prolific career spanning 50 years. From his orchestral folk debut in 1967, through his popular historical folk rock albums of the 70’s, to his more recent duo outings with guitarist Dave Nachmanoff, Stewart has proved to be an artist of impressive longevity. Having gained a devout cult following with his epic, progressive brand of folk rock, Stewart now tours the world, often with his musical partner Dave Nachmanoff, reinterpreting the songs from his extensive catalog. He has released 22 records and played alongside a long list of musical giants including Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.

There are still some seats available but don’t wait to get them , get them now here

Temple Ahavat Achim honor Mark and Amy Farber

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Sunday March 23rd, “Pharaoh’s Daughter”, the acclaimed World Music ensemble, played at 4 pm at the breathtaking Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. This benefit concert for Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim honored Mark and Amy Farber. After the performance guest enjoyed a meal catered by  Passports restaurant.  Debbie Coltin and Ruth Budelmann, Co-Chairs Eve and Phil Cutter, Honorary Co-Chairs of last nights event.

An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari and Mia at the Shalin Liu – Sunday April 6

Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about acoustic folk/Americana acts: Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of inventive and dynamic music for all ages: fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs, drawing from traditional and original repertoire.  The members of Annalivia includes Gloucester locals Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen with the newest member Emarald Rae.  Get your tickets now to see them at Shalin Liu.  Buy Tickets

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Get em while you can ~ M. E. Productions Presents ~ LITTLE FEAT selling fast! 2nd Rockport show added@The Shalin Liu

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Little Feat's Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

Artist’s website>    http://www.paulandfred.net/index.html

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Rockport Music March Hightlights – Don’t Wait — Get Your Tickets Today!

This March, Rockport Music presents performances by the Americana trio Red Molly, folk singer Crystal Bowersox and the Irish Baroque Orchestra with internationally renowned baroque violinist Monica Huggett.

On Friday, March 7 at 8 pm, the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) led by internationally known Baroque violinist and Artistic Director Monica Huggett will perform a program of “Ireland’s Golden Age,” a fascinating snapshot of the musical scene in 18th century Dublin, when composers from all over Europe converged on the city seeking inspiration and patronage.  Ensemble-in-residence at the National Concert Hall Dublin, the IBO perform only on Baroque instruments or modern replicas and seeks to re-create the original performance styles of the Baroque period. Known internationally as one of the foremost Baroque violinists and conductors of our time, Monica Huggett has been a tireless champion of Baroque music for the last three decades. She also serves as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and was the inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program.  Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians and the Irish Times hails that, “the IBO’s playing…was utterly delectable” and that “Huggett showed a fondness for driving into music with a sense of edginess, of danger, of adrenaline-fuelled excitement.” IBO’s “Golden Age” program includes works by Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Pasquali, Turlough Carolan and many more.  Tickets: $39-$58

Red Molly w-guitarsOn Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm, Americana trio Red Molly, known for their gorgeous three-part harmonies blending bluegrass with a touch of western swing, will bring audiences to their feet with crisp musicianship and warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo), and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in Colorado. Their new CD Light in the Sky spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012. The Boston Globe hails the group’s, “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” (The Boston Globe).  Tickets: $18-$32

crystal bowersox2Crystal Bowersox performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, March 28 at 8 pm.  While best known as a beloved American Idol finalist, Crystal has since proven to be more than simply a gifted singer with soul and dreadlocks. She’s blossomed into a widely respected and strikingly independent artist and songwriter. Since her season on American Idol, Bowersox has released two new records, the most recent being the country/soul accented All That for This in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim and boasted a guest duet with Jakob Dylan. This past fall, she branched out into Broadway, playing the lead role in Always, Patsy Cline. Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, “bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…” (The Washington Post). Tickets: $25-$39 (Special VIP Meet & Greet $89 including Tier 1 ticket)

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