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Storm Large of Pink Martini

Please Note: This concert may include adult content and language. Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Storm Large of Pink Martini</p>Please Note: This concert may include adult content and language.

Storm Large is an artist that scoffs at boundaries. She’s tried her hand (and excelled) as an actress, an author, a playwright, and of course, a vocalist. Known to many for her time singing with acclaimed lounge pop act Pink Martini, Large will be bringing her own band along with her dynamite musicality, charismatic stage presence and force of nature personality to Rockport for the first time. Please Note: This concert may include adult content and language. Also, due to the volume level of this concert, please note that the window may be closed for acoustical reasons during the performance.



Deb Talan of The Weepies Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Deb Talan of The Weepies

Beloved by many as one-half of the folk pop duo The Weepies, Deb Talan steps out for an acoustic tour in support of her upcoming solo record, Lucky Girl. Here's a chance to see and hear's Talan's supremely tender and melodically potent songwriting up close and personal.



Ottmar Liebert Friday, May 19, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ottmar Liebert

One of the most successful instrumentalists working today, guitarist Ottmar Liebert has created a niche for himself, creating a sound that borrows from flamenco, new age, jazz, rock and Pan-Latin music.



Cape Ann Big Band Sunday, May 21, 2017 7:00PM

David Deveau & Friends Saturday, June 3, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
David Deveau & Friends

An inspired foursome of seasoned chamber players (current and former members of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet as well as our own David Deveau) converge for a special concert featuring the world premiere of Charles Shadle’s Piano Quartet. Bayla Keyes, violin | Steven Ansell, viola | Michael Reynolds, cello | David Deveau, piano PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No.3 CHARLES SHADLE: Piano Quartet (world premiere)



Canadian Brass Sunday, June 4, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Canadian Brass

Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti, trumpets | Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone | Bernhard Scully, horn | Chuck Daellenbach, tuba Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. PROGRAM J.S. BACH: Little Fugue in G minor MONTEVERDI: Damigella Tutta Bella GABRIELI: Canzona per Sonare, No. 4 MOZART: Turkish Rondo Tribute to Leonard Bernstein LENNON/MCCARTNEY: Penny Lane PADILLA: El Relicario CRESPO: Vals Peruano SCHUMANN: Selections from Carnaval KAMEN: Quintet KOMPANEK (arr): Tribute to the Ballet



J. Ellsworth & H-J. Park Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
J. Ellsworth & H-J. Park

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to hear the newest member of the Boston Trio, rising star cellist Jonah Ellsworth, join forces with longtime Boston Trio pianist Heng-Jin Park for an intriguing program featuring works by Janácek, Brahms, Crumb and Mendelssohn. PROGRAM JANÁCEK: Pohadka MENDELSSOHN: Sonata in D major CRUMB: Sonata for solo cello BRAHMS: Sonata in F major, Op.99 Jonah Ellsworth, cello Jonah Ellsworth has been hailed as one of the greatest cellists of his generation. He has won critical acclaim for his solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and New Bedford Symphony, among others. Ellsworth has been referred to as “a kind of unrepentant Tannh?user” by the Boston Globe. Heng-Jin Park Heng-Jin Park is the longtime pianist with The Boston Trio and founder and Artistic Director of Halcyon Music Festival. She is renowned for her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and music director. A passionate chamber musician, Heng-Jin Park is the founding member and current pianist of the Boston Trio.



Jupiter Quar & Jasper Quar Friday, June 9, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jupiter Quar & Jasper Quar

Two magnificently talented quartets—the Jupiter and Jasper Quartet—join forces for a dynamic concert featuring music of Haydn and Ligeti, one by each quartet, and culminating in a combined performance of the Mendelsohn Octet. PROGRAM HAYDN: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No.2 LIGETI: Quartet No. 1 MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 Jupiter String Quartet: Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola | Daniel McDonough, cello The Jupiter String Quartet is a dynamic and democratic ensemble that has developed into one of the world’s most sought-after chamber groups. Over its 14-year history, the Jupiter has won first prize in multiple competitions including Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Jasper String Quartet: J Freivogel & Sae Chonabayashi, violins | Sam Quintal, viola | Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (The New York Times). Based in Philadelphia, the Jaspers are the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.



Russell Sherman Saturday, June 10, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Russell Sherman

One of the world’s musical treasures, legendary pianist Russell Sherman continues to garner accolades from critics and audiences alike for his grace, imagination and poetry. Sherman has performed with major orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Abroad, he has played in the major cities throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. His recital appearances regularly include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, among others, as well as such festivals as Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart and Wolf Trap. ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM (this is a program change from brochure) Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111



Jupiter Q w/ Stoltzman Sunday, June 11, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jupiter Q w/ Stoltzman

PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in E-flat major, Harp, Op.74 GOLIJOV: Yiddishbbuk for string quartet MOZART: Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K.581 Jupiter String Quartet: Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola | Daniel McDonough, cello The Jupiter String Quartet is a dynamic and democratic ensemble that has developed into one of the world’s most sought-after chamber groups. Over its 14-year history, the Jupiter has won first prize in multiple competitions including Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman’s virtuosity, technique, imagination and communicative power have revolutionized the world of clarinet playing, opening up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He was responsible for bringing the clarinet to the forefront as a solo instrument and is still the world’s foremost clarinetist.



Eve of Brahams w/ A. Rangell Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Eve of Brahams w/ A. Rangell

Andrew Rangell, piano | Sarita Kwok & Robyn Bollinger, violins | Jessica Bodner, viola | Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM Selection of Solo Piano Works Piano Trio in A major, Op. Posthumous Quintet for piano and strings in F minor, Op.34 Pianist Andrew Rangell is best known for his performances of all thirty-two of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and for J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Armed with a doctorate in piano from The Juilliard School, he won the Malraux Award of the Concert Artists Guild and later received the Avery Fisher Career Development Grant. More recently, the pianist’s superlative recordings of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, Italian Concerto, Partitas, French Suites and other works have established him among today’s most distinguished interpreters of Bach. He has received universal accolades for his Intimate Works CD’s, and in 2000 he released recordings of Bach’s six Partitas as well as the complete Chopin Mazurkas. His most recent recording, A Chopin Recital, was released on the Steinway label.



Escher Quartet w/ Yang Friday, June 16, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Escher Quartet w/ Yang

PROGRAM RACHMANINOFF: Selected Etudes-Tableaux for solo piano SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No.9 in E-flat major, Op.117 SHOSTAKOVICH: Quintet for piano and strings in G minor, Op.57 Escher String Quartet The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, praised by BBC Music Magazine for “eloquent, full-blooded playing…The four players offer a beautiful blend of individuality and accord.” Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group was on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms. In 2013 the Quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Chamber Music Society has named them the 2015 Martin E. Segal Award winner. Joyce Yang, piano Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her stunning virtuosity and interpretive sensitivity. A 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang won the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (as the youngest contestant).



Handel & Haydn Society Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Handel & Haydn Society

PROGRAM The Fairy Queen (1692) by Henry Purcell MUSICIANS Harpsichord and Director: Ian Watson Violin: Aisslinn Nosky, Christina Day Martinson, Susanna Ogata, Fiona Hughes, Adriane Post Viola: Jenny Stirling, Anne Black Cello: Guy Fishman, Sarah Freiberg Oboe/recorder: Priscilla Herreid, Meg Owens Soprano: Sarah Brailey; Margot Rood; Sonja DuToit Tengblad | Alto: Katherine Growdon and Emily Marvosh | Tenor: Jonas Budris and Stefan Reed | Bass: Woodrow Bynum and Sumner Thompson



Chameleon Arts Ensemble Sunday, June 18, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Chameleon Arts Ensemble

PROGRAM: All B’s! BEETHOVEN: Variations for cello and piano on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen, Op. 66 BARTÓK: Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano BERIO: Folksongs for soprano, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, harp and percussion BLOCH: Quintet No.1 for piano and strings (1923) Chameleon Arts Ensemble Deborah Boldin, flute | Robyn Bollinger, violin | Vivian Choi, piano | Gary Gorczyca, clarinet | Franziska Huhn, harp | Mary Mackenzie, soprano | William Manley, percussion | Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello | Kenneth Renshaw, violin | Scott Woolweaver, viola One of Boston’s finest and most versatile ensembles, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble receives widespread critical acclaim for its innovative concert programming and artistic philosophy. This programming stance and the distinctive thematic concepts that tie the programs together have earned Chameleon a unique place among Boston’s chamber music ensembles and attracted audiences who love not just contemporary music or the standard chamber music repertoire, but who come to hear a diverse and balanced program of music in a satisfying and enriching evening.



Huang, Requiro, Vonsattel Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Huang, Requiro, Vonsattel

PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Woo. 38 CARTER: Epigrams SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio No. 1 TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 Newly appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, violinist Frank Huang previously served as the Houston Symphony concertmaster. First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, Huang has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. Called a “wanderer between worlds” by the Lucerne Festival, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. After capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition, he went on to win numerous prizes including the Cleveland and Honens competitions, the 2006 Concours de Genève, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.



Lorelei Ensemble Friday, June 23, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Lorelei Ensemble

Heralded for its “warm, lithe, and beautifully blended” sound (New York Times) “impeccable musicality” (Boston Globe) and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, grace, and beauty of the human voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in Boston and beyond. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble, comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palate that defines the ensemble’s consistent delivery of “exact, smooth, and stylish” programming (Boston Globe).



Between Twilights - D.Alpher Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Between Twilights - D.Alpher

David Alpher, RCMF co-founder, piano and composer | Robert Osborne, baritone | Stephanie Chase, violin | Sophie Shao, cello PROGRAM MOZART: Piano trio in B-flat major, K.502 DAVID ALPHER: Between Twilights: Seven Songs on Poems of Marsden Hartley (world premiere commissioned by Dianne Anderson) SCHUMANN: Piano Trio in D minor, Op.63 David Alpher’s compositions are unique, eclectic mixtures of influences including jazz, American folksong, theater music and the classical tradition. David Alpher is currently the Artistic Director of the Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown in New York’s Hudson Valley and was a founding director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which he co-directed for ten years.



Charlie Albright Sunday, June 25, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Charlie Albright

Winner of multiple awards, including first prize of the 2009 Young Concert Artist Competition, the 2006 Eastman International, 2006 New York Biennial National, the 2005 IIYM International Piano Competition, and 2009 Vendome Prize (to name just a few), Charlie Albright has been critically acclaimed by The Washington Post as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” whose “musical shape was never sacrificed to showmanship” and whose “impressive range of differently colored sounds at the keyboard was matched by overwhelming virtuosity.” PROGRAM HANDEL: Chaconne CHOPIN: Variations on Mozart’s La ci Darem la Mano ALBRIGHT: Improvisation KAPUSTIN: Variations, Op.41 MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition



NY Woodwind Quintet w/ Lee Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
NY Woodwind Quintet w/ Lee

PROGRAM HINDEMITH: Kleine Kammermusik MOZART: Fantasy in F minor, K.608, arr. W. Purvis PAVEL HASS: Wind Quintet CARTER: Wind Quintet MONTEVERDI: Two Madrigals, arr. W. Purvis POULENC: Sextet for piano and winds NEW YORK WOODWIND QUINTET Carol Wincenc, flute | Stephen Taylor, oboe | Charles Neidich, clarinet | William Purvis, horn | Marc Goldberg, bassoon Now in its seventh decade, the New York Woodwind Quintet (NYWQ) has maintained an active performance schedule in the United States and abroad while also teaching the next generation of woodwind performers. The Quintet has commissioned and premiered over 20 compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire, including quintets by Gunther Schuller, Ezra Laderman, and Yehudi Wyner. The Quintet has featured many of these in recordings, and has just released Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet on the Naxos label. The NYWQ members, all internationally recognized performers and teachers, continue the Quintet’s now 20-year-long residency at The Juilliard School. The Korean-born pianist Mihae Lee has been captivating audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals and chamber music concerts with her poetic lyricism and scintillating virtuosity. She is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio, and the Artistic Director of the Essex Winter Series in Connecticut.



BSO Chamber Players w/ Deveau Friday, June 30, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
BSO Chamber Players w/ Deveau

PROGRAM MOZART: Sonata for violin and piano in B-flat major, K.454 TAFFANEL: Woodwind Quintet in G minor BRAHMS: Trio for horn, violin and piano in E-flat major, Op.40 BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS Consisting of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal players, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (BSCP) is one of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. With performances at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and regular appearances at Tanglewood, the BSCP maintain a busy touring schedule throughout the year. The BSCP can perform virtually any work within the vast chamber music literature, expanding their range of repertoire, by enlisting other BSO members or distinguished artists such as Emanuel Ax and André Previn. David Deveau, piano Now in his twenty-second (and final) year as Artistic Director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, pianist David Deveau has been critically acclaimed internationally for his expressive and poetic interpretations of solo piano repertoire.



Brentano String Quartet Saturday, July 1, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Brentano String Quartet

Mark Steinberg, violin | Serena Canin, violin | Misha Amory, viola | Nina Lee, cello PROGRAM GESUALDO (arr. Adolphe): Five Madrigals STEPHEN HARTKE: The Fifth Book (written for the Brentano Quartet) BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No.1 Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim, praised for its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture” (Philadelphia Inquirer).



John Davidson Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
John Davidson

Many people recognize John Davidson as the charismatic host of several popular game shows like The Hollywood Squares (both the original in the 60’s and the revival in the 80’s), That’s Incredible!, and The $10,000 Pyramid. He also starred in several Broadway shows (Foxy), television series’ (The Girl with Something Extra), and movies (The Happiest Millionaire). He even spent time as a guest host of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for several weeks. But through all his various acting and hosting duties, Davidson always made sure to stoke his singing career. He released several pop albums on Columbia Records throughout the 60’s and 70’s, enjoying success on the easy listening charts.



Garrick Ohlsson Thursday, July 6, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Garrick Ohlsson

PROGRAM SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A minor, Op.143 (D.784) SCRIABIN: A selection of short pieces SCHUBERT: Sonata in A major, D.959 Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 International Chopin Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.



Cardenes/Williams/Deveau Friday, July 7, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Cardenes/Williams/Deveau

Rockport Music’s Artistic Director David Deveau performs with beloved Festival favorites—violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Anne Martindale Williams—for the Festival’s final weekend. This is David Deveau’s last Festival as artistic director, so do not miss hearing him perform this dramatic program of Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorák. PROGRAM HAYDN: Trio in G major, Gypsy SHOSTAKOVICH: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op.67 DVORÁK: Dumky Trio, Op.90



The Boston Camerata Saturday, July 8, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Boston Camerata

PROGRAM Tristan and Iseult, based on original medieval sources Texts from Gottfried von Strassburg (ca. 1210) & Thomas de Bretagne (ca. 1155-1160) Renowned as America’s pre-eminent early music ensemble, the Boston Camerata’s musical performances are well known for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, the Camerata produces an in-town concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world. These live performances present vital, historically informed performances of European music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and of early American music, sacred and secular. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since 2008.



Deveau/Cardenes/Schiffman/Will Sunday, July 9, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Deveau/Cardenes/Schiffman/Will

David Deveau, piano | Andrés Cárdenes, violin | Barry Shiffman, viola | Anne Martindale Williams, cello The 36th Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival closes with beloved Artistic Director David Deveau in his farewell Festival performance, alongside longtime collaborators Andres Cardenes and Anne Martindale Williams, joining with the newly appointed Artistic Director Barry Shiffman in a truly grand performance of Mozart, Dvorák and more. A Festival Grand Finale PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1 DVORÁK: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87



Lisa Loeb Friday, July 14, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Lisa Loeb

One of the leading lights of the 90’s alternative folk movement, Lisa Loeb continues to write and perform powerfully intimate and melodically-charged tunes like her #1 smash hit “Stay (I Missed You)”- a song that remains the only single by an unsigned artist to top the Billboard pop charts.



Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Saturday, July 15, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine). Haas was once a student of Fraser’s and has since taken the Celtic world by storm with her dynamic and innovative approach to the cello. Apart from her musical partnership with Fraser, she has collaborated with luminaries like Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster and Solas.



The Subdudes Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Subdudes

A fixture in New Orleans for the last 30 years, The Subdudes combine Americana, country soul, folk and rock and roll for an intoxicated blend of passionate, joyous roots music. They are touring off their acclaimed all-acoustic 11th record 4 on the Floor. Centered around the songwriting and vocals of Tommy Malone (guitar) and John Magnie (accordion, keyboards), The Subdudes formed in 1987 after an impromptu gig at New Orleans’ famed Tipitina’s music club. Almost instantly, the group which also included percussionist Steve Amedée and bassist Johnny Ray Allen, gained a large local following based on a unique sound that included funky infectious rhythms and soulful boisterous vocal harmonies.



The Brothers Four Friday, July 21, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Brothers Four

Still going strong after more than half a century, The Brothers Four continue to thrill audiences with their pristine harmonies and classic folk sound. The quartet’s many hits, including favorites like “Try to Remember” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival.



Martin Sexton Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Martin Sexton

Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country, and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, his earnest songwriting, quirky stylistic shape-shifting and seemingly boundless vocal range has created a legion of devoted fans across the country, and the world. Sexton got his start busking in the streets and subways of Boston, and quickly rose to the top of the city’s bustling folk scene on the strength of his otherworldly and effortless voice, and his wildly popular self-produced demo tapes (sold over 20,000 tapes out of his guitar case). Black Sheep, his record label debut, vaulted Sexton into the main stages of the country’s folk festival circuit and soon the talented singer-songwriter began to bust out of the folk cocoon entirely with recordings that flirted with jazz, rock and roll, and R&B.



Jim Messina Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jim Messina

A singer-songwriter whose infectious hits graced the Billboard Charts for much of the 70’s, Jim Messina helped usher in the soft rock era. As a founding member of both the country rock supergroup Poco and the pop juggernaut Loggins & Messina (“Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance”), the veteran troubadour has already made his sizable mark on rock and roll.



Paula Cole Friday, July 28, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Paula Cole

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always returns to her hometown for a memorable night of smash hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” as well as tunes from her most recent record, 7, that Cole describes the sound as “a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s.”



Cherish the Ladies Sunday, July 30, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Cherish the Ladies

For more than thirty years, the talented women of Cherish the Ladies have been delighting audiences with their expert musicianship and dynamic live performances. Founded in a time when the traditional Irish folk genre was dominated by men, the Grammy-nominated Celtic supergroup continues to showcase the artistry of some of the finest female Celtic musicians in the world. Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies has gone on to worldwide acclaim, performing at high profile venues such as the White House and the Olympics, recording 16 outstanding albums including their most recent, An Irish Homecoming. Former Ladies that have gone on to their own thriving careers include fiddlers Eileen Ivers and Winifred Horan (of Solas), as well as vocalist Heidi Talbot among many others.



Rickie Lee Jones Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Rickie Lee Jones

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s with hits like “Chuck E.’s in Love,” Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she continues with her newest record, The Other Side of Desire.



Maceo Parker Thursday, August 3, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
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. 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.



Chris Smither Friday, August 4, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Chris Smither

One of the most revered folk/blues stylists of the last fifty years, Chris Smither has left a vibrant, lasting impression on the roots music world. Armed with a warm, gravelly baritone, deft fingerpicking and a stable of wry, often heartbreaking songs, Smither remains as affecting and dynamic as he did when he burst onto the scene over 40 years ago.



Cecile McLorin Salvant Sunday, August 6, 2017 5:00PM

Fred Hersch Trio Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:00PM

Danilo Perez: Panamonk Revisit Friday, August 11, 2017 8:00PM

Paula Cole Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:00PM

DIVA Jazz Orchestra Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:00PM

John Pizzarelli Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:00PM

Delta Rae Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Delta Rae

A much-buzzed about folk-rock group from North Carolina that deftly balances Americana with soul and anthemic pop, Delta Rae will be making a triumphant return to Rockport following their sold-out holiday concert here in December. Delta Rae is on tour this summer in support of their forthcoming new EP release, A Long And Happy Life.



Cyrille Aimee Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00PM

Tom Rush Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00PM - Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Tom Rush

In what has become a delightful, much-anticipated Rockport tradition, folk legend Tom Rush returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rush’s easy, world-weary baritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival.



Kingston Trio Sunday, August 20, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Kingston Trio

Known for their role in the folk revival of the early 60’s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like “Tom Dooley,” and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The Kingston Trio returns to Rockport for an unforgettable evening of vintage folk classics. Currently featuring the talents of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty, the Trio will perform beloved hits like “M.T.A,” “Worried Man,” “Greenback Dollar” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” among many other favorites.



Dirty Dozen Brass Band Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:00PM

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Joshua Redman Quartet Saturday, August 26, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Joshua Redman Quartet

ne of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, saxophonist Joshua Redman “is unparalleled among horn players today” (JazzTimes). From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau to The Bad Plus, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon in his own right.



Tamir Hendelman Trio Friday, September 8, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Tamir Hendelman Trio

With his hard-swinging approach and feather light touch, pianist Tamir Hendelman has emerged as one of the most intriguing jazz talents to arrive on the scene in quite some time. On top of his own trio outings as a leader, the Israeli-born artist is best known for his outstanding work with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Hendelman first came to prominence in 2000 when he joined the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (CHJO), a long-running L.A.-based big band. With the CHJO, Tamir has recorded for John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight and Diana Krall among others. For his own trio, the award-winning Hendelman explores standards, Brazilian music, blues and his Israeli roots. He’s released two acclaimed records as a leader, 2008’s Playground and 2010’s Destinations, the latter boasting the great Lewis Nash on drums. "His playing was so sensitive, introspective and captivating, that you could literally hear a pin drop in an audience of some 500 people." –L.A. Jazz Scene



Lizz Wright Sunday, September 17, 2017 5:00PM