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Cape Ann Big Band Holiday Saturday, December 2, 2017 3:00PM - Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Cape Ann Big Band Holiday

Have a blast with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing swing favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, big band, and rock n’ roll.

George Winston Sunday, December 3, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
George Winston

One of the most successful and recognized solo pianists in the world, George Winston brings his remarkably enduring and highly imitated “rural folk piano” style to Rockport for the first time in a concert just in time for the holiday season.

Four Freshmen Friday, December 8, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen are America’s most enduring vocal group. From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and present. The Four Freshmen deliver a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment unique to the legendary Four Freshmen.

Felix Cavaliere's Rascals Saturday, December 9, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals

Best known as the singer and keyboardist for The Rascals (“Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’” among other hits), the legendary Felix Cavaliere makes his debut in Rockport. Despite a career spanning five decades, Cavaliere remains at the height of his powers, that instantly recognizable soulful voice continuing to enthrall audiences all over the globe.

Cantus Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:00PM   ·   More Info »

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, Cantus return to Rockport for a thrilling holiday-themed program. Cantus is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality. The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. PROGRAM Storytelling is a wondrous and meaningful part of the holiday season. In “Three Tales of Christmas,” Cantus reimagines beloved stories through familiar carols alongside new holiday classics. Featuring narrated passages from such classic holiday tales as A Christmas Carol, Gift of the Magi, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, “Three Tales of Christmas” reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season with fresh perspective and just the right amount of nostalgia.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 4PM Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:00PM - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 4PM

Now in its second decade of concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is again returning to Rockport.  Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for twenty-nine years. For the last fifteen, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program.

Back Bay Ringers Sunday, December 17, 2017 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Back Bay Ringers

Get in the holiday spirit with the Back Bay Ringers! Back Bay Ringers (BBR) is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 2003, it has quickly developed a reputation for excellence, regularly performing at such Boston-area landmarks as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center.

10,000 Maniacs Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
10,000 Maniacs

The acclaimed folk rock group dominated the airwaves in the late 80’s and 90’s with FM radio staples like “These Are Days” “Trouble Me” and “More Than This,” leading a trend of fiercely independent, socially conscious bands that would become known as alternative rock. Now with violist and vocalist Mary Ramsey leading the way, and no signs of slowing down, 10,000 Maniacs will make their Rockport debut.   Formed in Jamestown, New York in 1981 with an original lineup that included singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs spent the decade writing, touring and recording on their own label before signing with Elektra in 1985 and releasing The Wishing Chair. Singer Natalie Merchant left the band in 1993 to pursue a solo career, her lead vocal duties being taken over by Mary Ramsey

Julliard415 w/ R. Podger Sunday, January 28, 2018 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Julliard415 w/ R. Podger

PROGRAM TELEMANN: Tafelmusic (Musique de Table, First Production) Overture (Suite) in E Minor for Two Flutes, Strings and Continuo, TWV 55:e1 Quartet in G Major for Flute, Oboe, Violin, and Continuo, TWV 43:G2 Concerto in A Major for Flute, Violin, and Cello, TWV 53:A2 Trio in E-flat major for Two Violins and Continuo, TWV42:Es1 Solo in B minor for Flute and Continuo, TWV41:h4 Conclusion in E minor for Strings and Continuo, TWV50:5 JUILLIARD415 Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has made significant contributions to musical life in New York and beyond, bringing major figures in the field of early music to lead performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. Rachel Podger, baroque violin Proving her “intoxicating combination of power and grace” (Toronto Star), internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. Having performed as a soloist and guest director with many of the world’s top ensembles, she is also the founding musical director of Brecon Baroque.

Beantown Swing Orchestra Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
Beantown Swing Orchestra

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band music from the Swing Era, one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of American music ever created. With most of its musicians in their twenties, the orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s. In helping to further its mission of perpetuating this great music and exposing it to younger generations, the orchestra offers music workshops and presentations to various local high schools, including Rockport, where it trains and recruits new players regularly. Featured in this concert will be vocalist Kiva Trumbour and drummer Jasper Williamson, both recent Rockport High School alumni.

JD Souther Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
JD Souther

A songwriting legend and country rock pioneer, JD Souther comes to Rockport for the first time armed with a veritable treasure trove of classics, including several made famous by The Eagles (“Heartache Tonight,” “Best of My Love”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Faithless Love”). His infectious pop sensibility and effortless croon have led to a near 50 year career.

Seong-Jin Cho Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Seong-Jin Cho

First Prize Winner at the 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho made clear his intense reflection and expressive insight, qualities apt to connect with audiences at the deepest levels of imagination and emotion. The young South Korean pianist’s mature musicianship and refined artistry has won a significant international following, underlined by the pop-chart-topping status of his Deutsche Grammophon debut album and invitations to appear at the world’s foremost concert halls. Cho made several high-profile recital debuts this past season, notably at Carnegie Hall and as part of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series. “… this latest Chopin Competition winner can stand proud next to the likes of such illustrious past winners as Pollini, Argerich and Zimerman” Pianist

Howard Jones Thursday, March 1, 2018 8:00PM

Sweet Honey in the Rock Sunday, March 4, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Sweet Honey in the Rock

Globally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock continues to cultivate, evolve and add memorable moments to their indelible legacy as activists and artists. They have stayed true to their mission to educate, entertain, and empower their audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation.

Goitse Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »

Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet known as Goitse (a Gaelic greeting meaning ‘come here’) has quickly become one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe.

Clemens Hagen& Kirill Gerstein Friday, March 16, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Clemens Hagen& Kirill Gerstein

Clemens Hagen has performed as soloist with internationally renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the NHK Orchestra Tokyo and the Cleveland Orchestra. For the 50th anniversary celebration of Jeunesse Musicale Vienna, Clemens Hagen was artist-in-residence where he gave six concerts. Hagen is a music professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg where he has taught cello and chamber music since 1988. He is also a Visiting Artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. First Prize Winner of the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and an Avery Fisher Grant, Kirill Gerstein has entered the highest ranks of international stars. His performances with the world’s greatest orchestras and solo recitals have garnered great critical acclaim, and his dual expertise in jazz and classical music sets him apart in today’s specialized music world. His early training and experience in jazz has contributed an important element to his interpretive style, inspiring an energetic and expressive musical personality that distinguishes his playing. ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen from The Magic Flute Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 Sonata No. 4 in C Major Op. 102, No. 1 Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

Ann Hampton Callaway Friday, April 6, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway is a born entertainer and one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny.

Dawn Upshaw & Gilbert Kalish Sunday, April 22, 2018 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Dawn Upshaw & Gilbert Kalish

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw combines a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music. She has achieved worldwide celebrity as an opera singer and recitalist of concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her a devoted audience, as well as awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. This season he appears with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, performs at the Ojai Music Festival, and holds a residency at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 2006 he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory for his outstanding contributions to music in America. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that flourished during the 1960s and 70s in support of new music. PROGRAM SCHUBERT Im Frühling | Geheimes | Gretchen am Spinnrade Lied der Mignon (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt) | Rastlose Liebe JANÁCEK: from In the Mists (Mr. Kalish solo) I. Andante IV. Presto RAVEL: Histoires Naturelles Le paon | Le grillon | Le cygne Le martin-pêcheur | La pintade REBECCA CLARKE: June Twilight | Infant Joy | The Tiger A Dream | The Cloths of Heaven BARTÓK: Fekete | Annyi bánat a szüvemen | Régi keserves? Eddig való dolgom | ‘Hatforintos’ nóta WILLIAM BOLCOM: Black Max | Toothbrush time | Waitin’ | George

Jesse Colin Young Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jesse Colin Young

One of the leading lights of the 60’s “flower power” movement and founder of The Youngbloods, singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young remains a vibrant musical force. Most known for his 1969 smash hit “Get Together,” which continues to be an iconic anthem for peace and tolerance to this day, Young has forged a long-sustaining career built on his soaring tenor, infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Going solo after several well-received records with the Youngbloods, Jesse Colin Young focused on his own songwriting and following his artistic muse. In 1972 he released the well-received Together, and the following year he came out with what many critics claim as his solo masterpiece, Song for Juli, which stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for nearly a year. Through the next several years he released several critically-acclaimed albums that showcased Young broadening his sonic palette, recording breakthrough tracks from country fusion to jazz fusion to blues rock that received airplay on radio stations across America. During his exploding solo career during the 1970’s, Jesse also continued giving back by helping establish the No Nukes movement. Involved from the very beginning, Jesse closed the 1979 No Nukes concert and movie joined by legends Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash singing The Youngblood’s anthem “Get Together.” Throughout his professional life of recording and touring, Jesse has always taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. He has performed on behalf of organizations ranging from the Dream Foundation and Saratoga Warhorse, to Prep Fest and the Kona Pacific Waldorf School, now the Kona Pacific Charter School. Holding environmental accountability, Veteran support and quality education as a moral code of action, Jesse remains committed and active as an individual and performer.