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Chelsea Berry Friday, September 1, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Chelsea Berry

A singer-songwriter of immense passion, depth and soul-baring honesty, Chelsea Berry returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center armed with a brand new studio album. The powerful singer, who proudly calls the North Shore her home, has developed a steadily growing and devoted following in the last several years, both among fans and fellow songwriters.

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

Hesperus/The Mark of Zorro Saturday, September 9, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Hesperus/The Mark of Zorro

Silent films were never totally silent; they were seen with a variety of accompaniments. Some theaters rented the original Hollywood score composed for the picture and hired an orchestra or arranged it for a small group of musicians. If that were too expensive, a few musicians would find their own music to suit. Other theaters had an organist or pianist improvise a soundtrack or play popular music of the day. HESPERUS does something a bit different–the ensemble accompanies the silent film with music that has a connection to the action on the screen. For The Mark of Zorro, we’re playing music from Old and New Spain–Spanish and Native American music from the 16th-18th centuries. This music gives audiences a real sense of place and time.

Nick Fradiani & Alternate Routes

-Purchase a Meet & Greet ticket in addition to your concert ticket. Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
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                -Purchase a Meet & Greet ticket in addition to your concert ticket.

Come on out for an intriguing double bill that brings together a recently crowned American Idol winner and budding songwriter with a veteran, melodically gifted Americana group. The pairing of singer Nick Fradiani with The Alternate Routes is a match made in folk pop heaven. Nick Fradiani

Lizz Wright Sunday, September 17, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Lizz Wright

A vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit who slides effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, Lizz Wright has a smoky, supple voice that has beguiled fans and critics alike for over a decade. Coming this fall, Wright releases her sophomore album with Concord Music Group, produced by renowned Americana producer Joe Henry, a follow-up to her most recent release Freedom & Surrender (2015).

Bettye LaVette Friday, September 22, 2017 8:00PM

CMS Lincoln Center Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
CMS Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in the acclaimed and magnificent Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, the CMS draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind. ENSEMBLE Gilles Vonsattel, piano | Paul Huang, violin | Ani Kavafian, violin | Matthew Lipman, viola | Nicholas Canellakis, cello | David Shifrin, clarinet PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat major for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op. 11 WEBER: Quintet in B-flat major for clarinet, 2 violins, viola, and cello, Op. 34 SCHUMANN: Quintet in E-flat major for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello, Op. 44

Live from Laurel Canyon Friday, September 29, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Live from Laurel Canyon

The Laurel Canyon show is a kind of a tribute...but to a place and time.  Led by Brian Chartrand (of Sweet Remains) and featuring an impressive diverse cast of singers and artists, it tells the story of the musicians who came out of southern California in the 60s & 70s with original arrangements, songs and stories about the history and connection between the artists.

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies Saturday, September 30, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
An Evening with Cowboy Junkies

Known for their ethereal, gauzy take on folk, alternative rock and country, the Toronto-based Cowboy Junkies have forged an impressive 30 year career, scoring several hit singles like “Sweet Jane” and “Misguided Angel,” a handful of critically-acclaimed albums, and a dedicated throng of loyal fans. 

Patty Larkin & Liz Longley Sunday, October 15, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Patty Larkin & Liz Longley

Come on out for a folk-saturated double bill featuring beloved veteran singer-songwriter Patty Larkin and buzz-generating tunesmith Liz Longley. Though from different generations, both have a unique vision and style rooted in indelible melodies and a powerful poetic lyrical style.

JinJoo Cho & Hyun Soo Lim Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
JinJoo Cho & Hyun Soo Lim

Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. Gold Medalist of the 2014 Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis, Ms. Cho made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Times Argus of Montreal proclaimed her performance as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth…with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine.” Since then, she has won numerous international awards including the First Prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at Aspen Music Festival. PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 6, Op. 30, No. 1 FAURÉ: Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 CHAUSSON: Poème TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenir d’un lieu cher SAINT-SAENS: Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

Mary Chapin Carpenter Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:00PM - Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Rockport in support of her most recent record, the acclaimed The Things That We Are Made Of.

Capitol Steps Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Capitol Steps

As the granddaddy of political satire, The Capitol Steps have been poking fun at the D.C. establishment for over 35 years. The veteran troupe have become masters at skewering both sides of the aisle, their repurposed covers of pop songs loaded with puns and outrageous one-liners. No one is safe!

Rosanne Cash Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Rosanne Cash

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has long transcended her birthright as country music royalty, carving her own hit-laden career that has spanned close to 40 years. This fall she will be making her much-anticipated Rockport debut!

Ying Quartet/ B. Shiffman Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ying Quartet/ B. Shiffman

PROGRAM CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS: Commission TBA SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (transcribed for string quartet) BRAHMS: String Sextet, No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 Ying Quartet The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Additionally, the quartet regularly performs and teaches at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and also served as ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival. Previously the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University, the Quartet is now quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, maintaining full time faculty positions. Zuill Bailey, cello Winner of a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Tales of Hemingway, Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, artistic director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. Barry Shiffman Internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator and administrator. He is the newly appointed artistic director for Rockport Music's classical programming. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and currently serves as both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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.

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.

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

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

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