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.”
The success of Ottmar Liebert’s groundbreaking 1990 debut album Nouveau Flamenco, including the single “Barcelona Nights,” catapulted him to the top of Billboard’s new age chart and took the world by storm. With more than 25 recordings under his belt (the most recent being 2012’s Dune), Liebert has created a vast catalog, all bearing his supremely passionate compositional style—mixing sensual melodies with pan-Latin rhythms. The German-born guitarist has been nominated five times for a Grammy, and his records have gone on to reach platinum and multi-platinum sales. Along with his group Luna Negra, Liebert has carved a unique space in instrumental new age music, while redefining what most think of as flamenco.
“…sweet melody and tango feel…beautifully composed and recorded in the Santa Fe desert style as defined by Ottmar Liebert.” Lawrence Russell
When: May 30, 2014 8 PM to May 31, 2014 8 PMin Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $58, $48, $39 (Fri, 30 May 2014 20 )
Explore the music and dance of the culturally rich Andes! The musicians of Inkas Wasi will perform traditional Andean music and demonstrate the instruments such as the chakchas, palo de lluvia, siku, quena and charango. Inkas Wasi has provided concerts and educational programs to over 100 schools across the United State and is an active member of the New England Foundation of the Arts, The Maine Arts Commission, National Flute Association, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance, among many more. Free, no tickets required.
When: Jun 14, 2014 10 AM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10 )
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 "noveau flamenco."
The success of Ottmar Liebert's groundbreaking 1990 debut album Nouveau Flamenco, including the single "Barcelona Nights," catapulted him to the top of Billboard's new age chart and took the world by storm. With more than 25 recordings under his belt (the most recent being 2012's Dune), Liebert has created a vast catalog, all bearing his supremely passionate compositional style- mixing sensual melodies with pan-Latin rhythms, The German born guitarist has been nominated five times for a Grammy, and his records have gone on to reach platinum and multi- platinum sales. Along with his group Luna Negra, Liebert has carved a unique space in instrumental new age music, while redefining what most think of as flamenco.
"...sweet melody and tango feel...beautifully composed and recorded in the Santa Fe desert style as definied by Ottmar Liebert." -Lawrence Russell
When: May 30, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Fri, 30 May 2014 20 )
A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.
When: May 10, 2014 12:55:00 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $32, $29, $20 (Sat, 10 May 2014 12:55:00 )
Curtis Institute of Music presents: Schumann: 'Fnf Stcke im Volkston', Op. 102; Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47; Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A mi...
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine and Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, the GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass. The program includes works by Palestrina, Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel and more.
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.
Chaney Sims, vocals, handclaps | Bill Sims, Jr., vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, handclaps Junior Mack, vocals, electric and electric slide guitars, dobro Vincent Bucher, harmonica | Barry Harrison, drums and percussion Bursting on the blues scene in 2011, the Heritage Blues Quintet immediately shook the roots music world upside down with their Grammy-nominated debut record And Still I Rise. Anchored by blues veteran Bill Sims Jr., guitarist Junior Mack and singer Chaney Sims, Heritage Blues aims to unearth and revitalize blues, gospel and New Orleans jazz music for the 21st century, as well as invigorating African-American musical traditions.
A hit-making country music star throughout the 90’s and winner of multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards, Kathy Mattea remains one of Music Row’s most revered singers. Beloved for classics like “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Love at the Five and Dime,” Mattea is known for diverting from Nashville’s mainstream, incorporating folk, Celtic and Appalachian music into the genre and relying on the strength of a voice that the Hartford Courant called “a rare blend of warmth and power.”
Dweezil Zappa, guitar | Scheila Gonzalez, saxophone, flute, keyboards & vocals Ben Thomas, vocals | Chris Norton, keyboards & vocals | Ryan Brown, drums Who better to interpret the genius of Frank Zappa than his own son? 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!
Though from different backgrounds, the mesmerizing duo of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and upstart cellist Natalie Haas has 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), and has been featured on the soundtracks of cinematic blockbusters like Titanic, Braveheart and The Last of the Mohicans among others. His playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes, and improvisations based on traditional themes. Haas, hailing from California, 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 McMaster and Solas. Fraser and Haas’ undeniable musical chemistry is something to behold.
A singer-songwriter of immense depth and wit, Loudon Wainwright III has been thrilling audiences with his sharp, literate take on the folk tradition for over 40 years. From the “next Dylan” tag of the early 70’s to his evolution into a revered cult figure and Grammy-winning folk elder statesman, Wainwright’s singular talent has never dimmed. Wainwright’s career has been that of a slow burn rather than a firecracker. His critically-adored records, beginning with 1970’s Album I, helped the songwriter gain a devoted cult following. Wainwright’s rapier wit, self-deprecation and often darkly cynical take on the human condition combined with his strident vocals and deft finger-picking guitar skills spawned a whole new generation of singer-songwriters to follow in his wake.
One of the most sought-after pianists of the post-bop era, Kenny Barron has played on literally hundreds of jazz recordings, many being some of the genre’s most iconic and beloved. His unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”
When: Aug 16, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20 )
A drummer of unique versatility with a deeply passionate style, Ali Jackson honors the revered roots of jazz drumming while also carrying the tradition into new progressive directions. Jackson has been the rhythmic backbone of the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for eight years, while still fronting his own innovative and trailblazing band, the Ali Jackson Quartet. He has collaborated with a veritable Who’s Who of jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr. among others.
When: Aug 13, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20 )
Anthony de Mare is widely recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists. His recording Liaisons was hailed by The New York Times as “dynamic and stylish.” This project showcases Sondheim’s genius with solo piano compositions by 36 different contemporary composers of his most famous works. A foremost champion of contemporary music and a pioneer in the speaking-singing pianist genre, de Mare has made a trailblazing artistic career. In The Liaisons Project, he has brought together today’s most highly regarded emerging and established composers spanning the classical, contemporary, jazz, film, theater and indie worlds to bring the work of Stephen Sondheim into the concert hall—from Steve Reich to William Bolcom, to Wynton Marsalis.
When: Aug 8, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20 )
Expertly fusing jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban rhythms, composer/pianist Donal Fox deliberately and delightfully muddles musical boundaries. His intricate compositions and dizzying improvisations could recall Thelonious Monk one moment and Bach the next, but the former Guggenheim fellow has created his own wholly unique approach to music. Among his many accolades, Fox is a recent recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music.
When: Aug 15, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20 )
One of the most successful jazz fusion bands of all time, the Yellowjackets combine smooth jazz with R&B, funk and world music to create an intoxicating mélange of music all their own. Instantly familiar hits like “And You Know That” and “Matinee Idol” helped launch the band into the rarified air of jazz fusion superstars in the 80’s. Of their 20 records released since their start in 1981, more than half have been nominated for a Grammy (two winning), and they are certainly not slowing down. Their most recent record, 2013’s A Rise in the Road debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts.
Inspired by the original Hot Club de France that featured gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt and iconic swing violinist Stephane Grappelli, Hot Club of San Francisco pays sparkling tribute to pre-war gypsy jazz. Anchored by guitarist/bandleader Paul Mehling, Hot Club of San Francisco are vanguards of the ongoing gypsy swing revival, as they were the first American band invited to play France’s storied Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine.
When: Aug 3, 2014 5 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17 )
Reinventing the standard jazz trio with a defiantly convention-breaking approach to improvisational music, The Bad Plus has carved out a niche as one of the most unique voices in modern music. The trio, featuring pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer Dave King, and bassist Reid Anderson, first gained notice for their audacious, script-flipping interpretations of rock and pop songs. Tunes that have gotten the Bad Plus treatment include Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love?” and even Stravinsky’s “Variation d’Apollon.” Yet, despite their reputation for brilliant covers, The Bad Plus’ compositional skills should not go unnoticed. The Minnesota-based band’s 2012 album, Made Possible, focused exclusively on new pieces contributed by all three musicians. Whatever the origins of the tunes they explore, The Bad Plus has developed a singular group concept and sound that makes for a thrilling ride. In the words of Rolling Stone, The Bad Plus is “about as badass as highbrow gets.”
When: Aug 7, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20 )
Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
When: Apr 26, 2014 12:55:00 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:55:00 )
If you have ever wanted to experience playing the instruments seen and heard on the stage of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, now is your chance! Experienced professionals and students will be on hand to guide you with the correct way to hold and make music on many of the instruments of the string family, as well as instruments of the brass and woodwind families, and a Celtic harp. It is sure to be a cacophony of sound, but great fun!
When: May 17, 2014 10 AM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 May 2014 10 )
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’s historic Carnegie Hall appearance.
“The Beatles salute that sells out Carnegie Hall year after year! They look – act – and sound like The Beatles. “The performance, professionalism and musicianship make the illusion complete. 1964 THE TRIBUTE creates magic!” – DICK CLARK
Hot on the heels of their twelfth performance at legendary Carnegie Hall, 1964...THE TRIBUTE will once again dazzle a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for nearly 50 years.
1964...THE TRIBUTE, dubbed “Best Beatles Tribute on earth” by Rolling Stone Magazine, has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Like actors, these master musicians cast a spell as they step into the characters of the originals before your very eyes. Critics and fans internationally have hailed 1964…THE TRIBUTE as the most authentic Beatles tribute in the world. For over 28 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 - from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments.
1964...THE TRIBUTE is: Mark Benson as John Lennon, Graham Alexander as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison, and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr.
When: May 16, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $55, $45, $30 (Fri, 16 May 2014 20 )
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,” as well as multiple gold and platinum-selling albums in the early 90’s, the Illinois-raised singer-songwriter broadened her range in more recent years with diversions into swing and folk. Her most recent record, 2014’s “Lucky,” features Bogguss interpreting tunes from one of her early mentors and champions- the legendary Merle Haggard.
More of a traditional stylist than the current crop of pop-oriented female country singers, Bogguss has always been a favorite of Music Row’s elite pickers and players. The luminous-voiced singer has collaborated with icons like guitarist Chet Atkins, Western Swing legend Ray Benson, bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss, and of course, honky-tonk hero Merle Haggard.
When: May 10, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $46, $37, $25 (Sat, 10 May 2014 20 )
Leaders of the New England folk music scene, Cheryl Wheeler and Ellis Paul are two artists whose mesmerizing voices and delicate poetry have captured stories of the past, present, and future. With over 14 Boston Music Awards to call his own, Ellis has had a career spanning sixteen albums and Cheryl’s music ranges from heart-wrenching to humorous. As a songwriter, her songs have been covered by such musical legends as Bette Middler, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Garth Brooks.
Cheryl’s captivating songs have been covered by icons such as Bette Midler, Kenny Loggins, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Garth Brooks. In 1976, Cheryl played bass for Jonathan Edwards and has performed her own works on tour with Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Cheryl has several albums to her name and also appears as a guest artist on Patty Larkin’s album 25. Cheryl’s album Pointing at the Sun was voted by NPR’s Northern Colorado listeners as best album by a singer/songwriter in 2010. She has performed at folk festivals around the U.S. and Canada including The Lunenburg Folk Harbor Festival in Nova Scotia and the Belleville Roots Music Festival in Newburyport.
“Ms. Wheeler is skilled at being poetic in her language, yet clear in her meaning...” - The Graham Weekly Album Review
“…achingly honest songs of love and loss.”-Boston Globe
“Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, noisome times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence.” -Boston Globe
With a charismatic charm and urban folk-rock style, Ellis Paul led a ‘90s revival in folk-rock music. Merging the folk and pop genres together, Ellis began his career as the opening act for folk legend Bill Morrissey and was named Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition winner in 1994. Ellis’ songs have been featured in television shows and movies such as “Ed”, “Hall Pass”, “Me, Myself, & Irene,” and “Shallow Hal.” He has toured with other leading folk rock artists such as Shawn Colvin and John Gorka, as well as performing on the Woody Guthrie tribute tour “Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway.” Ellis has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and Bill Bragg, and over the course of his career, he has made 16 albums and earned 14 Boston Music Awards, a Boston Acoustic Underground Award, and the Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement.
“No emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters.”-Boston Globe
“…Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose to…”- Nora Guthrie
When: May 17, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $39, $35, $25 (Sat, 17 May 2014 20 )
Stephen Bates was a clarinetist with the Kennedy Center’s Opera Orchestra for 36 years and also an abstract artist who works primarily in watercolor collage. His work has been exhibited in both The Watergate Gallery and The Parish Gallery. He currently lives in Manchester and will perform a program showing the integration of art and music. Bates will perform Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 for clarinet and piano, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet, and Stephen Kleiman’s Sonatine No. 2 for clarinet and piano, “Inner Dance”. During the program, he will show his own works of art and works by Kandinsky and briefly discuss Kandinsky's move towards abstraction (changing language) as well as synaesthesia—the connection between two senses—in this discussion the connection between colors or images triggered by different sounds.
When: May 13, 2014 7 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Tue, 13 May 2014 19 )
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
When: May 15, 2014 7 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts Cost: $22/$15 Students & Seniors, $5 Youth (Thu, 15 May 2014 19 )
Performing music of the Harlem Renaissance, the Berklee World Strings, directed by cellist Eugene Friesen, features an international collection of Berklee's most accomplished and promising soloists, chamber players and fiddlers. They perform lively programs that typically include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world’s music. With a repertoire drawn from Celtic, bluegrass, South American, Arabic, Gypsy, jazz, and classical styles, Berklee World Strings redefines the traditional string orchestra with bright melodies, dance rhythms, improvisation and sparkling interplay. The evening’s performance will include participants from the Rockport High School string program.
When: May 1, 2014 7 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Thu, 01 May 2014 19 )
Please join the Harvard Club of the North Shore for a performance of the
“1964...THE TRIBUTE" dubbed as the "Best Beatles tribute on earth" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Critics and fans internationally have hailed 1964...THE TRIBUTE as the most authentic Beatles tribute in the world. For over 28 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 - from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments.
We will meet before the performance on the third floor of the Shalin Liu performance center in Rockport to mix and mingle. The cash bar opens at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.
When: May 15, 2014 7 PM to May 15, 2014 9 PMin Rockport, Massachusetts (Thu, 15 May 2014 19 )
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