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January 2020

Palaver Strings: Daylight

January 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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This program explores the gradual return of light marked by the winter solstice. Our program opens with Winter, from Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons,followed by Max Richter’s On the Nature of Delight–a meditation that juxtaposes desolation with pure beauty and gentleness. The program culminates with Mendelssohn’s radiant Octet.

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

January 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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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.

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February 2020

California & Montreal Guitar Trios

February 14 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Two of the most heralded guitar trios converge for a concert of pure six string wizardry, as the California Guitar Trio (CGT) and the Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) share the stage, fusing over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble.’

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Vienna Piano Trio

February 23 @ 3:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Long established as one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Vienna Piano Trio was founded in 1988 by the Viennese pianist Stefan Mendl. He is joined by Californian violinist David McCarroll and the Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen.  This extraordinary trio brings a program of masters with works of Haydn, Brahms and closing with Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio.

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March 2020

Raul Midon & Lionel Loueke

March 1 @ 5:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Genre-bending icons Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke join forces to present a special night of song and guitar wizardry. The revered instrumentalists and vocalists will perform sets of original material in an evening that will culminate in an unforgettable jam.

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Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists

March 15 @ 3:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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As part of Rockport Music’s Metropolitan Opera Weekend, this concert features three of the most talented young singers training today in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Artist Development Program. As experienced by the attendees at the 2019 performance of spectacular artists, these vocalists return by popular demand with a vibrant, expressive performance of opera favorites and art songs.

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April 2020

Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio

April 4 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Frank Vignola is known as one of the most extraordinary and versatile guitarists performing today, able to excel in a variety of styles, from gypsy swing to fusion to hard bop to pop. He returns to Rockport bringing along guitarist Vinny Raniolo and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to form the Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

April 17 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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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).

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Alexander Ullman, Piano

April 19 @ 3:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Praised for his subtle interpretations and refined technical mastery, British pianist Alexander Ullman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his deep understanding of the scores he interprets, his elegant touch and crystalline phrasing.  The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Alexander performs a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt arrangements of several Schubert songs.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

April 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, pianist Emmet Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. A member of Christian McBride’s Tip City band as well as Herlin Riley’s Quartet, Cohen comes to Rockport with his own group, the Emmet Cohen Trio.

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