ROCKPORT MUSIC ANNOUNCES 2011 SUMMER MUSIC SCHEDULE

ROCKPORT MUSIC ANNOUNCES 2011 SUMMER MUSIC SCHEDULE


ROCKPORT MUSIC ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERTS AND EVENTS FOR JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST 2011 IN THE SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER

Rockport Music is very pleased to announce the 30th Anniversary Season of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (June 9 ‘ July 17, 2011) and summer jazz, pop and world music concerts (July 22 ‘ August 28).

Rockport Music has added concerts this summer to meet audience demand. Last summer all 28 concerts in the Shalin Liu Performance Center’s inaugural season sold out.

A total of 37 concerts will be held at the Shalin Liu Performance Center ‘ 22 Festival (5 weeks), 2 Family, 13 jazz/pop/world music.

Festival events scheduled to enhance and deepen the concert experience include Prelude Suppers, lectures, a film screening, and a master class.

30 ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

*Rockport Chamber Music Festival’s second season in the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

* Rockport Music has commissioned co-founder David Alpher to write and perform a work in honor of co-founder Lila Deis.

*Russell Sherman plays Schumann and Liszt. Marc-Andr’ Hamelin returns.

*Appearances with the Jupiter, Borromeo, and St. Petersburg String Quartets.

* Debuts: Calmus (vocal ensemble), A Far Cry (string orchestra), Red Priest (early music.

*Acting Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic Mark Nuccio debuts in two programs.

*Violinists include Anne Akiko Meyers and Stefan Jackiw.

JAZZ/WORLD MUSIC/POP HIGHLIGHTS:

*The debut of George Wein and the Newport All-Stars

*The return of Paula Cole for three performances

*Freddy Cole, Christian McBride, and more

Concerts mark the organization’s second year in the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

The Rockport Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary season with 22 programs that include leading pianists, string quartets, string trios, choral and early-music ensembles, and a saxophone quartet.

Opening Night on June 9 features a world premiere written and performed by Rockport Chamber Music Festival co-founder David Alpher in memory of co-founder Lila Deis.

Additional Festival events include two free family concerts, five Friday evening Prelude Suppers, two lectures, a film screening, and a master class with David Deveau.

Post-Festival jazz, world, and music pop concerts offer 9 artists for a total of 13 concerts.

All events take place in the Shalin Liu Performance Center, which opened to critical acclaim on June 10, 2010. In response to all 20 Festival concerts selling out in 2010, two additional Festival programs have been added in 2011. Non-classical concerts, which also sold out in 2010, have been increased from six to thirteen.

‘I take great pleasure in creating programs – performed by great musicians both new and familiar to our audiences – that challenge, inspire and fulfill,’ says Rockport Music Artistic Director David Deveau. ‘Our new home, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, affords such a wonderful cornucopia of acoustics and aesthetics that the planning of a Festival season is a pure joy for me. For our 30th anniversary season in 2011, I have attempted to create a broad range of genres, from the traditional (string quartets, piano trios, solo piano recitals) to the novel (clarinets times 4, a cappella vocal quintet, piano duet for one and two pianos, saxophone quartet) so that you may enjoy our splendid new hall in all its glory.’

‘Since the Shalin Liu Performance Center opened last summer, Rockport Music has expanded its programming to include outstanding performers from new musical genres, including jazz, pop and world music,’ states Rockport Music Executive Director Tony Beadle, who oversees all non-classical programming. ‘I’m thrilled with this summer’s line-up. We’ve engaged four of today’s leading jazz artists, performers of Celtic and Sephardic music, the folk-blues icon Tom Rush, and Rockport’s own Grammy Award-winner Paula Cole.’

Subscriptions go on sale March 28, and single tickets on April 18. Subscription series vary; prices begin at $97 for four concerts. Single ticket prices range from $27 to $75. To develop future audiences, free tickets are available to youth 18 and under to most concerts (limited availability). Students 19 to 26 may purchase $12 tickets to all concerts. (HD Broadcasts and benefit concerts not included).

HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

ONLINE: www.rockportmusic.org

IN PERSON: Rockport Music Box Office, 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA (M-F, 10-4)

PHONE: 978-546-7391 (M-F, 10-4)