Classical


June 15-July 15, 2018

Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Barry Shiffman, artistic director
Osvaldo Golijov, composer-in-residence
The Rockport Chamber Music Festival 2018, the first under the artistic direction of Barry Shiffman, encompasses a dramatic theme—r:EVOLUTION. The Festival brings established world-class artists such as the Brentano Quartet, pianist Stephen Prutsman, violinist James Ehnes, as well as the great Emerson Quartet. A special “annex” performance in August will bring the incomparable Pinchas Zukerman Trio.  With a strong emphasis in presenting the next generation of artists, the Festival introduces exciting musicians on the rise including Cliburn winner Yekwon Sunwoo, break-out vocal sensation Davóne Tines, the Dover Quartet, the Attacca Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Samantha HankeyWatch a Festival teaser video!

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday, June 21, 7:30 PM*

An Evening of Brahms

Samantha Hankey | Chee-Yun| Barry Shiffman| Anton Nel | William VerMeulen
An all-star ensemble led by pianist Anton Nel and Artistic Director Barry Shiffman will feature Brahms’ chamber music masterpieces. The program highlights the vocal splendor of American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, who was the Grand Finals winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; the incomparable violinist Chee-Yun, winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant; and culminates with horn virtuoso William Vermeulen.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday, June 21, 10 PM

Classical Cabaret: Carmen & Liszt

Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano | Stephen Prutsman, piano | John McKean, harpsichord | Rockport Fellowship Quartet
The third floor reception hall will be transformed into a candlelit space of hi-tops and small tables creating a fun atmosphere of intimacy with the artists for a casual, 45-minute performance.  Program includes Ligeti, Bizet, Prutsman and Liszt.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, June 22, 8 PM

War and Peace
Attacca Quartet | Stephen Prutsman, piano | Danny Koo, violin

Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
Each composer in this program brought a new perspective to music in their generation. Steve Reich’s Different Trains is performed by the great Attacca Quartet, currently Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and includes video into the work. Prutsman and Koo perform two of Part’s most famous minimalist works, incredibly popular for the calm in which the music inhabits.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 23, 8 PM

Bach and Forth
Stephen Prutsman, piano

Described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time, Prutsman moves easily from classical to jazz to world music styles.  He continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. His Bach and Forth program is a global survey of classical, jazz and world music from the 1500s to present day interspersed with selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II as well as works from Wagner, Debussy, Charlie Parker and much more.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 24, 5 PM

Handel Love Duets
with Suzie LeBlanc & Daniel Taylor

Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Adrian Butterfield, violinist and director
This sumptuous concert features baroque chamber orchestra music of Purcell, Vivaldi and CPE Bach, followed by Handel’s Love Duets  performed by Grammy Award winner Suzie Leblanc and internationally acclaimed countertenor Daniel Taylor. The program comes from their critically acclaimed CD Handel: Love Duets.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wednesday, June 27, 7 PM
Young Artist Spotlight

Rockport Fellowship Quartet
& Tony Yike Yang, piano

Boson Mo & Jennifer Murphy, violins | Laila Zakzook, viola | Julie Hereish, cello
Rockport Music’s new Rockport Fellows program brings aspiring young musicians and competition winners in-residence during the Festival. Hear the next generation come together for an exciting program. LEARN MORE

Free admission, no tickets issued.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday, June 28, 8 PM

Beethoven Sonatas
James Ehnes, violin & Andrew Armstrong, piano

Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
A winner of the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award, as well as a Gramophone, Grammy and JUNO Award, James Ehnes joins with pianist Andrew Armstrong to perform an all-Beethoven program.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, June 29, 11 AM

Film: Virtuosity–The Cliburn

Post-screening talk led by Van Cliburn Foundation CEO Jacques Marquis
Virtuosity – The Cliburn follows the most gifted young pianists on the planet as they try to make a name for themselves at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The pressure is overwhelming because the stakes are so high: prize money, concert bookings, a recording contract, a career. Free admission, no tickets required.  LEARN MORE

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, June 29, 8 PM

Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Brentano Quartet

The Brentano Quartet, one of the finest quartets in the world and Yale School of Music Resident String Quartet, perform once again with the 2017 Cliburn winner Yekwon Sunwoo after their breathtaking joint performance at the Cliburn that led to Sunwoo’s win. The program includes works of Schubert, Ravel, Strauss, and Dvorák. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 30, 10 AM
Family Concert

Rockport Fellowship Quartet
& Tony Yike Yang, piano

Boson Mo & Jennifer Murphy, violins | Laila Zakzook, viola | Julie Hereish, cello
Rockport Music’s new Rockport Fellows program brings aspiring young musicians and competition winners in-residence during the Festival. Hear the next generation come together for an exciting program that is focused for families of all ages. LEARN MORE

Free admission, no tickets issued.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 30, 8 PM

Brentano Quartet
Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw combines a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music. The Brentano’s and Upshaw will perform works of Mozart, Webern, Schubert, Schoenberg and more. This same program was applauded by the New York Times as “compellingly” performed. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, July 1, 5 PM

Bach’s Goldberg Variations
with Minsoo Sohn, piano

Known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, Sohn performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations in which his recording of the work was hailed as a “beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” (New York Times) and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011. Having studied with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, Sohn is currently on the faculty at the Korean National University of Arts. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday, July 5, 2 PM
Open Rehearsal

Rolston Quartet & Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Experience the collaborative process of artists bringing together an exciting program. First Prize laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston Quartet joins with rising star vocalist Davóne Tines in preparation for a dramatic staging of spirituals for voice, piano and strings, created by the American Modern Opera Company.  LEARN MORE

Free admission, no tickets issued.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, July 6, 11 AM

Film: Exit Music

Post-screening talk led by ARC Ensemble Artistic Director Simon Wynberg
How music was hi-jacked under the Third Reich and the recovery of the works it banned.  Free, no tickets required.  LEARN MORE

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, July 6, 7:30 PM*

Were You There

Rolston Quartet | Davóne Tines, bass-baritone | Michael Schachter, piano
First Prize laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition and winner of the 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Rolston Quartet performs works of Murray Schafer and Tchaikovsky.  In the second half, the Rolston’s join with rising star vocalist Davóne Tines for a dramatic staging of spirituals for voice, piano and strings, created by the American Modern Opera Company. LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, July 6, 10 PM

Classical Cabaret: Bach & Golijov

Barry Shiffman & Luri Lee, violins | Christopher Rogers-Beadle, viola | Jonathan Lo, cello | Matt Sharrock, marimba | John McKean, harpsichord
The third floor reception hall will be transformed into a candlelit space of hi-tops and small tables for a casual, 45-minute performance highlighting works by Bach and Golijov.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 7, 8 PM

A Far Cry

Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
The acclaimed self-conducted orchestra stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. In addition to the “Criers” serving as Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the ensemble was named by The New Yorker as one of the “Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014.” The Criers perform works of Bach, Glass, Bartók and Golijov.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, July 8, 5 PM

The ARC Ensemble
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

With three Grammy nominations under its belt, the ARC Ensemble, consisting of senior faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has built an international reputation for the research and recovery of music lost to political suppression. The Ensemble joins Davóne Tines, a graduate of Harvard and the Juilliard School, for works by Jacques Ibert, Enescu, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.   LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday, July 12, 7 PM*

Bach Suites with
Colin Carr, cello

As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio for decades, Colin Carr has recorded and toured around the world.  Winner of multiple international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition, Mr. Carr will perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites, a spectacular musical undertaking.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, July 13, 8 PM

Dover Quartet
Barry Shiffman, viola

Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, the Dover has received the honor as first Resident Ensemble of New York City’s oldest concert series. The Dover performs works of Ullmann and Dvorák, and join with Shiffman to perform Mozart.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 14, 10 AM
Family Concert

Dover Quartet

The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, the Dover has received the honor as first Resident Ensemble of New York City’s oldest concert series. The Dover will perform a free concerts of Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Borodin.  LEARN MORE ABOUT DOVER

Free admission, no tickets issued.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 PM*

Igudesman and Joo

And Now Mozart
Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of such luminaries as Vic­tor Borge and Rainer Hersch, the classical-comedic duo of Alek­sey Igudes­man and Hyung-ki Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilar­i­ous the­atri­cal shows, which com­bine com­edy with clas­si­cal music and pop­u­lar cul­ture.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 14, 10 PM

Classical Cabaret: Schumann & Popper

Paul Watkins, Colin Carr, Camden Shaw, cellos | Hyungki Joo, piano | Aleksey Igudesman, violin | Dover Quartet
The third floor reception hall will be transformed into a candlelit space of hi-tops and small tables creating a fun atmosphere of intimacy with the artists. Attendees will enjoy a casual, 45-minute performance highlighting works by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Igudesman, and Popper’s Requiem for Three Cellos.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, July 15, 5 PM

Emerson Quartet
Colin Carr, cello

With more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”, the Emerson Quartet is hailed by most as the finest string quartet in the world. They join with Carr for Schubert’s “Cello Quintet” which was to be Schubert’s final chamber composition prior to his death, and widely believed to be among the finest chamber works ever composed.  LEARN MORE

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Festival Annex

Sunday, August 5, 5 PM

Pinchas Zukerman Trio

The Pinchas Zukerman Trio developed out of violinist Zukerman’s acclaimed ChamberPlayers, and has since graced the world’s greatest stages and many of the globe’s major festivals. For his lauded Trio, Zukerman is joined by cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, two of the finest chamber musicians performing today. The Trio performs works of Beethoven, Arensky and Mendelssohn.  LEARN MORE

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Festival On-sale Dates
Subscriptions: April 5  | Single Tickets: April 17