Opening Night Gala
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Celebrating David Deveau’s 22 years as artistic director
Alessio Bax, piano
Friday, June 2, 6 PM
Rockport Music will host an unforgettable evening of classical music featuring one of the most celebrated violinists of this era–JOSHUA BELL. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. In 2010, he was named by Musical America as Instrumentalist of the Year. Bell came to widespread attention as the recording violinist of The Red Violin, which won the Oscar for Best Original Score, as well as his participation in the Pulitzer Prize-winning story in The Washington Post by Gene Weingarten. Bell has recorded extensively, with releases that include acclaimed recordings of works by Bernstein and Gershwin, and thrilling crossover albums with Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and Sam Bush. GALA DETAILS
In August 2016, Rockport Music hosted an unforgettable evening of jazz featuring the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with music leader and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (pictured), a nine-time Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient, at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center. After the concert, guests enjoyed a beautiful cocktail reception and gourmet dinner under the stars at Millbrook Meadow.
Over the years, Rockport Music has hosted numerous exciting special events including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing for Opening Night of the 2015 Rockport Chamber Music Festival, as well as the great Dave Brubeck performing in the first Jazz on the Rocks. Later galas featured jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Latin jazz artist Eddie Palmieri, and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis with guitarist John Pizzarelli. Visit our PHOTO GALLERY for pictures from past special events.