Community Concerts & Free Events

Community & Free Events

The Rockport Music Education & Outreach Programs present numerous free, and reduced cost community events throughout the year.  For the 2019-20 season, Rockport Music introduces its first Education Ensemble-in-ResidencePalaver Strings.  This residency will have Palaver STrings visit the Rockport middle and high school string students multiple times throughout the year, including side-by-side performances at the Shalin Liu Performance Center and the Rockport Schools Auditorium. We believe that this type of exposure, depth and frequency will lead to longer term pedagogical benefits, as well as allow for more meaningful relationships with students over the school year.  Please visit our CALENDAR LISTING for a full listing of events.

Saturday, December 21 | 7 PM

Rockport Holiday Sing-Along

Get in the holiday spirit and join Rockport Music’s annual holiday community sing-along.  This year’s event will feature a guest ensemble as well as sing-alongs of holiday favorites led by the Rockport High School’s Madrigal Singers.  Free, no tickets required. 

Thursday, January 23 | 7 PM

Palaver Strings “On the Nature of Daylight”

Education Ensemble-in-Residence
This program explores the gradual return of light marked by the winter solstice. The concert features “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with guest violinist Nicholas Kitchens of the Borromeo Quartet.  LEARN MORE

Wednesday, January 29 | 7 PM

Beantown Swing Orchestra

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.  This concert will feature music students from the Rockport High School.  LEARN MORE

Wednesday, February 26 | 7 PM

Alexa Tarantino Quartet

Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Tarantino performs regularly as a leader and sidewoman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s OGRESSE, among many others.   Free, no tickets required. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, March 4 | 7 PM

Longy School of Music Showcase

Since its founding in 1915, chamber music has occupied pride of place at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.   This evening, young artists and artist faculty from Longy present a program of chamber music side by side, where the generations dissolve, spurred on by the collective spirit of collaboration and exploration.  Free, no tickets required. 

Tuesday, March 31 | 8 PM

Sensory Friendly Faculty Recital

Presented by Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs
Join us for an evening of music performed by the faculty of the Arts Education Programs of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. Free, no tickets required. 

Saturday, April 25 | 1:30 PM

Boston Children’s Chorus

In the Mirror
The Concert Choir takes the stage to open the door on self-esteem and beauty. In this moving and exciting performance, our singers explore the challenges facing young people today, and the bravery in believing in yourself. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, April 29 | 7 PM


Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. LEARN MORE

Thursday, May 7 | 7 PM

Palaver Strings “Op-Ed”

Education Ensemble-in-Residence
In Op-ed, Palaver Strings joins forces with Warp Trio to perform music by those whose voices have traditionally been suppressed, and who even today struggle to receive equal representation in our government, justice system, media, and concert halls. LEARN MORE

Saturday, May 16 | 7 PM

Boston City Singers

Boston City Singers is an El Sistema-inspired program founded 20 years ago in Dorchester. The program trains and inspires each singer by providing the highest level of musical instruction and wide-ranging performance opportunities to support personal development, celebrate diversity, and foster good will.  Free, no tickets required. LEARN MORE