ROCKPORT MUSIC’S CONCERT VIEW
A virtual concert series
Join us for exclusive concerts from artists performing on stage at the Shalin Liu Performance Center! From the original Celtic works of harpist Maeve Gilchrist with the Rasa Quartet to the exhilarating playing of double bassist Xavier Foley, you can enjoy a wide variety of world-class musicians from the comfort of your home. Unless otherwise indicated, the virtual concert presentations are free and you can watch on Rockport Music’s website, Facebook, or Youtube.
Friday, February 12 :: 7 PM
PEDJA MUZIJEVIC, piano
As a recitalist and symphony soloist, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with artists and ensembles. His Carnegie Hall concerto debut playing Mozart Concerto K. 503 with Oberlin Symphony and Robert Spano was recorded live and released on the Oberlin Music label. He has toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project throughout the world. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, he studied at the Academy of Music in Zagreb before coming to the U.S. to continue his education at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. His mentors included pianists Joseph Kalichstein and Jerome Lowenthal, harpsichordist Albert Fuller and violinists Robert Mann and Joel Smirnoff. Pedja is the artistic administrator at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, artistic advisor to Tippet Rise Arts Center, and also directs a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada called Concert in 21stCentury. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
PROGRAM: Haydn Dialogues
Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40 (1784)
Cage: Prelude and Spring from The Seasons (1947)
Haydn: Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI:44 ((1771-73)
David Fulmer: “whose fingers brush the skies” (2014)
Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50 (1794)
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 :: 7 PM
MAEVE GILCHRIST, harp
With Rasa Quartet & Conor Hearn, guitar
Harpist Maeve Gilchrist performs a concert featuring several original works from her latest release Harpweaver with original works like the title track “Harpweaver”, as well as “The Calm” and “The Storm.” She is joined by the Rasa Quartet and guitarist Conor Hearn (of Rakish) for this beautifully engaging program.
Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. In addition to her co-directorship of the Rockport Celtic Festival and is assistant music director of WGBH’s Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Maeve is also a member of the prestigious Silkroad Ensemble. She has appeared at such major music events as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the historic opening of the Scottish Parliament. She has played with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trishka, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darol Anger and Kathy Mattea. She is also an in-demand composer and arranger, with past commissions including a ground-breaking concerto for lever harp and symphony orchestra co-written with North Carolina-based composer Luke Benton and most recently a new piece for harp and string quartet premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp festival last spring.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12 :: 7:30 PM
A VIRTUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN
Online with Brian O’Donovan
Brian O’Donovan’s beloved Sojourn series returns in time (virtually of course) for St. Patrick’s Day featuring many of the finest Celtic musicians in the world. This event is ticketed and sold through the Celtic Sojourn organization. A percentage of the proceeds for Friday night’s performance will go to Rockport Music. Click here for more information. Note: this is a Celtic Sojourn presentation not recorded at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19 :: 7 PM
XAVIER FOLEY, double bass
Kelly Lin, piano
The dynamic and thrilling bassist Xavier Foley performs Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, as well as a series of original works. Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists Competition and the 2014 Sphinx Competition, Foley was hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “… a standout player….a musician who hears borders between styles as limitation best ignored.
First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition, the 2016 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and a winner of the 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions, bassist Xavier Foley has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx and Atlanta symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi, with which he was also soloist on East and West coast tours. Also a composer, he is a 2016 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied both composition and performance with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. Xavier Foley strives to become a world artist on the double bass as he continues to incorporate all styles of music, whether it be cultural, national, or folk music. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
“…The bass plays many roles – singer, near comic, supporting actor, star – and Foley used them all.”— The Inquirer
J.S. BACH: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
GLIERE: Intermezzo & Tarantella, Op. 9
Irish Fantasy for solo double bass (based on a folk song called “The Clergyman’s Lamentation”)
Etude No. 3 “Lament” for solo double bass (Dedicated to Douglas Sommer)
Etude No. 10 “The Dance” for solo double bass
“Always on the Move” for double bass and piano
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 7 PM
RASA QUARTET: Art of the String Quartet
Lecture-Performance: Rasa String Quartet was formed in 2019 in Boston, MA, and is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest young ensembles. In 2020, they won 1st prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and were selected as finalists for the Lakes Area Music Festival String Quartet Residency. For this virtual concert, the Rasa investigates the Art of the String Quartet and how the function of each member of the ensemble transformed through time and across traditions. The performance/lecture program begins with the early days of the formal string quartet in Vienna (Mozart) and Paris (Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges), travels across the globe through a colorful variety of cultural traditions in folk dances by José Elizondo and the Danish String Quartet, and ends with a juxtaposition of two 21st century approaches to the string quartet tradition in masterpieces by Caroline Shaw and Aleksandra Vrebalov.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 7 PM (STRAUSS)
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 7 PM (SCHOENBERG)
Lecture-Performance: Palaver Strings, a dramatic chamber orchestra who was Rockport Music’s Education ensemble-in-residence during the 2019-20 season brings an informative and engaging 1-hour program of Strauss and Schoenberg in their virtual concert. Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Founded in 2014, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is rooted in community and creative programming. Palaver has toured widely throughout the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall. During the 2019-20 season, the ensemble was in residence with Rockport Music and its Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA. The ensemble has served as Ensemble in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts from 2017-2019, and continues a longstanding residency at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME. Since 2019, Palaver’s musicians have been proud to call Portland home, producing over 20 concerts a year in the Portland area and offering quality music education through the Palaver Music Center. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
Strauss: Metamorphosen (PART ONE)
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (PART TWO)
FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 7 PM
ABIGALE REISMAN, klezmer violin
with Hankus Netsky, piano
Lecture-Performance: With over 15 years of experience playing klezmer music, Abigale Reisman has established herself as an expressive and thoughtful fiddle player with a lot to say. She is particularly interested in mimicking the human voice through the violin and connecting her playing to the rhythms and accents of the Yiddish language. Abigale is a performer, composer, and arranger with the International Jewish Music Festival award winning band, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band. She regularly performs in a duo with renowned klezmer scholar and performer Hankus Netsky. Abigale is also a co-founder of Thread Ensemble, an experimental trio that creates music out of interactions with their audiences and a member of Tredici Bacci, which was featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know: November 2016”. Abigale earned her Bachelor’s degree at The Manhattan School of Music in Classical Violin Performance and went on to receive her Master’s degree at The New England Conservatory in Contemporary Improvisation. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky is co-chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, collaborated closely with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Theodore Bikel, and Robert Brustein. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 7 PM
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR, singer-songwriter
From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites. Enjoy this virtual concert brought to you by the legendary folk artist to the comfort of your living room. Details on purchasing tickets available soon!
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