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A virtual concert series
Join us on select Fridays for exclusive concerts from artists performing on stage at the Shalin Liu Performance Center! From the Celtic duo Hanneke Cassel and Mike Block to the jazz stylings of legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron to the electrifying performance of violinist Timothy Chooi, 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. Watch on Rockport Music’s website, Facebook, or Youtube.


Friday, October 2 :: 7 PM

A unique and dynamic chamber duo, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and marimbist Mika Stoltzman have performed all over the globe, bringing their boundary-defying sound to many of the world’s finest halls. Whether digging into Bach, a spirited tango or an improvisatory jazz workout, the Stoltzmans bring a fresh, unpredictable element to their instrumental virtuosity.  As soloist with more than 100 orchestras and as a recitalist and chamber musician, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman has brought the clarinet to the forefront of the stage as a solo instrument. Stoltzman gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and, in 1986, became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Throughout his career he has frequently played and recorded both jazz and classical music, and has performed with a wide variety of brilliant musicians in each genre, from Richard Goode to Chick Corea.

A native of Japan, marimbist Mika Stoltzman has toured 19 countries and 65 cities around the world. She has performed nine times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel and Weill Hall), as well as at PASIC 2005 and 2007, the Blue Note in New York, the Tokyo and Cairo Jazz Festivals, and the Rockport Jazz Festival. She regularly performs around the world in a duo with her husband, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, at major venues in New York, Boston, Austin, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany and many more. Mika has performed as soloist with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kracow Philharmonic, and Szombathey Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she gave the world premiere of Chick Corea’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on marimba with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico.  ARTIST’S WEBSITE

Friday, October 16 :: 7 PM

Two phenomenal chamber soloists team up for an incredible evening of music! Canadian-American violinist Timothy Chooi has garnered huge critical and public acclaim through his remarkable competition success and his high profile appearances around the globe. Just last year, Chooi won Second Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. He had already made a name for himself having been awarded numerous prizes, among them First Prize of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition and the First Prize of the 2018 Schadt Violin Competition, as well as the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, and the Montreal Symphony ManuLife Competition. In 2018 he also won the ‘Prix Yves Paternot’ of the Verbier Festival. Chooi studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and later at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Catherine Cho.

Pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique.  Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, faculty member at the New England Conservatory, former Co-Artistic Director of the Janus 21 Concert Series in Cambridge, MA, and Artistic Director of the San Juan Music Festival, Levinson has performed as a soloist with major symphonies around the world and in recital throughout the nation. Levinson has received overwhelming critical acclaim and international accolades for his recordings, and has been awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. His most recent recording is of the Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano, with violinist Stefan Jackiw.

GRIEG: Sonata No. 3
VITALI: Chaconne
J. WILLIAMS: Theme from Schindler’s List

Friday, October 30 :: 7 PM

Hanneke Cassel (fiddle) and Mike Block (cello/voice) have been playing music together since 2007. Together, these dynamic performers present a diverse and exciting show featuring traditional and original music drawing from their Celtic, Americana, and Classical backgrounds. Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century,” Mike is part of the Grammy-award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.  Mike is also an active recording artist of original material, folk music, and cross-cultural collaborations.  ARTIST’S WEBSITE

Friday, November 6 :: 7 PM
with David Rosenthal, guitar

The spectacular vocalist Alicia Olatuja brings her incomparable voice with an infectious spirit to an evening of jazz and popular songs. Born in Brooklyn, Alicia Olatuja’s artistic coming out party occurred when she was featured at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration, taking a solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and leaving the music world buzzing about the show-stopping singer. Before that, Olatuja had already developed a reputation as a classically-trained rising star mezzo-soprano emerging out of the Manhattan School of Music.  She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall and her professional debut as Sacagawea in the World Premiere operetta Corps of Discovery at the Opera Memphis, delving into musical theater and opera.  Never one to remain musically static, Olatuja turned to her other passion, jazz and world music, teaming up with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja (a renowned Nigerian-British artist), for the Olatuja Project.  In 2011 the Olatuja Project released a record called The Promise, an album that combined jazz, soul and traditional Yoruba music. In October of 2014, following the attention and praise from her solo at the inauguration, Alicia released her debut solo record Timeless, a remarkable jazz/soul/world music effort that featured a host of guest stars including bassist Christian McBride. The response from the press and public was rapturous, setting the stage for Olatuja’s inevitable commercial breakthrough.  ARTIST’S WEBSITE

Friday, November 20 :: 7 PM (NEW DATE)

A beloved fixture in the Boston music scene for more than 25 years, Tim Gearan has become a bonafide local music hero. His warm, raspy baritone, jaw-dropping guitar skills and wry, poignant songwriting have graced the bars, pubs, and music halls throughout New England, creating a loyal cult-like following. Gearan, a New York native, started his career as a lead blues guitarist, spending ten years touring as a sideman for the great Toni Lynn Washington, as well as collaborating with the Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi. Finding his own artistic voice, Gearan settled in Somerville and began writing and performing on his own, crafting an intoxicating blend of Americana, folk and blues with shades of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, JJ Cale, Leon Russell and Lowell George. He quickly established himself as a force in the Boston’s resurgent roots music scene, and his Boston area residencies have become a “can’t miss” staples of the city’s nightlife. Gearan is regularly sought after by countless musicians for his uninhibited, soulful guitar playing, creative soaring abilities, and songwriting collaborations. To date Gearan has released 7 albums, with the most recent entitled I Thought You Were Somebody Else released last summer. ARTIST’S WEBSITE

Friday, December 4 :: 7 PM

Alexa Tarantino, saxophone | Steven Feifke, piano | Joe Martin, bass | Rudy Royston, drums
Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer 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, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (holding a weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club), Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, LSAT (her new quintet co-led with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian), and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet. In 2019, JazzTimes Magazine named Alexa one of the Top 5 Alto Saxophonists and in 2020, Downbeat Magazine’s 2020 Critics’ Pick named her a Rising Star. ARTISTS’ WEBSITE

“[Alexa is] a one-woman wrecking crew, […] an indomitable force for expression, education, and for absolute excellence.”
– Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Friday, December 18 :: 7:30 PM

For the last 17 years, the Christmas-time concert has drawn on Celtic, pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. This season, despite the pandemic, the Christmas Celtic Sojourn will continue, albeit in an all-virtual format. Host Brian O’Donovan (WGBH’s A Celtic Sojourn) brings together a diverse cast of musicians from across the Celtic spectrum. Get into the yuletide spirit with A Christmas Celtic Sojourn!

Christmas Celtic Ensemble: Seamus Egan (banjo, whistles), Maeve Gilchrist (harp, piano), Chico Huff (bass), Owen Marshall (bouzouki, harmonium), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle, voice), Conor Hearne (guitar, voice), and Maura Shawn Scanlon (fiddle, voice, viola)

Guest Musicians/Dancers/Singers. Cathy Jordan (Sligo, Ireland), Eilis Kennedy (Dingle, Ireland), Mairi Campbell, Siobhan Miller, and Hannah Rarity, (Edinburgh, Scotland), Aoife O’Donovan and Eric Jacobsen, (New York), Cara Butler, (Canada), Nic Gareiss (Michigan), and Windborne (Vermont)


Friday, January 1 :: 7 PM
GUY FISHMAN, cello & IAN WATSON, harpsichord

Two principal players from the Handel & Haydn Society join forces for a delightful evening of Baroque music.  Guy Fishman is active as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.  He is principal cellist of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, with which he made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005, and is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe, performing in recital and with The Arcadia Players, El Mundo, Aston Magna, The Boston Classical Trio, among others.  An active educator, Fishman holds positions at the New England Conservatory of Music and several Boston-area universities.  He presents lectures and masterclasses across the country.  In addition, Fishman is a Fulbright Fellow, and spent his fellowship year in Amsterdam studying with famed cellist Anner Bylsma.

A highly accomplished pianist, harpsichordist and conductor, the British-born Ian Watson has forged a reputation as one of the world’s leading period-piece musicians. Watson, who is currently the artistic director of the esteemed Arcadia Players, has played with most of the leading British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields among others. In addition to appearing on nearly 200 broadcasts and recordings, including as solo pianist on a recent award-winning CD’s with Renée Fleming and the English Chamber Orchestra, he is featured on many film soundtracks including Amadeus, Casper, Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Restoration and Cry the Beloved Country.

GABRIELLI: Sonata in G major
GABRIELLI: Ricercare for solo cello, No. 1 & No. 5
JACCHINI: Sonata in C major, Op. 3, No. 10
FRESCOBALDI: Canzona quinta detta la Tromboncina
FRESCOBALDI: Canzona ottava detta l’Ambitiosa
BÖDDECKER: Sonata sopra la Monica
HAYM: Sonata in A minor
SCARLATTI: Sonata in C major

Friday, January 15 :: 7 PM*
KENNY BARRON, solo jazz piano

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms.  One of the most sought-after pianists of the post-bop era, Kenny Barron has played on literally hundreds of jazz recordings, many being some of the genre’s most iconic and beloved. His unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly to call him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”

With over 40 recordings as a leader, Barron has received ten Grammy nominations for his albums. Barron’s most recent was released last year, an acclaimed quintet outing called Concentric Circles. Barron consistently wins the jazz critics’ and readers’ polls, including DownbeatJazz   Times and Jazziz magazines. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association and was a finalist in the prestigious 2001 Jazz Par International Jazz Award.  Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. ARTIST’S WEBSITE

Tickets: $15

Friday, January 29 :: 7 PM

Joel Link, violin | Bryan Lee, violin | Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt, viola | Camden Shaw, cello
The Dover Quartet, winner of the 2013 Banff Competition and Cleveland Quartet Award and first ever quartet-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, is considered “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker). The Dover catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings).  The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, as well as many others, and was recently named the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center. Additionally, during this past season, the Quartet was invited by the maverick filmmaker David Lynch to be featured at his Los Angeles Festival of Disruption. ARTIST’S WEBSITE

BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51

Tickets: $10

Friday, February 12 :: 7 PM

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

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)
Fulmer “whose fingers brush the skies” (2014)
Haydn Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50 (1794)


*Most concerts are free, but the Dover Quartet and Kenny Barron concerts will be ticketed. Tickets on sale October 20!


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