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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. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on how to view TICKETED virtual concerts.

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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

PROGRAM
J.S. BACH: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
GLIERE: Intermezzo & Tarantella, Op. 9
Original Compositions:
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

THURSDAY, 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)
PALAVER STRINGS

Lecture-Performance: Palaver Strings, a dramatic chamber orchestra, who was Rockport Music’s Education ensemble-in-residence during the 2019-20 season, will bring two informative and engaging programs over two weeks featuring Strauss and Schoenberg.  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

PROGRAM
Strauss: Metamorphosen (PART ONE)
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (PART TWO)

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 8 PM
THIRD PARTY PRESENTATION
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS

Join the worldwide acclaimed Celtic duo for a virtual celebration of their new record In the Moment. The concert is part of a series dedicated to revisiting and updating part of their 20 years of recording and performing together.

Though from different backgrounds, the mesmerizing duo of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and upstart cellist Natalie Haas has emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine) and has been featured on the soundtracks of cinematic blockbusters like Titanic, Braveheart and The Last of the Mohicans among others.

Haas, hailing from California, was once a student of Fraser’s and has since taken the Celtic world by storm with her dynamic and innovative approach to the cello. Apart from her musical partnership with Fraser, she has collaborated with luminaries like Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster and Solas. Fraser and Haas’ undeniable musical chemistry is something to behold. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 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

Tickets: $15
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. ARTIST’S WEBSITE
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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 7 PM
CASTLE OF OUR SKINS

Lecture-Performance
Gabriela Díaz, violin | Christian Casiano, violin | Ashleigh Gordon, viola | Francesca McNeeley, cello | Rane Moore, clarinet

This lecture-performance is a collaboration between Castle of Our Skins, Winsor Music, and Project STEP and will feature the underrepresented British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his Clarinet Quintet.  Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into ​Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated ​figures of past and present. ARTIST’S WEBSITE

 

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