Virtual Music Series
Rockport Music announces a weekly virtual music series entitled CONCERT VIEW starting July 2. The series will feature performances from the Shalin Liu Performance Center stage, with a couple of special performances by artists from other locations. Concert View includes a range of artists including the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, renowned cello-piano duo David Finckel and Wu Han, the incomparable bass-baritone Davóne Tines, the spectacular pianist George Li, and more. Additionally, the series will highlight some of Cape Ann’s most popular local favorites like Mari Martin & the Lucky Boys and the Rum Runners String Band. The series is free and viewable from Youtube, Facebook, the Rockport Music website, and for the classical concerts The Violin Channel’s FB page as well. Dates and artists subject to change and more artists may be added at a later date.
Thursday, July 2 :: 7 PM
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Parker are currently the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University, and also in-residence at USC School of Music.
“something extraordinary” —The New York Times
MOZART: String Quartet K.499
SZYMANOWSKI: String Quartet No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Cavatina from Op. 130
Friday, July 10 :: 7 PM
STEPHEN PRUTSMAN, piano
Artists at Home
Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor, he continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. Mr. Prutsman has served as Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music. In the early 90’s, he was a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then Mr. Prutsman has performed as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and his classical discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Barber and McDowell concerti with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.
J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C Major from Well Tempered Clavier, Book II
RAVEL: “Alborada del gracioso”
BERLIN: “What’ll I do?”
Friday, July 17 :: 7 PM
GEORGE LI, piano
Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant virtuosity and poised authority far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. An exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, his debut recital album was released in 2017, recorded live from the Mariinsky. Among Li’s many prizes, he was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In summer 2018, Li graduated from the Harvard University/New England Conservatory joint program.
“A bracing, fearless account…Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.” New York Times
SCHUBERT: Wanderer Fantasy, Op. 15
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in G flat major, Op. 90 No. 3
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
Friday, July 24 :: 7 PM
CHEE-YUN, violin & HENRY KRAMER, piano
Since her first public performance at age 8, violinist Chee-Yun has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry. Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1989 and the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, she has performed regularly around the world in recital and with the globe’s foremost orchestras. In 2016, Chee-Yun performed as a guest artist for the Secretary General at the United Nations in celebration of Korea’s National Foundation Day and the 25th Anniversary of South Korea joining the UN. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun’s seven discs on the Denon label and one on the Naxos label have received exceptional acclaim, and she has been heard frequently on NPR’s Performance Today. Chee-Yun plays the 1669 Francesco Rugeri violin which she has owned since 1991.
“This is a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener’s ear.” –New York Times
HENRY KRAMER, piano
Praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his “astonishingly confident technique” and The New York Times for “thrilling [and] triumphant” performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. He has won many awards, including most recently, the 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant– one of the most coveted honors bestowed on young American soloists. Kramer graduated from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Julian Martin and Robert McDonald. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Boris Berman.
FAURE: Sonata for violin and piano
DEBUSSY: Sonata for violin and piano
DEBUSSY: Claire de lune (solo piano)
DEBUSSY: Beau Soir for violin and piano
Friday, July 31 :: 7 PM
GRISHA GORYACHEV, guitar
Renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles, Grisha Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. In 2005, Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the International Classical Guitar Competition “Julian Arcás” in Spain. Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Eliot Fisk. He has recorded two CDs: Alma Flamenca and Homenaje a Sabicas.
Friday, August 7 :: 7 PM
DAVONE TINES, bass-baritone
Artists at Home
One of the world’s most heralded young singers, the charismatic, genre-bending bass-baritone Davóne Tines has quickly become a compelling and much sought-after vocalist. The 32 year-old singer has already collaborated with many of the world’s finest new music composers including John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Matthew Aucoin, and has cemented his status as a musical artist of uncommon depth and astonishing power. As a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company, Davóne Tines has been featured in a wide array of productions including Henze’s El Cimarrón and John Adams’ Nativity Reconsidered, both presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the original work, Were You There, with music by Matthew Aucoin and Michael Schachter. The Los Angeles Times hailed him as “the find of the season,” for performances with the Calder Quartet and with members of ICE at the Ojai Music Festival.
“…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” —The New York Times
Friday, August 14 :: 7 PM
RUM RUNNERS STRING BAND
The Rum Runners are a rising star North Shore-based string band that play a mix of gypsy jazz, folk, Americana, old time country, and fiddle tunes along with some original songs. The Rum Runners are: Joe Wilkins on guitar and vocals, Joe Kessler on fiddle/mandolin and Luke Conlin on standup bass. The band’s founder, Joe Wilkins, is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, studio musician and music instructor. Living on Boston’s North Shore, Wilkins writes, records and performs continuously in the Greater Boston area and throughout the Northeast. Starting on drums and percussion, Joe picked up the guitar at 14 years old and has been playing and performing for over 20 years. Recording and gigging in pop, Afrobeat, folk, rock, bluegrass and funk bands – Joe is a seasoned player in many genres and plays both electric and acoustic guitar. He also plays bass guitar, ukulele and mandolin, occasionally the drum set and he plays banjo terribly but enough to make people smile.
Friday, August 21 :: 7 PM
MARI MARTIN & THE LUCKY BOYS
Mari has been entertaining audiences with her signature stage presence for over 25 years. She has sung back-up for Kenny Loggins, opened for and shared the stage with Tower of Power, WAR, the Moody Blues, Travis Tritt, the Average White Band, Alan Parsons, and many others. She has performed at the Obie Awards in Los Angeles, the Majestic Ventura Concert Theater, Santa Barbara’s Lobero and Granada Theatres, the Cabot and Chevalier Theaters, the Santa Barbara Film Festival and hundreds of weddings, events, benefit concerts, and clubs from Massachusetts to California. As she put on her website 20 years ago, which still holds true today: Mari continues to pursue her life and musical career with gratitude and joy.
Friday, August 28 :: 7 PM
DAVID FINCKEL, cello & WU HAN, piano
Among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, Finckel and Han are recipients of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year award, and continue to serve as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. “When a pair of genuine artists explodes on the stage, exuding not only glamour and theatrical flair but also superb musical insight, the audience’s thrill is twofold.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“America’s power couple of chamber music.” —Wall Street Journal
SAINT SAENS: Cello Sonata
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Sonata