Founded in 1981 as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Music presents exceptional concerts and cultural events in the “stunning acoustics and dramatic setting” (Boston Globe) of the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Best known for its summer chamber music festival featuring some of the world’s finest ensembles and soloists, Rockport Music has expanded its offerings to include year-round presentations of jazz, folk, pop and world music, high-definition broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre (London), and special film presentations. Education and community outreach activities serve over 10,000 students and adults throughout Cape Ann and the North Shore annually.
“New England’s most magical spot for chamber music.” –The Boston Globe
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
June 12-July 12, 2020
Barry Shiffman, artistic director
The Rockport Chamber Music Festival 2020, under the artistic direction of Barry Shiffman, will open Friday, June 12 and continues through Sunday, July 12, with Annex concerts in August. The Festival will continue building on the success of its community engagement by bringing music to all through pop-up concerts, family concerts, livestreaming, and the new late-night concert series—Classical Cabaret—which features a casual, intimate setting on the Performance Center’s third floor. Festival details announced in February 2020.
Rockport Jazz Festival
Late July-early August
The Rockport Jazz Festival will be announced in March 2020. Please check back for more details. Rockport Music presents a rich array of jazz concerts throughout the year, please visit our CALENDAR for all the great jazz coming to the Shalin Liu Performance Center!
Rockport Celtic Festival
August 27-30, 2020
Exploring Celtic Roots & Branches
WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist, co-artistic directors
Featuring a wide variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, the weekend will focus on the genre’s broad and vibrant range with a strong emphasis on crossover and collaborative work with musicians from other genres including classical, jazz, and American Traditional music. More details to be announced in 2020! Visit our event calendar for all the great music coming this season.