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ABOUT ROCKPORT MUSIC
Since 1981, Rockport Music has been committed to one enduring purpose: enriching lives through great music. Located on Cape Ann in the picturesque seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Rockport Jazz Festival, Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcasts as well as an array of other popular music artists of all musical genres. Annual audiences number nearly 32,000, up from 5,000 just eight years ago.
Rockport Music was founded in 1981 as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. In July 2008 the Board of Trustees voted to adopt the name Rockport Music to represent the expanding scope of programming and in June 2010 Rockport Music celebrated the opening of the Shalin Liu Performance Center in downtown Rockport, designed by architects Alan Joslin and Deborah Epstein and acoustician R. Lawrence Kirkegaard. In 2010 Executive Director Tony Beadle joined Rockport Music, creating and implementing a managerial and artistic plan for the transition and operation to a 52 week season venue. Barry Shiffman is the Artistic Director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, taking the role in 2017 after the retirement of David Deveau after 22 years as Artistic Director.
Rockport Music now presents more than 125 concerts and events each season. Past chamber music program highlights include Yo-Yo- Ma, Joshua Bell, Leon Fleisher, the Emerson Quartet, Chanticleer, Garrick Ohlsson, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Jazz, pop and folk concerts have included Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Cherish the Ladies, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, The Kingston Trio and Marc Cohn.
Education figures prominently in the mission of Rockport Music as well. Educational enrichment programs reach nearly 9,000 youth and adults and include school residencies and outreach programs, family and community concerts, lectures, open rehearsals and master classes. Other activities seek to provide music in nontraditional settings such as youth hospices and mental health facilities. Frequent collaborations with organizations such as Boston Children’s Chorus, Walnut Hill School, Pathways for Children and more further exemplify Rockport Music’s commitment to bringing the joy of music to all.