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May 2019

27th Annual Rockport EMS Day

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Sunday, May 19 is the 27th Annual EMS Day from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Activities will be held at T-Wharf in Downtown Rockport. Featuring the volunteers of Rockport's Fire, Ambulance and Forest Fire Departments. Equipment displays and demonstrations will include Rockport's Ambulance, Fire, Harbor, Police and Forest Fire Services, as well as the Coast Guard and Tally's Towing. The annual Emergency Services Day is jointly sponsored by Rockport's Fire Department, Forest Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, and Harbormasters. This…

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Ballroom Thieves

May 19 @ 5:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$24

The Ballroom Thieves return to Rockport on the heels of their most recent release, the 2018 EP Paper Crown, which finds the trio mining immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories. Formed in 2011, The Ballroom Thieves take the sincere, narrative blueprint of folk music and infuse it with the attitude of rock, the soul of blues, and the sweat and fervor of a revival tent. That spirit makes its way into both their recorded music as well as their…

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Pat Metheny Solo

May 22 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$85

The iconic jazz guitarist, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and the youngest member of the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame, makes his Rockport debut in a solo performance. Pat Metheny was born in Lee’s Summit, MO on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the bandstand…

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Pat Metheny Solo

May 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$85

The iconic jazz guitarist, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and the youngest member of the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame, makes his Rockport debut in a solo performance. Pat Metheny was born in Lee’s Summit, MO on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the bandstand…

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Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Carmen Suite- Petrushka

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$5 – $22

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. The double-bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet. Runtime: 140 minutes

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June 2019

Glenn Crytzer and the Savoy Seven

June 1 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$29

Glenn Crytzer and the Savoy Seven bring their “vintage American jazz” to Rockport for their Shalin Liu Performance Center debut! Their superlative musicianship and unbridled swing is fueled by each musician’s genuine love for playing pre-war jazz, bringing to life the music of this bygone age with stunning authenticity. The Savoy Seven is a small combo offshoot of the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, the winners of the Hot House Magazine Award for Best Jazz Group in New York in 2017. The GCO’s repertoire…

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Bobby McFerrin

June 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$75

Bobby McFerrin The ten time Grammy-winning vocal virtuoso combines elements of jazz, classical, world and pop music to create his own wholly original and singular style. World-renowned for his hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” he’ll be making his Rockport debut, bringing his jaw-dropping vocal flights, otherworldly improvisations and mix of re-imagined covers and original compositions. For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around…

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Christian McBride & Tip City

June 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$49

One of the most exciting jazz artists of the modern era, bassist Christian McBride has redefined both his instrument and the perceived boundaries of jazz itself. Unafraid to dip his toes into R&B, funk, pop, fusion or big band, McBride’s massive technical and compositional skills have launched him into the rarified air of bonafide jazz masters. Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched…

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Mountain Man

June 8 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$36

The acclaimed vocal-based indie-folk trio (Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig) make their Rockport debut, touring on the strength of their lauded sophomore record Magic Ship. Mountain Man did not intend to disappear for the better part of a decade, or to take eight years to release its second album, Magic Ship. But for a trio of devoted friends for whom music has always seemed so effortless and graceful, that’s simply how life went. The wondrous Magic Ship—a magnetic…

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Opening Night: Roaring 20’s

June 14 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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$50

The 38th Rockport Chamber Music Festival opens with a spectacular evening of music inspired by the Roaring 20’s and followed by a celebratory cocktail party with the artists. The Opening Night concert brings music by Ravel, Milhaud, and an original score by Stephen Prutsman performed to Buster Keaton’s 1927 film College, highlighting how the explosion of jazz during the 1920’s inspired classical music and the world around it.  For example, in 1922, Milhaud’s experience of hearing jazz in Harlem impacted his musical…

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