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Education and Community Outreach

Rockport Music fosters an appreciation of and accessibility to music through programs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, in the community, and for schools on Cape Ann and beyond.


Programs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center:
During the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, held annually in June and July, Education and Outreach events include lectures, open rehearsals, Family Concerts, Prelude Suppers (featuring a pre-concert lecture), and master classes.  Events at the Performance Center offered throughout the year include free Community Concerts at the conclusion of School Residencies, a Spring Lecture Series, designed to enhance the listening experience of adults, musical programs for school students, and Rockport Music Youth Council programs.  The Performance Center and reception space are open during three of Rockport’s annual town festivals; Mofit #1 Day in the Spring, Harvest Festival in the Fall, and First Night on New Year’s Eve. Rockport Music offers a limited number of free tickets to youths 18 and under to the summer Festival concerts, and all classical and jazz concerts presented by Rockport Music.

Programs in the Community include HARP (Healing Arts Rockport), an outreach to children and young people with life-limiting or behavioral illnesses, and a free Community Concert in Gloucester, MA. Other community partners include Rockport Public Library and Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library.

For Schools: Rockport Music presents annual programs that feature curriculum tie-ins between music and other academic subjects. High-caliber professional musicians present interactive programs to small groups of students, hold workshops for student performers, and give lunchtime concerts.  Interactive programs are also given by Boston area college students and area professionals, including programs featuring Music of other Cultures.  Trips off Cape Ann to hear concerts are available to students and their parents.


Free Family Concerts


Saturday, July 16, 10 am

Experience the sounds, instruments and rhythms of Latin America from the beat of the samba, played on a Brazilian tambourine, to the cha-cha-cha, played on a Cuban Guiro, a vine grown gourd played with a wooden striker.

GDF SUEZ is honored to help bring musical excellence to our Cape Ann Community.

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Prelude Supper Lecture Series 2011

$30 per person includes gourmet box dinner, lecture, and Q&A in the third-floor Reception Hall.
Wine, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

We now serve wine and beer on the third floor Reception Hall with a selection of food, including small sandwiches, cakes, muffins, nuts and other items. Bar opens one hour prior to performances and during intermission.


Friday June 24

Provided by Sugar Magnolias

Grilled Salmon with couscous
Congo bar

Rockport Music will provide a Cash bar for Prelude Suppers.
Patrons are NOT allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Friday, July 8, 6–7:30 pm
Vassily Primakov

A native of Moscow and winner of the Gina Bachauer International  Artists Piano Competition and the Young Concert Artists Auditions

Mr. Primakov shares his love and vast knowledge of the Russian repertoire from works by Tchaikovksy and Shostakovich to Arensky and Taneyev.

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Friday July 8

Provided by Willow Rest

Cold Asian mushroom with scallion Soup
Mixed greens with mandarin oranges, red onions, grape tomatoes & cucumbers, pea greens & honey Ginger dressing
Marinated sliced beef over Asian noodle salad with mixed vegetables
Dinner roll
Oriental cookie

Rockport Music will provide a Cash bar for Prelude Suppers.
Patrons are NOT allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Friday, July 15, 6–7:30 pm
Thomas Schnauber

Composer, Performing Arts faculty at Emmanuel College, and member of the Boston-based composers’ collective Composers in Red Sneakers

Dr. Schnauber discusses music being performed by the acclaimed Calmus Ensemble Leipzig.

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Friday July 15

Provided by Sugar Magnolias

Cold Cucumber yogurt soup
Mediterranean rolled chicken with spinach and feta
Accompanied with Mixed Greens and grains.
Crusted Bread

Rockport Music will provide a Cash bar for Prelude Suppers.
Patrons are NOT allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Festival Lectures

Free and open to the public, these lectures take place in the Shalin Liu Performance Center.


Sunday, July 17, 12:30 pm
Liszt and the Keyboard: How the Wizard cast his Spells

Alan Walker replaces Allan Keiler as the special guest lecturer.


Musicologist, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, author of Franz Liszt: The Man and his Music, as well as a later three volume set, which took him 25 years to complete, which chronicles in detail the life of Liszt.

"Dr. Walker seems to know everything about Liszt, and anything connected with Liszt, during every single day of the long life of that genius." The New York Times

Dr. Walker has written extensively about Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin, and is the director of The Great Romantics, an annual festival in Hamilton, Ontario

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Master Class


Friday, July 15, 2 pm

A native of Indianapolis, Victor Rosenbaum was a student of Rosina Lhevinne and Leonard Shure. He has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of music, the New England Conservatory, where he headed the piano department, and the Longy School of Music, where he served as Director and President from 1985 t0 2001.

Adults $10, youth under 18 and college students with identification free

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Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm
El Sistema: Music to Change Life

Panel Moderator: Mark Churchill, Dean Emeritus of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory and Continuing Education program, and Director, El Sistema USA

Venezuela's unique system of music education takes children from violent slums and turns some of them into world-class musicians. A film by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier,  El Sistema: Music to Change Life shows how Venezuelan visionary José Antonio Abreu has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the past three decades.

This event is FREE and open to the public

Read El Sistema the Movement by Jennifer Kessler via Createquity


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Rockport Music’s Education and Community Outreach programs seek to
                      INTRODUCE      INTERACT     INSPIRE!