Rockport Chamber Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMassachusetts
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Rockport, Massachusetts USA
Festival Contact Information

Rockport Chamber Music Festival
P. O. Box 312
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966 USA
Phone: (01) 978-546-7391

Festival Description

Since its inception, the Festival has presented soloists and chamber ensembles of international reputation, performing a repertoire from the standard to the little known, from the 17th century to recently commissioned works, including several world premieres. In June 2010, Rockport Music completed construction on the Shalin Liu Performance Center, a permanent home-venue for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. The new venue, influenced by New England’s traditional architecture, also features a two story window overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as well as world-class acoustical engineering.

As part of its mission to introduce new audiences—especially young people—to the pleasures of chamber music, and to deepen the appreciation of regular concertgoers, the Festival has presented several lecture series over the years. The past season, this continued with open rehearsals and discussions, as well free family concerts.

Festival Dates June 7 - July 14, 2013
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2012:
  • Calder Quartet (USA)
    • The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work’s creator. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works - including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès - the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event. Known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date), the group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock, dance, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform, creates an artfully crafted musical experience.
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Practical Info:

  • By phone
    (01) 978-546-7391 MasterCard or Visa
  • By mail
    P.O. Box 312
    Rockport, MA 01966 USA
    with check made out to “RCMF”
  • In person
    Festival Box Office
    35 Main Street
    Rockport, MA
    Monday-Friday, 10:00 to 3:00
  • Online


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