12-19 Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Classical music takes the plunge with the Rockport Music Festival each summer. The seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts boasts one of the most beautiful settings for classical music ever, the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This recently built concert hall features enormous floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean onstage, so one can see and hear all the beauty that Rockport has to offer. The festival features classical concerts, as well as jazz, world and pop performances throughout the summer series.

Learn more here: http://www.rcmf.org/

Music

Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18, No 1
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Ziporyn: Hive
Mendelssohn: String Symphony
Ravel: Gaspard de La Nuit
Shostakovich: Folk Dances

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Artists

Jupiter String Quartet
The Jupiter String Quartet, formed in 2001, have received several recent chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competion, membership in Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. The quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and now holds YCA’s Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The quartet has performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America. They have enjoyed playing in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and Library of Congress.

Stefan Jackiw
Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post) Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others, and he has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Hannu Lintu, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, Gerard Schwarz and Yuri Temirkanov. His solo performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House in March was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide.

Gilles Vonsattel
Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as equal comfort as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. He began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut that same year and has since performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Zürich’s Tonhalle, Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and in the U.S. with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville, and Grand Rapids symphonies, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In July 2010 he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood debuts in the Brahms First Piano Concerto under Herbert Blomstedt, and in 2011 he made his San Francisco Symphony debut. A former member of the Chamber Music Society Two, Vonsattel is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the 2012-13 season.

Evan Ziporyn
Evan Ziporyn makes music at the crossroads between genres and cultures, east and west. He studied at Eastman, Yale & UC Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, & Gerard Grisey. He first traveled to Bali in 1981, studying with Madé Lebah, Colin McPhee’s 1930s musical informant. He returned on a Fulbright in 1987. Earlier that year, he performed a clarinet solo at the First Bang on a Can Marathon in New York. His involvement with BOAC continues to this day: in 1992 he co-founded the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Ziporyn joined the MIT faculty in 1990 and is currently Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor. There he founded Gamelan Galak Tika in 1993, beginning a series of groundbreaking compositions for gamelan & western instruments. These include three evening-length works, 2001′s ShadowBang, 2004′s Oedipus Rex (Robert Woodruff, director), and 2009′s A House in Bali, an opera which joins western singers with Balinese traditional performers, and the All-stars with a full gamelan. It received its world premiere in Bali that summer and its New York premiere at BAM Next Wave this fall.

Rane Moore
Clarinetist Rane Moore performs regularly at home and abroad. An enthusiastic interpreter ocontemporary repertoire, she has given numerous premieres of new works and appeared with groups such as Boston Musica Viva, Raduis Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Hyperion Ensemble, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort and the Talea Ensemble. Ms. Moore has been featured as a guest artist at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Wales and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Other festival appearances include Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo in Leon, Mexico, La Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, and Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea de Lima, and Spectrum XXI in London. As an orchestral musician she has performed with the Lexington Symphony, Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic, and the New England Philharmonic. She has recorded for Gravina Musica and Mode records. Ms. Moore holds degrees from Indiana University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Moore is also an active and dedicated teacher of clarinet and saxophone and serves as a chamber music coach at Harvard University’s Mather House.

Eran Egozy
Eran Egozy, clarinet, hailed as “sensitive and energetic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), leads the dual life of entrepreneur and musician. He is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music Systems, which developed Guitar Hero, Rock Band, The Beatles:Rock Band, and Dance Central. In 2008, Eran and his business partner were named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009, they received Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40″ award, and in 2010, they were honored with USA Network’s “Character Approved” award. Eran holds degrees in electrical engineering and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he conducted research on combining music and technology at the MIT Media Lab. Eran studied clarinet with Jonathan Cohler and William Wrzesien. He has performed as soloist with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, as a freelancer in the Boston area, and has collaborated with David Deveau, Marcus Thompson, and Evan Ziporyn. Eran has been a member of Radius Ensemble since 2001.

Alicia Lee
Born into a musical family, Alicia Lee grew up in Michigan where she began her musical studies on the violin and piano at age 4. She made the switch to clarinet at the age of 12. She has performed under the batons of Pierre Boulez, Susanna Malkki, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, and David Robertson. Her orchestral appearances include the Spoleto festivals in Italy and America, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Milwaukee Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony. Her chamber music experience includes performances at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, where she performed for three summers. She has collaborated with many notable artists including Martin Chalifour, Peter Frankl, Anthony Marwood, Roger Tapping, and members of the Mendelssohn Quartet and Peabody Trio.

A Far Cry String Orchestra
A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to the New York Times, the self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians – the Criers – and since the beginning has fostered those personalities, developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world with more than two hundred performances, three albums, a powerful presence on the internet, and a European debut tour planned for 2012. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, and maintain strong roots in the city rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain and fulfilling the role of Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Marc-Andre Hamelin
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s North American recital appearances include dates in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto and Montreal. He also performs internationally at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Lucerne Piano Festival, and in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Sweden. Hamelin returns to Asia in 2012 for appearances with the Singapore Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and recitals in Hong Kong and Seoul. In recent seasons, Hamelin has performed with orchestra and in solo recital at New York City’s Lincoln Center; in recital and in chamber music on the various stages of Carnegie Hall; and on an international tour of the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet. The Pro Musica Society of Montreal paid tribute to Hamelin with a six-concert series, “The Art of Marc-André Hamelin.”

The New Century Saxophone Quartet
The only ensemble of its kind to ever win First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the New Century Saxophone Quartet is a pioneering and versatile group. Winning new-found enthusiasm for the saxophone quartet and its diverse repertory, the ensemble’s program ranges from the Baroque to innovative contemporary works to imaginative transcriptions. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Aaron Copland Recording Fund, Chamber Music America and the North Carolina Arts Council, New Century has been heard in major concert venues in Los Angeles, New York and Amsterdam; on radio and television in the United States, Europe and Central America, including its own radio series in North Carolina; in recordings for the Channel Classics label; and in unusual concert settings, ranging from two command performances for President Clinton in the White House to a concerto performance with the United States Navy Band.