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January 2020

Beantown Swing Orchestra

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$8 – $10

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band music from the Swing Era, one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of American music ever created.

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February 2020

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

February 1 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$26 – $29

The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new production directed by James Robinson in his company debut. America’s “folk opera,” as the 1935 creators described it, tells the story of disabled beggar Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue.

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California & Montreal Guitar Trios

February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$36 – $42

Two of the most heralded guitar trios converge for a concert of pure six string wizardry, as the California Guitar Trio (CGT) and the Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) share the stage, fusing over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’.

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The Rum Runners String Band

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 – $10

The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. This night features the Rum Runners String Band, a rising star North Shore-based string band that play a mix of gypsy jazz, folk, Americana, old time country, and fiddle tunes.

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Vienna Piano Trio

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$35 – $49

Long established as one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, the Vienna Piano Trio was founded in 1988 by the Viennese pianist Stefan Mendl. He is joined by Californian violinist David McCarroll and the Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen.  This extraordinary trio brings a program of masters with works of Haydn, Brahms and closing with Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio.

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Alexa Tarantino Quartet

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, no tickets required

Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Tarantino performs regularly as a leader and sidewoman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s OGRESSE, among many more. Currently on faculty for the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs, she holds adegrees from The Juilliard School and Eastman School of Music.

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National Theatre in HD: Cyrano de Bergerac

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$22

James McAvoy (X-Men) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast to cinemas from London's West End. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane.

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March 2020

Raul Midon & Lionel Loueke

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$32 – $47

Genre-bending icons Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke join forces to present a special night of song and guitar wizardry. The revered instrumentalists and vocalists will perform sets of original material in an evening that will culminate in an unforgettable jam.

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Longy School of Music Faculty Showcase

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, no tickets required

Since its founding in 1915, chamber music has occupied pride of place at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.   This evening, young artists and artist faculty from Longy present a program of chamber music side by side, where the generations dissolve, spurred on by the collective spirit of collaboration and exploration.

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Cherish the Ladies

March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$34 – $52

Cherish The Ladies return to Rockport! Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the Ladies have shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming.

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Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Swan Lake

March 7 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$22

Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon.

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Pier Ave

March 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 – $10

The Upstairs on Main music series features the wealth of local musical talent we have here on the North Shore. This night features Pier Ave, an upbeat, soulful reggae-inspired band out of Gloucester, MA that encompasses good grooves, great tunes and even better vibes.

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Brian O’Donovan’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$49 – $69

For the past decade, the A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concerts have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians alike to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish fashion.

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Anne Frank Parallel Stories

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust.

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Carbon Leaf

March 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$29 – $39

Blending rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana traditions into a high-energy style the group calls ether-electrified porch music, the Virginia quintet’s poetic songs are brought to life with acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmony.

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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Der Fliegende Hollander

March 14 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$18 – $32

François Girard, whose mystical, blood-drenched vision for Wagner’s Parsifal became one of the Met’s most intensely visceral highlights in recent seasons, turns to another Wagnerian masterpiece, Der Fliegende Holländer, conducted by Valery Gergiev. For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free.

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Met Opera Weekend: Lindemann Young Artists

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$26 – $32

As part of Rockport Music’s Metropolitan Opera Weekend, this concert features three of the most talented young singers training today in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Artist Development Program. As experienced by the attendees at the 2019 performance of spectacular artists, these vocalists return by popular demand with a vibrant, expressive performance of opera favorites and art songs.

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Mari Black Trio

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

A genre-crossing fiddling sensation, Boston-based Mari Black has created a devoted following founded on the strength of her remarkable playing, infectious compositions and stylistic shapeshifting that covers everything from Scottish reels to jazz to klezmer to American string band music.

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Mari Black Trio

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

A genre-crossing fiddling sensation, Boston-based Mari Black has created a devoted following founded on the strength of her remarkable playing, infectious compositions and stylistic shapeshifting that covers everything from Scottish reels to jazz to klezmer to American string band music.

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Mari Black Trio

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

A genre-crossing fiddling sensation, Boston-based Mari Black has created a devoted following founded on the strength of her remarkable playing, infectious compositions and stylistic shapeshifting that covers everything from Scottish reels to jazz to klezmer to American string band music.

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The Bad Plus

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$35 – $49

A universally revered, boundary-defying jazz trio, The Bad Plus make their return to Rockport with a celebrated new pianist (the great Orrin Evans) and a new record, Activate Infinity, in tow. Come hear what all the fuss is about!

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Adam Ezra Group

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$24 – $29

A Boston-based roots pop powerhouse, the Adam Ezra Group has become a beloved staple of the region's live music scene, as well as becoming dogged road warriors, bringing their spirited and sweaty folk rock anthems to fans all over the country. They make their Rockport debut with a special acoustic show in support of their most recent record Hurricane Wind.

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10,000 Maniacs

March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$49 – $69

The acclaimed folk rock group dominated the airwaves in the late 80’s and 90’s with FM radio staples like “These Are Days” “Trouble Me” and “More Than This,” leading a trend of fiercely independent, socially conscious bands that would .become known as alternative rock. Now with violist and vocalist Mary Ramsey leading the way,  10,000 Maniacs are showing no signs of slowing down.

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Sensory Friendly Recital

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, no tickets required

Presented by Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, this evening of music is performed by the faculty of the Arts Education Programs.These talented individuals who teach the arts to students with disabilities will share music of a wide range of styles and traditions in a performance that will be accessible for all.  Appropriate for all ages.

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April 2020

Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Romeo and Juliet

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$22

The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev’s remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights.

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Frida: Viva La Vida

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$15

Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.

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Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$19 – $36

Frank Vignola is known as one of the most extraordinary and versatile guitarists performing today, able to excel in a variety of styles, from gypsy swing to fusion to hard bop to pop. He returns to Rockport bringing along guitarist Vinny Raniolo and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to form the Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio.

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Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$19 – $36

Frank Vignola is known as one of the most extraordinary and versatile guitarists performing today, able to excel in a variety of styles, from gypsy swing to fusion to hard bop to pop. He returns to Rockport bringing along guitarist Vinny Raniolo and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to form the Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio.

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Al Di Meola

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$47 – $65

A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. He makes his Rockport debut touring in support of his new Beatles tribute album, Across the Universe.

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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Tosca

April 11 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$18 – $32

Sir David McVicar’s bold staging of Puccini’s operatic thriller returns to the Live in HD series after its acclaimed broadcast in 2017. This time, star soprano Anna Netrebko is the passionate title diva, opposite Brian Jagde as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$29 – $39

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine).

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Alexander Ullman

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$29 – $39

Praised for his subtle interpretations and refined technical mastery, British pianist Alexander Ullman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his deep understanding of the scores he interprets, his elegant touch and crystalline phrasing.  The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Alexander performs a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt arrangements of several Schubert songs.

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Boston Children’s Chorus

April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$15

In this moving and exciting performance, the Boston Children's Chorus explores the challenges facing young people today, and the bravery in believing in yourself. Prepare to be inspired as you listen to the voices of some of Boston’s rising stars empowering themselves and others to look in the mirror and see confidence and respect.

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Leonardo 500

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo Da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$18 – $20

Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, pianist Emmet Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. A member of Christian McBride’s Tip City band as well as Herlin Riley’s Quartet, Cohen comes to Rockport with his own group, the Emmet Cohen Trio.

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Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Jewels

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$22

Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by some of the world’s most dazzling dancers in a live broadcast to cinemas.

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Windborne

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15

Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles.

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May 2020

Adult Music Making Class

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on May 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

$15

Have you always wanted to make music with others? Led by Nadia Castagna Morin and Miles Douglas Wilcox, these Adult Music Making classes feature 2 sessions, one on drumming (May 5) and another on singing (May 12). Instruments will be provided. No prior musical experience necessary. Co-sponsored by the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, these adults-only programs are for ALL adults in the community. Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center Third Floor

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Palaver Strings with Warp Trio

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15

Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is rooted in community and creative programming.  Palaver has been Ensemble in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts since 2017, and continues a longstanding residency at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME.  This program explores music of voices traditionally unheard.

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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Maria Stuarda

May 9 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$18 – $32

Donizetti’s drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Maria Stuarda

May 9 @ 12:55 pm - 2:55 pm
$18 – $32

Donizetti’s drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Hanneke Cassel

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$24 – $29

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel fuses sounds from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition.

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Jesse Colin Young

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$35 – $49

One of the leading lights of the 60’s “flower power” movement, singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young remains a vibrant musical force. Most known for his 1969 smash hit “Get Together,” which continues to be an iconic anthem for peace and tolerance to this day, Young has forged a long-sustaining career built on his soaring tenor, infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

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Adult Music Making Class

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on May 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

$15

Have you always wanted to make music with others? Led by Nadia Castagna Morin and Miles Douglas Wilcox, these Adult Music Making classes feature 2 sessions, one on drumming (May 5) and another on singing (May 12). Instruments will be provided. No prior musical experience necessary. Co-sponsored by the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, these adults-only programs are for ALL adults in the community. Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center Third Floor

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Boston City Singers

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, no tickets required

Boston City Singers is an El Sistema-inspired program founded 20 years ago in Dorchester. The program trains and inspires each singer by providing the highest level of musical instruction and wide-ranging performance opportunities to support personal development, celebrate diversity, and foster good will.

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Rockport Folk Summit

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $26

The Rockport Folk Summit returns this spring with a double shot of Boston’s most beloved roots and folk acts; the rising star Berklee-bred trio of Lula Wiles and the wry, veteran songsmith Tim Gearan.  As in past Summits, each will perform their own set before joining forces for a collaborative mashup final set.

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Rockport Folk Summit

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $26

The Rockport Folk Summit returns this spring with a double shot of Boston’s most beloved roots and folk acts; the rising star Berklee-bred trio of Lula Wiles and the wry, veteran songsmith Tim Gearan.  As in past Summits, each will perform their own set before joining forces for a collaborative mashup final set.

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Rockport Folk Summit

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $26

The Rockport Folk Summit returns this spring with a double shot of Boston’s most beloved roots and folk acts; the rising star Berklee-bred trio of Lula Wiles and the wry, veteran songsmith Tim Gearan.  As in past Summits, each will perform their own set before joining forces for a collaborative mashup final set.

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Rockport Folk Summit

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $26

The Rockport Folk Summit returns this spring with a double shot of Boston’s most beloved roots and folk acts; the rising star Berklee-bred trio of Lula Wiles and the wry, veteran songsmith Tim Gearan.  As in past Summits, each will perform their own set before joining forces for a collaborative mashup final set.

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Ms. Lisa Fischer

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$59 – $86

The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom changed the course of Lisa Fischer’s musical journey after having brought raw soul to the stage of The Rolling Stones, Sting, and others. The film featured clips of Lisa’s legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” and earned her a second Grammy. Her first Grammy was for "How Can I Ease the Pain" from her 1991 album So Intense.

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Hermitage: The Power of Art

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries.

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National Theatre in HD: The Welkin

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$22

One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. James Macdonald directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood.

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Gil Gutiérrez Trio

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$22 – $29

Oaxacan-born guitarist and composer Gil Gutiérrez has been wowing audiences with his virtuosity for decades, most recently alongside the great Doc Severinsen. His music and playing have attracted attention across the globe, from North and South America to Europe through his many recordings, film scores, and concert appearances.

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Chelsea Berry

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$19 – $36

Chelsea Berry is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge.

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June 2020

Dinosaurs

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts.

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Dinosaurs

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts.

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Dinosaurs

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts.

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Under the Streetlamp

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$42 – $65

Everyone’s favorite Man Band! Under The Streetlamp delivers an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook, bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite doo-wop, Motown, and old time rock ‘n’ roll hits.

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Pokey LaFarge

June 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$29 – $39

A youthful songwriter with an old soul, Pokey LaFarge is reinvigorating the music of the 20’s and 30’s, adding a fresh new voice and energy to a breadth of American music including ragtime blues, western swing, riverboat jazz and vintage soul.

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July 2020

Wunderkammer

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

The documentary event film allows viewers a never-before-seen look into these secret places filled with eccentric and priceless oddities in private collections to reveal the wonder that lies inside them.

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Wunderkammer

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

The documentary event film allows viewers a never-before-seen look into these secret places filled with eccentric and priceless oddities in private collections to reveal the wonder that lies inside them.

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Janis Ian

July 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until July 14, 2020

$29 – $46

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, known for hits like “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child” and many other classics throughout her decade-spanning career, makes her Rockport debut with two shows.

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Janis Ian

July 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until July 14, 2020

$29 – $46

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, known for hits like “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child” and many other classics throughout her decade-spanning career, makes her Rockport debut with two shows.

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Bernini

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City. And there is probably no better place to appreciate his talent and genius than the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

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Bernini

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City. And there is probably no better place to appreciate his talent and genius than the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

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