Cape Ann outdoor music is heating up with the launch of several concert series over the next week.
Concerts in the courtyard of the Cape Ann Museum kicks off Thursday, July 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. with Is It Mr. Fox? at its downtown campus at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. Brian King, Renee Dupuis and Joe Cardoza of What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? perform original songs and folk-pop reimaginings as a trio in this concert, including songs from their musical “Medusa Reclaimed” which was produced in 2019 at Boston’s Museum of Science. The concerts are free to the public.
On Friday, July 8, the seventh season of Music on Meetinghouse Green returns with a performance by the crowd-favorite John Baboian Ensemble in a free evening concert starting at 6 p.m. at the corner of Middle and Church streets. All voluntary donations raised will support the concert’s featured local non-profit partner, which this week is Pathways for Children. The evening food vendor is the Causeway Restaurant.
The John Baboian Sextet appears with Sandi Bedrosian, a lead vocalist and manager in a wide range of musical styles, who has opened for some of today’s biggest stars. Several musicians in the ensemble are fellow faculty members at Berklee College of Music. All donations from the public go directly to nonprofit partners. For more information and a full calendar of events, go to www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org.
Sunday, July 10, 2022 Antonio Gentile Bandstand free concert series kicks off with the Cape Ann Big Band at 7 p.m. at Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue on the Gloucester seafront. Cape Ann Big Band features vocalist Rhiannon Hurst and Nathan Seavey in their performance of big band swing, jazz and more. Director Carlos Menezes promises an exceptional show.
David Benjamin, the summer music director, noted that this concert series has been a staple of summer in Cape Ann for over 35 years. He noted that the weekend of August 20 and 21 will feature two concerts, one on Saturday and one on Sunday with the Cape Ann Community Band performing the Saturday night concert.
The 2022 nine-concert series will feature the return of the Compaq Big Band on August 14 with Cape Ann “Jazz Divas” Alexandra Grace, Renee Dupuis and Marina Evans. Many favorite artists will also be back, including Martin & Kelley and the Beatles tribute band 4EverFab on July 17.
“Come and listen to some fantastic music overlooking the outer harbour, with glorious sunsets and schooners sailing by. It doesn’t get better than this in Gloucester,” said Benjamin.
Admission and parking are free. The toilets are accessible to the disabled. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain dates for Sunday concerts are the following Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more details, visit www.DavidLBenjamin.com.
In Rockport, the Music at the Beach Summer Concert Series at Back Beach kicks off Monday, July 11 with Mari Martin and the Lucky Boys from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more details, visit the “Music at the Beach” Facebook page.
And if you consult the Facebook page of the “Harbour Loop Summer Concert Series”, there may be news regarding this launch later this month.
The return of the cabarets
Cabarets are back as part of the 41st Rockport Chamber Music Festival, with the next “after hours” cabaret this Friday, July 8 at 9:45 p.m. with a program titled “Romani Cabaret”, featuring violinist Danbi Um, pianist Stephen Prutsman and members of the Dover Quartet. This informal performance on the third floor of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. in Rockport, will showcase virtuosity and string fun with classic works inspired by Roma music, including “Scenes from the Csárda, No. 3” and “Rondo” by Hubay. alla Zingarese” from Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in G minor”. Those present can have a drink or a drink while listening to music. The third cabaret, “Bach to Baker,” is Friday, August 12 at 9:45 p.m. For tickets and details, visit rockportmusic.org.
Free family concert
Morningside Music Bridge students will perform at a free family concert Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. Students are part of a New England Conservatory program, which seeks to identify and promote outstanding young artists. Free, no ticket required.
A groundbreaking Oscar-winning actor and local Oscar-winning director will appear at a special screening of the recent Oscar-winning film “CODA” to raise funds for the nonprofit artist residency Manship, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The event will take place Thursday, July 7 at the Cabot in Beverly.
With a premium ticket, the event begins with a pre-film cocktail, and all moviegoers are invited to a “Sign+Talk back” after the screening with Best Supporting Actor winner Troy Kotsur and Sian Heder , which won Best Adapted Screenplay, with actor Daniel Durant playing a lead role. Sarah Green of Gloucester, a Hollywood producer, will moderate the conversation which will be both spoken and signed with an American Sign Language interpreter.
There are two tiers of tickets for the July 7 event, starting at $28 for general admission, including ASL; and there are $78 tickets that include the 5:30 p.m. cocktail party as well as premium seating. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the “Sign+Talk back” at 8:30 p.m. Some tickets also provide a social distancing option. For the link to the tickets, visit: manshipartists.org.
A historic love story
A new work brings to life the turn-of-the-century tale of the sexual awakening of Pulitzer Prize-winning Edith Wharton and a man she meets in Paris in the play “Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets,” Currently playing at the Gloucester Stage Company. The work is the most recent play by Massachusetts playwright Anne Undeland. The play is described as a “literary and witty banquet of language, sex and mannerisms.”
In this new play, Undeland reunites Wharton with his friend Henry James, his lover Morton Fullerton and the Irish maid Posy. Wharton (1862-1937) is perhaps best known for her 1911 novel “Ethan Frome”, and she went on to win the Pulitzer for her 1920 book “The Age of Innocence”.
All shows returned to the Gloucester Stage theater at 267 East Main St., Gloucester. For detailed ticket information, visit: www.gloucesterstage.com.
The new exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony, “H2O: A Deep Dive”, opens at the Rocky Neck Cultural Centre, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, with a public reception on Saturday July 9 from 4-6pm.
In the call for art for the exhibition, artists were invited to probe the subject of water and inspire viewers to reflect on and appreciate its importance in our world. The exhibit’s statement paid homage to a quote by Loren Eiseley: “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in the water.” The vision was expanded to create an artistic “magic” on this subject. The juror was Katherine French.
Featured artists are Janet Albert, Kristen Anderson, Hilary Bachelder, Paula Borsetti, Len Burgess, Laurinda Butcher, Mike Cangemi, Jeanne Carey, Matt Cegelis, Michele Champion, Jillian Demeri, Maria Denjongpa, Mark Dierker, Liz Sibley Fletcher, Lisa Goren, Sara Gravante, Kata Hull, Nancy Jarvis, Linda Kauss, Roberta Kovner, Linda Lamarche, Mary Latino, Perry McIntosh, William Mitchell, Janet Montecalvo, Skip Montello, Brian Murphy, Rebecca Nagle, Charles Norris, Diane Norris, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Joyce Roessler, Joan Ryan, Ruth Schneider, Patricia Scialo, James Seavey, Robin Smith, Suzanne Ulrich and Raphael Warshaw.
For more details and gallery opening hours, visit rockyneckartcolony.org.
The second Cape Ann Makers Moonrise Market takes place at the historic Emerson Inn in Rockport on Wednesday, July 13 (and again Thursday, August 11) from 6-9 p.m. at the Inn at 1 Cathedral Ave.
The market will feature more than a dozen Cape Ann artisans, artisans and makers offering handmade arts and crafts inspired by nature and the coast.
The outdoor market is free, and there’s buffet and bar service with live music as you wait for the moonrise over the ocean. There is parking at the hostel and on the street.
Opening of the Bayliss show
Jane Deering Gallery presents “Geoffrey Bayliss – Simple Isn’t Easy”, which opens with a public reception on Thursday July 7 from 6-8pm at the gallery at 19 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. The artist’s new work includes large collages and papier-mâché sculptures. Some works are described as “playful, imaginative, strange, or referential to classical ruins”, noting that the use of papier-mâché dates back to 200 AD during the Chinese Han dynasty. Bayliss earned a degree in architecture from Columbia University. For more details and gallery opening hours, visit janedeeringgallery.com. The show runs until July 31.
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