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Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Picture of Rockport Chamber Music Festival Opening Night 2015Fans of chamber music will want to mark their calendars for the annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival. This year the festival will run from June 2, 2017 through July 9, 2017. The festival will kickoff with an opening gala featuring world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. The festival will continue with pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Joyce Yang and Russell Sherman, the Escher, Brentano and Jupiter quartets, as well as the Canadian Brass, Handel and Haydn Society and The Boston Camerata, concluding on July 9 with a grand finale featuring the Deveau-Cárdenes-Shiffman-Williams Quartet.

Performances will be held at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.

The picture is of Festival Opening Night 2015 – photo credit Michael Lutch.

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Chameleon Presents Free Family Concert

Picture of the Chameleon Arts Ensemb;e's Instrument Petting ZooThe Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present a free family concert. The concert titled Tunes, Tales, and Tricksters will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Weld Hall at the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Immediately following the performance there will be an instrument “Petting Zoo” in the Library’s outdoor Children’s Garden. Children will be allowed to handle and play the instruments with help from Chameleon’s musicians.

The picture of the Petting Zoo was provided by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble and was taken by Ashworth Photography.

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble Final Performance of the Season

Picture of Rafael Popper-Keizer on Cello

Rafael Popper-Keizer on Cello

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present from the painter’s hand, its final performance of its 2016/2017 chamber music series, on May 20th and 21st, 2017. The program will present:

  • Robert Schuman’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
  • Laura Schwendinger’s The Artist’s Muse for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion – a world premier
  • Francis Poulenc’s Le travail du peintre (The Work of the Painter)Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello
  • Morton Feldman’s For Franz Kline for soprano, violin, cello, horn, chimes, and piano

Both performances will be at the First Church Boston:

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4 PM

The picture of Rafael Popper-Keizer on Cello is from the Chameleon Arts Ensemble andwas taken by Matthew Wan.

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Sail Boston 2017

Tall Ship Europa

Europa

The tall ships are coming back to Boston this spring/early summer and a full schedule of events is on-tap to celebrate, including:

  • June 17, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM: Parade of Sail – Public viewing of the Grand Parade of Sail will be best from Castle Island, the Seaport District, the Boston Waterfront, East Boston, the North End and Charlestown.
  • June 17 to 21, 2017: Sail Boston Festival and Public Boarding of Ships
  • June 19, 2017: Crew & Cadet Street Parade at Downtown Crossing
  • June 22, 2017: Tall Ships Depart

All events are free and open to the public.

Picture of Tall Ship Pride of Baltimore 2

Pride of Baltimore 2

More than 50 tall ships will be participating. Some of the more noteworthy include:

  • Blue Clipper (United Kingdom)
  • Bluenose II (Canada)
  • El Galeon (Spain)
  • Esmeralda (Chile)
  • Europa (The Netherlands)
  • USCGC Eagle (USA)
  • BAE Guayas (Ecuador)
  • Gulden Leeuw (The Netherlands)
  • Liberty Clipper (USA)
  • Lynx (USA)
  • Nadezhda (Russia)
  • Oliver Hazard Perry (USA)
  • Oosterschelde (The Netherlands)
  • Picton Castle (Cook Islands)
  • Pride of Baltimore II (USA)
  • Roseway (USA)
  • Spirit of South Carolina (USA)
  • Union (Peru)
Picton Castle

Picton Castle

Sail Boston 2017 will be part of the transatlantic Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. The Regatta will start in Royal Greenwich, UK and progress to Sines, Portugal, followed by Bermuda and then on to Boston, for Sail Boston 2017. From Boston, the ships will cruise north to Quebec City, Canada.

The picture of the Picton Castle is from the Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. The picture of the Pride of Baltimore II is from the Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. All other pictures are in the public domain.

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2017 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

Less than a week left to 2016 – In our annual tradition of rounding up New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations around New England we have come up with the following list of events to ring in 2017 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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2016 New England Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Picture of Fireworks in Edgartown, MAIndependence Day 2015 is a week from today. Following is our annual round-up of 4th of July fireworks displays to help you celebrate Independence Day in style. So launch into summer with a bang this 4th. There are many great fireworks displays to help celebrate the Uncle Sam’s birthday – check out the links below to find one near you.

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2016 Vermont Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Continuing our roundup of 2016 fireworks displays across New England puts us in Vermont. Following you will find a list of 4th of July fireworks displays in Vermont to help you celebrate Independence Day:

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2016 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

With the Fourth of July just a few weeks away it is time to start considering where you will take in an annual Independence Day fireworks display. To help you out we start  our annual roundup of New England fireworks displays in the State of Connecticut. There are numerous fireworks displays across the state to help you celebrate the Fourth.

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2016 Northern New England St. Patrick’s Day Events

Happy St. Patricks Day GraphicContinuing our roundup of St. Patrick’s Day events in New England finds us in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Following are Northern New England’s major St. Patrick’s Day events:

2016 Maine Saint Patrick’s Day Events

2016 New Hampshire Saint Patrick’s Day Events

2016 Vermont Saint Patrick’s Day Events

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2016 Massachusetts St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

Picture of ShamrocksIt is once again time to get your Irish on. There are plenty of parades and events celebrating the patron Saint of Ireland throughout the Commonwealth.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick’s Day Events

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