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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 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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2016 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

The calendar is not only down to one page but there is less than a week left to 2015. 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 to ring in 2016 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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Massachusetts 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas DecorationsThe holiday season is just around the corner with many major holiday events kicking off around Thanksgiving making it time once again for our round up of holiday events. First up is the roundup of Christmas and holiday events for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of a Christmas Carol

  • December 4 to 23, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA
  • December 12, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA
  • December 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 18 to 27, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 22, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Thomas A Consolati Performing Arts Center in Shefield, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet Company at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA
  • November 27, 28, 29, December 4, 5, and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Cutler Majestic Theatrer in Boston, MA
  • November 27 to December 31, 2015; The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
  • November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Bristol Community College
  • December 5 and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Rogers/Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • December 11 to 27, 2015: Urban Nutcracker at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 11, 12, and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet the Casey Theatre at Regis College in Weston, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Littleton Performing Arts Center in Littleton, MA
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance at the Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 16, 17, and 18, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA
  • December 19, 2015: The Nutcracker by the MetroWest Ballet at Nevins Hall in Framingham, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at The Collins Center in Andover, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker at the Norwood Theater in Norwood, MA

Performances of The Messiah

  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: Handel Messiah by the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel: Messiah Part I by the New England Classical Singers at St. Augustine Church,  Andover, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along  at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy, MA
  • December 11 and 12, 2015: Handel Messiah by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 13, 2015: Messiah Sing performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers at the First Church Congregational, Marlborough, MA
  • December 18 and 19, 2015: Messiah Sing by the Masterworks Chorale at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 2015-2016 Season

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble has announced their 2015-2016 season. On tap this season:

Chamber Music Series

  • Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM and Sunday, October 11 at 4 PM: Echoes of celestial song at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM and Sunday November 8 at  4 PM: Each to each impart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM and Sunday, December 6 at 4 PM: J. S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, February 13 at 8 PM and Sunday, February 14 at 4 PM: Here and there, in paths apart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday April 2 at 8 PM and Sunday April 3 at 4 PM: A voice of love and twilight at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 22 at 4 PM: Songs of earth and sky at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday

Recital Series – Chameleon Up Close

  • Sunday, March 6 at 4 PM: A concert featuring Chameleon’s two superb clarinetists, Gary Gorczyca and Kelli O’Connor, along with pianist Vivian Choi at the Goethe-Institut
  • Sunday, April 17 at 4 PM: Violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gloria Chien at the Goethe-Institut
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