ROCKPORT — On Friday, August 9, Bay Chamber Concerts presents three concerts, the first a free concert at 4 p.m., in Union Hall; the second one at 5:30 p.m., at the Rockport Opera House; and the evening concludes with a third performance at 8:30 p.m., also at Union Hall, 24 Central St., in Rockport.
The musical journey begins with a free performance featuring students who participated in Bay Chamber Music School’s Envision Chamber Music Workshop. For the previous week students are grouped in trios and quartets and prepare a piece to perform and the Friday afternoon concert. The community is invited to attend this free concert to celebrate the students’ achievements. A reception for friends and family follows the performance.
Friday evening, at 5:30 p.m., Bay Chamber Concerts presents The Nightingale’s Sonata, an evening of music, historical photographs, and readings from Bay Chamber Concerts’ co-founder Thomas Wolf’s new book The Nightingale’s Sonata. This richly woven tapestry centers around Wolf’s grandmother, the legendary violinist Lea Luboshutz, and her remarkable musical family. Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, it is also the story of Cèsar Franck’s magnificent violin sonata which will be performed during the evening by esteemed musicians, Geoff Nuttall, violin and pianist, Pedja Muzijevic. Of special interest is a focus on Rockport, Maine as one of the first vibrant summer music centers in America beginning in the 1930s and extending to today.
Audience members are invited to a reception following the concert at 162 Russell Ave., in Rockport, and will receive one free copy of Wolf’s book per family.
And finally at 8:30 p.m., in Union Hall, Bay Chamber Concerts’ Café Nights Series continues with Candlelit Baroque. On this year’s program are Geoff Nuttall, violin; Joshua Roman, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; joined by special guests, Maya French, violin; Brianna Fischler, viola; Ju-Young Lee, cello; and Nate Martin, double bass.
The program features arias by Handel and Purcell sung by the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. This concert also includes a performance of C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto with soloist Joshua Roman, and the Overture and Rondeau from Purcell’s Abdelazar.
Tickets for Friday’s 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. performances are $45 for adults and $10 for those under age 25.
For more information on Bay Chamber Concerts’ Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Festival, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call (207) 236-2823.
Bay Chamber has a history of presenting performing arts in Midcoast Maine. Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features artists year-round. Its Summer Concert Series and Screen Door Summer Music Festival in July and August feature more than 30 events that redefine the standards for chamber music. From September to June the Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, world music and dance events in a variety of venues throughout the region.