ROCKPORT — Bay Chamber Concerts continues its 2019 Summer Concert Series, Thursday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Opera House, and on Friday, July 19, at Union Hall, in Rockport.
Thursday’s program, with guest artists Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello; and Conrad Tao on piano, is entitled “Transfigured Nights” while Friday’s features Gandelsman and Nicolas from the previous evening joined by jazz pianist, Eric Iverson.
Through his work with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, and Mark Morris, violinist Johnny Gandelsman has been able to integrate a wide range of creative sensibilities into his own unique point of view. He is joined by fellow Brooklyn Rider string quartet member Michael Nicolas, who enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and improvisor.
The final member of this forward-looking trio is Conrad Tao, who has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer.
Their program is anchored by Eduard Steuermann’s 1932 arrangement of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, full of lush post-Romantic harmonies and surging melodic lines, according to Bay Chamber, in a news release. Webern called it "a miracle of sound" and it has been Schoenberg’s most popular work since shortly after its premiere in 1902.
On Friday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m., at Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport, Bay Chamber presents “Gandelsman, Nicolas and Iverson” in an innovative program for piano trio.
Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson, a founding member of The Bad Plus, is joined by Michael Nicolas, cellist of the Brooklyn Rider, as well as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Nicolas has worked with countless composers from around the world, premiering and recording dozens of new works.
Best known for his work with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and also the genre-bending Brooklyn Rider, is Johnny Gandelsman.
Tickets for Thursday are $45 for adults and for Friday are $35. Tickets for all concerts for those under the age of 25 are always $10.
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 rich history of presenting the best in performing arts in Midcoast Maine, according to the news release. Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features artists year-round.
The 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.