29 November 2008


Over the years we've all spent many an hour at Rockport's Madras Shop looking for indian print bedspreads, cozy sweaters and other fun items. But earlier this month this Rockport landmark shop was demolished. It's the future site of a world-class music hall, the new home of Rockport Music (formerly the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.) I cannot wait! From their website...

Rockport Music Makes its Debut…

In July, 2008, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival Board of Directors voted to adopt the name Rockport Music to represent our organization as we continue to expand our musical horizons and explore new audiences.

Remaining true to our roots, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and its annual summer season – under the leadership of Artistic Director, David Deveau – will remain Rockport Music’s signature presentation and the heart of our mission.

The Distinctive Sound of Rockport: Enriching Lives Through Music

Over the past 27 years, the Festival has grown steadily in audience and reputation. This fall we are about to embark on our most ambitious undertaking – the building of the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

The completion of this intimate, acoustically distinguished concert hall will create exciting opportunities for presenting a broader variety of musical offerings and experiences to our audiences, including educational outreach programs to accommodate people of all ages and interests.

We want as many people as possible – new audiences, performers, students, and community members – to experience and enjoy the transformative power of music in this beautiful new space.

Our unwavering dedication to presenting the finest music performed by the highest caliber musicians continues to define us. Our plan for growth is grounded in an understanding of our legacy as an acclaimed chamber music festival located in a historic seaside setting.

As we build a permanent home for the Festival, our promise is to sustain this musical excellence across all of our musical offerings in order to fulfill our vision of being a distinguished musical destination and an extraordinary cultural resource for our community and beyond..


Tonite we're off to the auditorium at the Fuller School for the Cape Ann Symphony's holiday performance. I wonder if two years from now we'll be going to Rockport to hear this annual spectacular?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My father owned the Rockport General Store and he would be very happy to know how the site is being used. The building in itself was never the important part of his life. He did many things for Rockport to help the town survive.