The North Shore Arts Association is bringing back Music at Eden's Edge to perform at its historic building along Glouceser's Inner Harbor on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The North Shore's resident chamber music ensemble, now in its 31st summer concert series, present "Winds of June: Treasures and Discoveries for Woodwinds."
This will be the first of three performances to be held at the gallery this summer. The evening features a woodwind quartet playing two compositions by Jean Francaix and Karl Goepfart, and four trios spanning two centuries — from Antonio Vivaldi to Malcolm Arnold.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors, $15 students and $55 family (up to five family members), and are available at the door, or visit www.edensedge.org to order online.
Music at Eden's Edge is committed to "making music that matters and integrating it into the tapestry of community life." In addition to their seasonal concerts, the organization includes the Youth Chamber Concerts in public schools, a year-round outreach program. The North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.
Free family concert
Rockort Music presents a free family concert Saturday at 10 a.m. featuring BeatCity Art Ensemble at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main St. in Rockport. No reservations are required.
Families are invited to discover the roots of contemporary chamber music with the ensemble, featuring piano, percussion, flute, strings, and accordion.
Listeners can hear how jazz, tango, and folk songs have influenced the work of composers Claude Bolling, Astor Piazolla, and Bela Bartók.
BeatCity, with help from the audience, will crafts a composition on the spot.
'Round the Garden'
Gloucester Stage Company is open with its production of "Round and Round the Garden," featuring an ensemble cast led by Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse.
The play is the third part of highly decorated English playwright Alan Ayckbourn's "Norman Conquests" trilogy, with Gloucester Stage having presented "Table Manners" and "Living Together," in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
For reservations, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.
KBMG at Old Sloop
Rockport's Old Sloop Coffeehouse series will present a performance by the band KBMG on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St.
The name KBMG comes from the last names of its four members: Dan King, David Brown, Dave Mattacks, and Wolf Ginandes. KBMG's members have recorded and performed with Paul McCartney, Fairport Convention, Simon and Garfunkel, George Harrison, Elton John, Billy Joel, Roseanne Cash, Richard Thompson and more.
Tickets can be purchased for $10 from oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
Suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family. Old Sloop Coffeehouse now offers on-site babysitting. See the website or call 978-546-3551 for more information.
New shows at NSAA
Two new shows are on display at the North Shore Arts Association.
Silvana Siudut's works will be on display in the Gordon Grant Room. This exhibit will conclude the art association's 90th Anniversary Featured Artist lineup and will run through July 5.
The works of Patricia O'Hare Williams are on display through July 5. This exhibit will conclude the 90th Anniversary Small Works lineup. Williams is known for her "jazzy, often whimsical still life and landscapes executed with calligraphic lines."
The art association is at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester. For more information, visit www.nsarts.org.
Delve into 'The Swerve'
The Rockport Public Library's Current Issues political book discussion group will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. to discuss Stephen Greenblatt's award-winning "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern."
The book earned the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and the 2011 National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is part an adventure story and part a history of ideas. Greenblatt holds that the discovery of a manuscript missing for a millennium changed the course of human thought and made possible the world today.
Copies are at the library and Toad Hall bookstore. New members and visitors are welcome to attend.
Artists of the Great Depression
Archivist Mary Rhinelander McCarl will present a lecture on Cape Ann Artists during the Great Depression on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the North Shore Arts Association.
She will concentrate on the public programs of the time, particularly the great murals in public buildings funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA offers demonstrations, adult, teen and children's workshops, lectures, a live art auction and more. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.
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