Organizers are preparing for the celebrations next week on Cape Ann.
The Gloucester Fund and gimmesound.com will present a free concert on Gloucester Harbor next Wednesday, July 3, from 5 to 11 p.m. when once again the Cape Ann Big Band, directed by Carlos Menezes Jr., will join Runaround for its sixth annual Runaround Fireworks Extravaganza.
Ringo Tarr’s mobile stage will be set up near the Blynman Bridge, also known as the Cut Bridge, at the corner of Western and Centennial avenues, which organizers say is a perfect place to view the parade, fireworks and then dance under the stars and lasers.
Guest vocalists include Rene Dupuis, Nathan Seavey, Steve Russo, Mari Martin, and Carolyn Seavey. During the evening, the music will range from Glenn Miller to Van Halen.
The music begins at 5 p.m. with a band to be announced. There is a break at 6 p.m. for the Horribles Parade. The music resumes at 7 p.m. with Cape Ann Big Band and Runaround after parade. The fireworks over Gloucester Harbor are scheduled at 9:30, followed by a laser light show at 10 p.m. by RK Lighting Design, a provider of light shows in New England.
Then dance with Runaround under the stars and the lasers. The event is free to the public.
The following day on the Fourth of July itself, Rockport hosts its annual Firemen’s Parade And Bonfire.
The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the high school on Jerden’s Lane before ending at Back Beach, where the Rockport Legion Band Concert will perform at 8:30 p.m. The bonfire starts on the beach at 9 p.m.
Coastal garden tour
The Rockport Garden Club’s 2013 Coastal Gardens Tour will be held Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The 10 stops on this year’s tour feature several water gardens, cottage gardens bursting with color, dramatic use of local granite as hardscape, and crafted gardens overlooking the sea. An expansive garden on the ocean will host an optional luncheon and a sale of original artwork and note cards created by local artists. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 by calling 978-546-2896, 978-546-1638, or 978-546-5988 or online at email@example.com. Visit www.rockportgardenclub.org for more information.
Author Cassandra Krivy Hirsch will read from and sign her historical novel, “Under the Linden Tree,” on Saturday, June 29, at 5 p.m. at the Linden Tree Inn at 26 King St. in Rockport.
“Under the Linden Tree” is the story of a vanished time and a vanished sensibility. From a trunk in an old house in Rockport emerges the yellowed pages of a journal and a clutch of letters. Marianne Parsons, a young mother and the wife of a sea captain, made her first entry in that journal on a spring evening in 1855. Her recorded days revolved around her beloved husband and son. She lived an exemplary life, did good works in the village, was dutiful to the demands of an affluent, well-mannered upbringing. All this would come to an end.
Marianne Parsons finds herself faced with a decision she never wanted to make.
Little Art Cinema
The Little Art Cinema is beginning its 2013 season, with the film “Mud,” through July 11 with show times daily at 7:30 p.m. This film is produced by Gloucester’s Sarah Green, an Oscar-nominated producer. The cinema is located at Broadway and School Street in downtown Rockport. For more information, call 978-325-0541.
World Music Ensemble
Village Harmony, a teen world music ensemble, performs in Rockport on Sunday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Rockport. The Vermont-based youth world music singing ensemble is led by Patty Cuyler and Avery Book, plus guest leaders Malkhaz Erkvanidze from Caucasus, Georgia, and award-winning Bulgarian singer Elitsa Stoineva. The program features traditional music from Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Corsica and the United States. Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 978-546-6638.
Art show at AGH
Judith Doria Sudduth of Manchester is displaying her work at Addison Gilbert Hospital through the end of the month. She majored in fine arts and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art, and studied under George Demetrios, a sculptor, and Emile Gruppe, a painter. She traveled to Japan and studied the Kano School of Art. She was granted permission to enter the Gosh-Imperial Palace located at the center of Kyoto city to do her work. She later became chief designer for prototypes for Flex-Key Corp., where she also was head of its silk screening department. She designed all major logos, letterheads and was chief photographer, creative director of all advertising and fulfilled all media works placed in the Wall Street Journal and other periodicals. The award-winning artist works in oil paint, pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, etchings and some sculpture in soapstone and marble.
Chamber Music Festival
Rockport Music’s 32nd Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival continues with chamber music offerings for all. Tonight’s concert at 8 p.m. features the Boston Symphony Chamber Players that perform with pianist David Deveau. The program includes Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493, Martinu’s Nonet, Carter’s Figment III, and Brahms’s Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114.
The Friday, June 28, concert features the Vega String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at Emory University, which is described as being on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles. They perform Haydn’s Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No.1, David Kirkland Garner’s “i ain’t broke (but i’m badly bent),” Zhou Long’s “Song of the Ch’in,” and Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130. There is a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.
The Saturday, June 29, concert features the Gold Medal Winner of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition with Sergey Antonov, and pianist Ilya Kazantsev, the 1998 Gold Medal Winner of the Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Paris. They come together for a program that includes Grieg’s Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 36, Paul Creston’s Suite for cello and piano, Op. 66, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19. A pre-concert talk takes place at 7 p.m. by Elizabeth Seitz.
The Sunday, June 30, concert at 5 p.m. features the celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomšič, who performs a program of Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (Tempest), Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, and works by Debussy and Liszt. She has performed with the greatest orchestras in modern time and has more than 80 CD recordings. She won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Franz Liszt Society for her all-Liszt CD in 2003.
A free family concert takes place on Saturday, June 29, at 10 am, when David Coffin delights audiences both young and old in performing on a wide array of early wind instruments. For tickets and more information, visit www.rockportmusic.org.
The Catalinas reunite
The Catalinas, a popular North Shore Band, will reunite after eight years on Saturday, June 29, at 9 p.m. at The Pickled Onion at 355 Rantoul St. in Beverly. The band, which has opened up for such national acts as Little Steven Van Zandt, NRBQ and the Outlaws, has received extensive airplay on WBCN. In the past eight years, founder and frontman Satch Kerans of Rockport has released four CDs, while drummer Lenny Dunn and bass player Ron Chane have been hosting a popular Thursday night blues jam in Beverly. Co-founder Kevin MacWhinnie passed away in 2005. Mike Maciver will round out the foursome on keyboards. The band will play its originals as well as cover songs by The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and more. For more information, visit satchk.com.
New show at Aquatro
Designer Vivi Velasco was received with open arms by Aquatro Gallery owners and life partners, fellow Venezuelan Gigi Mederos and Stevie Black. Velasco’s bold jewelry, bangles, rings, earrings, necklaces and chokers are at Aquatro Gallery this summer. Every original work is wearable art. The gallery is proud to be part of the United States debut of Velasco. Visitors are welcome to meet the artist on Saturday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Aquatro Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave. at Gallery 4 in Gloucester.
Gloucester Stage kicks off the 2013 season with the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” about the complexities of growing up, which occur among every generation. The show runs through July 14. The 21st century rock musical is based on a controversial 19th century expressionist play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. The 1891 play was about the trials, tribulations, and taboos of the teen years as adolescents experience the awakening of their sexuality. Steven Sater wrote the book and lyrics, and the music and orchestrations is by Duncan Sheik, a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter. A limited number of discount tickets are available to Cape Ann residents for all 8 p.m. performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For show times, reservations or information, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.
Fish and Ships pass
The Cape Ann Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Maritime Gloucester are pleased to announce the launch of the Fish and Ships Pass, a multi-venue ticket that provides admission to all three venues for one price. The $18 pass saves adults and seniors more than 30 percent compared to full price. The passes will be on sale at all three venues through Labor Day, 2013.
Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.
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