Music is on the bill of fare all over Cape Ann, from the free Sunday evening bandstand concerts in both Rockport and Gloucester, to the current Tony Award-winning musical show at Gloucester Stage. Here is a sampling along with many other events of a creative nature.
Free concert: The Rockport Legion Band continues its 80th concert season at the Back Beach bandstand on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m., with Jim Davison as conductor. In addition to a trumpet solo by Jason Howard, there will be a first-time ever violin solo by Nathan Cohen during two songs. One of these will be narrated by George Ramsden, who just retired as the leader of the Fourth of July Firemen’s band. The program includes “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa, “Strike up the Band” and “Summertime” by George Gershwin, “Adagio” by Tomaso Albinoni, “Titanic” by James Horner, “Fantasia in G” by Bach, “Schindler’s List” by John Williams with Cohen as soloist, “The Devil went down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels featuring Cohen, and Ramsden as the storyteller, and more.
“Artistry of the Guitar”: This concert with Ken Bonfield and Larry Carsman takes place at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. The show’s goal is to share engaging acoustic guitar music in intimate settings. Bonfield’s main instruments are an 11-string harp guitar, a 6-string small jumbo baritone, and several OM-sized alt-tuned standard guitars. Suggested donation at the door is $10.
Musical’s final week: Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony Award-winning “Spring Awakening” closes on Sunday, July 14, at Gloucester Stage. This musical is about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years and earned eight Tony Awards. Due to adult themes, the production is recommended for adults and young adults. For reservations or information, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.
Chamber music: Award-winning pianist Gilles Vonsattel performs at 8 tonight, July 11, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The program highlights works that were revolutionary for their time.
On Friday at 8 p.m., pianist Andy Rangell and violinist Aaron Boyd perform works of the 20th century Romanian composer George Enescu. The second half features the ensemble Eviyan.
On Saturday, pianists Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun perform with a rising young flutist Sooyun Kim, The program includes Schubert’s Divertissement a la Hongroise, D. 818 (for piano duet) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. for two pianos and flute obbligato).
The Rockport Chamber Music Festival concludes on Sunday, July 14, with the Canadian Brass, which performs a repertoire from Renaissance and classical masters to jazz and popular music
For tickets and information, visit www.rockportmusic.org.
Elizabeth Winthrop will read from her new novel, “The Why of Things,” set on Cape Ann, at The Bookstore in Gloucester at 7 tonight, July 11. The book is described as a touching novel about a family coming to terms with unimaginable loss, and the realities of grief and survival. The author is a Gloucester native and resides here for the summer.
Leslie D. Bartlett will give a talk and presentation titled “The Quarries of Cape Ann — Labor, Utility & Art” at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester, on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, www.capeanngranite.com.
Art shows, parties
The 36th annual Magnolia Library art show is this weekend. The artists will be present at the Friday night event from 7 to 9. The show continues Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This show, free to the public, benefits the Magnolia Library and Community Center. For information, visit www.magnolialibrary.org.
The “twentythirteen” exhibition on view through Aug. 4 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester features 18 selected works in a variety of media. The public is invited to a reception Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. Seven of the artists are from Gloucester.
Life’s a Beach: From July 13 to 26, Manchester watercolor artist Marion Hall will exhibit her beach and seaside watercolor paintings at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., in Gloucester. There is a free public opening reception on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 857-891-9054.
Patricia Doherty, a seascape oil painter, presents “Clouds,” a special show inspired by the ever changing sky reflections in water. The show runs through July 26 at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative at 121 Main St. in Gloucester.
The Captain’s Party, Cape Ann Museum’s annual festive party and fundraiser, is Saturday, July 20, featuring summer fare by Tim Hopkins Catering. The party is held in the museum’s sculpture garden at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. Tickets, $100, are now on sale; for reservations, call 978-283-0455 x35.
“The Girls Of Summer”: Cape Ann Community Cinema presents this month-long lineup of films with strongly-written parts for women of all ages. The films include “The Bling Ring,” “Frances Ha,” the thriller “Shadow Dancer,” and “Before Midnight.” “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,” produced by Rockport’s Danielle McCarthy, only screens tonight, July 11, at 7:30, and features a live pre-show Big Star tribute set by Mystery Train Records sherpas Joe Unis, Ryan Alto, and friends. On Sunday, July 14, at 5 p.m., Gloucester’s own Lindsay Crouse will host a screening of the 1984 drama “Places In The Heart” for she received an Oscar nomination. The venue is at 21 Main St. in downtown Gloucester, and is a living-room-style movie theater with tables and couches. Tickets at the door or at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
Modern sea piracy: Little Art Cinema in Rockport screens “A Hijacking,” from Friday, July 12 through July 25, with all shows at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 978-309-8354. This is an award-winning film that the New York Times called “an assured, intense thriller.” The critic wrote that this “is a psychological, maritime drama and a ripped-from-the-headlines exploration of modern sea piracy.” The cinema is at 19 School St. in Rockport at the corner of Broadway.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.