, Gloucester, MA


July 11, 2013

Sounds of music swelling by the sea

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

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