Virtuosic classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will make his Shalin Liu Performance Center debut tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of Rockport Music’s new guitar series.
The evening will traverse music spanning centuries from the Baroque period to the 21st century with the Massachusetts premiere of Dan Visconti’s “Devil’s Strum,” which was written for Vieaux in 2010.
Vieaux is celebrated for his imaginative performances and broad range of musical interests. He he has been head of the Guitar Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001. He is also affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists.
On Saturday, May 11, award-winning jazz pianist and composer Tamir Hendelman will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. He has toured North America. Europe, and Asia and has performed and recorded with artists such as Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, and John Pizzarelli.
For tickets and more information about either event, visit rockportmusic.org.
Celebratory reception and lecture
To celebrate 20 years of Rockport Public Library at its present location, the Friends of the Rockport Library are hosting a party at the Community Center on May 15 at 6 p.m. Wine, cheese, and appetizers will be served. At 7 p.m. Kenneth Gloss of Brattle Book Shop in Boston will donate his time to give his popular talk “Is there Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” He will bring to the lecture several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from the store’s private collection, such as a 1912 World Series scorecard, examples of old LIFE Magazines and a sales brochure for the Titanic.
Gloss has been a frequent guest appraiser on the PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” program and a popular guest on radio and television.
Following the talk, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books and documents that attendees have brought with them.
Admission is $15. Proceeds will benefit library programs. Space is limited. To reserve tickets, one may send a check to the Friends of the Library Celebration at P.O. Box 31, Rockport, MA 01966 or purchase at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.