Around Cape Ann
---- — 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.
‘Judith Sargent Speaks’
The second annual Judith Speaks event will be held at the Sargent House Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Volunteers from Gloucester and other North Shore communities will read selections from the essays and letters of Judith Sargent Murray on the lawn of the house where she lived. Murray was an avid letter writer and essayist and an early advocate for the equality of women and religious freedom. Her husband, the Rev. John Murray, was a Universalist and the first minister of Gloucester’s Independent Christian Church. In addition to the readings on the lawn, there will be refreshments and tours of museum. The museum is located at 49 Middle St. in Gloucester and there is access as well from Main Street. Suggested donation is $5.
North Shore Arts exhibits
North Shore Arts Association will feature the works of artist member Tom Gill in the Gordon Grant Room through May 21. The exhibit includes works in acrylic and some of his figure paintings from the Rockport Art Association Sketch Group. Gill has received numerous awards and is represented in the State of the Art Gallery in Gloucester and The Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, among others. Some of his awards include the F. Hugh Brown award, the Silver Brush Award for Figurative Painting from Springfield Academic and the Judges Award from the Whistler House Museum.
There is a solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by artist member Doris Suminsby in the Hallway Gallery, also through May 21. She is described as a true New Englander who enjoys painting close-ups of people, boats, flowers and beach scenes. She has taught in all mediums, but prefers watercolors. Some of Suminsby’s recent accomplishments include a one-artist show last October at Mahri in Manchester, as well as an honorable mention in the spring juried show at The Guild of Beverly Artists for her piece “At Birth.” In addition to exhibiting at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Suminsby was commissioned to do a large mural depicting Wenham ice cutting days which is on display at the Wenham Museum.
North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.nsarts.org.
Barbershop Harmony society
The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus, now in its 65th year, will perform its annual show on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Beverly High School. Also performing will be the quartet Downtown Crossing, which is a former Northeastern District champion, and G20, an award-winning youth chorus of Fall River.
The Northshoremen is comprised of 54 singers ranging in age from their 30s to more than 80 years old, and about 28 will perform on Saturday. Robert Dion of Cape Ann is a member and former president. The singers take part in events to raise money for charity and school music programs as well as to provide entertainment to those in nursing homes. The chorus recently qualified for the Northeastern District Competition in Westbrook, Maine, in the fall.
Any man who would like to join the chorus is invited to attend the group’s Wednesday night rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center on 300 Rantoul St. in Beverly. For more information, visit www.harmonize.com/northshormen/.
Around the corner
The Rockport Art Assocation will be sponsoring the 21st Annual Arts & Flowers Reception on Friday,May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. This colorful exhibition features over two dozen floral interpretations inspired by artist members’ artwork from the First Summer Show. This special event is free to the public and will be held in the association’s Hibbard Gallery at 12 Main St. The flowers will be up through the weekend; the summer show closes June 11. For more information, call 978-546-6604 or www.rockportartassn.org.
The “Big, Big Strum” concert this year features special guest Jon Butcher, and will take place at the Gloucester House on May 18. The line-up is comprised of Fly Amero, Jon Butcher and Cliff Goodwin, all on guitar and vocals, David Brown on guitar, Wolf Ginandes on bass, and Mike Levesque on drums. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Tickets are available at The Gloucester House and Gloucester Music.
Poco will perform at the Shalin Lui Performance Center as a trio on May 17 at 8 p.m. For 45 years, Poco has made music in the realm of the classic country rock, and now the band has a new studio album, “All Fired Up,” which is a celebration of longevity and songwriting. For tickets and information, visit rockportmusic.org.
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.