The second week of the 38th Rockport Chamber Music Festival brings in not only live chamber music, but a free film screening and other musical surprises to Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport.

French violinist Philippe Graffin kicks off the events on Thursday, June 20, at 8 p.m. with a concert featuring the U.S. premiere of a lost work by Eugène Ysaÿe — his sonata posthume, Op. 27, No. 7, which Graffin completed and performed the world premiere of last year. Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was a Belgian violinist, conductor and composer, known for his interpretations of French and Belgian composers.

Graffin, who is regarded for his interpretations of French romantic music, will be joined for the concert by pianists Marisa Gupta and Piers Lane and a string quartet featuring violinists Benjamin Bowman and Danny Koo, violist Barry Shiffman and cellist Thomas Wiebe. The program will also include works by Dohnanyi, Enescu and Chausson.

The following day, Friday, June 21, offers a free screening of the 2017 documentary “Mountain” at 11 a.m. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and director Jennifer Peedom dazzles viewers with scenes of mountains around the world. No tickets are required.

Although the Friday evening concert featuring the music of Chopin is sold out, there are three other performances on tap for the weekend. 

On Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., cellist Pieter Wispelwey performs with pianist Pei-Shan Lee and violinist Benjamin Bowman in a program of Brahms, Debussy and Ravel. Later that evening, the festival’s second cabaret, set for 10 p.m., brings a program inspired by Beethoven, featuring pianists Piers Lane and Andrew Burashko, with Barry Shiffman on viola. Tickets are $25 seated, $10 standing. 

The concert on Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m. features the Art of Time Ensemble from Toronto performing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich along with footage of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982) via television screenings courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

For more details on the 38th Rockport Chamber Music Festival, visit

Wizardry rock with Harry and the Potters 

Indie American rockers Harry and the Potters pay a visit to Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester, for a free show on Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. 

The wizard rockers are inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, and they perform wearing the Hogwarts uniform, complete with wire-rim glasses. The bandmates’ high-energy, “pro-literacy” shows have taken them to more than 800 venues, including libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements and other stages around the world.

Harry and the Potters is celebrating the release of its new album, “Lumos,” which was recorded in Gloucester. The Sawyer Free Library show kicks off the band’s tour of public libraries across the country. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

For more information on the concert or the library’s summer programs, visit

A ‘Synergy’ anniversary for Rogers Street

Rogers Street Theatre, 68 Rogers St., Gloucester, marks its first year as a community black-box theater this weekend with two performances of “Synergy” — a spirited melding of Indian classical and spoken-word dance and photography. 

The show, which will feature presentations by Carla Kimball, Lida Winfield and Mesma Belsare, will be performed Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20. For more information, visit

A look back at Woodstock for the 50th

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Cape Ann’s Elizabeth Enfield has assembled an exhibit titled “Woodstock Festival of Music & Peace,” now on view at Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Enfield was an art teacher in New York City who was directing a summer photography program for teenagers in 1969 when one of her staff members offered her a press pass to attend Woodstock in White Lake, New York. For Woodstock’s silver anniversary, she was inspired to reach out to the community for photographs and memorabilia from the event.

Her exhibit includes photos of such performers as Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Santana and Grace Slick, among others. There are also photos of fans watching the acts in the rain and sunshine, camping in the field covered with mud and water, and sitting on the light and speaker structures around the field.

The exhibit, which hangs in the gallery area at the main entrance to the hospital, is on display through June 30. 

‘Barefoot in the Park’ at Gloucester Stage

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., launches its 40th season with Neil Simon’s romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” which runs through June 30. This was the award-winning playwright’s longest-running hit, and the 10th longest-running nonmusical play in Broadway history.

For tickets and information, visit

Book event: A real-life murder mystery

Gloucester’s JoeAnn Hart will give a reading from her new book, “Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race and Feminism in the 1970s” on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. downstairs in the vestry of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester.

The book delves into the story about the suspicious deaths of a young bi-racial couple more than 30 years ago. The reading is free. Copies of Hart’s book will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

‘An Exhibition About Resiliency’ at Rocky Neck

Susan Greer Emmerson, Tatiana Flis and Rebecca Skinner share their perspectives on darkness, loss and renewal of the human condition in “Eviction/Destruction/Renewal: An Exhibition About Resiliency,” a new exhibition at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, June 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

“By combining photography, sculpture, drawing and mixed-media installations, each artist takes their personal reflections and shares unique stories about the worlds we create. The imagery ranges across abandoned buildings, demolished homes and stoic figures to create a dynamic visual experience,” according to an exhibit statement.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, July 28, when there is an art talk from 4 to 5 p.m. For more details, visit

Local pirate history at Dogtown Books

Dogtown Books in Gloucester presents James Masciarelli, author of “Beyond Beauport,” on Saturday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. at 132 Main St., Gloucester.

The author will give a talk about local pirate history, followed by a round of Gloucester trivia with prizes.

On Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m., the bookstore will host its open mic, kicking off with local singer-songwriter Jon Waterman.

For more information, visit

‘Passages & Waterways’ at Gladstone

Gladstone, a jewelry and fine art gallery at 36 1/2 Union St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, is spotlighting Boston artist Joel Janowitz in a solo exhibition of works on paper titled “Passages & Waterways.”

Janowitz’s works focus on Venetian footbridges and canals and include intaglio prints, monotypes and watercolor paintings. An award-winning artist, his honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

An opening reception for the exhibit takes place Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 978-704-9410 or visit

Goetemann Artist in Residence talk

Marilu Swett, Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist in Residence, will give her closing talk on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., No. 10, Gloucester.

Swett is an associate professor of art at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly and a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery. Her work reflects her interest in biological form and its volume, complexity and variety. For more details, visit

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