Gala opens Bay Chamber summer

Jun 30, 2014
Bridget Kibbey

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts’ opening week of the 2014 Summer Concert Series will feature a program featuring harpist Bridget Kibbey, soprano Rebecca Ringle and violinist Siwoo Kim. The Opening Night Gala is set for Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and will feature works by Saint-Saëns, Bach, Schumann, Ravel, Currier and de Falla.

Kibbey is lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances that draw diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms. Young mezzo Ringle's performances have brought her acclaim on operatic and concert stages. The 2012-2013 season brought her Metropolitan Opera main stage debut, and she has been praised by the Los Angeles Times. Kim, who graduated from Julliard School of Music, is a multiple award-winning violinist dedicated to bringing fresh perspectives to the standard repertory.

The concert program offers Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantasie for Violin and Harp; Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020; Robert Schumann’s Drei Gesange Op. 95; Maurice Ravel’s Mélodies populaires grecques; Manuel de Falla’s Sietes Canciones Populares Españolas; and Sebastian Currier’s Night Time Suite. While Currier, a contemporary composer has captured the essence of "the distances of sleep," his movements illustrate a series of nocturnal moments, where a sense of isolation, distance and quiet thoughtfulness would prevail.

The following evening — Friday, July 11 — at 9 p.m. in nearby Union Hall, Bay Chamber presents Ritmo Latino, a visionary mix of Brazilian, Spanish, Venezuelan and Columbian music performed by a highly acclaimed trio featuring Kibbey, John Hadfield on percussion and Benito Meza on clarinet. Hadfield is dedicated to bending genres, a skill that takes him to concert halls and clubs across the world. From the beginning of Meza’s career, the native Colombian was involved with both classical and jazz music, as well as Colombian folk music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and contemporary improvisations.

Opening Night Gala concert tickets are $60, $10 for those younger than 21. Tickets to Ritmo Latino are $35; the Friday Café Concert is for those 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 236-2823 or by stopping by the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School box office in the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. Tickets also are available in limited quantities at the door prior to concerts. To avoid the $5 order fee, purchase online at baychamberconcerts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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