ROCKPORT — Bay Chamber Concerts presents the first of its Café Concerts Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., featuring the Jupiter String Quartet. The event will also be livestreamed for at home viewing.

The evening consists of repertoire selections from the quartet’s “American Prism” program, inspired by this country’s diverse and unique musical traditions as brought to life in string quartets by beloved composers from the last 125 years. The performance begins at the turn of the 20th century with Charles Ives; and journeys through contemporary re-imaginings of popular music from the 1910s and 1920s, the pioneering string quartet (1931) of Ruth Crawford Seeger, the gorgeous “Lyric” from George Walker’s first string quartet, and Florence Price’s complex and rich interpretations of simple folk tunes.

The concert also includes upbeat dances from John Adams, and contemporary voices including a response to climate change by Michi Wiancko and “Four on the Floor” by Judd Greenstein.

The concert offers a tiered pricing structure for increased accessibility: ages 35 and older, $35; ages 22-34, $20; and ages 21 and younger, pay what you wish. Virtual tickets are $15. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at the door and all patrons must wear a properly fitting mask at all times.

For tickets and more information on Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, visit or call 207-236-2823.

Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is a 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the community through high-quality concert programs, music education and community engagement. Bay Chamber acknowledges the importance of all musical languages and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore them both in concerts and in the classroom.