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January 9, 2014

A Sea of Talent

From classical to soulful, funk to folk perform in Rockport

January brings a number of award-winning musicians — from classical to soulful and funk to folk — to the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Rockport’s waterfront in addition to HD broadcasts.

On the bill are folk-rock singer Marc Cohn who wrote “Walking in Memphis,” R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker and singer-songwriter Dar Williams. The spring schedule now includes Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Crystal Bowersox.

Kicking off the month will be the internationally known Borromeo String Quartet on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m., in a program which features the Gioviale String Quartet and Rockport Music Artistic Director David Deveau performing Mozart’s Piano Trio in C major, K. 548, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20.

A special program is tied into this award-winning string quartet’s appearance. “Diploma in a Day” will be held earlier the same day, from 2 to 7 p.m., with workshops led by James Johnson, Elizabeth Seitz, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and members of the Borromeo Quartet, who will talk about the composers on the program. Activities will give participants an opportunity to discuss the composers and the music from various aspects. The cost of this program is $99, which includes dinner.

The rest of the month features:

Friday, Jan. 17, features Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. A Rolling Stone critic wrote: “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons.” Tickets start at $41.

Saturday, Jan. 18, features Johnny A., presented by M.E. Productions. Johnny A. is a guitarist and songwriter who performed to a sold-out audience last year. His work as a sideman has taken him around the world, including a seven-year stint with J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf’s group. Johnny A. is the recipient of The Boston Music Award’s Blues Artist of the Year 2010.

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