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.
Saturday, Jan. 25, features Maceo Parker, a funk legend, who forged the first half of his career as a sideman for funk forefathers James Brown and George Clinton. His soulful saxophone playing and vocals are part of funk music history. In 2012, he received the Les Victoires du Jazz in Paris: a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music, as well as an Icon Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Friday, Jan. 31, features Dar Williams, a major force in the New England folk scene, who fuses blues, rock, and jazz. In the early 1990s, she rose from the coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight when Joan Baez recorded several of her songs and invited Williams to tour. NPR’s World Café praised her “smart and serious songs with her trademark wit,” and the New Yorker declared “Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters … her songs are beautiful.”
On Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., National Theatre’s “50 Years on Stage” will be broadcast. This presentation was re-scheduled due to technical difficulties the evening of the original November broadcast.
On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., England’s National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” a tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “War Horse” (film), BBC’s “The Hollow Crown)” in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius. Tickets for both HD shows are $22, $15 students and seniors, and $5 for children.
HOW TO GET TICKETS For more information, visit www.rockportmusic.org. Tickets are available online, through the box office at 978-546-7391 or at 35 Main St. in Rockport. The box office is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.