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January 3, 2013

Rockport Music staging flamenco, quiz show

Rockport Music slates variety of shows this month


The National Theatre of London in HD presents a Victorian farce with “The Magistrate” on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. featuring Academy Award-nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow in the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s “uproarious” work, which is directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader.

The second Met HD broadcast takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12:55 p.m. featuring Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” with a pre-opera lecture by Elizabeth Seitz starting at noon. This is the second opera in Donizetti’s trilogy of operas about Tudor history. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of the defiant Mary, Queen of Scots.

Later the same day, the nine-piece Cryogenic Renaissance Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. The group is described as a mini–big band led by jazz composer, arranger and trumpeter Greg Hopkins, a longtime professor of jazz composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Hopkins was also a soloist and arranger for the Buddy Rich Band from 1972 to1974 before settling in the Boston area.

Back by popular demand after its concert last season, New England Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of James Early, returns Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of celebrated inspirational music.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m., multiple Grammy Award-winning country and folk singer Kathy Mattea performs. From her signature ballad “Where’ve You Been” to the iconic “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” Mattea has long been known as an impeccable singer-songwriter with an unmistakable voice. Her 17 albums and 30 hit singles are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and Grammy awards. With her latest release, “Calling Me Home,” Mattea, accompanied by her all-star band, embraces the rich musical heritage, and timeless melodies of her Appalachian roots. “Mattea remains one of Nashville’s most spiritual singers, and the songs she sings about love lost and humility are as fine as can be,” according to USA Today.

For tickets to or information about any of these events, visit www.rockportmusic.org, or call 978-546-7391, or visit the box office at 35 Main St. in Rockport, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

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