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January 10, 2013

Shalin Liu welcomes 2013

Kathy Mattea, Flamenco Dance Project and Wendy Chen among great acts in month of January

This month’s program of Rockport Music events represents the ever-broadening scope of music that the nonprofit organization brings to the waterfront Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Scheduled concerts feature everything from fiery flamenco dance and music to the return of a gospel ensemble. In between is HD opera and classical music.

Rockport Music Executive Director Tony Beadle said 2013 will showcase music of all kinds, as well as some new features.

“We’re delighted to present a wide variety of music and other events,” he said, noting in particular a spring event when residents can be part of the audience during the national live broadcast of NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

The year kicked off last weekend with the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of Berlioz’s “Les Troyens,” featuring Francesca Zambello’s 2003 production of the Trojan War epic.

Passionate sounds and movement take center stage this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m., when the Flamenco Dance Project performs at the center. The troupe includes musicians and dancers from both sides of the Atlantic dedicated to the evolving art of this centuries-old tradition.

The program features critically acclaimed guitarist Juanito Pascual, flamenco singers Barbara Martinez and Seville native Alfonso Cid, and dancers Jose Moreno and Sabrina Avilés.

Classical music takes over on Sunday, Jan. 13, when award-winning pianist Wendy Chen performs at 3 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m.

At 14, Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn. IN 1990, she became the youngest winner of the National Chopin Competition.

Program highlights will include Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” Chopin’s “Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor,” Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz No. 1,” and several works by Astor Piazzolla.

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

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