It was the last performance of She Said/He Said, the last performance of the 13-14 season, and Gregory's last appearance as a member of Chanticleer - Gregory joined up in 2008 and has given it his all as a singer and assistant music director. We will miss him for sure! Nate Pence arrives on Monday to take Gregory's Chair ( #1) and begin the 14-15 season with us. We have been on the most enchanting little tour of Massachusetts this week, starting in Tanglewood, proceeding to Cape Cod, and today to Rockport on Cape Ann ( north of Boston.) Three years ago Rockport opened the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center to house the Rockport Music Festival. Named for the Taiwan-born philanthropist Shalin Liu, its a perfect place for chamber music. The wall behind the stage is glass, offering a spectacular view of the water. We did two concerts - at 5pm many audience members were wearing sunglasses - at 8pm the fading light was absolutely magical.
A lot of fun to come to where people are enjoying summertime - fortunately for us we will continue doing that in August in France, Germany and Italy, as soon as we learn a couple of new programs.