Events

Architecture Moriendi: Designs for the Art of Dying Well

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 7:30 PM
Presented by Christy Haig, B. Arch., M. Arch.
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Recent Master’s graduate in Architecture Christy Haig, will share her research and project showing that architecture holds the power to transform the end-of-life journey. Hospital care often translates to a solitary and sterile experience, both for the terminally ill and for their loved ones, while domestic environments can fall short of the increasing and intricate needs of palliative care. Drawing inspiration for design from phenomenology, spirituality, and nature, this project proposes a small-scale hospice in Cape Cod as a “third place” to die. The design departs from the perspective of the terminally ill, to consider ways in which architecture can address the gradual diminishing of the dying person’s world, prioritizing their emotional, spiritual, and social welfare through sensorial and community- conscious gestures.

The Music of Armenia: Recital & Lecture by the Boston NOR Trio

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, June 15, 2024, 7:30 PM
Sargis Karapetyan, Violin; Nune Hakobyan, Piano; Andrei Sobchenko, Saxophone
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

NOR Trio, which is New Trio in Armenian, is based on a traditional piano trio with a violin, a cello and a piano. In this unique trio, the cello is replaced by a saxophone. Experience the depth and beauty of this rich musical tradition—color, rhythm, melody, nuance brought to life!

Gregorian Chant Retreat

Chants of the Martyrs
June 3-6, 2024
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, MA

This retreat is based around the celebration of St Boniface, Missionary and Martyr, June 5th. Participants will join the Community of Jesus for singing the Liturgy of the Hours. Sessions will focus on the unique chants for martyrs in the Liturgy of the Hours and from the Mass. All are welcome – beginners as well as those already proficient in Gregorian chant.

Pyware Visual Design Retreat

June 17-21, 2024
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

The Visual Design Retreat will offer you a wealth of information on Pyware 3D Drill Design, along with the opportunity for refreshment in Orleans, Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod and overlooking Cape Cod Bay. You will come away energized and equipped to provide cutting-edge drill instruction for your marching band, drum corps, winter guard, or indoor drumline.

An Evening of Sonic Exploration: The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, June 29, 2024, 7:30 PM
Presented by Maria Finkelmeier
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist. She will perform her own music featuring marimba, electronics and voice off of her upcoming album. She will share more about her compositional practice when fusing acoustic sounds with electronic capabilities, and stories behind each work. The show will be augmented with digital art projected in the hall, generated from Finkelmeier’s movement as she performs. The immersive experience will be vibrant and energetic, encouraging questions, joy and new possibilities.

Independence Day Orchestra Concert

July 2, 7:30 PM
Front Lawn
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

On the night of the fireworks at Rock Harbor, on the front lawn of the Church of the Transfiguration overlooking Cape Cod Bay, come and hear patriotic favorites including Fanfare for the Common Man, America the Beautiful, Lincoln Portrait, Stars & Stripes Forever, Four Dances from West Side Story, and Liberty Fanfare, directed by Richard K. Pugsley.

Summer Performing Arts Camp

Strings: Tuesdays
Theatre: Tuesdays
Percussion: Wednesdays
Brass/Woodwinds: Wednesdays

Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Workshops for K-12 will be led by artists of Arts Empowering Life, each with years of high-level performance and teaching experience. Instruction will cater to the experience level of each student.

A Summer Evening with Strings and Trumpet

Featuring Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto
July 20, 2024, 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
Brewster, MA

Chara Percussion Ensemble in Concert

Passage to An Uncharted World
July 25 & 26, 2024, 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
Brewster, MA

Featuring music from across the globe, the journey begins with refined masterpieces of European impressionists, and gradually moves through Spanish and African dance rhythms, to contemporary works that are evocative of nature and beauty. The concert is brought to life by mallet percussion instruments and ethnic drums, and features composers including Dvorak, Ravel, Steve Reich and Michael Burritt.

Celebrate Percussion! Drum & Keyboard Workshop and Concert

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Morning Workshop for All Ages! (10am-Noon)
Concert, 7:30 PM
Presented by Ian Hale
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Join us for an vibrant percussion workshop and concert, where rhythm takes center stage and drumming knows no age limits! Everyone’s invited to Celebrate Percussion, a dynamic event guaranteed to make your heart pound and your feet tap. Get ready to explore the world of beats, grooves, and endless possibilities!”

Brass & Organ Concerts

August 2 & 3, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

These brilliant summer concerts will include these works: Canzona septimi toni by Gabrielli, Proclamation by Davoren, an arrangement of Walton’s Crown Imperial, Gigout’s Grand Choer Dialogue, Song of Hope by Meechan, Fire in the Blood by Cooper, and Goffen’s Meditation – The Light of the World.

Opera Gala

with Soloists and Orchestra
August 10 & 11
Performing Arts Center
Brewster, MA

Selections from beloved operas the world over come alive with passion and virtuosity at the NEW Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley. Featuring Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Turandot, and Verdi’s La Traviata, this special event will evoke the transformative power of musical storytelling that is Opera.

Gregorian Chant Retreat

Chants of Mary
September 8-11, 2024
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, MA

Join us in exploring some of the most beautiful pieces in the Gregorian chant repertory, written in honor of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Participants will join the Community of Jesus in the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 9th. Come and learn (or re-learn) gems such as Salve Regina and Ave maris stella.

Encore, Encore: Giving Voice to People Living with Dementia

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, September 21, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Michael Anderson PhD
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Nearly 7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. Numerous studies have shown that interventions through music are effective as a potential non-pharmacological therapy. Michael Alan Anderson is the founder of the ENCORE Chorus serving people living with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. The chorus is modeled on the Giving Voice Initiative, which fosters independent choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their care partners. This talk reviews the power of the musical arts for this vulnerable population.

Outer Cape Winds, a Community Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Discover the joy of music in the company of kindred spirits. Outer Cape Winds, a vibrant new wind ensemble, welcomes individuals of all ages and abilities to share in the magic of making music together. Whether you’re a seasoned player or have just begun your musical journey, join us as we create harmonious melodies and forge lasting friendships.

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series

A Four-Part Lecture presented by Dr. Samuel Adler
Livestream Only, 3:30 PM
September 28—Part 4 (Music Concepts & Philosophy…For Future Musicians)

Part 1 (from January, 2024) can be viewed HERE
Part 2 (from March, 2024) can be viewed HERE
Part 3 (from April, 2024) can be viewed HERE

Dr. Samuel Adler is one of the greatest living composers and conductors of our time. A legendary risk-taker with over 400 published works – he taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. His recent album, sung by world-renowned Gloriae Dei Cantores won The American Prize, and he has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.”

He presents “95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time” and shares his amazing life experiences and brilliant musicianship at the Premiere Season of the NEW Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series. At age ten Samuel Adler narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass.” At age ninety-five, he continues to compose and speak, sharing his prolific musical gifts.

Daniel Roth Organ Concert

October 12, 2024, 7:30 PM
St. Cecilia Organ
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Veterans Day Concert

with Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Orchestra
November 8 & 9, 2024, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Annual Carol Sing

December 23, 2024
Performing Arts Center
Brewster, MA

Come Sing Beloved Carols with Arts Empowering Life Artists

Tickets & Information:

508-240-2400 | artsempoweringlife.org
All events are subject to change.

Recent Events

The Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich: A Powerful Story of Hope In Tempestuous Times

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by M.T. Anderson
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

National Book Award-winning author M. T. Anderson will tell the story of how Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich, trapped inside the city of Leningrad during the brutal siege by the Germans in World War II, wrote his Seventh Symphony (“Leningrad”) as an act of defiance while he was serving as a roof-top fireman watching for incendiary bombs. Incredibly, it was performed by a starving orchestra within the city. Shostakovich’s story is not only an inspiring tale of the power of music — it’s also an important example of how hope can transform spirits and almost miraculously save lives in tempestuous times.

Aaron David Miller Organ Concert

May 12, 2024, 3:30 PM
St. Cecilia Organ
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Be enveloped in the stunning surround sound acoustic at the Church of the Transfiguration with Aaron David Miller, the renowned organ improviser known to excite and engage audiences of all ages. Experience the artistry of Dr. Miller on the St. Cecilia organ in a brilliant performance featuring an Improvised Sonata on Hymn Tunes and a transcription of the overture of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, K. 620. “…an impressive display of swirling virtuosity.” —Los Angeles Times

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series

A Four-Part Lecture presented by Dr. Samuel Adler
Livestream Only, 3:30 PM
April 27—Part 3 (The Eastman and Juilliard Years)
September 28—Part 4 (Music Concepts & Philosophy…For Future Musicians)

Part 1 (from January, 2024) can be viewed HERE
Part 2 (from March, 2024) can be viewed HERE

Dr. Samuel Adler is one of the greatest living composers and conductors of our time. A legendary risk-taker with over 400 published works – he taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. His recent album, sung by world-renowned Gloriae Dei Cantores won The American Prize, and he has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.”

He presents “95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time” and shares his amazing life experiences and brilliant musicianship at the Premiere Season of the NEW Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series. At age ten Samuel Adler narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass.” At age ninety-five, he continues to compose and speak, sharing his prolific musical gifts.

Music for Everyone: Improvisation for Young and Old

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Workshop – 10 AM – 12 PM
Lecture – 3:30 PM
Presented by Christopher Azzara, PhD
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Low Brass Master Class & Trombone Recital: Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Master Class – 10 AM – 12 PM for All Ages and Abilities
Lecture – 3:30 PM
Presented by Mark Kellogg
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES LENTEN CONCERT

Thou Hearest Me!
Works By Byrd, Palestrina, Pärt & Ešenvalds

Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9, 2024, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, March 2, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Listening to Music: What the Music you love says about you

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 3:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, January 13, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Annual Carol Sing

December 23, 2023, 1:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Handel’s Messiah, Christmas Portion

December 15 & 16, 2023, 7:30 PM
Pre-concert Lecture 6:45 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Decoding the Ancestor of the Modern-Day Trombone

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, Dec. 9, 1:00 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Presented by Ben David Aronson, DMA
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

SERVICE OF ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS

Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2, 2023, 4:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Trumpet Function & Fashion: From the Earliest Sounds to the High Baroque Era

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, November 18, 3:30 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Presented by Jared Wallis, DMA
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Medical Musician: A Storyteller in Sound

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Saturday, October 21, 3:30 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Presented by Andrew Schulman
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Auditions for Handel’s Messiah Christmas Portion

Saturday, October 14, 12-3 PM

Sound the Trumpet: Tracing the use of the Trumpet through the Bible

Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series
Friday, September 15, 4:30 PM
Livestreamed
Presented by Paul Tingley, DMA
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

David Briggs Organ Concert

September 9, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gaudete Baroque Ensemble in Concert

Declarations and Dances: The Many Colors of Baroque Chamber Music

Sunday, August 27, 2023 3:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Chara Mallet Percussion Ensemble in Concert

A Classical Celebration of Joy!

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Summer Performing Arts Camp

(Grades K-12)

July 10-August 17, 2023
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Performing Arts Center Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, August 12, 2:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Transfiguration Concerts

August 4 & 5, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Organ Concert: Hymns of Faith and Praise

Sunday, July 16, 3:30 PM
In-person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gregorian Chant Retreat: Feast of St. Benedict

July 9-13, 2023
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Independence Day Service

A Sacred Recollection: Revival of the Revolutionary Heart
A Service of Remembrance, Prayer, and Praise

July 4, 2023, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

12th ANNUAL VISUAL DESIGN RETREAT!

June 19-23, 2023
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Organist Marilyn Keiser in Concert

Saturday, June 3, 2023, 7:30 PM
St. Cecilia Organ
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Ascension Concert

May 19 & 20, 2023, 7:30 PM
Also livestreamed on May 20
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gaudete Baroque Ensemble in Concert

May 6, 2023
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gregorian Chant Retreat: Chants of Easter

April 27-May 1, 2023
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Brass Ensemble Easter Concerts

Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9, 2023
In Person, also livestreamed on Sunday, April 9th
Sunday Egg Hunt for Kids after the Concert
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES LENTEN CONCERT

works by Palestrina, Byrd, Lassus

Saturday, March 25, 2023
In Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES IN CONCERT: RENAISSANCE MASTERS

February 11, 2023, 3:30 PM
In-Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

EPIPHANY EVENSONG

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 5:00 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL SERVICE

December 24, 2022, 9:00 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

CAROL SING

December 23, 2022, 3:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

ELEMENTS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Dramatic Re-telling of the Classic Story
By John Mortimer, Adapted from the story by Charles Dickens

December 16 & 17, 7:30 PM
December 18, 3:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

ADVENT ORGAN MEDITATION: HIS LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Sunday, December 11, 3:30 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

SERVICE OF ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS

Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26, 2022, 4:30 PM
Livestreamed with extended organ prelude on Saturday, Nov. 26, 3:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

VETERANS’ DAY CONCERT: SACRED HONOR

Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 2022, 7:30 PM
Livestreamed Saturday, Nov. 12
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

DAVID BRIGGS ORGAN CONCERT

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES IN CONCERT

In Honor of St. Michael & All Angels
Friday, September 30, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

GREGORIAN CHANT FALL RETREAT

September 27 – October 1, 2022
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

BAROQUE ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Saturday, August 27, 2022, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Performing Arts Camp for Kids

July 5 – August 13, 2022
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

TRANSFIGURATION WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Concert: God & Country

July 2, 2022, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Visual Design Retreat

June 13 – June 17, 2022
Community of Jesus
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

CHARA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Saturday, June 11, 2022, 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 3:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

WIND ENSEMBLE PENTECOST CONCERT

Sunday, June 5, 2022, 3:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

BAROQUE ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA
in-person and livestreamed

Gloriæ Dei Cantores presents Handel’s Messiah

April 15 – April 17, 2022
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Lenten Concert Series

March 5 – April 17, 2022
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA