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Outer Cape Winds, a Community Wind Ensemble

Winter Semester begins January 23rd
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.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

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

A Four-Part Lecture presented by Dr. Samuel Adler
Livestream Only, 3:30 PM
March 2—Part 2 (The Seventh Army Band to the Texas Years)
April 27—Part 3 (The Eastman and Julliard Years)
September 28—Part 4 (Music Concepts & Philosophy…For Future Musicians)

Part 1 (from January, 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.

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

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Low Brass Master Class & Trombone Recital
Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Master Class – 10 AM – 12 PM for All Ages and Abilities
Lecture – 3:30 PM
Presented by Mark Kellogg, DMA
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

The Master Class is an opportunity for low brass musicians of all ages and abilities from the Cape Cod community to come and perform for one another and be coached by Mark Kellogg
in a positive, supportive environment, where participants are encouraged to be the best possible version of themselves. Players (young and old!) may bring instruments, or just come for the opportunity to observe and to gain insights from a seasoned brass pedagogue.

This lecture will begin with a performance by Mark Kellogg of a six-movement piece he composed for unaccompanied trombone entitled Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins. Following this, Mark will lead a discussion on ways for musicians to develop deeper listening skills, offering his unique perspective combining professional expertise with a passion for nurturing musicians’ growth.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Music for Everyone
Improvisation for Young and Old
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

This interactive lecture will explore the fundamental nature of music in our lives, and include the relationships among music listening, improvising, music reading, and composing. With an understanding of how these skills are related, participants gain a deeper understanding of music and have inspiration for creative music making.

A morning workshop will provide fun and fascinating opportunities for hands–on and in–the–moment improv – conversations and spontaneous expressions of musical ideas—for all ages.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

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

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.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

An Evening of Sonic Exploration
The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice
Saturday, June 29, 2024
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.

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.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Celebrate Percussion!
Hands On Drum & Keyboard Workshop and Concert
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Morning Workshop for All Ages!
Evening Lecture/Concert
Presented by Ian Hale
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Tickets & Information:

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

Recent Events

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Listening to Music
What the Music you love says about you
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Susan Rogers, Multi-platinum earning Sound Engineer for Prince and the hit album: Purple Rain, author, doctor in experimental psychology from McGill University, and recent professor of psychoacoustics and record production at Berklee College of Music.
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Come and explore how the music we love the most reveals our sense of self and provides a way for us to share ourselves with others. Professor of cognitive neuroscience, author, and former multiplatinum-earning record producer (Prince, David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies) Susan Rogers presents a new model of music cognition describing the listener profile—a set of mental “sweet spots” where music’s features lead to the individual’s strongest response. Just as we do with food and clothing, our musical taste forms over a lifetime of positive and negative experiences to create a unique profile for each music lover.

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time
Building Bridges through Music
Saturday, January 13, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

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.

Annual Carol Sing

December 23, 2023, 1:00 PM
Free Admission for All
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

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Decoding the Ancestor of the Modern-Day Trombone
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

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Trumpet Function & Fashion
From the Earliest Sounds to the High Baroque Era
Saturday, November 18, 3:30 PM
In-Person & Livestreamed
Presented by Jared Wallis, DMA
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Medical Musician
A Storyteller in Sound
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

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

Sound the Trumpet
Tracing the use of the Trumpet through the Bible
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
Free Admission for All
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