NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival offers six free open rehearsals this month.
Open rehearsals are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless otherwise specified, at the following locations: Saturday, Paula Estey Gallery, 3 Harris St.; Sunday, Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike; Monday, Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St.; Monday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Chococoa Baking Company at The Tannery, 50 Water St. Chococoa is donating percent of sales; Tuesday, Jabberwocky Book Shop, The Tannery.
There is also an open rehearsal for “A Day in the Life of Newburyport” with composer-in-residence Robert Bradshaw on Aug. 15, 10 to 11:45 a.m., the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St. This will be followed at noon by a panel discussion with Bradshaw and the artists led by artistic director David Yang. The composer will discuss how he matched his music to the sounds of some of the most iconic locations in Newburyport.
The selections include string quartets by Mozart, Shostakovich, Bartok and Henri Dutilleux, as well as the world premiere of “A Day in the Life of Newburyport”. Children are welcome.
The festival’s season, which ends Aug. 18, features many other free events, including puppet shows, a lecture, panel discussion, and outdoor family concert, as well as three concerts (advance tickets, $32; students under 21, $16; $35/$18 at the door) and three Hausmusiks in private residences (all sold out).
For more information, visit newburyportchambermusic.org or call 978-701-4914.