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With a packed stage and concertos by Bach, Rockport opens in 32d season

A Far Cry joined artistic director David Deveau and pianist Peter Serkin onstage Friday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.
A Far Cry joined artistic director David Deveau and pianist Peter Serkin onstage Friday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Michael J. Lutch

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ROCKPORT – Now entering its fourth summer in the gleaming Shalin Liu Performance Center, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival still seems to be enjoying the expanded possibilities that have come along with its new home.

You could feel it in the sheer scale of musical forces deployed for Friday night’s opening concert. At the festival’s previous home at the Rockport Art Association, a welcoming but cramped space not designed for music, the makeshift stage could accommodate little more than a single piano and four string players.

This year, the festival opened its doors with an evening of double keyboard concertos by Bach, in this case presented via two grand pianos and a string orchestra.

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