Deveau's last season at Rockport

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Longtime Director of Rockport Chamber Music Festival Says Goodbye

By Keith Powers
June 1, 2017

It really all started with the smell of turpentine.

David Deveau, artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which opens Friday evening at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, retires from that role this summer after 22 incredibly successful seasons. Much of that — Deveau’s success, the performance center itself, even an opening night appearance by Joshua Bell — has to do with the turpentine.

When Deveau took over the festival in 1995, RCMF performed in the Rockport Art Association, setting up stage in an 1800s barn that serves as the RAA’s back gallery. The green room was a storage closet for paint supplies. Thus the smell of turpentine.  READ

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