The second Annual Watershed Event Saturday, May 8 will offer a musical evening with Brooks and DeNooyer Guitar Duo, Hannah Batley, the Calliope String Quartet and Glenn Jenks at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., at 7 p.m.

This diverse and gifted group of musicians and composers are coming together to create the second

Annual Watershed Event, a benefit concert for Rockland’s Watershed School. The evening will include a blend of beautiful acoustic music ranging from ragtime and Ravel to the ethereal voice of Hannah Batley and the exquisite guitar rhythms and harmonies of Brooks and DeNooyer.

Composer/guitarists Malcolm Brooks and Rushmore DeNooyer have been musical partners for four decades and have developed a distinctive style that mixes folk and classical with threads of rock and country. The award-winning Calliope String Quartet’s members include Josie and Sophie Davis on violins, Nora Willauer on cello and Nathan Hillman on viola. Soprano and composer Hannah Batley is the music director for the First Universalist Church of Rockland; and Glenn Jenks is a dynamic pianist, composer and teacher who will host the program with his distinctive blend of virtuosity and unflagging good spirits.

The group’s talents are many. Hillman, a sophomore at Watershed School, is a two-time winner of the Bagaduce Young Composer’s Competition and has composed music for string ensembles and orchestra.  The Davis sisters recently were featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and Willauer has performed with Gordon Bok and received an Honorable Mention at the 2010 Bangor Symphony’s Concerto. The Davis sisters and Willauer are students at Watershed School.

DeNooyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work appears regularly on PBS and cable television. He and Brooks have collaborated on music for films that have earned numerous honors including a Peabody award and two Emmy nominations. Batley, a talented vocalist, lyricist and songwriter, recently joined forces with Brooks to

write and record a series of pieces. Jenks has released ten recordings and is the creator of dozens of works in a sophisticated ragtime idiom – including a String Quartet in Ragtime, which will be performed by Calliope – plus numerous classical chamber pieces, songs and other works for solo piano.

This is a benefit concert for Watershed School, an independent nonprofit high school established in 2003 and based in Rockland’s Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education. All proceeds will be devoted to student scholarships.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students and children younger than 12. They are available at Wild Rufus, Belfast; Sherman’s Books, Camden; Market Basket and RAYR – a wine shop, Rockport; Rock City Books 7 Coffee, Rockland; and Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to