“This is all very casual,” Bekkers said backstage.
The Coffee Break Concert Series brings live music ranging from jazz to classical to swing in front of a local audience on weekday mornings. Held at the South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury campus at 64 Saint George St., the series is sponsored by the Village of Duxbury.
Tuesday’s performance, the first of the year, saw faculty members Zook, on flute, and Bekkers, on guitar, highlighting music from the Appalachia.
Beth Macleod-Largent, the director of the conservatory, said the series is now in its second year.
“It’s very intimate,” said Macleod-Largent. “So many people are getting entertainment through screens today. It’s so important to us that people don’t feel a disconnect so we’ve removed those barriers.”
Performances are free and usually an hour long. Macleod-Largent stressed that audience members should feel free to ‘come as they are.’
“People don’t have to make a day-long commitment or feel like they have to come dressed up,” said Macleod-Largent.
During the concert, Bekkers and Zook performed pieces from composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, and Robert Beaser.
Sue Kurpeski, of Hanson, was one of the 50 to attend Tuesday’s performance.
“It was really wonderful,” said Kurpeski.
One of Kurpeski’s favorite parts of the concert was how the musicians frequently engaged the audience, giving context to the music.
Zook said their banter with the audience was deliberate.
“We want to make a connection with the audience,” said Zook.
Bekkers said for audience members who don’t understand classical music, talking through the pieces can be helpful.
“Sometimes the music can be very complex, a very deep structure,” said Bekkers. “Talking a little bit can help, it’s an important element.”
Faculty members Anthony Geraci, Ed Sorrentino, and Chris Rathbun are next up in the series, performing jazz and blues. The performance is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
By Zane Razzaq, photo by Greg Derr