A R T S • P R E V I E W : : Spring Cultural Events 2018

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McGRATHPR.com – The spring season bring the finest arts, entertainment and cultural opportunities to the South Shore, Cape Cod and Metrowest regions.

South Shore Conservatory

www.sscmusic.org

Conservatory Concert Series

Concerts in 60 minutes or less, comfortable dress, meet the performers, free post-concert receptions

Outstanding Conservatory faculty perform concerts that are free to the public, advancing SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance.

All You Need is Love: Music of the Beatles

Sunday, February 11, 4 pm

SSC’s Cox Performance Hall, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Sunday, February 18, 4 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

An interdepartmental concert coordinated by piano faculty member Mark Goodman featuring Beatles tunes we know and love performed by various combinations of instrumental and voice faculty members.

Going Rogue: SSC Voice department flips

Sunday, March 11, 4 pm

SSC’s Cox Performance Hall, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Sunday, March 18, 4 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Want to hear a soprano sing Old Man River? How about a baritone sing a soprano piece from Carousel? SSC’s voice faculty performs songs not known to be sung by their voice type or genre. Maybe an opera singer will sing a pop tune! A concert sure to be hilarious and touching.

 

Coffee Break Concert Series

Free weekday concerts at SSC’s Duxbury campus, including complimentary refreshments

The Elan Mehler Trio

Tuesday, February 27, 11 am

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Jazz, cabaret and burlesque collide with this one-of-a-kind group of performing artists who showcase well known jazz standards with a twist!

Old Timey Swing songs

Tuesday, March 27, 11 am

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Featuring Voice Department Chair Emily Browder Melville, pianist Ed Broms and guitarist George Little performing songs of the swing era that will make you want to dance!

Around the World in Song

Tuesday, April 24, 11 am 

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

SSC Percussion Chair Ed Sorrentino joins Anne Smith, mezzo-soprano, along with flute, clarinet, viola, cello, harp faculty members to perform Luciano Berio’s “Folk Songs”, including traditional pieces from Armenia, Sardinia, and Azerbaijian.

Seating is limited to capacity on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information, contact Director of Performance Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-452-7455 ext. 204.

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SSC Youth Orchestra Concert

Sunday, February 11, 2 pm

Scituate Performing Arts Center, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Scituate

Admission is free for students K-12, adults are $10, available at the door

SSC Youth Orchestra performs in concert, open to the public, featuring a collaboration with SSC’s Youth Chorus in “Walking in the Air” from the movie The Snowman.  SSCYO is an auditioned, sequential youth orchestra program that provides an opportunity for dedicated young musicians to perform symphonic music at a high level in a well-organized and supportive full orchestra program.  SSCYO offers ensembles at two levels: Repertory (intermediate) and Symphony (advanced), in partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes meets and rehearses with the orchestras three times each year.

Creative Arts Therapies Open House

Sunday, February 25, 1 to 3 pm 

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission is free

SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department faculty offer the opportunity to participate in a variety of creative arts activities offered at SSC, including music, creative dance, and accessible yoga.  Music therapists encourage participants to try their hand at playing drums, participating in a hand chime ensemble, exploring individual lesson opportunities (piano, guitar, voice, drums, other instruments), or by singing along and playing instruments with a group.  Yoga instructors encourage exploration of yoga positions, stretches, and chants, while creative movement specialists and SSC’s dance therapist direct participants in moving to music, and utilizing octaband and dance streamers.

Designed for those interested in learning more about the creative arts, the open house provides an ideal opportunity for attendees to meet others, have fun, and enjoy refreshments.

South Shore Conservatory is committed to being an organization that welcomes the widest range of audience members possible – removing barriers to participation and welcoming everyone in, regardless of ability.  Both its Hingham and Duxbury campuses are wheelchair accessible.  For more detailed information about accessibility, please visit SSC’s Know Before You Go page.  For more information about creative arts therapies or the open house, contact Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies at 781-934-2731, ext. 20 or e.montague@sscmusic.org.

American Music Camp for Strings Preview Event

Sunday, March 3, 2 to 4 pm

One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission is free

FREE workshops for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele enthusiasts, ages 3-18, at all playing levels.  Improvisation, Irish Fiddling, Musical Story Telling, Pop/Movie Music Arranging, Rock Band, “Cellosaurus Stomp” Dance and more, with dynamic AMC faculty members!  Participants receive a discount to AMC for Strings 2018!  AMC’s American Music Camp kicks off on Sunday, June 25.

Contact SSC String Dept. Chair Amanda Roberts at a.roberts@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565, ext. 10, or visit sscmusic.org/wp/american-music-camp-for-strings/

Plymouth Phil Family Concert:  Rising Stars Showcase

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm, Pre-Concert Instrument Demonstration at 2:00 pm

Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Steven Karidoyanes, Conductor

Plymouth Children’s Chorus, Jessica Fuller, Director
South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Concerto Competition Winner Karen Ji, piano

Tickets range from $8 to $20, instrument demo included in ticket price, available at www.plymouthphil.org

Bring the kids, family and friends to an afternoon of sheer musical delight!  Plymouth Philharmonic’s annual Family Concert: Rising Stars Showcase offers a whole lot of fun!  Meet our Phil musicians and their instruments during a pre-concert instrument demonstration – the perfect way to test-drive many instruments!  The one-hour Phil concert includes performances by the Plymouth Children’s Chorus and the winner of the South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Concerto Competition, Karen Ji.  Family-friendly ticket prices make this an affordable, fun way to experience the magic of live orchestral music!

Performathon

April 5 through 8, times TBA

Barnes & Noble, Derby Street Shoppes, 96 Derby Street, Hingham

Admission is free, family-friendly event

Performathon engages SSC students, parents and faculty in giving back by raising funds to support SSC’s tuition assistance program. During hundreds of performances spanning four days, students of all ages and abilities perform for friends and family in a welcoming and familiar setting. This fun, meaningful and rewarding event showcases the hard work of our students and faculty through performances.  The gathering of our community helps ensure that all students have access to SSC’s exceptional programs.

This year the Wallace Leonard Foundation has committed to a matching challenge to bolster the effort, matching funds dollar for dollar raised by students and families up to $10,000! Learn more, sponsor a performer or make a donation for the cause at sscmusic.org/performathon/.

JRP Series Jazz Brunch

Sunday, April 8, 11 am to 1 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Details TBA at sscmusic.org/jrpseries/

Graduating Seniors Recital

Friday, May 4, 7 pm

One Conservatory Drive, Hingham 

Admission is free

South Shore Conservatory’s graduating seniors celebrate their years of accomplishment in concert.

SSC Youth Orchestra Concert

Sunday, May 6, 3 pm

Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden Street, Duxbury

Admission is free for students K-12, adults are $10, available at the door

SSC Youth Orchestra performs in concert, open to the public.  SSCYO is an auditioned, sequential youth orchestra program that provides an opportunity for dedicated young musicians to perform symphonic music at a high level in a well-organized and supportive full orchestra program.  SSCYO offers ensembles at two levels: Repertory (intermediate) and Symphony (advanced), in partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes meets and rehearses with the orchestras three times each year.

SSC Youth Chorus Concert

Sunday, May 20, 4 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission is free

SSC’s Youth Chorus (SSCYC) performs in concert, featuring students in grades three through six from communities across the South Shore. Formerly known as Pure Treble, the chorus has been featured in concert with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and with the African Children’s Choir.  The mission of SSCYC is to bring students together to sing and learn in a supportive environment and foster a sense of community and joy through music. Peter Mundt, music educator with the Scituate Public Schools for more than 25 years, serves as conductor.

Students interested in joining SSCYC’s next session should contact SSC’s Duxbury Campus Manager Nancy Meredith at n.meredith@sscmusic.org.  For more information, visit sscmusic.org/sscyc/.

Centastage

www.centastage.org

Noir Hamlet

Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 30

An original full-length play in one act by John Minigan, directed by Joe Antoun

The Boston Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Ticket prices TBA

There’s never a good time to find yourself on the roof, twelve flights above the sidewalk, not sure if you’re alone. And a cold midnight, in the fog, two months after the sudden death of a big shot detective who just happens to be your father? It’d be hard to come up with a worse. In Noir Hamlet, Will Hamlet gets the better of rival detective Paolo Niro, discovers the truth of his father’s death, keeps his mother Gertrude from marrying the guy who may have aced him, and holds on to the love of his secretary Rae Chio. What’s better for the City of Angels, justice or violent revenge? It’s a case with more twists than a gallows necktie, and Hamlet will be lucky to keep his own neck out of the squeezer.

Noir Hamlet is a new and wild re-imagining of the Shakespeare classic.  Set in 1949, the action takes place in and round about Los Angeles, including the building that houses Elsinore Detective Agency, Hamlet’s family home: a morgue!  For more information or tickets, call (617) 536-5981, or visit www.bcaonline.org.

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Falmouth Chorale

www.falmouthchorale.org

In Paradisum

Saturday, March 10, 4 pm, and Sunday, March 11, 3 pm

Pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each concert

Simon Center for the Arts, Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth

Tickets:  Advance $25, Door $30, Students $5

The Falmouth Chorale, led by Artistic Director John Yankee, presents In Paradisum – “heavenly” selections from 19th and 20th century composers including Daniel Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata, Psalm 42 (As the Hart Longs) by Felix Mendelssohn, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. The Chorale and its Chamber Singers will be joined by soprano Joan Kirchner, baritone Philip Lima and chamber orchestra.  The Fauré Requiem, one of the most beloved works in the choral repertory, is notable for its calm and gentle treatment of the end of life—creating a work of transcendent beauty. For this concert, it is grouped with Pinkham’s popular cantata that uses texts from the Song of Solomon and a variety of musical textures to celebrate the many moods of love. Rounding out the program is Mendelssohn’s 42nd Psalm, performed in English. The composer cites this work as his “very best sacred composition”.  For more information and tickets, visit falmouthchorale.org or call 774-392- 2383.

Make ‘Em Laugh

Laughter, Merriment, Delight
Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 4 pm
John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth

Tickets:  Advance $25, Door $30, Students $5

Details TBA

Upstage Lung Cancer

www.upstagelungcancer.org

I Got Rhythm – In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 pm

The Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Tickets are $25 general seating, $50 reserved seating, special VIP tickets are $100 and $250

Complimentary tickets are available to lung cancer survivors

Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC), in the fifth year of partnering with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, presents the fundraiser I Got Rhythm: In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter.  Hosted by WBZ’s Jordan Rich, this inspirational night of music will strike a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. The Follen Angels, international jazz and cabaret recording artists, take center stage to benefit early detection lung cancer research. The evening features the much-loved songs by two of the most treasured composers of the 20th century, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. The NU Downbeats, Northeastern University’s a Capella singers appear as guest performers.  Guest speakers include Dr. Jacob Sands, a leading lung cancer clinician and researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute along with a representative of ALCMI to talk about lung cancer in younger people.

Tickets are available at www.mosesianarts.org.  Concert proceeds benefit the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) Young Lung Genome Project. For tickets, visit www. http://www.mosesianarts.org/ and for more information, www.UpstageLungCancer.org

The James Library & Center for the Arts

www.jameslibrary.org

Valentine’s Desserts Party
Friday, February 9, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets:  $45 in advance, $50 at the door

A benefit evening of decadence, the Valentine’s Desserts Party showcases “boutique” bakers and confectioners noted across the region for their elegant presentations of fine quality desserts featuring the latest in gourmet sweet trends.  Spirits and entertainment abound from businesses and musicians from across the South Shore.  Guests enjoy mingling with friends over a vast array of delectable treats, fine wines, craft beer and smooth jazz. Attendees have the chance to win desserts for a year, flowers for a year, and wine for a year, among other great items! Step into the nostalgic sweetheart photo booth to capture a memory of your night. Proceeds benefit The James’ annual fund, which supports its mission of inspiring creativity, learning and an appreciation for the arts through music, visual, and literary programs. Sponsored by Jennifer and Mark McGreenery.

Friends in Song A Cappella Concert

Friday, February 23, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free, donations gratefully appreciated

Friends in Song a capella vocal ensemble presents light concert repertoire of tunes in the Celtic tradition, including sea shanties, ballads, and contemporary selections. The group has performed across the region for eight years, recognized for their tightly woven harmonies and joyous concerts.  Singers reside on the South Shore and Cape Cod, featuring vocalists Diana Barnes, Larry Carlson, Caroline Chapin, Carol Cybulska, Brian Dudley, Todd Herrmann, Lynne Hare, Chris Holl, Kate Holl, Dan Miot, Michelle McGrath, Music Director William B. Richter and Sally Tucker.

Winifred Horan and Friends

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets:  $25 Adults, $22 Seniors, $10 Students

Irish fiddler extraordinaire Winifred Horan brings her signature flare to the James with an evening of lively Celtic music. Formerly of Cherish the Ladies and Irish traditional music group Solas, Horan has traveled the world entertaining audiences with her fierce mastery of the fiddle and incredible vocals. Join us as she and a few surprise guest musicians entertain us all night long!  Sponsored by Colburn Guyette, the Kearney Family, and The Tinker’s Son.

Immerse yourself in the music of Franz Joseph Haydn!

Alison Barr and Janna Bruene present on Haydn’s life and music 

Lecture/Recital on Friday, March 30, 7 pm 

Admission is free, donations gratefully appreciated

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was a central figure in the growth and development of the mature Classical style, in particular the forms of the symphony, sonata, and string quartet. Known as “Papa” Haydn, he was mentor to Mozart, teacher of Beethoven, and, during his lifetime, was considered Europe’s most famous composer. His music is filled with delight and depth of spirit, inventiveness, unpredictability, and humor.  No charge, but donations at the door to support the Steinway piano are welcome.

Story Slam: Siblings and Roommates

Friday, April 13, 7:30 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Hosted by Andrea Lovett of South Shore Story Slam

Admission:  $20, $10 for students

Have a five-minute story about siblings and roommates? Share your true story in front of our audience. Submit your name to tell your story; ten lucky names will be drawn to share their stories and prizes will be awarded. Cash bar. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?  Sponsored by Karen Mullaney, CPA and U.S. Wealth Management.

Books in Bloom

Opening Preview Party: Friday, April 27 from 6 to 9 pm, tickets are $25

Exhibit:  Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free and open to the public, donations gratefully appreciated

Welcome spring! The James is overflowing with creative flower arrangements based on the themes of favorite book titles. Attend the festive benefit party on Friday night featuring live music, light fare, a cash bar, and spectacular displays. The Books in Bloom exhibit is open to the public on Saturday, a perfect harbinger of the season.  Sponsored by Cavanaro Consulting, HUB International, and Image Resolutions.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts

www.companytheatre.com

Classic Stones Live

Saturday, February 3, 8 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $30

What truly makes Classic Stones Live featuring The Glimmer Twins unique is their attention to detail and the spot-on renditions of all the favorite Rolling Stones classic tunes. The band’s jaw dropping resemblance to these rock and roll icons is simply amazing. From the signature saxophone solo in Brown Sugar to the unforgettable vocals in Gimme Shelter, Classic Stones Live performs all the songs that are staples of any Rolling Stones show. Considered the number one Stones tribute band, Classic Stones Live delivers a complete Rolling Stones experience playing the hits that make the soundtrack of people’s lives.

Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Lieber and Stoller – National Tour Premiere

Thursday, February 8 through Sunday, February 11

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $41 to $43, evening and matinee performances available

Shake, rattle and roll your way into the national tour production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Broadway review of songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This surprise musical hit was a contender for Best Musical at The Tony Awards in 1995. Critics raved during its record-breaking Broadway run, which saw audiences stampeding the box office to see the compelling pop musical theatre production of electrifying entertainment!  The greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s are served up nightly at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a rockin’ Broadway musical party dancing coast to coast. On the menu of tunes: Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, On Broadway, Hound Dog, Fools Fall In Love, and dozens more. The evening proves to be a raucous good time celebration of Grammy® Award winning hits that were front and center in shaping an era of musical history.

Mutts Gone Nuts

Tuesday, February 20 at 3 pm, and Wednesday, February 21 at 3 pm and 7 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $16 for kids, $20 for adults

Deemed ‘A Must See’ by The Washington Post, the Mutts Gone Nuts dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your shoes!  Come to the Canine Cabaret and meet Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches (all rescue dogs).  This training team has created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: incredible high flying Frisbee dogs, tight wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog!

The Magic of Lyn

Thursday, February 22, 3 pm and 7 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $16 for kids, $20 for adults

Master illusionist Lyn Dillies makes a reprise appearance at The Company Theatre in her award-winning performance. The Parent’s Choice and Merlin award winner is America’s premier female illusionist for an undeniable reason – her captivating stage show is one for all ages. Infusing all the spectacle and flash of Vegas into an enchanting, family-friendly act, Dillies dazzles, amazes, and astounds with some of the most masterful, mind-blowing illusions in magic today. Back by popular demand!

Late Nite Catechism 

Saturday, February 24, 4 pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday, February 25, 3 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $30

Late Nite Catechism is a sinfully funny play that takes the audience back to their school days. The irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of students (the audience). She’ll remind you of the “good old days” of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays and the many uses of a ruler.  Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner, but even the most reluctant students will be clamoring to get into this sister’s class. The New York Times calls it “uproarious interactive theatre!” It’s a habit-forming hoot that delights people of all denominations!  Full cash bar provided by Cocktails.

La Cage Aux Folles

Friday, March 16 through Sunday, April 8

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets range from $41 to $43, evening and matinee performances available

With the book by the comic genius Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by the Broadway master Jerry Herman (Mame), La Cage aux Folles has become one of the biggest hits of all time! La Cage aux Folles (“The Bird Cage”) is a St. Tropez nightclub owned by Georges. It features drag entertainment, including the star attraction, his romantic partner Albin. The couple has raised Georges’ son Jean Michele together. When Jean Michele becomes engaged to the daughter of a conservative politician who is determined to crack down on gay nightlife, Georges and Albin agree to masquerade as “normal” to meet the future in-laws. A hilarious web of misunderstandings ensues as the couple pretends to be straight, until Albin comes up with another plan. The multi Tony Award® winning musical is a delightful spectacle with a big heart.

CATS

Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 29

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets:  Students $18, Adults $20, evening and matinee performances available

It is that one special night of the year…the night of the Jellicle Ball—where all the cats come out to play. The Academy of the Company Theatre and Teen Conservatory, one by one, tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy, their wise leader, who will choose one special cat to be re-born into her extra precious 9th life! Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical poems, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s international phenomenon will be performed by the gifted and talented students in our Teen Conservatory and A.C.T. programs. The theatre will come alive with felines of all shapes and sizes, dancing and singing the Tony Award® winning score, including Grizabella’s haunting “Memory”.

Barbra & Frank: Sinatra and Streisand Tribute

Saturday, May 12, 4 pm and 8 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $34

Barbra & Frank: Sinatra and Streisand Tribute is your chance to experience Ol’ Blue Eyes and Babs sharing the stage in one memorable concert. Two world-class performers pay tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand accompanied by a first-class band. Enjoy show stopping performances of Don’t Rain on My Parade, New York, New York, and more classic tunes you know and love. This is one glamorous, heart-warming, and spectacular show.  Full cash bar provided by Cocktails.

The Werewolves

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 7:30 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets:  Students $18, Adults $20

During the waning months of World War II, in an effort to conserve their remaining armies, the officers of the Third Reich put their Hitlerjugend to the test. Based on true stories, young playwright and Academy of The Company Theatre student Alex Moon has created a riveting one act play The Werewolves, about the company of skilled Hitler Youth cadets. After the boys undergo a grim transformation into a squadron of SS guerrilla operatives to be sent behind enemy lines, they are left on their own. As their situation deteriorates and tensions flare, they discover the harsh reality of their Nazi idealism. The Werewolves premiered at Repertory Theatre in New York City in the summer of 2017. Contains adult content, a production of A.C.T. Teen Conservatory.

The Second Step

www.thesecondstep.org

Celebrating Success Gala & Documentary Play

Wednesday, March 28, 6 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction; 7 pm Dinner and Documentary

Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

Honoree:  Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy-Award Winning Arts & Entertainment Critic

Tickets:  $300 each, $2500 a table of 8, sponsorship opportunities available

Celebrating Success is a powerful and inspirational evening, bringing together over 400 individuals and businesses from Greater Boston to support survivors of domestic violence. Celebrating its 26th anniversary, this year The Second Step’s gala features the premiere of the documentary play:  No More Secrets, Survivor Voices from The Second Step, curated by Playwright/Director Lisa Rafferty, and based on the book No More Secrets: Healing from Domestic Violence. This powerful book was written by women in The Second’s Step’s own narrative healing group to educate, inspire, and offer hope to survivors, families and communities.

The Second Step is a community of survivors, advocates, and volunteers who foster the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced domestic violence. We provide comprehensive services, including safety planning, legal advocacy, counseling, peer support, transitional housing, and other essential services to adults, youth, and children in Greater Boston and MetroWest.

For more information, to review sponsor opportunities or purchase tickets, visit www.thesecondstep.org, or contact Suzanne Wakefield, Events & Development Manager t swakefield@thesecondstep.org or 617-916-2758 or Deborah Maini, Director of Development at dmaini@thesecondstep.org or 617-467-5637.

Friends in Song Vocal Ensemble

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Spring Concert Tour Series:  Till all the Seas Gang Dry: Sea Shanties and Celtic Songs

Friday, February 23, 7 pm, The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Saturday, February 24, 7 pm, Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Friday, March 9, 7 pm, Pilgrim Church, 414 Washington Street, Duxbury

Saturday, March 10, 7 pm, First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate

Admission is free, donations gratefully appreciated

Friends in Song a capella vocal ensemble presents its spring concert series Till all the Seas Gang Dry: Sea Shanties and Celtic Songs featuring light concert repertoire of tunes originating from the British Isles, and from the Celtic tradition, including ballads, and contemporary selections.

The group of 14 singers, many professional musicians, has performed across the region for eight years, recognized for their tightly woven harmonies and joyous concerts. Vocalists reside on the South Shore and Cape Cod, featuring Diana Barnes, Larry Carlson, Caroline Chapin, Carol Cybulska, Brian Dudley, Todd Herrmann, Lynne Hare, Chris Holl, Kate Holl, Anne Jones, Dan Miot, Michelle McGrath, Music Director William B. Richter and Sally Tucker. Admission to each concert is free, donations gratefully appreciated.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus

www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org

Ferns and Forest

Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

Co-Artistic Directors:  William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14

Children age 14 and under are admitted for free

Pilgrim Festival Chorus’s (PFC) spring concert Ferns and Forest features John Corigliano’s work Fern Hill and Dan Forrest’s sublime Requiem for the Living, with 18-piece orchestra and organ accompaniment.  These two diverse pieces of music are both celebrations of life and death. Fern Hill, based on the 1945 poem by Dylan Thomas, looks back on the author’s childhood summers spent on a farm in Wales. His musical language evokes some of America’s greatest composers, Copland, Barber, and Bernstein, and captures the joy and pain of looking back on the happy times of childhood.  A Requiem traditionally is a mass for the dead but Dan Forrest chose to change the emphasis to the living. His piece is just as much for the living and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as it is for remembering the dead. The work is becoming one of the composer’s best-known works to date, in large part due to its emotional range, inspiring listeners with feelings of hope.

Since 1999, PFC has delighted South Shore audiences with classical programming. More than 70 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble, dedicated to authentic choral singing. Advance tickets and more information is available at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org; and from PFC members.  To reserve tickets by phone, please call Gail at (781) 826-8416.

Advance tickets and more information is available at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org; and from PFC members.  To reserve tickets by phone, please call Gail at (781) 826-8416.

Americana Theatre Company

www.americanatheatre.org

Aladdin

Sunday, February 25, 2 pm

The Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street,Plymouth

Tickets:  $10 for adults, $5 for children, available at the door

Americana Theatre Company’s (ATC) Studio Americana youth performing arts program presents this family-friendly production of the story classic.  When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. Soon thereafter he discovers that evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she realizes that he isn't quite who he appears?

Studio Americana’s mission is to develop talent, inspire creativity, and prepare students to activate their dreams. They offer premiere training in theatre and musical theatre for students at affordable rates.

For complete Studio Americana program descriptions, schedules, pricing, and other information, visit www.americanatheatre.org, call 508-591- 0282, or follow Americana Theatre Company on Facebook or Twitter.

Cocktails & Cabaret

Saturday, March 2, 7 pm

Pinehills Golf Club, 54 Clubhouse Drive, Plymouth

Tickets:  $60 per person or $400 for a table of 8

Cocktails & Cabaret is a glamourous benefit night out featuring live entertainment with Americana performing artists from across the country! The elegant evening includes gourmet desserts, a silent auction and cash bar. Proceeds benefit Americana Theatre Company’s 2018 theatre season! Cocktail “chic” attire, tickets and details at americanatheatrecompany.org/tickets


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