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Oct
21
Sat
The Falmouth Chorale’s Baroque Splendor
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm
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The Falmouth Chorale, under the direction of John Yankee, presents Baroque Splendor in two fall concerts on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, 4 pm at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth. Guest soloists Erin Smith and Meredith Ziegler and the Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers will be featured–all accompanied by chamber orchestra.

The program includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as other important composers who contributed to music of the Baroque period, stretching from about 1600 to 1750.  This extremely productive period for vocal and choral music produced the first operas, larger-form cantatas and oratorios, including arias and independent art songs.  The modern orchestra was also developed during this era — both in musical forms and new instruments.

When asked how he decided what to include in the concert from this fruitful period, Artistic Director John Yankee responded “it was harder to decide what NOT to include!”  He chose composers who made major contributions of music for voice in a variety of musical forms, tonalities, moods, languages, vocal groupings and accompaniments.  The resulting program represents the early, middle and late stages of the Baroque period, including works by Italian, German and English composers.

Baroque Splendor opens with arias introducing the two soloists.  Mezzo-soprano Meredith Ziegler presents Purcell’s infectious “Music for a While” accompanied only by basso continuo.  Soprano Erin Smith offers “Si Suoni la Tromba,” a brilliant aria by Allesandro Scarlatti, accompanied by trumpet and strings.  Gradually building forces, Yankee then brings on the Chamber Singers to sing Monteverdi’s joyful “Beatus Vir” accompanied by solo violins and basso continuo.

As the full Falmouth Chorale takes the stage, the string instrumentalists perform Pachabel’s well-known “Canon.” John Yankee promises an interpretation, unlike which most people are familiar.  The work concludes with a lesser-known “Fugue,” part of the composer’s original concept.

The Chorale performs three short, classic works by Hassler, Lotti, and Telemann, all sung a cappella.  The concert’s first half concludes with Handel’s majestic “Zadok the Priest,” featuring chorus and orchestra performing together in joyous celebration and pageantry.

The second half of Baroque Splendor opens with soloists Ziegler and Smith singing the well-known Bach duet, “Eilen Wir mit Schwachen.” Dixit Dominus follows, the concert’s central work, performed by soloists, 5-part chorus, and orchestra — including two oboes, trumpet, strings and timpani.  In his quest to program a lesser-known work by Antonio Vivaldi, Yankee was drawn to this setting of Dixit Dominus.  “The music grabbed me — particularly the fascinating solo trumpet part!” shared Yankee, a trumpet player himself in earlier years.

Italian baroque music authority Michael Talbot comments “Dixit Dominus RV 595 is overall a strong work. The brilliance of its opening movement, reprised . . . as the penultimate movement, the superb pacing and resourceful harmony of its second movement . . . and the inventiveness of the fourth. . . which pits two sopranos against two obbligato cellos, place it among the more memorable sacred vocal works of [Vivaldi’s] first period.”

The program culminates with the majestic, soaring, powerful Dona Nobis Pacem, the final movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor, his “magnus opus.”

Praised for her “rich and beautiful voice” (Petoskey News-Review), soprano Erin M. Smith is a versatile and dynamic soloist performing throughout New England. She most recently appeared as featured soprano soloist with Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and numerous pops and operatic concerts with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra. She has performed as oratorio soloist with notable choruses and orchestras throughout New England, and has been featured in numerous premieres of newly composed works. Internationally, she has studied and performed in Italy and Austria.

Meredith Ziegler has impressed critics and audiences alike with her warm lyric mezzo-soprano voice and engaging characterizations.  Ziegler has performed many leading operatic roles, and also serves as a Resident Artist with Connecticut Opera.  Internationally, she performed in Graz, Austria as a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra for performances of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles.  Stateside, she has been featured in concert with The Falmouth Chorale, Holyoke Civic Symphony, New Haven Oratorio Choir, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.  She has been a young artist with Opera North, Connecticut Opera, and AIMS in Graz and was an award winner in multiple opera competitions.  Having earned undergraduate and Master’s degrees in music and education from the University of Connecticut, she currently teaches voice at the University of Connecticut and maintains a private studio.

Tickets to Baroque Splendor are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door, student tickets are $5. To order tickets or for more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or follow The Falmouth Chorale on Facebook.

About The Falmouth Chorale

The mission of The Falmouth Chorale is to share with our audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music that has been created over the centuries. Celebrating 54 years of performing choral music for audiences on the Upper Cape, the Falmouth Chorale has enjoyed membership of nearly 1000 passionate singers over its existence. Today, Artistic Director John Yankee leads the 65-voice ensemble. Fifteen members sing in the select Chamber Singers for community and private events.  For more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or follow The Falmouth Chorale on Facebook.

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Oct
22
Sun
The James Library Presents Weekend Classics: Boston Duo
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
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The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents Weekend Classics: Boston Duo in concert on Sunday, October 22, 3 pm, 24 West Street, Norwell. The performance is sponsored by The Chilman Fund, Jackson Ltd. Real Estate, Ann Buchanan and Bruce Graham, and Michael and Kathleen Vitale.

Noted for their “exemplary artistry” (The Berkshire Eagle), the Boston Duo has been a fixture of the musical scene in Boston and the Berkshires for over 20 years. Performing sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy and Richard Strauss, Boston Symphony Orchestra Violinist Tatiana Dimitriades and Boston Conservatory Piano Department Chair Jonathan Bass are a musical team not to be missed!  Together they have performed at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Searles Castle in Great Barrington, the Curtisville Consortium in Interlaken and Lenox, Westport Point Concert Series, Needham Concert Society Series, Lawrence Library Concert Series, and the Hellenic Society at Clark University. Performances in the Berkshires include the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Searles Castle in Great Barrington, the Curtisville Consortium in Interlaken and Lenox, as well as at venues in Indiana and Connecticut.

A member of the Boston Symphony orchestra since 1987, violinist Tatiana Dimitriades is an active soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of her solo performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall with the Senior Concert Orchestra, at the Grand Teton Festival playing the Mendelssohn Concerto, and at Weill Hall, under the sponsorship of the Associated Music Teachers of New York. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University School of Music, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in recognition of outstanding musical performance. She is the honored recipient of several prestigious international musician awards, is a member of the Boston Artists Ensemble, and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players.

As Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory from 2008 to 2015, and a faculty member since 1993, Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician. He has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), and his first CD was praised by Gramophone Magazine. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was a student of, and teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. He also studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Bass made his New York debut at Weill Hall as First Prize-winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, amongst other awards, and has performed internationally in China, Russia, Poland, Israel, Spain, and Japan. He is a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players.

Tickets for Weekend Classics: Boston Duo are $25 adults, $22 seniors age 65 and up, and $10 for students. For more information or to order tickets, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

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CCS Presents Gone with the Winds: That wasn’t written for me!
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Conservatory Concert Series kicks off its 2017/2018 season with Gone with the Winds: That wasn’t written for me!, a thrilling concert of music first written for one instrument, but transcribed for another.  The performance is presented on Sunday, October 15, 4 pm at 64 St. George Street in Duxbury, and again on Sunday, October 22, 4 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.

CCS concerts showcase the diverse talents of the Conservatory’s faculty of nearly 100 educator/performers. Admission to all concerts is free, helping advance SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance. All concerts are on Sunday at 4 pm and include a free reception where audience members are invited to meet the performers.

Gone with the Winds lets audience members experience wind instruments as they’ve never experienced them before, as SSC musicians bring to life music not originally written for their instrument! From the cool jazz licks of Beauty Mark!, initially written by Mark Turner for saxophone, now brought to life by Grant Randall’s trombone, to gorgeous Debussy melodies first written for orchestra and now played by flute and piano, this concert will educate and entertain.

Performers draw audience members into their thought process in choosing their piece, and explain why they feel the selection works for their instrument. This concert is truly one-of-a-kind, as some of these pieces are rarely performed on these wind instruments.

SSC faculty members performing include Woodwind and Brass Department Chair and Concert Coordinator Donald Zook, flute, Peter Bianca, clarinet, Gita Brown, clarinet, John Vanderpool, saxophone, Earl Harmon, saxophone, Andrew Moreschi, trumpet and Grant Randall, trombone.  Pianist Sarah Troxler accompanies this eclectic mix of esoteric music.

Other 2017/2018 CCS performances include The Music of Beethoven in November, Holiday Favorites in December, All You Need is Love: Music of the Beatles in February, and Going Rogue: SSC’s Voice Department flips in March.

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 Conservatory Concert Series performances, visit http://sscmusic.org/concert_series.html, call Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-452-7455, ext. 204, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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SSC’s Duxbury Music Festivall Autumn Preview Concert
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) welcomes back Dmitry Yablonsky, cello, and Janna Gandelman, violin, along with DMF Artistic Director Stephen Deitz, piano, and DMF collaborative pianist Regina Yung, for a special fall preview concert on Sunday, October 22 at 4 pm at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.  There will be a reception following the concert featuring a raw bar compliments of Duxbury’s own Island Creek Oysters.

Audience members will experience magnificent chamber music in a small, intimate setting, as it was originally intended.  This autumn program includes selections of less familiar works for piano trio and for violin and cello duo from England, France, and Russia.  Composers includes French composers Lili Boulanger and Francis Poulenc, English composer Frank Bridge, and Russian composer Reinhold Glière.

Tickets are $75 per person which includes a $40 tax deductible gift to the Conservatory. For more information and to purchase tickets contact Karen Bellinger at 781-452-7455, ext. 262 or at k.bellinger@sscmusic.org, or visit www.duxburymusicfestival.org.

About Duxbury Music Festival

South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF), beginning its 13th season, is a celebrated program for solo and chamber music instruction and performance. Founded in the conviction that music profoundly and permanently enriches the human spirit, DMF is an intensive 17-day program that brings world-renowned instructors, performers and aspiring young artists together in one of New England’s most picturesque bayside villages, Duxbury, MA, located 35 miles south of Boston and 20 miles north of Cape Cod. For nearly three weeks each summer, Duxbury is abuzz with a variety of musical styles in venues ranging from the Duxbury Town Green to The Ellison Center for the Arts to beautiful private seaside homes.  DMF has tremendous community support, attracting over 200 volunteers and 2500 patrons each season.  DMF is headquartered at South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury campus at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, 781-934-2731.  For more information, visit www.duxburymusicfestival.org or follow us on Facebook.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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The Falmouth Chorale’s Baroque Splendor
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
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The Falmouth Chorale, under the direction of John Yankee, presents Baroque Splendor in two fall concerts on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, 4 pm at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth. Guest soloists Erin Smith and Meredith Ziegler and the Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers will be featured–all accompanied by chamber orchestra.

The program includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as other important composers who contributed to music of the Baroque period, stretching from about 1600 to 1750.  This extremely productive period for vocal and choral music produced the first operas, larger-form cantatas and oratorios, including arias and independent art songs.  The modern orchestra was also developed during this era — both in musical forms and new instruments.

When asked how he decided what to include in the concert from this fruitful period, Artistic Director John Yankee responded “it was harder to decide what NOT to include!”  He chose composers who made major contributions of music for voice in a variety of musical forms, tonalities, moods, languages, vocal groupings and accompaniments.  The resulting program represents the early, middle and late stages of the Baroque period, including works by Italian, German and English composers.

Baroque Splendor opens with arias introducing the two soloists.  Mezzo-soprano Meredith Ziegler presents Purcell’s infectious “Music for a While” accompanied only by basso continuo.  Soprano Erin Smith offers “Si Suoni la Tromba,” a brilliant aria by Allesandro Scarlatti, accompanied by trumpet and strings.  Gradually building forces, Yankee then brings on the Chamber Singers to sing Monteverdi’s joyful “Beatus Vir” accompanied by solo violins and basso continuo.

As the full Falmouth Chorale takes the stage, the string instrumentalists perform Pachabel’s well-known “Canon.” John Yankee promises an interpretation, unlike which most people are familiar.  The work concludes with a lesser-known “Fugue,” part of the composer’s original concept.

The Chorale performs three short, classic works by Hassler, Lotti, and Telemann, all sung a cappella.  The concert’s first half concludes with Handel’s majestic “Zadok the Priest,” featuring chorus and orchestra performing together in joyous celebration and pageantry.

The second half of Baroque Splendor opens with soloists Ziegler and Smith singing the well-known Bach duet, “Eilen Wir mit Schwachen.” Dixit Dominus follows, the concert’s central work, performed by soloists, 5-part chorus, and orchestra — including two oboes, trumpet, strings and timpani.  In his quest to program a lesser-known work by Antonio Vivaldi, Yankee was drawn to this setting of Dixit Dominus.  “The music grabbed me — particularly the fascinating solo trumpet part!” shared Yankee, a trumpet player himself in earlier years.

Italian baroque music authority Michael Talbot comments “Dixit Dominus RV 595 is overall a strong work. The brilliance of its opening movement, reprised . . . as the penultimate movement, the superb pacing and resourceful harmony of its second movement . . . and the inventiveness of the fourth. . . which pits two sopranos against two obbligato cellos, place it among the more memorable sacred vocal works of [Vivaldi’s] first period.”

The program culminates with the majestic, soaring, powerful Dona Nobis Pacem, the final movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor, his “magnus opus.”

Praised for her “rich and beautiful voice” (Petoskey News-Review), soprano Erin M. Smith is a versatile and dynamic soloist performing throughout New England. She most recently appeared as featured soprano soloist with Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and numerous pops and operatic concerts with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra. She has performed as oratorio soloist with notable choruses and orchestras throughout New England, and has been featured in numerous premieres of newly composed works. Internationally, she has studied and performed in Italy and Austria.

Meredith Ziegler has impressed critics and audiences alike with her warm lyric mezzo-soprano voice and engaging characterizations.  Ziegler has performed many leading operatic roles, and also serves as a Resident Artist with Connecticut Opera.  Internationally, she performed in Graz, Austria as a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra for performances of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles.  Stateside, she has been featured in concert with The Falmouth Chorale, Holyoke Civic Symphony, New Haven Oratorio Choir, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.  She has been a young artist with Opera North, Connecticut Opera, and AIMS in Graz and was an award winner in multiple opera competitions.  Having earned undergraduate and Master’s degrees in music and education from the University of Connecticut, she currently teaches voice at the University of Connecticut and maintains a private studio.

Tickets to Baroque Splendor are $25 in advance for adults, $30 at the door, student tickets are $5. To order tickets or for more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or follow The Falmouth Chorale on Facebook.

About The Falmouth Chorale

The mission of The Falmouth Chorale is to share with our audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music that has been created over the centuries. Celebrating 54 years of performing choral music for audiences on the Upper Cape, the Falmouth Chorale has enjoyed membership of nearly 1000 passionate singers over its existence. Today, Artistic Director John Yankee leads the 65-voice ensemble. Fifteen members sing in the select Chamber Singers for community and private events.  For more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or follow The Falmouth Chorale on Facebook.

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Oct
31
Tue
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents Wind and Wood: American Songs
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Coffee Break Concert Series (CBCS) presents Wind and Wood: American Songs, the first of six performances of its 2017/2018 season, on Tuesday, October 31, 11 am at 64 St. George Street in Duxbury.  Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, all CBCS performances are free and open to the public.

Wind and Wood: American Songs feature the talents of SSC faculty members Robert Bekkers on guitar and Donald Zook on flute.  The program highlights American songs, including music from Appalachia and some dance music.

Casual in nature with a “come as you are” intimate atmosphere, these free performances include complimentary coffee, tea, water, light snacks and fruit to enjoy during the concert. Last year’s Coffee Break concerts were often standing room only, so audience members are encouraged to arrive at 10:30 am for 11 am concerts. Performances are one hour in length without intermission.  After the performance audience members are invited to stay and meet the performers.

Other performances in the 2017/18 season include Blue Tuesday, showcasing blues and jazz, on November 28, Holiday Favorites on December 12, The Elan Mehler Trio on February 27, Old Timey Swing Songs on March 27, and Around the World in Song on April 24.

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. Its campuses are wheelchair accessible.  For more detailed information about accessibility, please visit SSC’s Know Before You Go page.

For more information contact Anne Smith at 781-452-7455, ext. 210 or a.smith@sscmusic.org.  To learn more about SSC programs and performances, visit www.sscmusic.org or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.
About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

 

 

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Nov
4
Sat
Mama Steph: Music, Movement and More!
Nov 4 @ 10:30 am
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The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents Mama Steph: Music, Movement and More! on Saturday, November 4, 10:30 am at First Parish Church of Norwell Parish Hall, 24 River Street (adjacent to the James).  Admission is free, doors open at 10 am, space is limited to capacity, donations are gratefully appreciated at the door. The event is sponsored by First Parish Preschool of Norwell and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

Bring your little ones and join Stephanie Chase for traditional music, puppets, sing-a-longs, smiles and lots of laughs. This show is best for children up to seven years of age.

Stephanie “Mama” Chase is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, entertainer and craftsperson. As Mama Steph she has a vast and loyal audience throughout the South Shore, with well attended and appreciated performances. She has published three albums of her original music, with thousands of copies sold.

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.

 

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 1 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Nov
12
Sun
SSC’s Conservatory Concert Series Presents The Music of Beethoven
Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Conservatory Concert Series (CCS) presents The Music of Beethoven on Sunday, November 12, 4 pm at 64 St. George Street in Duxbury, and again on Sunday, November 19, 4 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.  This concert is the second of five productions in CCS’s 2017/18 season.

CCS concerts showcase the diverse talents of the Conservatory’s faculty of nearly 100 educator/performers. Admission to the concert is free, helping advance SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance. All concerts are on Sunday at 4 pm and include a reception where audience members are invited to meet the performers.

The Music of Beethoven, in celebration of Beethoven’s birthday, is a chamber music concert featuring some of Beethoven’s best known works, including the famous “Ghost” trio for violin, piano and cello.  It also includes a fun, musical birthday surprise written by composer Claus Dieter Ludwig.

SSC faculty members performing include Mark Goodman, piano, Sassan Haghighi, cello, Peter Bianca, clarinet, Jonathan Roberts, piano, Amanda Robert, violin and Paul Hoffman, piano.

Other 2017/2018 CCS performances include Holiday Favorites in December. All You Need is Love: Music of the Beatles in February, and Going Rogue: SSC’s Voice Department flips in March.

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 Conservatory Concert Series performances, visit http://sscmusic.org/concert_series.html, call Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-749-7565, ext. 20, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.

 

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

 

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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Nov
17
Fri
Holiday Happenings at The James Library
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm
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The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, kicks off the holiday season with community events at 24 West Street, Norwell.

Emerging Artist Joy O’Keeffe

Art Gallery Opening Friday, November 17 from 6 to 8 pm

On view November 17 to January 17 (gallery closed December 19 through January 1)

Free and open to the public

Local dentist Joy O’Keeffe loves working with her hands, and for the past eight years has become passionate about oil painting. Her works have been in many local juried art shows and can be seen gracing the walls of her office in Pembroke. Support this emerging artist on Friday, November 17 as she opens her first solo show at The James.

Best Books of 2017 for Children

Thursday, November 30, 7 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Not sure what the best book for your child is? Norwell Public Library Children’s Librarian Nancy Perry and Inly School Librarian, author and book reviewer Shelley Sommer present their top picks for holiday gifts at this program. These ladies know kids and what they love to read. Buttonwood Books and Toys will be there with the suggested titles. Sponsored by the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy and Debbie and Andy Zildjian.

The Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 2, 9 am to 3 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Looking for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season? Include the Marketplace when you shop this year. Artisans on three floors of the James offer quality items for holiday gift giving. Each year we feature new craftspeople who create unique gifts. Sponsored by Liz McCarron Team at William Raveis and Bob Melone Team at radius financial group.

Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm

$25 General Admission, $22 Senior, $10 Student

Jazz singer Donna Byrne’s powerful voice, energetic personality, and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge which has brought admirations from jazz fans and the top artists in the industry. Her performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing at venues throughout the world. She’ll perform with the Marshall Wood Trio, who, together, have been honing their craft for over 25 years. Musical selections will include a wide range of American Standards and a few holiday classics. Sponsored by Coastal Heritage Bank, Old Derby Animal Hospital, Michael and Kathleen Vitale, and Scott and Kim Waugh.

For more information or to purchase tickets for 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.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 to 5, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Nov
18
Sat
The Company Theatre’s 2018 Season Open House
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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The award-winning Company Theatre, celebrating its 40th anniversary season, presents a 2018 Season Open House on Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 1 pm, at The Company Theatre Center for the Arts lobby, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. Attendees will be the first to learn about the 2018 theatrical performance schedule, featuring the finest productions in theatre, music, comedy and mystery. The public is welcome to peruse first choice in ticketed seating, purchase holiday gift certificates and entertainment, and learn more about a wide selection of season ticket subscriptions.  Refreshments are provided, and cast members of Company for the Holidays will be on hand to greet guests, and give tours.

As an established nonprofit organization, The Company Theatre celebrates their 40-year commitment to providing accessible, affordable and exceptional quality theatrical entertainment and education to area communities. A.C.T. Studio One offers a strong foundation through advanced training in the performing arts for students of all ages. Adults and children from across the region enjoy progressive classes, featuring acting, voice, and dance.

Tickets for all 2018 theatre season performances go on sale at the Open House, prices range between $18 and $43. Theatre club season subscription, student, school and large group discounts are available. Theatre club subscribers are eligible for V.I.P. ticket access to the highly anticipated revival of Company’s original work Paragon Park the Musical, being produced in the summer of 2019.

For a complete performance schedule, to order tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 781-871-2787, email boxoffice@companytheatre.com, or visit www.companytheatre.com.  The Company Theatre Center for the Arts box office, located at 30 Accord Park, Norwell, is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, and during all performances. Free parking is available on site, and the theatre is handicap accessible. For the latest information on programs and performances, please follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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St. John USVI Hurricane Benefit in Scituate
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the small island of St. John has suffered tremendously.  A group of local friends, in support of displaced island residents Veronica Pozas and Brian Woods, have organized a St. John USVI Hurricane Benefit, on Saturday, November 18, from 6 to 10 pm at Scituate Knights of Columbus, 234 Chief Justice Cushing Highway.  The evening will include Reggae music entertainment by the High Hopes Band, cash bar, raffle fundraisers, and a buffet dinner.  All proceeds benefit St. John’s Gifft Hill School and St. John Animal Care Center, both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations located on the island, to assist in disaster relief.

Swiftly following the back to back hurricane disasters, former Scituate resident Veronica Pozas and her husband Brian Woods returned to the South Shore to regroup and recover from their experience.  Since their return stateside, the Gifft Hill School, where Veronica is a Spanish, Science, and Math teacher for grades 6 through 12, has transitioned into a community private school to serve the greater public need.  The institution has accommodated the community as an interim shelter, opening its doors to all students on the island to attend tuition free.  The St. John Animal Care Center, an organization where Veronica was formerly employed and still supports, has successfully rescued many of the abandoned animals from the natural disaster, and still stands in need of funds to continue their efforts.

The Gifft Hill School is a community school celebrating 40 years serving students on St. John.  The institution rests on 14 acres contiguous to Virgin Islands National Park land, overlooking the Caribbean.  Students in preschool through grade 12 are engaged in experiential learning to become compassionate about their community, an enriched environment.  Small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios are hallmarks of their programs, designed to focus on critical reasoning, and the ability to invent and adapt, while on their path towards college and career preparation.

The Animal Care Center of St. John is dedicated to the well-being and care of homeless, abandoned and abused animals on the island. The organization addresses the problems of cruelty to, neglect and abuse of the island animals. The shelter provides kennels for homeless dogs and inside cages for a limited number of homeless cats. The Animal Care Center suffered significant damage to their facilities during Hurricane Irma and is in need of help with rebuilding.

To learn more about the first hand account of Veronica and Brian’s St. John hurricane experiences, and to hear more information about the Benefit, join Veronica and the congregation at First Trinitarian Congregational Church on Sunday, November 5, at 10 am.  A Q&A with Reverend Estelle Margarones will be held during the worship service.

Tickets for the St. John USVI Hurricane Benefit are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, as available.  To purchase advance tickets, visit ow.ly/rxze30g7zH9. Admission is limited to capacity, advance ticket purchase is recommended. To make a donation, volunteer, or donate an item to raffle, call Veronica at 781-738-1187 or Brian at 781-589-9890.


Public relations services for this benefit are donated by Michelle McGrath PR | Media Relations,  providing visibility for the arts, small business and non-profits, mcgrathpr.com

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Art Auction and Rwandan Market
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents a benefit evening Art Auction and Rwandan Market, on Saturday, November 18, from 7 to 10 pm, at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Social Hall, 1112 Main Street Hingham.  All proceed support the fund’s mission, including mission service trips for teens supporting sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.

An evening of delights await the community when art and handmade crafts from local and international fine artists are on display in a festive market atmosphere.  Art Auction and Rwandan Market features live entertainment by John Walker and the Monks of Funk, delicious appetizers by The Hart Brothers, a Rwandan Market of hand-crafted wares and more from abroad, a silent and live auction, and a cash bar.  Purchases make wonderful gifts, support this fine cause and may be taken home the same night.

KJWF provides financially challenged urban teen students the opportunity to create global objectivity and travel abroad in charitable service.  This summer alone, KJWF sponsored five Boston students on a fifth mission trip to Rwanda, where they served 500 orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. While providing service to this community abroad, the Boston teens, most never having never traveled out of the country, gained a new understanding of the developing world.

KJWF has been selected as one of 100 non-profits in 2017 to receive a $100K grant from the Cummings Foundation. The Kerry Fund was chosen from more than 500 applicants for their exceptional mission and dedication to developing students into global citizen leaders. The honor is bestowed amongst the Foundation’s $170M in grants given to date to local nonprofits alone.

Founded in 2010, enhancing the education of youth is at the heart of The Kerry Jon Walker Fund’s mission.  Amongst its accomplishments, KJWF provided 3000 lbs. of books, maps and educational materials, as well as school uniforms, to village schools in Guinea, West Africa.  The community ranks amongst the poorest in the world, home to the region’s most deprived children.

Admission to the Art Auction and Rwandan Market are $36, available at the door.  Admission fee and purchases may be paid for by cash, check and credit card on site.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit www.thekerryfund.org.

About The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, promotes sustainable programs to improve health, education, and economic opportunity for those in need.  The Kerry Fund’s current mission programs provide financially challenged Boston teens with opportunities to engage in community service trips to aid orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit www.thekerryfund.org, or follow the Fund on Facebook.

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Nov
19
Sun
SSC’s Conservatory Concert Series Presents The Music of Beethoven
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Conservatory Concert Series (CCS) presents The Music of Beethoven on Sunday, November 12, 4 pm at 64 St. George Street in Duxbury, and again on Sunday, November 19, 4 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.  This concert is the second of five productions in CCS’s 2017/18 season.

CCS concerts showcase the diverse talents of the Conservatory’s faculty of nearly 100 educator/performers. Admission to the concert is free, helping advance SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance. All concerts are on Sunday at 4 pm and include a reception where audience members are invited to meet the performers.

The Music of Beethoven, in celebration of Beethoven’s birthday, is a chamber music concert featuring some of Beethoven’s best known works, including the famous “Ghost” trio for violin, piano and cello.  It also includes a fun, musical birthday surprise written by composer Claus Dieter Ludwig.

SSC faculty members performing include Mark Goodman, piano, Sassan Haghighi, cello, Peter Bianca, clarinet, Jonathan Roberts, piano, Amanda Robert, violin and Paul Hoffman, piano.

Other 2017/2018 CCS performances include Holiday Favorites in December. All You Need is Love: Music of the Beatles in February, and Going Rogue: SSC’s Voice Department flips in March.

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 Conservatory Concert Series performances, visit http://sscmusic.org/concert_series.html, call Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-749-7565, ext. 20, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.

 

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

 

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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Nov
24
Fri
The Company Theatre presents Company for the Holidays
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm
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The award-winning Company Theatre presents the premiere production of Company for the Holidays, an original theatrical spectacular, from November 24 through December 17, at The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell.  The production is directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, with music direction and several original arrangements by Steve Bass, and choreography by Sally Ashton Forrest.

A true holiday spectacular in 3 parts, Company for the Holidays entertains in acting, song and dance.  A gifted, large ensemble cast recreates contemporary holiday favorites and reimagines Christmas tune classics, including It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, All I Want for Christmas is You, Santa Baby, White Christmas and more.

As scenes change, worlds collide in a whirlwind of activity and holiday mishaps as Boston’s North Shore meets the South Shore in an original comedy play A Child’s Christmas in Bahston by Company Theatre Artistic Director Zoe Bradford. Set in the 1980’s, a man recollects when his Cohasset family spent a very memorable Christmas Eve with relatives in Revere.

The evening culminates in rockin’ rejoice with a Gospel style retelling of the Nativity story to uplift all with the joy and spirit of the Christmas season!

Attending a holiday season performance at The Company Theatre is a South Shore tradition!  Company for the Holidays is adorned with The Company Theatre’s trademark authentic sets and costumes, gifted cast, accompanied by a 13-piece jazz ensemble.

Tickets for Company for the Holidays range from $41 to $43.  Show times are 7:30 pm from Thursday through Saturday, with Saturday matinee performances at 4 pm and Sunday matinee performances at 3 pm. Family and Friends Fridays offers the limited quantity purchase of four or more tickets for Friday performances at $38 per ticket by calling or visiting the box office in person only.

For a complete performance schedule, to order tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 781-871-2787, email boxoffice@companytheatre.com, or visit www.companytheatre.com.  The box office is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, and during all performances. Free parking is available on site, and the theatre is handicap accessible.  For the latest information on programs and performances, please follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Nov
28
Tue
SSC’s Coffee Break Concert Series Presents Blue Tuesday
Nov 28 @ 10:45 am
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Coffee Break Concert Series (CBCS) presents Blue Tuesday, the second of six performances of its 2017/2018 season, on Tuesday, November 28, 10:45 am at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts at 64 St. George Street in Duxbury.  Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, all CBCS performances are free and open to the public.

Blue Tuesday features blues and jazz favorites by SSC faculty members Anthony Geraci, piano, Ed Sorrentino, percussion, and Chris Rathbun, bass. Described as being real blues from the masters, this concert is peppered with great stories from the road in between tunes.  The intimate setting of the Ellison Center allows real access to how these exceptional musicians create their gritty, rollicking and fun music.

Pulling from life in its expression, blues explores the human condition.  Sometimes it speaks of heartache, other times explores shoes, family or even Monday. Its organic beat promises to keep audience member’s toes tapping and hands clapping.

Casual in nature with a “come as you are” intimate atmosphere, these free performances include complimentary coffee, tea, water, light snacks and fruit to enjoy during the concert. Last year’s Coffee Break concerts were often standing room only, so audience members are encouraged to arrive at 10:30 am for a short 10:45 am overview of the performance and 11 am concert. Performances are one hour in length without intermission.  After the performance audience members are invited to stay and meet the performers.

Other performances in the 2017/18 season include Holiday Favorites on December 12, The Elan Mehler Trio on February 27, Old Timey Swing Songs on March 27, and Around the World in Song on April 24.

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. Its campuses are wheelchair accessible.  For more detailed information about accessibility, please visit SSC’s Know Before You Go page.

For more information contact Anne Smith at 781-452-7455, ext. 210 or a.smith@sscmusic.org.  To learn more about SSC programs and performances, visit www.sscmusic.org or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Photo:  Anthony Geraci

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Dec
2
Sat
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Presents A Hometown Christmas
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
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Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community chorus, presents its holiday season concert, A Hometown Christmas, on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday December 3 at 4:00 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The chorus is conducted by Music Director William B. Richter and accompanied by Assistant Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly.

A Hometown Christmas offer favorite carols and seasonal music drawn from previous PFC winter concert programs, set in three sections: Anticipation, Night of Wonder, and Christmas.  The performance begins with a chorus procession to the medieval carol, Nowell sing we, both all and some, followed by works on themes of Advent, including Philip Dietterich’s arrangement of People, look east, the tender Polish carol, Infant holy, infant lowly, John Gardiner’s rambunctious arrangement of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, carols by composers as Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, and Rutter, ending with the up-beat Gospel tune, Go where I send thee.

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. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents a major choral work each spring, an annual Messiah Sing in December, and summer concerts featuring pops-style programming.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14.  Children age 14 and under are admitted for free.  Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org; and from PFC members.  To reserve tickets by phone, please call Gail at (781) 826-8416.

For more information, please visit www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit singing group dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music.  The PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  For more information about PFC, please visit www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

 

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Dec
3
Sun
SSC Youth Chorus Winter Concert
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus (SSCYC) presents a winter concert on Sunday, December 3, 6 pm at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street in Duxbury. Admission to the concert is free, the public is welcome to attend.

SSCYC is open to students in grades three through six, serving communities from 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.

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. Its Duxbury campus is wheelchair accessible.  For more detailed information about accessibility, please visit SSC’s Know Before You Go page.

Students interested in joining SSCYC’s spring session should contact Duxbury Campus Manager Nancy Meredith at n.meredith@sscmusic.org.

For more information, visit www.sscmusic.org or follow South Shore Conservatory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

 

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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Dec
6
Wed
Americana Theatre Co. Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
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Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents the holiday treasure It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play revival in its second ATC production on select dates from December 6 through 16, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play is a screenplay adaptation by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

A beloved American holiday film classic showcasing a live 1940’s radio broadcast comes to captivating life in It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play.  Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble portrays more than 40 roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life lulls as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play features an ensemble of five adult and four youth actors. Returning company members include David Friday (It’s A Wonderful Life, The Three Musketeers, Grease, Parfumerie, Lucky Stiff), Erin Friday (It’s A Wonderful Life, Grease, Parfumerie, Lucky Stiff), Jesse Sullivan (Inspector CallsRedeeming LoveThe CottageMoonlight and Magnolias, The Three Musketeers, Lucky Stiff). Each company member holds regional credits from across the United States, off-Broadway and national tours.  Guest artists from New York and California will also be featured.

Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play are $35 general admission, $30 for students and seniors.  Evening performances begin at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees are held at 2 pm.  The production is recommended for ages 8 and up. For tickets or more information, visit www.americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, seating is limited to capacity.  Plymouth Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, public parking is available street side, and in public lots in close proximity.

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a non-profit 501(c)3, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region, now in its fourth season. Managing Director, David Friday, Artistic Director, Jesse Sullivan, and Director of Education, Erin Friday are the leadership team charged with continuing founder, Derek Martin’s vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown. A dream that was fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us…they can inspire us toward the betterment of mankind, and help reveal the hidden mysteries of life. That is why ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber.  Americana Theatre Company’s aim is to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre, and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit www.americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.

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Dec
9
Sat
The James Library presents Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
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The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio in concert on Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm at 24 West Street, Norwell. The performance is sponsored by Coastal Heritage Bank, Old Derby Animal Hospital, Michael and Kathleen Vitale and Scott and Kim Waugh.

Jazz singer Donna Byrne’s powerful voice, energetic personality and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge that has brought admirations from jazz fans and the top artists in the industry. Her performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing at venues throughout the world. Performing together with the Marshall Wood Trio, the musicians have been honing their craft for more than 25 years. Musical selections include a wide range of American Standards and a few holiday classics.

Byrne has performed at top venues across the country, including Los Angeles’ Jazz Baker, NYC’s Tavern on the Green, The Blue Note, The Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival and has performed with the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra. Her husband and bassist Marshall Wood leads up their world-class jazz trio, who have played for audiences around the world with legendary musicians and singers such as Tony Bennett.

Tickets for Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio are $25 adults, $22 seniors and $10 for students. For more information or to order tickets, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 to 5, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Dec
10
Sun
South Shore Conservatory Presents Holiday Favorites
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm
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South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Conservatory Concert Series (CCS) presents Holiday Favorites on Sunday, December 10, 4 pm at Derby Academy, 56 Burditt Street in Hingham. This gift-wrapped concert is the third of five productions in CCS’s 2017/18 season.

CCS concerts showcase the diverse talents of the Conservatory’s faculty of nearly 100 educator/performers. Admission to the concert is free, helping advance SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance. All concerts are on Sunday at 4 pm and include a reception where audience members are invited to meet the performers.

Holiday Favorites, presented off-campus to accommodate higher attendance, merges traditional and popular seasonal tunes into one exciting production, guaranteed to inspire fond holiday memories. Chosen by the faculty members themselves, selections vary from Old Holy Night, to Greensleeves and Home for the Holidays, to songs children will recognize, such as Walking in the Air from ‘The Snowman,’ and The Chipmunk Song. In true holiday spirit, audience members are invited to join the faculty for sing-along of familiar carols and songs at the end of the performance.

SSC faculty members performing include Sarah Troxler, piano/concert coordinator; Allyson Lynch, soprano; Cassie Sulbarán, viola; Amanda Roberts, violin; Donald Zook, flute; and Sarah Manning Stuart, harp.

Other 2017/2018 CCS performances include All You Need is Love: Music of the Beatles in February, and Going Rogue: SSC’s Voice Department flips in March.

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 Conservatory Concert Series performances, visit http://sscmusic.org/concert_series.html, call Beth MacLeod Largent at 781-749-7565, ext. 20, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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Dec
12
Tue
The Academy of The Company Theatre Teen Conservatory to Hold Auditions for The Werewolves
Dec 12 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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The Academy of The Company Theatre (A.C.T.) Teen Conservatory announces auditions for teen actors, plus one adult role, for their production of the original play The Werewolves, written by A.C.T. student and Scituate playwright Alex Moon, on Tuesday, December 12, 3:30 to 6 pm at The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell.  Callbacks will be held on Thursday, December 14, 3:30 to 6 pm.  The production is directed by Kevin Mark Kline.

The Werewolves is an original, riveting one-act play about a skilled company of Hitler youth cadets.  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. 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 this past summer. Contains adult content.

Audition candidates have should arrive prepared to read from the script, available on site, and bring a headshot.  A resume is helpful but not required. A $10 non-refundable audition fee is due upon arrival.

Participating in this program is an excellent opportunity for teen actors to work on an original work by a local peer playwright. Tuition for The Werewolves classes and production is $395 per student, some financial assistance is available. Tuition is due after casting is announced.  A completed emergency form must accompany audition candidates, available at www.companytheatre.com/emergencyform.pdf.

Rehearsals begin the week of March 19, details to be announced in February. Additional rehearsal commitment is required during production week.  Attendance at auditions does not ensure casting, tuition is due after casting is announced.

Performances of The Werewolves are held on May 18 and 19, 2018, 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at www.companytheatre.com.

Character Descriptions:

*Casting Note – If necessary, women can be made to play the parts of The Werewolves, with the exception of Wulf, Orlov and Gary. All adult roles should be played by the same actor.

Hans Wulf: Age 16. Hitler Youth extraordinaire. Son of a captured Nazi Stalingrad veteran. Loyal, charismatic, and fully devoted to his country and the Führer. Longtime friend of Friedrich Gary.

Peter Orlov: Age 16. Ukrainian nationalist. Orphaned child of Kulak farmers and companion of Rose Kovalenko. Anti-Soviet leader of Ukrainian rebels.

Friedrich Gary: Age 16. Loyal second in command to Wulf.

Rose Kovalenko: Age 16. Ukrainian nationalist. Kulak orphan driven out of Ukraine by Soviet forces.

Kasper Kiefer: Age 14. Anxious and apprehensive Hitler Youth cadet.

Albert Maynard: Age 16. Hitler Youth cadet. Fully indoctrinated and committed to the cause.

Yohann Jarvis: Age 16. Hitler Youth cadet. Strong-willed and level-headed.

Oskar Berg: Age 15. Hitler Youth cadet. A young idealist. His penchant is not for violence.

Rudolf Warner: Age 15. Hitler Youth cadet. Insubordinate and forward.

Edmund Goddard: Age 15. Hitler Youth Cadet. Sensitive, civil.

The Bishop: Leopold Reinhardt. Age 47. Seasoned SS officer, former man of God. Cruel and vindictive.

SS Soldiers, Russian Soldier, Farmer, US Officer and a US Soldier will also be cast.

For more information about auditions, please call the box office at 781-871-2787 or email ACT@companytheatre.com. For more information about ACT or The Company Theatre, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Dec
13
Wed
SSC Community Voices Winter Concert
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
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SSC Community Voices, South Shore Conservatory’s adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm at South Shore Conservatory’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.

The chorus presents a variety of seasonal tunes, including, Believe, Must Be Santa, Happy Hanukah, Snowfall Lullaby, and Little Drummer Boy.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for over 30 singers in an inclusive and accommodating environment. Directed by Board Certified Music Therapists Eve Montague and Amanda Goff, the chorus begins their next session in January and welcomes new singers and peer mentors.

South Shore Conservatory is very grateful to the Cordelia Family Foundation for underwriting its SSC Community Voices program, which includes SSC Community Voices Too! at its Hingham campus.  This generous gift allows South Shore Conservatory to offer this special chorus for a nominal amount per semester, removing the financial barrier of entry and making it accessible for all.

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.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to join the chorus members for a complimentary reception following the concert.  For more information on SSC Community Voices or South Shore Conservatory Creative Arts Therapies programs, please contact Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies at 781-934-2731 ext. 20, email e.montague@sscmusic.org, visit www.sscmusic.org, or follow South Shore Conservatory on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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SSC Community Voices Chorus, Too! Winter Concert
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm
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SSC Community Voices, Too!, South Shore Conservatory’s adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm at South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.

The chorus presents a variety of seasonal tunes, including, Adeste Fideles, Walking in the Air, Reflections of Hanukah, Light the Kinara, and Feliz Navidad.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for over 30 singers in an inclusive and accommodating environment. Directed by Board Certified Music Therapists Emily Browder Melville and Kari O’Briant, the chorus begins their next session in January and welcomes new singers and peer mentors.

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is very grateful to the Cordelia Family Foundation for underwriting its SSC Community Voicesprogram, which includes SSC Community Voices at its Duxbury campus as well.  This generous gift allows South Shore Conservatory to offer participation in this special chorus for a nominal fee per semester, removing the financial barrier of entry and making it accessible for all.

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.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to join the chorus members for a complimentary reception following the concert.  For more information on SSC Community Voices or South Shore Conservatory Creative Arts Therapies programs, please contact Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies at 781-934-2731 ext. 20, email e.montague@sscmusic.org, or visit sscmusic.org.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSCs inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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Dec
15
Fri
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Celebrate! Messiah and Carol Sing-along
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm
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Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s principal community chorus, presents its eighth annual Messiah and Carol Sing-along on Friday, December 15, at 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough.

PFC music director William B. Richter leads the audience in both carols and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus. Solos selected from Part I, the Christmas portion, will be sung by featured local vocalists. Accompaniment will be provided by string players and the church’s 1887 S. S. Hamill pipe organ, played by Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, PFC assistant director and music director at the church.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for more than 40 years, the audience can either sing or listen. For many folks, there’s no better way to start off the Christmas season.

Tickets for Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along are $10 for adults and youth ages 12 and up, available at the door. For children under the age of 12, there is no charge. Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own.  Funds raised from this event support the PFC’s yearly operating expenses.  For more information, please visit www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit singing group dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music.  The PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  For more information about PFC, please visit www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

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