MCGRATHPR.com – As summer heat wanes to cooler fall air, arts and cultural organizations in Boston’s South Shore and Cape Cod regions ramp up their calendars for a fall season jam packed with a wide variety of entertainment options.
South Shore Conservatory
Explore the Arts Open House
Sunday, September 11, 2 to 4 pm at BOTH SSC campuses
One Conservatory Drive, Hingham – AND – 64 St. George Street, Duxbury
Admission to all activities is FREE
Explore the Arts open house encourages creative explorers, ages infant through 18, to actively search for their arts passion. Attendees who register the same day receive a 15% discount coupon for enrollment in group classes or large ensembles for the 2016-17 academic year. Students interested in studying an endangered instrument receive a coupon for a free trial lesson and 10% off tuition for the 2016-17 academic year. Investigate a variety of fun, interactive music, dance and drama group activities, live performances and rare ‘endangered’ instruments.
Hingham Jazz Festival
Jazz Brunch Only: $30 adults, $15 children 12 and under
Jazz Brunch PLUS Music: $50; Music Only: $25; SSC students admitted free to Music Only.
Join South Shore Conservatory’s multi-talented Jazz/Rock/Pop faculty as they present a day of traditional and contemporary music in varied styles of instrumentation and genres. Jazz, rock and pop is the game of the day!
Schedule of Events:
11 am to 1 pm Jazz Brunch, Jane Carr Amphitheater
SSC’s faculty jazz quartet serving up light mellow jazz, paired with delectable dishes by Ellen Mackenzie catering. Performers include Elan Mehler, piano, Ted Sajdyk, drums, Chris Rathbun, bass and John Vanderpool, sax. Brunch items include egg dishes, muffins, bagels and French toast, as well as free flowing coffee, tea and juice.
1 to 2 pm Emily Mark Duo, Cox Hall
Gentle rhythms of bossa and swing move your heart in this intimate jazz duo performance. SSC voice chair Emily Browder Melville and Berklee faculty Mark Shilansky weave original, personal takes on timeless tunes.
2 to 3 pm Elan Mehler Jazz Trio, Hingham Campus Lobby
Contemporary jazz at its finest, SSC pianist Elan Mehler presents his original compositions and arrangements of free, edgy jazz. Elan talks with the audience about his process of bringing an idea to musical readiness.
3 to 4 pm Blues Pianist Anthony Geraci, Hingham Campus Lobby
SSC’s “blues king” plays his famous brand of music, including selections from his Blues Music Award-nominated CD Fifty Shades of Blue. As he plays, Anthony takes the audience through the history of the blues and his journey playing it all over the world, questions are welcome.
4 to 5:30 pm Rock: In Memorium, Jane Carr Amphitheater
SSC’s Jazz/Rock/Pop (JRP) faculty pays tribute to the many JRP legends who have left us this year. Their combined body of work provided music lovers decades of unforgettable, classic jazz, rock and pop tunes. Among those honored will be Prince, David Bowie, BB King, and Merle Haggard.
Arts for a Creative Life Kick-Off Week
September 27 through October 2
Hingham campus: One Conservatory Drive, Hingham
Duxbury campus: 64 St. George Street, Duxbury
Admission is free by reservation, contact Anne Smith at 781-934-2731 ext. 21
SSC’s launch of its new adult programming initiative, Arts for a Creative Life, with a week of free performances and open classes. The Arts for a Creative Life department offers a full range of arts experiences – concerts, group classes, private lessons, and performance opportunities – designed to challenge adult minds, stimulate creativity and build vibrant social connections.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, September 27, SSC’s Duxbury Campus
11 am: Free Coffee Break Concert – Music from the Movies with Holly Marshall, voice, Amanda Roberts, violin, and Sarah Troxler, piano. Coffee, tea and breakfast sweets will be provided. Concert goers are invited to stay for a brown bag lunch, and participate in a series of free open classes
1 pm: Golden Voices Chorus offers singers a chance to revisit their old favorites, as well as explore folk and contemporary literature. A Community Drum Circle encourages conversations through the spontaneous creation of music.
No previous experience is required to participate, everyone is welcome. For more information or to make a reservation to attend, contact Anne Smith at 781-934-2731 ext. 21.
Adults invited to try something new, or reconnect with the arts they already love
Women Song: Wednesday, 9/28, 7:30 pm Hingham
Intro to Piano: Friday, 9/30, 11:30 am Duxbury
Intro to Violin: Friday 9/30, 7:00 pm Hingham
Intro to Guitar: Saturday, 10/1, 1:00 pm Hingham
Irish Seisiun: Saturday, 10/1, 2:30 pm Hingham
Improv Comedy Workshop: Saturday, 10/1, 12:00 pm Hingham
Adult Coffee House
Sunday, October 2, SSC’s Duxbury Campus
Arts for a Creative Life Kick-Off week culminates with adult performers and performing groups from the South Shore invited to perform. For more information or to reserve a performance time, contact Anne Smith at 781-934-2731 ext. 21.
SSC’s Arts for a Creative Life Department welcomes the widest range of students and audiences possible by removing barriers to participation and inviting everyone in, regardless of ability. Both SSC campuses are wheelchair accessible. For more detailed information about accessibility, please contact us or visit our ‘Know Before You Go Page’ at http://www.sscmusic.org/know-before-you-go.html
Mad Love Music Festival
Tickets: Adults, $30; Children 12 and under, $10; Virtual Rocker $50 (includes gift); VIP tickets $100 (includes a $70 tax deductible donation to the cause)
Mad Love Music Festival is a one day celebration outdoor festival featuring local musicians, food, drink and activities for the whole family. Proceeds from the event benefit the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers at SSC, enabling students from all backgrounds to experience the love of music that Dave inspired in his family and in his life.
A Note About Tickets: A ticket guest list is held at Mad Love’s check-in booth. No paper tickets will be issued.
Conservatory Concert Series
Oustanding Conservatory faculty in concerts that are free to the public, advancing SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance.
Sunday, October 16, 4 pm, Cox Hall, South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
Meet SSC’s newest stars in this always exciting concert! Starring Devon Morin – baritone, Jesse Stiglich – percussion, Christine Hedden – fiddle, Bob Marlatt – horn, Siu Yan Luk – piano, Andrew Moreschi – trumpet and Emily Hale – violin, this concert will showcase our faculty playing and speaking about the music they love!
Gypsy Caravan: The Fire and Passion of Hungarian Style
Sunday, November 13, 4 pm, Ellison Center for the Arts, Duxbury
Sunday, November 20, 4 pm, Cox Hall, South Shore Conservatory, Hingham
An amazing program of music by Ravel, Brahms and Liszt including Tzigane (violin and piano) by Ravel, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13, (piano solo) by Liszt , Zigeunerlieder, (Gypsy songs) by Brahms (mezzo soprano and piano) and the Rondo alla Zingarese, Piano Quartet No. 1, 4th movement by Brahms. Faculty members include Mark Goodman – concert coordinator, Sassan Haghighi – cello, Aleksandra Labinska – violin, Beth MacLeod Largent – mezzo soprano, Cassie Sulbaran – viola and HuiMin Wang – piano.
Sunday, November 20, 3 pm, Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main Street, Hingham
Admission: Free for students K-12. Adult tickets are $10, purchased at the door
John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Tickets: Advance $25, Door $30, Students $5
Mozart’s birth 260 years ago is the inspiration for this magical program featuring Ein Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music), the “Sparrow” Mass and scenes from The Magic Flute, performed by a 100 member chorale, under the artistic direction of John Yankee. Said to come from “a light, but happy pen,” Mozart’s most popular composition, Ein Kleine Nachtmusik, which the composer himself called “a little serenade,” will feature a chamber orchestra. The “Sparrow” Mass, officially penned asMass in C Major, featuring the Chorale and four soloists, refers to the music played by the violins as they mimic the sounds of chirping birds. Select scenes from the OperaThe Magic Flute capture the fanciful tale of Tamino and Pamina as they seek to gain freedom from their oppressors.
The James Library & Center for the Arts
The James Library is home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.
Monthly Art Exhibits
Darlene DeVita: For the Love of Cameras
On view September 16 through October 5
Opening reception on Friday, September 16, 6 to 8 pm
Award-winning Boston photographer Darlene DeVita showcases her prints of artists, friends, clients and strangers posing with cameras from her vintage collection. The show also includes super-exposed “portraits” of her antique cameras using the image transfer method.
Susan B. Le fever: Everyday Warriors
On view October 7 through November 2
Opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6 to 8 pm
Warriors are courageous and carry on in the face of challenges and danger. In our world, which shifts with such immediacy, all of us are required to be emotionally and physically flexible and, above all, courageous. Le fever’s work has been affected by witnessing people in this new world – refugees who wander to find shelter…the forgotten poor who have little means to provide for themselves or those they love…returning soldiers/warriors, and the average man… Witness the complexities andanxiety of these challenges reflected in the faces and figures in her work.
On view November 4 through 30
Opening reception on Friday, November 4, 6 to 8 pm
The James’ first Small Works show featuring small but exceptional art in a variety of media by local and emerging artist from the South Shore. Small Works shows are a popular event due to the small scale and affordability.
Mondays at The James Education Series
The James Library & Center for the Arts is launching Mondays at the James, a new educational series. These informational, educational, and interactive events led by local experts and leaders All events are low or no cost, open to everyone, and speak to the James’ mission of inspiring creativity, learning, and an appreciation of the arts through music, visual, and literary programs.
September 12, 19 & 26, October 3, 7 pm
Admission is $5 one-time fee, for one or all four classes,
and includes a pocket-size copy of the U.S. Constitution
Registration is required, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Want to better understand the U.S. constitution this election season? Attorney, Kennedy School of Government graduate, and Norwell resident Carol Neely teaches a four-part course about the U.S. Constitution.
This four-session course includes: an overview of events in colonial America that led to the ratification of the U. S. Constitution; a careful reading of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; discussion of specific clauses in the document that affect our daily lives as citizens of the U.S.; review and discussion of recent Supreme Court cases.
Session 1 – September 12
- An overview of events that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the adoption of the Articles of Confederation, and eventually to the convening of the Second Continental Congress at which the U.S. Constitution was drafted and adopted.
- Article I – The Legislative Branch. Purpose and composition of the Legislature; qualifications for U. S. Representatives and Senators; process for electing legislators; powers of the Legislature; role of the U.S. Legislature vis-a-vis the states.
Session 2 – September 19
- Article II – The Executive Branch. “…executive power shall be vested in a President.” President and Vice-President are elected for four years; role of Electors; process for electing the President; qualifications for the presidency; presidential succession; powers and duties of the President.
- Discussion and further explanation of the Electoral College.
Session 3 – September 26
- Article III – The Judicial Branch. Role of the Supreme Court; role of the circuit courts; (Power to appoint Supreme Court Justices is given to President in Article II.) extent of judicial power of the Supreme Court.
- Articles IV, V, VI, and VII. “Full faith and credit” clause; “Privileges and Immunities” clause; admission of states to the union; amending the Constitution; the Constitution is the “supreme law of the Land”; ratifying the Constitution.
Session 4 – October 3
- Reading of the Bill of Rights and other prominent Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
- Review of important Supreme Court Cases; how the Supreme Court chooses cases; “Brown v. Board of Eduction;” “Miranda v. Arizona;” “Roe v. Wade;” “National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius” (Affordable Care Act).
October 17, 7 pm
Admission is free
With terrorist attacks, attempted coups, and targeting of immigrant groups, 2016 is growing remarkably similar to the year 1920 when Nicola Sacco and Plymouth resident Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested in a climate of violence and political repression.
“Suosso’s Lane” is based on the scandalously unjust trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti for a murder most people believe they did not commit, the international cause-celebre of the 1920’s. The novel follows the search for evidence of Vanzetti’s innocence lost for decades to a government sanctioned frame-up.
Historical events recounted in “Susosso’s Lane,” while they took place a long time ago, raise questions that are still with us. Do we learn from the past? Can we? Perhaps it helps to remember what happened long ago in 1920’s America.
Robert Knox is a South Shore resident, husband, father, rabid backyard gardener, and blogger on nature, books, films, and other subjects. He covers the arts for the Boston Globe’s ‘South’ regional section, and his poems have been published recently by Verse-Virtual, The Poetry Superhighway, Bombay Review, Semaphore Journal, and other journals.
Lewis & Clark Trail
October 24, 7 pm
Admission is free
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
Just returned from their own journey along the Lewis & Clark Trail, Norwell residents George and Meredith Atkinson will discuss their experience on the Lewis & Clark Trail. Join them as they share stories, history, and images of this National Historic Trail.
November 14, 7 pm
Admission is free
Join Gordon Postill for an engaging 90 minutes of poetry recitation and introspection. Using an understated delivery, Gordon recites from memory poems with themes like hope, despair, ecstasy, death, and gratitude—works that will touch you and move you to contemplate your own life’s journey. Poems of universal appeal by renowned poets such as Jane Kenyon, W. H. Auden, Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz and others will be recited twice for clarity, followed by ample time for shared personal reflections from listeners. Life Verses is not a traditional poetry reading, but a reflective excursion that touches heart and spirit, priming the pump for what really matters.
Ordained by The United Church of Canada in 1980, Dr. Gordon Postill is a Board Certified Chaplain who for the past 24 years provided spiritual care to hospice patients and families. He retired from full-time ministry in 2015 and lives with his wife Robin in Duxbury.
November 21, 7 pm, Admission is free
Want to leave a lasting legacy for your family? Rabbi Shira Joseph of Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham joins us to discuss the Jewish tradition and modern writing of Ethical Wills.
From biblical times to present day, a Jewish ethical will give light to the window of the soul for the one who authors it. It contains the family member’s hopes and dreams for those left behind after one’s death. Do you love music? Do you care about those who are sick? Do you find God in nature? What lifts your spirits?
One might speak of treasuring learning, honoring a family commitment, giving tzedakah (righteous giving), attending synagogue and so much more. Jewish ethical wills are universal in their features. This seminar will explore what you hope your child, or sibling, parent, partner and friend will care about after your death.
Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. at First Parish Church of Norwell, Parish Hall (next door to The James), Admission is free, donations appreciated
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. No charge, but donations at the door are appreciated. Sponsored by the First Parish Preschool of Norwell and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.
Saturday, October 8, 7:30 pm, Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $22, Students $10
Prolific drummer, composer, bandleader, and educator Yoron Israel returns to the James Center for the Arts for an exciting jazz performance with his stellar group, featuring vocalist Dominique Eade, pianist Kevin Harris and bassist Gregory Ryan. These esteemed musicians will present an evening of music that promises to deliver groove, soul, beauty, and exquisite taste. Sponsored by Old Derby Animal Hospital.
Weekend Classics: Pianist Gloria Chien and Violinist Soovin Kim
Sunday, November 6, 3 pm, Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $22, Students $10
From Lincoln Center and the New England Conservatory, acclaimed musicians Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim will dazzle you on the piano and violin. Solos and duos at this concert will include Brahms G Major Sonata, Liszt Venezia e Napoli, Dvorak Romance, Saint-Saëns Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, and more. After the program, we invite you to meet these talented stars at a reception in our art gallery.
American Treasures: The Unknown History of the Struggle to Save Our Priceless Documents
Friday, November 18, 7 pm, Tickets: 18 Adults, $10 Students
Author Stephen Puleo discusses his book “American Treasures: The Unknown History of the Struggle to Save Our Priceless Documents”, which details exciting stories of freedom under fire–from the smuggling of the Declaration and Constitution out of Washington days before the British burned the capital in 1814, to their covert relocation during WWII–crafting a sweeping history of a nation united to preserve its democracy and the values embodied in its founding documents. Books will be available for purchase by Buttonwood Books and Toys. Sponsored by Carol. C. Neely.
The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts
30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, www.companytheatre.com, 781-871-2787
Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 pm, Tickets: $18
Experience campfire tales from the comfort of your theatre seat! Come for a night of haunting history and scary tales from across New England told by the leading authorities on spooks and legends. Set to the eerie photography of Frank Grace, these four spell-binding story tellers may just make you a believer in the supernatural! You’ll hear strange legends and unique stories that have become the fabric of New England folklore and culture.
October 14 through 30, Matinee and Evening Performances
Sundays: $26; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: $28
From the pages of Bram Stoker’s novel to the pen of playwright Hamilton Dean, comes a wonderfully eerie horror classic. Set in an English manor house in the 1920s, the persuasive and sexy Count Dracula peruses his passion of sinking his teeth into the throats of beautiful women. Bats fly, wolves howl and spectators enjoy the fun, horror and magical effects.
The Academy of the Company Theatre’s Walt Disney’s Cinderella
Tickets: $15 Students, $17 Adults
Take a mistreated servant girl, a slightly daft fairy godmother, some friendly mice, and a kind-hearted prince, throw in a wicked stepmother, some even more wicked stepsisters, send everybody to the Royal Ball, and you’ve got the perfect formula for the ultimate fairy tale! Favorite songs include “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”. This beloved Disney favorite proves that dreams do come true!
First Parish Church
Friday, September 9, 8 to 9 pm, Open Mic, 9 to 10 pm, featured performer
First Parish Church’s Harvey Assembly Hall, 842 Tremont Street (Rte. 3A), Duxbury
Admission: $10 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted free
The debut of Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse, a new concert series for performers and audiences of all ages, this month featuring Americana duo Jo Henley. Open to the public, the Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse invites performers to entertain diverse audiences at the open mic session with their unique talent in vocal, instrumental, or theatrical performances. A sound system and piano are available for performer’s use. Homemade baked goods, a variety of tea and coffee are available, donations are greatly appreciated.
The Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse continues monthly on each first Friday. The series is sponsored in part by First Parish Church and Michelle McGrath PR | Media Relations to the Arts, mcgrathpr.com. For directions and more information about the Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse, visit www.tunefulbrew.com or email email@example.com.
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association
Retrospective celebrating the heritage and history of the Commonwealth’s official state fruit
Thursday, September 22: Massachusetts Agriculture Day at The Big E
1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, www.thebige.com
Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9: A.D. Makepeace Company Cranberry Harvest Celebration
158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, www.admakepeace.com
Additional tour dates are tentatively booked through 2017, schedule TBA. Curated by Public Historian Hilary Goodnow, generously supported by the Cranberry Educational Foundation through its mission to introduce the American cranberry, cranberry farming and its heritage to the public
In bicentennial celebration of commercial cranberry growing in Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association initiated the creation of a touring exhibit focusing on the key themes of the cranberry industry’s rich history, commitment to environmental stewardship, technological innovations, and its’ growing diversity.
Cranberries and cranberry bogs are an iconic element of Massachusetts’ historical, cultural and natural landscapes. As one of only four commercially-grown berries still native to New England, the cranberry draws strong historical ties to the earliest inhabitants of the Commonwealth, including the first English settlers commonly known as “Pilgrims”. Today, in the 21st century, growers strive to keep the tradition alive as part of the common cultural landscape by combining sustainable agricultural practices with environmental stewardship. The industry protects essential upland and wetland habitats, harnesses renewable energy such as wind and solar power, and adopts new technologies to reduce water use on bogs.
The exhibit is available to public institutions for display on tour at museums, galleries, arts festivals and harvest events through 2017. To make arrangements for tour dates at your location, please contact Hilary Goodnow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerry Jon Walker Fund
Saturday, October 15, 7 to 11 pm, New North Church Ballroom, 1 Lincoln Street, Hingham
Suggested Donation: $50 per person, all proceeds benefit the Fund’s mission to improve the quality of life of those suffering from poverty by promoting sustainable programs to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.
A benefit evening of fine food and spirits, entertainment, dancing and good will. Guests are welcome to attend in costume or party attire. Dance music and entertainment by award-winning Afro-Pop Band Kalifa and Koliba. Enjoy delicious cuisine, and an open wine and beer bar. A live auction hosted by Tony Viola features variety of bid items, including a South African safari and more!
Americana Theatre Company
Thursday, November 10, 5 pm (actors age 5-12) and 7 pm (actors age 13-18)
Memorial Hall, Court Street, Plymouth, Tickets are $8
In partnership with the Plymouth Recreation Department
Students will discover the magic of the stage and the inner workings of theatre as they learn stage presence, confidence, and basic vocal technique as they prepare for a show start to finish in two weeks!
for Performing Arts
The Spire Center has an eclectic line up of performances every week all year for all genres of music, presentations and theater. For a complete lineup for Fall 2016, please visit the website.
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Cover photo by Denise Maccaferri Photography