South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival Tickets on Sale

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces that tickets for all concerts and events of the 12th season of its Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) go on sale June 1.  Performances include faculty and guest artist concerts, presenting music spanning a variety of styles – from classical chamber music to reggae, blues, and jazz – throughout the Duxbury community.

DMF 2017 boasts a stellar lineup of new and returning faculty musicians, who travel with their students from as far as Russia, Israel, Italy, and Switzerland.  Organizers are especially honored to welcome back founding DMF faculty member and visiting guest artist, Oxana Yablonskaya (piano, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance). Other visiting faculty includes Heather Braun (violin, Boston University), Anna Chiara D’Ascoli (piano, Conservatory of Music, Salerno), Sergio de Los Cabos (piano, Geneva University of Music), Emmanuel Feldman (cello, Brandeis University), Janna Gandelman (violin, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance), Michelle La Course (viola, Boston University), and Dmitry Yablonsky (cello, Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv).

Opening Weekend on the Bay kicks off the season under a tent at a breathtaking seaside location on Freeman Place in Duxbury.  The weekend includes a Blues on the Bay Cabaret Concert on Friday, July 14 at 6:30 pm,  featuring music by Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, signature cocktails and light bites served in a cabaret seating format. Sunday evening’s Overture Concert on July 16 at 6:30 pm features outstanding chamber music, including performances by this season’s DMF faculty members and 2016 DMF Student Competition winning pianist Andrew Chen. Repertoire includes classical favorites Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major (featuring Pall Kalmonsson, cellist), and Saint-Saens’ Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65, along with contemporary offerings such as Czech composer Lukáš Hurník’s Fusion Music for winds and piano. Opening Weekend on the Bay is sponsored by the Clifford and Wareham families

On July 18, 7:30 pm, OxanaYablonskaya headlines an all-Rachmaninoff benefit concert at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts.   All-Rachmaninoff Faculty Concert repertoire includes Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, and String Quartet No. 1.  All proceeds from this concert fund scholarships for DMF students.

DMF’s Tent Events on the Duxbury Town Green from July 21 through July 23 include music to suit everyone’s tastes, including reggae, blues, and jazz. Stellar performances under the iconic Duxbury town green tent include Reggae on the Green on Friday, July 21 at 7 pm with 11-member Berklee Reggae EnsembleRhythm & Blues on the Green Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 22 at 6:30 pm features a signature cocktail, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and a sumptuous buffet meal with friends before dance music by to the region’s hottest R&B cover band, In the HouseFamily Fest, on Sunday, July 23, 10:30 am, features an interactive, multidisciplinary performance based on SSC’s flagship outreach literacy and arts education program, ImagineArts, geared to families with children ages 3 to 9. Following the performance, children are invited to participate in hands-on art and musical instrument projects and enjoy a sampling of what SSC offers year-round in music, drama, movement.  Free hotdogs and ice cream sandwiches for all!  Picnic in the Park, on Sunday, July 23, 5 pm, offers a free program of solo and ensemble performances by DMF faculty and students, invites the audience to enjoy world-class chamber music in a relaxed setting that invites a picnic and beverages of their choice, or to purchase sandwiches and wine from an on-site concession stand. Dick and Sheila Morse have underwritten the cost of the tent for the weekend.

DMF’s popular All That Jazz concert, featuring the Noah Preminger Quintet, is Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm at SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts (ECA) at 64 St. George Street, Duxbury. Enjoy award-winning, classical jazz on piano, drums, double bass, and trumpet.

The final DMF performance, a Winners Concert, at the SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts on Friday, July 28, 7 pm, features the winners of this year’s DMF Solo and Chamber Competitions, followed by a farewell reception featuring a wine tasting sponsored by Duxbury Wine & Spirits (DWS), official DMF 2017 beverage purveyor. In addition, DWS supplies fine wines to be served throughout the Festival, and sponsors specialty cocktails at the Blues on the Bay Cabaret on July 14, and at the Rhythm and Blues on the Green dinner dance on July 22. DWS hosts wine tastings during intermissions at the All-Rachmaninoff Faculty Concert scholarship fundraiser and the Winners Concert.

Widely embraced by the South Shore community with over 200 volunteers and over 2500 patrons each season, Duxbury Music Festival’s celebrated, intensive chamber music program brings together world-renowned pedagogues and performers with aspiring young artists each summer, providing daily offerings of chamber music, student recitals, festival competitions, family events and faculty concerts. In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to exceptional arts education and performance…for individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, DMF presents programs for all segments of the population to enjoy.

Individual tickets and a variety of series subscriptions are available for purchase.  For complete program, ticket and event information, visit, call 781-934-2731, ext. 23, or follow Duxbury Music Festival on Facebook.

DMF is a program of South Shore Conservatory.  DMF’s office is located at South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury campus at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.

About Duxbury Music Festival

South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF), entering its 12th 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 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.

Photos by Kathy Dixon