SSC’s Duxbury Music Festival Presents Opening Weekend

South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) kicks off its 2017 season with Opening Weekend on the Bay that includes Blues on the Bay Cabaret Concert on Friday, July 14 at 6:30 pm and DMF Festival Overture Concert and Reception on Sunday, July 16 at 6:30 pm.  Both events take place under a tent at a breathtaking seaside location at the end of Freeman Place in Duxbury.

Opening Weekend on the Bay is sponsored by Barbara and Frederic Clifford, Raymond and Cornelia Wareham, and Stew and Nealie Clifford.

Blues on the Bay Cabaret Concert features music by Chicago-style blues band Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, signature cocktails and light bites served in a cabaret seating format. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years.  In 2017 alone, the band and/or its members were nominated for ten Blues Music Awards.

The band’s music is not limited to one style, but extend to Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of “Big” Joe Turner; Texas Blues like “T” Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of “Lazy” Lester.  These styles are all performed with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals and harmonica, guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, SSC faculty member Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond organ, Michael “Mudcat” Ward playing acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Neil Gouvin.

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 past 2016 DMF Concerto Competition winner, cellist Pall Quinn Kalmonsson. Repertoire includes classical favorites Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, featuring Kalmonsson, cello, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65, along with contemporary offerings such as Czech composer Lukáš Hurník’s Fusion Music for winds and piano.

Other performers include founding DMF faculty member and visiting guest artist, Oxana Yablonskaya, piano, Dmitry Yablonsky, cello, Janna Gandelman, violin, Michelle La Course, viola, Sergio de Los Cabos, piano, Ben Fox, oboe, and SSC faculty members Regina Yung, piano, Janet Underhill, bassoon, and Peter Bianca, clarinet.

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.

For 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.