South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival Summer Celebration to Begin

The twelfth anniversary season of South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) launches in spectacular music fashion 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, and are sponsored by Barbara and Frederic Clifford, Raymond and Cornelia Wareham, and Stew and Nealie Clifford.  Immediately following on Tuesday, DMF presents its first All-Rachmaninoff Faculty Concert on July 18 at 6:30 pm at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury.  All proceeds from this festive yet intimate event, sponsored by Mead Witter Foundation, support DMF student scholarships.

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.

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.

A first event of its kind at DMF, the fundraiser All-Rachmaninoff Faculty Concert features internationally-recognized pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, piano.  Joining the internationally recognized artist is her son, renowned cellist/conductor, 2007 Grammy® Award Nominee Dmitry Yablonsky, his wife and celebrated violinist in her own right, Janna Gandelman, violinist Heather Braun; violist Michelle LaCourse; and pianists Andrew Chen, Stephen Deitz, Sergio de los Cobos and Regina Yung.  Gandelman is performing on a J.B.Guadagnini instrument, valued at over $250K, loaned from the Yehuda Zisapel Foundation.  Concert-goers will also be treated to Russian-inspired treats such as smoked salmon and caviar and borscht cups, and a specialty vodka cocktail sponsored by Duxbury Wine & Spirits.

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 complete 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, 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.