A R T S • P R E V I E W : : Holiday Cultural Events 2017

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South Shore Conservatory


Conservatory Concert Series

Concerts in 60 minutes or less, comfortable dress, meet the performers, free post-concert receptions

Outstanding Conservatory faculty in concerts that are free to the public, advancing SSC’s mission of expanding access to arts education and performance.

The Music of Beethoven

Sunday, November 12, 4 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Sunday, November 19, 4 pm, Cox Hall, South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

In celebration of Beethoven’s birthday, this chamber music concert features 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.

Holiday Favorites

Sunday, December 10, 4 pm

Derby Academy, 56 Burditt Street, Hingham

Pianist Sarah Troxler leads this afternoon of “feel-good” holiday music, selected from the performers’ nostalgic holiday favorites. A true audience favorite the concert is a mixture of old and new tunes, and culminates in a fun faculty-led singalong.


Coffee Break Concert Series

Casual, ‘come as you are’ atmosphere, free performances, refreshments and snacks

After the performance, stay and meet the performers

Blue Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 10:45 am overview, 11 am concert

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

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.

Holiday Favorites

Tuesday, December 12, 10:45 am overview, 11 am concert

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Husband and wife piano duo Mark Goodman and Jennifer Cope Goodman offer songs of the season played as piano four hands, with discussion of the “ins and outs” of this unique style of playing.


South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) Fall Concert

Sunday, November 19, 3 pm

Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main Street, Hingham

Admission:  Free for students K-12.  Adult tickets are $10, available at the door

SSCYO’s fall concert includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Wagner, Musella, and Bizet.  Under the guidance of conductors Phaedre Sassano and Elijah Langille, BaYS is South Shore Conservatory’s orchestra program, run in collaboration with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (the Phil) and Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes. SSCYO offers two leveled orchestras, and is open to students from communities throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Both SSCYO ensembles offer dedicated and talented young musicians the opportunity to perform symphonic music at a high level in an organized, supportive orchestra program. Both orchestras will perform in this concert – Repertory, an intermediate full orchestra, conducted by Elijah Langille; as well as Symphony, an advanced orchestra, conducted by Phaedre Sassano.

South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus (SSCYC) Winter Concert

Sunday, December 3, 6 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street in Duxbury.

Admission:  Free

South Shore students in grades 3 through 6 perform a winter concert, under the direction of Peter Mundt.

SSC Community Voices Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm

SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory’s first adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert featuring a variety of seasonal tunes.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for over 45 adults and young adults with developmental delays.

SSC Community Voices Too! Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm

SSC’s Cox Hall, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory’s second adult chorus for individuals with developmental delays, presents their annual winter concert featuring a variety of seasonal tunes.  A non-auditioned chorus, SSC Community Voices Too! provides joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities for adults and young adults with developmental delays.


Falmouth Chorale


Carols & Lullabies
Saturday, December 9, 1 pm (family friendly) and 4 pm; Sunday, December 10, 3 pm

First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth

Tickets:  Advance $25, Door $30, Students $5

Carols & Lullabies includes selections from the Falmouth Chorale and Chamber Singers, the Cape Youth Chorale, guest instrumentalists and audience sing-alongs.  Conrad Susa’s “Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest” serves as the centerpiece of the first half, derived from the traditional carols of Hispanic America. After intermission,  instrumentalists introduce a bell theme, is taken up by the Youth Chorale, eventually echoed by the full Chorale and the audience in carols such as “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” This section also includes a musical retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a favorite of children young and old as sung by the Fred Waring Singers and Harry Simeone Chorale.

Readings & Carols
Friday, December 15, 7 pm, First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth

Admission:  $5 suggested donation

Join the Falmouth Chorale and the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra for a community sing of favorite holiday songs along with lessons and poems at the beautifully decorated First Congregational Church on the Green in Falmouth. This holiday musical tradition is sure to be a sing-with-your-neighbor experience. Whether as a participant or listener, this joyous celebration in song will surely set your holiday spirit in motion.

The James Library & Center for the Arts


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)

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission:  Free and open to the public

Local dentist/artist 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.

Best Books of 2017 for Children

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission:  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, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission:  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

The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets:  $25 General Admission, $22 Seniors, $10 Students

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 at the James 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.

The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts


2018 Season Open House

Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 1 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts lobby, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Admission:  Free

The general public is welcomed to hear the 2018 theatre season announced, enjoy first choice of ticketed seating, purchase holiday gift certificates and entertainment, and peruse 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.

Company for the Holidays

November 24 through December 17, matinee and evening performances

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: Thursdays: $41, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: $41

A new, original holiday spectacular in 3 parts!  In song and dance, a gifted, large ensemble cast recreates your contemporary holiday favorites and reimagines Christmas classics: It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, All I Want for Christmas is You, Santa Baby, White Christmas, and more.

Then worlds collide in a whirlwind of activity and holiday mishaps as Boston’s North Shore meets the South Shore in this original comedy A Child’s Christmas in Bahston. Set in the 1980’s, a man recollects when his Cohasset family spent a very memorable Christmas Eve with relatives in Revere.

Finally, a rockin’ Gospel style retelling of the Nativity story will uplift all with the joy and spirit of the Christmas season!

Happy Holidays with The Divas

Tuesday, December 19, 7:30 pm

The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $25

A unique group comprised of five powerhouse female vocalists,backed by Grammy® nominated musicians, Divas with a Twist is not your average cover band! The Divas present classic holiday songs and fresh new arrangements of audience favorites of original cover songs with dynamic harmonies of pop, rock, jazz, country and Broadway. Get in the holiday spirit with selections including “Drummer Boy”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “O Holy Night”, “Run Run Rudolph” and a beautiful acapella version of “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas”. Their second act gets you dancing in your seat as they perform songs by Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, The Doobie Brothers and Madonna!

Pilgrim Festival Chorus


A Hometown Christmas

Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 3, 4 pm

St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church, 803 State Rd. Plymouth

Tickets:  $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students 15 and over

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free. 

A Hometown Christmas concerts offer favorite carols and seasonal music drawn from previous Pilgrim Festival Chorus winter concerts 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.

Celebrate! – Messiah and Carol Sing-along

Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm

First Congregational Church, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

Tickets: $10.00 for adults and youth ages 12+, available at the door. Children under age 12 are free

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) 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. Organ accompaniment on the church’s 1887 S. S. Hamill pipe organ will be performed by PFC accompanist/assistant director, Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, music director at the church.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for more than 40 years, the audience can either sing or listen.  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.

Americana Theatre Company


It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play

Select dates from December 6 through December 16, evening and matinee performances available

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35 adults, $30 seniors

The reprise productions of the beloved American holiday film classic performed as a live 1940s radio broadcast comes to captivating life as It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play. Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble plays out 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.

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund


Art Auction and Rwandan Market

Saturday, November 18, 7 to 10 pm

Congregation Sha’aray Shalom Social Hall, 1112 Main Street Hingham

Admission:  $36 at the door

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.

Spire Center 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 Winter 2017, please visit the website.



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