A R T S • P R E V I E W : : Summer Cultural Events 2018

Beguiled Again concert at Summer Spotlight, Jane Carr Amphitheater, South Shore Conservatory, image by Denise Maccaferri

McGRATHPR.com – Summer will swiftly arrive throughout Metro Boston, the South Shore and Cape Cod regions, with plenty of incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts, entertainment and culture.  Here’s all that’s in store for summer 2018:

South Shore Conservatory (SSC):

sscmusic.org

JRP Spotlight Festival
Thursday, June 14, 6 to 9 pm, Jane C. Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission is free

SSC’s Jazz/Rock/Pop students perform on stage for a live audience and a panel of supportive faculty for constructive feedback.

Summer Spotlight Outdoor Concert Series

July 7 through August 1, 2018

sscmusic.org/summer_spotlight.html

SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater by Denise Maccaferri

SSC’s 2018 Summer Spotlight outdoor concert series features shining examples of excellence in performance, including the popular Evenings Under the Stars Saturday evening concerts and beloved Wacky Wednesdays family concerts.

Parking for Wednesday morning concerts is onsite for everyone.  Although limited onsite parking is available for handicapped patrons, parking for Saturday night concerts for the public is at the Hingham School Bus Depot, and includes free shuttle service.  Evenings Under the Stars tickets purchased in advance are $40 for pavilion seating and $25 for lawn seating.  Tickets purchased at the door are $45 for pavilion seating and $30 for the lawn. Season subscriptions to the four Saturday evening concerts are available for $240 for pavilion and $180 for lawn seating and include pre-concert receptions. There is no charge for children under two.  For more information or to order tickets, visit www.sscmusic.org or call 781-749-7565, ext. 22, or email boxoffice@sscmusic.org.

EUS Saturday Evening Concerts

New this year: Food trucks will be on site for all performances.

sscmusic.org/eus/

Evenings Under the Stars Festival Orchestra presents Opera and Musical Theatre Gala

In honor of Dorothy Palmer’s exceptional support of Evenings Under the Stars

Sponsored by the Carr Family

Saturday, July 7, 7 pm, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Featuring Nicholas Palmer, Conductor

Tickets: $25 lawn, $40 pavilion

Evenings Under the Stars Festival Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Nicholas Palmer with vocal soloists who have close ties with SSC. Enjoy the sultry sounds of Carmen, the humorous and tragic lyric theater of West Side Story, the timeless tunes of La Traviata, and of course, traditional EUS favorite, The 1812 Overture.

Heavy Metal Horns

A performance of SSC’s 2017/2018 JRP Series

Saturday, July 14, 7 pm, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $25 lawn, $40 pavilion

Nu City music critic Michael Henningson describing the Boston-based band: “This is not – I repeat – not heavy metal music. Heavy Metal Horns are, however, heavy on funk and soul.” Heavy Metal Horns first appeared in 1989 as the horn section on the Del Fuegos RCA release “Smoking In The Fields,” and now, nearly 30 years later, is still considered “the best horn section since the Tower of Power.”

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble

Sponsored by Deborah Allinson

Saturday, July 21, 7 pm, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $25 lawn, $40 pavilion

Back by popular demand, Berklee College of Music’s best and brightest students, under the leadership of Professor Matt Jenson, rock the stage with Bob Marley’s greatest hits. The group has performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Vermont Reggae Festival, Bill’s Bar, the Outerland Club (Martha’s Vineyard), the Beachcomber (Cape Cod), and the Berklee Performance Center.

James Montgomery Blues Band

Sponsored by Dorothy Palmer

Saturday, July 28, 7 pm, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $25 lawn, $40 pavilion

James Montgomery’s harmonica playing, combined with his incredibly energetic live shows, led to the James Montgomery Blues Band’s quick ascension on the New England music scene in the ‘70s. Within two years of its launch, the James Montgomery Band was among the hottest acts in Boston, along with J. Geils and Aerosmith. Thirty years later, the band continues to be a vital presence in blues, and when Montgomery plays the harmonica, he still “brings it home.”

Wacky Wednesdays Family Concerts

Sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust

sscmusic.org/wacky/

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust

Wednesday, July 11, 10 am, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children 

Recently voted the Best Kindie Band in the Greater-Boston area by Mommy Poppins, Karen K & the Jitterbugs has become a favorite among kids and kid-ults in Boston and beyond. Known for their totally engaging, high-energy show packed with humor and amazingly catchy, well-crafted tunes, Karen K & the Jitterbugs is fun for the whole family.

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys

Sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust

Wednesday, July 18, 10 am, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets:  $15 adults, $5 children

Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families since 2005, many of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, the Jumping Monkeys.  She has three Parents’ Choice award-winning CDs for kids and families, and is currently working on her fourth album, due out this winter.  A former Music Together teacher, Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.

Debbie and Friends

Sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust

Wednesday, July 25, 10 am, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

From the moment they launch into their first song, I’m Glad You’re Here, the children in the crowd understand their role: to participate, sing, dance, jump and interact with the Debbie and Friends band. Her original music is engaging, fun, interactive and educational; perfect for families with kids ages two through eight.

ImagineARTS Band

Sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust

Wednesday, August 1, 10 am, Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

Join SSC’s ImagineARTS Band in moving, grooving, and crooning along to tunes such as See How I’m Jumping, She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain, and Funga Alafia. During the school year, the band shares their favorite stories and songs with kindergarteners in Brockton through SSC’s arts integrated literacy program, ImagineARTS. This concert, great for ages 3 to 7 years, concludes with a special presentation of the popular children’s story Pete the Cat and the New Guy.

13th Annual Duxbury Music Festival (DMF)

July 13 through 27

http://sscmusic.org/dmf

Duxbury Music Festival’s 13th season features exciting SSC and DMF faculty and student performances, and family-friendly events. Duxbury Music Festival is a celebrated intensive program for solo and chamber instrumental performance, unique to all of New England.  Founded on the knowledge that music enriches the human spirit, and upon the belief that this enrichment endures, this intensive program of chamber music brings together world-renowned pedagogues and performers and aspiring young artists in the beautiful bayside village of Duxbury.  Chamber music, student recitals, festival competitions, family events and faculty concerts, offering programs for all segments of the population to enjoy.  Tremendous community support inspires the assistance from more than 200 volunteers and 2500 patrons to attend each season.

2018 Schedule of Events:

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

Friday, July 13, 6 pm and 8 pm, Location TBA

Tickets: $60

Festival Overture Concert and Reception:  Soldier’s Tale

Sponsored by Nancy Herndon

Sunday, July 15, 6:30 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Tickets:  $75

DMF Faculty Concert

Sponsored by Amanda and Peter Crowley

Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 pm, Private Home, Location TBA

Tickets:  $125

Festival Recital

Sponsored by Barbara and Fred Clifford

Wednesday, July 18, 4:30 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission is free

All-Bernstein Concert

Celebrating the centenary of the composer’s birth

Thursday, July 19, 7:30 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Tickets:  $125

Beatles on the Green

Sponsored by GAGNONtax

Friday, July 20, 7 pm, Duxbury Town Green

Tickets:  Adult $15, Children $5 

Family Fest

Sponsored by The Foundation for Creative Achievement

Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am, Duxbury Town Green

Tickets:  Adult $10, Children $5 

Rhythm & Blues on the Green Dinner Dance

Sponsored by Mollie Baldwin Foley

Saturday, July 21, 6:30 pm, Duxbury Town Green

Tickets: $90 each, $720/table

Sunday in the Park

Sunday, July 22, 5 pm, Duxbury Town Green

Admission is free

DMF students and faculty in chamber music recital. 

DMF Faculty Concert

Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm, Private Home, Location TBA

Tickets:  $125

Festival Recital

Tuesday, July 24, 4:30 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission is free

All That Jazz/Last Tango in Duxbury Concert

Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Tickets:  $60

Festival recital

Thursday, July 26, 4 pm, The Village at Duxbury

Admission is free

Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury 

Winners Concert and Farewell Reception

Friday, July 27, 7 pm, SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Tickets:  $60

Duxbury Music Festival’s tent on Duxbury Town Green is sponsored by Sheila and Richard Morse.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.duxburymusicfestival.org, call 781-934-2731, ext. 14.  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.

The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts:

www.companytheatre.com

The Jersey Seasons: Frankie Valli and the Fours Seasons Tribute

Sold out!

Divas with a Twist

Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 pm, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets:  $25

Divas with a Twist features some of the hottest females voices in the Boston area along with Grammy nominated musicians, dynamic vocals and refreshingly new arrangements of pop, rock, jazz, country and Broadway!  Full cash bar provided by Cocktails.

The Rocky Horror Show

Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students

It was a fateful night when Brad and Janet, two utterly normal young people in love, end up in a castle full of strange Transylvanians. A thunderstorm and a flat tire force them to seek help from Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter — an alien, transvestite scientist with a manic genius and an insatiable libido. The Doctor and his cohorts take Brad and Janet on a wild ride of misadventures in a hilarious and lusty homage to the classic B sci-fi and horror genres. That sweet transvestite and his motley crew will have the entire audience doing the Time Warp in the deliberately kitschy rock musical, The Rocky Horror Show.  Contains strong language and intense adult themes.

Ragtime the Musical

July 27 through August 19, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets:  Thursdays – $41; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays -$43

At the dawn of a new era, everything is changing and anything is possible in this epic, historical, Tony Award® winning musical. Three distinctly different stories are woven together to create an unforgettable experience at the turn of the 20th century in America. A wealthy white family, a determined Jewish immigrant father and his young daughter, and a daring Harlem musician all share surprising interconnections of the human heart as they strive for their piece of the American dream. Unbridled optimism prevails in this grand ensemble musical that celebrates the spirit of freedom with a remarkable relevance for today’s audiences.

Americana Theatre Company:

americanatheatre.org

Beauty and the Beast

Saturday, July 14, 2 pm, Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for children

In this performance by ATC’s Studio Americana elementary students, Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior.

Legally Blonde the Musical Jr.

Saturday, July 28, 2 pm, Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for children

In this performance by ATC’s Studio Americana middle and high students, Elle’s high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough. Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.  As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Man of La Mancha

Thursdays through Sundays, July 7 through 29

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors

Man of La Mancha – inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, is one of the most celebrated musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, MAN OF LA MANCHA celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”

Centastage

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Noir Hamlet

Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 30

An original full-length play in one act by John Minigan, directed by Joe Antoun

The Boston Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Ticket prices TBA

There’s never a good time to find yourself on the roof, twelve flights above the sidewalk, not sure if you’re alone. And a cold midnight, in the fog, two months after the sudden death of a big shot detective who just happens to be your father? It’d be hard to come up with a worse. In Noir Hamlet, Will Hamlet gets the better of rival detective Paolo Niro, discovers the truth of his father’s death, keeps his mother Gertrude from marrying the guy who may have aced him, and holds on to the love of his secretary Rae Chio. What’s better for the City of Angels, justice or violent revenge? It’s a case with more twists than a gallows necktie, and Hamlet will be lucky to keep his own neck out of the squeezer.

Noir Hamlet is a new and wild re-imagining of the Shakespeare classic.  Set in 1949, the action takes place in and round about Los Angeles, including the building that houses Elsinore Detective Agency, Hamlet’s family home: a morgue!  For more information or tickets, call (617) 536-5981, or visit www.bcaonline.org.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus:

www.pilgrimfestivalchorus.org

Magical Musicals

Friday, June 15, 7:30 pm, Pilgrim Church UCC, 404 Washington Street, Duxbury

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 254 Main Street, Plympton

Saturday, June 23, 7:30 pm, First Trinitarian Congregational, 381 Country Way, Scituate

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 pm, Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court Street, Plymouth

Tickets: $10 general admission

Four lighter-fare summer choral concerts featuring solo and ensemble performances of PFC’s favorite musical show tunes.  Be enchanted on a trip to visit hit musicals in the Land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz and Wicked), 1910 London (Mary Poppins), and 18th century France (Beauty and the Beast).

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

August 1 through 25

capecodchambermusic.org

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), celebrating 39 years as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music, presents 12 compelling concerts in August, under the leadership of   Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

CCCMF hosts the critically acclaimed Ying Quartet as ensemble-in-residence for the Festival’s final week, performing three concerts in combination with guest musicians and the artistic directors.

Tickets:

Orders received on or before July 7: $34 general admission; $15 for college students with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $32 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $50 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package).

Orders received on or after July 8: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package).

Tickets and information is available online at capecodchambermusic.org, or by calling the box office at 508-247-9400, located at 3 Main Street Unit 6, North Eastham.  Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

2018 Schedule of Events: 

Beethoven the Master – Wellfleet

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello)

Program:                  Beethoven:  String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131

                            Beethoven:  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130

Beethoven the Master – Falmouth

Thursday, August 2, 7:30 pm, Falmouth Academy’s Simon Center for the Arts, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello)

Program:                  Beethoven:  String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131

                    Beethoven:  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130

The Piano Bash           

Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit, Brian Zeger, piano; William Wolfram, piano; Lisa Nakamichi, piano; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:               Schubert:  Two Impromptus from Opus 90

                        Mozart:  Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448

                        Brahms:  Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos (“St. Anthony Variations”)

                        Ravel:  Ma mere l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) for Four Hands (1910)

                        Milhaud:  Scaramouche, suite for Two Pianos, Opus 165b

                        Gounod:  Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands (arr. by Renaud de Vilback)

Harlem Returns           

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham

The Harlem Quartet (Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Melissa White, violin; Jaime Amador, viola; Felix Umansky, cello)

Program:             Schubert:  String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)

Webern:  Langsamer Satz for String Quartet (1905)

Frank:  Milagros (“Miracles”) (2010)

                       Rodgers:  My Funny Valentine (arranged by Calvin Custer and the Harlem Quartet)

López-Gavilán:  Guaguancó

Schubert and Adam Gopnik

Friday, August 10, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello) Jon Manasse, clarinet; Cynde Iverson, bassoon; Eric Reed, horn; Tony Falanga, bass; Adam Gopnik, narrator

Program:             Schubert:  Octet in F Major, D. 803

    (with readings from Schubert in a Life by Adam Gopnik)

The Goldberg Variations

Monday, August 13, 7:30 pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello)

Program:             Bach:  “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988 (arranged for string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen)

                        Franck:  String Quartet in D Major (1889)

Germanic Tradition

Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit, Gary Levinson, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Ying, cello; Orion Weiss, piano

Program:             Mozart:  Duo in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Beethoven:  Trio in C Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 3

Schumann:  Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Opus 47

Germanic Tradition

Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham, Gary Levinson, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Ying, cello; Orion Weiss, piano

Program:             Mozart:  Duo in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Beethoven:  Trio in C Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 3

Schumann:  Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Opus 47

Around the World in Seven Cellos

Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, The Cello Gang (Amit Peled, Mairead Flory, Ismael Guerrero, Mafalda Santos, Joseph Staten, Jiaoyang “Sunny” Xu, Tzu-Jou “Zoi” Yeh)

Program:             Smith:  The Star-Spangled Banner

Bach:  Air

Handel:  Sonata In G Minor

Cohen:  Hallelujah

Haydn:  Concerto in C

Popper:  Hungarian Rhapsody

Piazzolla:  Le Grand Tango

Parker Residency: The Parker Quartet

Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit, The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello)

Program:             Mozart:  String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428 (K. 421b)

Janáček:  String Quartet No. 1, JW 7/8 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)

Beethoven:  String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 59 No. 2

Parker Residency: A Piano in Dennis

Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm, Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis, The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello), Jon Manasse, clarinet, Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:             Bach:  Sonata in G Minor for Viola da Gamba (Cello) and Keyboard, BWV 1029

Mozart:  Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581

Fauré:  Quartet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 15

Parker Residency: Finale Fireworks

Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello), Jon Manasse, clarinet, Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:             Khachaturian:  Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Ravel:  Quartet in F Major

Dohnányi:  Quintet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 1


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