A R T S • P R E V I E W : : Fall Cultural Events 2019

ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX, a multimedia performance ensemble, in concert. Image courtesy of the ensemble

McGRATHPR.com – As summer heat wanes to cooler fall air, arts and cultural organizations in the Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod regions ramp up their calendars for a season jam packed with a wide variety of entertainment.


Fall 2019

Events, Programs

and Entertainment


South Shore Conservatory

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South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus Open Rehearsal

Monday, September 9, 5 pm                 
SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission is free, program registration and tuition information available on site

South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus, directed by Peter Mundt,
image by Dave Green

South Shore Conservatory Youth Chorus (SSCYC) invites singers in grades three through six who are interested in participating in its 2019/20 season of SSC Youth Chorus to an open rehearsal/pizza party.

The mission of SSC Youth Chorus is to bring students together to sing and learn in a supportive environment and foster a sense of community and joy through music. Chorus rehearsals are Monday afternoons, 5 to 6 pm.  The group performs three times during the year.  To learn more, visit

SSC Youth Chorus Conductor Peter Mundt’s goal for the ensemble is to grow his students’ love of singing and performing. A Marshfield resident and music educator with over 25 years of experience, Mundt provides students with exciting musical experiences that challenge them in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to teaching general music to elementary students in the Scituate Public Schools system, Mundt is a guitarist, bassist and singer who performs in and around the South Shore and Boston.

SSC Youth Chorus’s open rehearsal will be followed by a pizza party, open to all attendees. For complete program and tuition information about SSC Youth Chorus, visit sscmusic.org/sscyc/ or call SSC’s Duxbury Campus Manager Nancy Meredith at 781-934-2731, ext. 11. 

South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Orchestra students performing in concert. Image by Paul Hoffman

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra Auditions

Wednesday, September 11, 6 to 8 pm               
SSC’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Wednesday, September 18, 6 to 8 pm

South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Advance registration recommended, program registration and tuition information available on site

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) invites school-aged musicians interested in being part of the 2019/20 season to two audition nights.

SSCYO brings together string, wind and percussion students from the South Shore, to learn, grow and perform as a community of musicians.  Rehearsals take place at the Marshfield High School Music Suite on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. Instrumentalists interested in auditioning for SSCYO may arrange an audition by emailing orchestra@sscmusic.org.  For more information, visit  sscmusic.org/sscyo

Changes in Memory: When to be Concerned & What to do About Them
Tuesday, October 1, 7 pm, reception at 6:30 pm
Laura’s Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street, Hanover

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, presents a South Shore Alz Talk called Changes in Memory: When to be Concerned & What to do About Them. Featured speaker, Dr. Margaret O’Connor, provides an overview of cognitive changes that take place in the context of dementia and normal aging. She will discuss interventions including lifestyle modifications, cognitive strategies and medically based research initiatives. Her educational talk focuses on helping people determine optimal interventions to support brain health.  For more information or to register, visit alzmassnh.org/alztalks or call the Alz 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900

Sarah Troxler, image courtesy of South Shore Conservatory

Coffee Break Concert Series:  Music from the Movies
Wednesday, October 9, 11 am
Laura Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street, Hanover

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents Music from the Movies, featuring Holly Jennings, soprano, Sarah Troxler, piano, and Jesse Stiglich, drums. Familiar repertoire includes beloved song,s from musicals, such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “When I Marry Mr. Snow,” and “If I Were a Bell.”  Enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while listening to the concert. Generously underwritten by Diane and Gary Glick, the performance is free and open to the public. 

The Aldous Collins Band performing at Mad Love Music Festival, image by Paul Hoffman

Mad Love Music Festival
Sunday, October 13, 11 am
South Shore Conservatory’s Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Tickets:  Prices TBA

This all-day outdoor celebration features local musicians, food and drinks, and activities for the whole family. Proceeds from Mad Love Music Festival benefit the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers at South Shore Conservatory, enabling students from all backgrounds to experience the love of music that Dave inspired in his family and in his life.  For more information, visit sscmusic.org/mad-love-music-festival.

Open Mic
Friday, October 18, 7 to 9 pm
South Shore Conservatory, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  Free for SSC student performers, $10 for non-SSC performers

Audience admission is free

Teens take the stage at South Shore Conservatory’s Open Mic night. Students are welcome to perform, or just hang out and watch. This all-inclusive event features a variety of performances, including poetry, rock bands, musicians experimenting on new instruments, solos/duos, a student emcee, and more!

Festival Audition Workshop
Sunday, October 27, 12 to 3 pm
South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission: Free, by reservation

This workshop is designed to prepare students technically and mentally for their audition. Students participate in mock auditions and receive valuable feedback, tips, and preparation ideas from SSC faculty members. The day also includes students performing for one another and a group discussion where students may share audition experiences. Students discover new ways of preparing so that they can walk into the audition room with confidence. To reserve a spot, call 781-749-7565, ext. 10 before October 25 to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Coffee Break Concert Series:  Xylophonia Ragtime Marimba Band
Tuesday, October 29, 11 am
South Shore Conservatory, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents Xylophonia Ragtime Marimba Band. This unusual and delightful band plays ragtime music and other favorites such as the theme from The Muppet Show, a beautiful version of “Danny Boy,” a Guatemalan folk song with Latin percussion, etc., with variety and humor.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while listening to the concert. Featuring SSC percussionist Victoria Chang. Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, the performance is free and open to the public.

Conservatory Concert Series:  The Three B’s, featuring music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Busoni
Sunday, November 3, 4 pm
South Shore Conservatory, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  Free

Peter Bianca, clarinet,
image courtesy of South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory’s Conservatory Concert Series presents The Three B’s.  This concert features a Brahms trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, along with Beethoven’s duo for clarinet and bassoon (played on clarinet and cello). This performance features faculty members Peter Bianca, clarinet, Mark Goodman, piano, and Kyung-Nam Oh, cello, in a show of virtuosic, melodic, and enthralling chamber music by the three B’s.  Admission is free.

Open Mic
Friday, November 15, 7 to 9 pm
South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission:  Free for SSC student performers, $10 for non-SSC performers

Audience admission is free

Teens take the stage at South Shore Conservatory’s Open Mic night. Students are welcome to perform, or just hang out and watch. This all-inclusive event features a variety of performances, including poetry, rock bands, musicians experimenting on new instruments, solos/duos, a student emcee, and more!

PianoFest
Saturday, November 9, 1 pm
South Shore Conservatory, One Conservatory Drive, Hingham

Admission:  Free

Join SSC’s Piano Department for a day of fun-filled piano-related activities! Free admission. Open to SSC students, non-SSC students, and piano enthusiasts.

Coffee Break Concert Series:  Jazz
Wednesday, November 13, 11 am
Laura’s Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street, Hanover

Admission:  Free

Donald Zook,
image courtesy of SSC

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents a performance by SSC’s Jazz/Rock/Pop department musicians.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while listening to the concert. Generously underwritten by Diane and Gary Glick, the performance is free and open to the public. 

Coffee Break Concert Series:  Triple Trouble
Tuesday, November 26, 11 am to 12 noon
South Shore Conservatory, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury

Admission:  Free

South Shore Conservatory’s Coffee Break Concert Series presents Triple Trouble, featuring Sarah Troxler, piano, Donald Zook, flute, and Mary Ciconetti, oboe. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while listening to the concert. Sponsored by The Village at Duxbury, the performance is free and open to the public.


About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for almost 50 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4500 students of all ages and abilities at two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. A third campus in Hanover is scheduled to open to the public for classes and programs in the summer of 2020.

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731), and administrative offices at 135 Webster Street, Hanover, (781-421-6162). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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.


Opera Theater of Cape Cod

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Opera Theater of Cape Cod’s La Bohème Preview Performance
Friday, August 30, 7:30 pm

Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street, Wellfleet

Tickets:  $30

Join Opera Theater of Cape Cod for a preview performance of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless story of love and loss, La Bohème. The piece is performed in English translation by gifted opera singers from all over New England. The performance is filled with some of the most famous gems of operatic repertoire. Music direction by Joseph Turbessi, stage direction by Ethan DePuy, produced by Eileen Christiansen. Details at operatheaterofcapecod.com.  Tickets at EventBrite at  eventbrite.com/e/opera-theater-of-cape-cod-la-boheme-tickets-66758001981

Opera Theater of Cape Cod’s La Bohème 
Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 7:30 pm

The Studio Theater at The Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, W. Barnstable  

Tickets:  $30

Join Opera Theater of Cape Cod for a preview performance of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless story of love and loss, La Bohème. The piece is performed in English translation by gifted opera singers from all over New England. The performance is filled with some of the most famous gems of operatic repertoire. Music direction by Joseph Turbessi, stage direction by Ethan DePuy, produced by Eileen Christiansen. Details at operatheaterofcapecod.com.  Tickets at Artful.ly at artful.ly/store/events/18353

About Opera Theater of Cape Cod

Opera Theater of Cape Cod (OTCC) is a new chamber opera company dedicated to bringing high quality and accessible opera performances to the Cape Cod community. OTCC’s vision is to enrich Cape Cod’s vital art scene with exquisite singing and storytelling. The company’s mission is to ignite the community’s passion for opera, from longtime opera lovers to audience members new to the art form. For more information, visit operatheaterofcapecod.com, call 617-429-4026, or follow Opera Theater of Cape Cod on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Pink LemonAid

Pink LemonAid: Breast Cancer-Inspired Stories, Poetry and Art

Saturday, October 26, from 2 to 4 pm

Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean Street, Marshfield

Admission: Free

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local writers Dzvinia Orlowsky of Marshfield and Elaine Sorrentino of Pembroke present When life hands you lemons…Pink LemonAid: Breast Cancer-Inspired Stories, Poetry and Art. Both breast cancer survivors, Orlowsky and Sorrentino discovered that creating art out of their experience aided in their healing process. 

In-state writers, musicians and visual artists whose art is featured in Pink LemonAid include Sheila Lynch- Benttinen of Duxbury, Eve Montague of Pembroke, and Kathleen Aguero of Salem.  Out-of-state writers include Wilda Morris and Caroline Johnson of Illinois, Beth Richards of Connecticut, Jac Que Lyn of Louisiana, and Jeff Friedman of New Hampshire.

Survivors and supporters, who have created art from their experience with breast cancer, are invited to come and share their art during Pink LemonAid in the Ventress Library’s Program Room.  For more information, contact Elaine Sorrentino at 617-653-6761.


Thayer Academy

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The Bridges of Madison County Musical

A benefit production to support The Trevor Project

Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 8 pm

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 student/senior with ID, in advance at showtix4U.com, or at the door to capacity

An important benefit musical production by Thayer Academy educator Director Kelly Hines and Music Director Dan Alosa to support The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. The theatre producers selected The Bridges of Madison County Musical on the theme that “choosing love is always better”, as they wanted to support an organization that extends love and support to those in our most vulnerable community. All proceeds support The Trevor Project.


To The Moon and Back

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2nd Annual Adult Prom Night

Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 11 pm

Alden Park Bar and Grill, 160 Colony Place, Plymouth

Tickets:  $100, available at adultpromnight.eventbrite.com

VIP tickets guarantee a seat at the bar and a special swag bag for $200.  Groups of 8+ up: $75 each 

Dust off your dancing shoes and order that wrist corsage! In its most important fundraiser of the year, To The Moon and Back’s Adult Prom Night pulls out all the stops and nostalgia for an adults-only party for the ages.  Step onto the red carpet as beautiful Alden Park is transformed into a swank nightclub with dancing and live music entertainment provided by Soul City Band, rocking the stage throughout the night. Embrace teenage sentiment by pre-ordering a corsage or boutonniere from Steven’s Florist, stepping into the Pilgrims Photo Booth, or dip the ladle in Alden Park’s special spiked punch!  Nominate your favorite glam guests for Prom King or Queen and watch as three couples are voted onto the Prom Court. Your ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and a complimentary glass of spiked punch.  Proceeds support TTMAB’s mission, supporting the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic.  A silent auction and sponsorships are available to support the cause.

Got a date?  Enter the Promposal Contest to win a limousine ride for up to eight guests to and from the event, courtesy of Special Occasion Limousine!  To enter, email your Promposal video to andy@2themoonandback.org, entries will be shared on TTMAB’s Facebook page.  The Promposal receiving the most Facebook likes wins, to be announced on September 13, 2019.  Earliest applicants have the most opportunity for likes before the deadline!  Applicants must be 21+ and reside in the region between Hingham and Mashpee, and no further west than Bridgewater.  The prize is not inclusive of Adult Prom Night ticket purchase.  Nominate your friends to royalty by suggesting your preferred Prom King and Queen by emailing the couple’s names and your reason to vote them into the court to andy@2themoonandback.orgAdult Prom Night’s Prom Court honors three of the nominated couples, selected by a live vote on the night of the event by attendees.

For more Adult Prom Night information, sponsorship or donation opportunities, contact Andy Harmon at andy@2themoonandback.orgFor more information, or to donate please visit 2themoonandback.org, follow To The Moon and Back on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tothemoonma, and follow #BeyondNAS.

About To The Moon and Back, Inc.

To The Moon And Back is a 501(c)(3) Massachusetts-based non-profit in 2018, To The Moon and Back, Inc. (TTMAB) is an advocacy organization founded by Theresa Harmon, MSW, LICSW. The organization is dedicated to supporting children born substance exposed and their caregivers. TTMAB provides twice-monthly support groups (for foster and adoptive parents, relative and non-relative caregivers) of children born with substance exposure. The organization serves as a welcoming resource for caregivers to connect with their peers. Expert speakers experienced in children with substance exposure are engaged to educate caregivers and inform communities on the latest in research and best practices for this population. Support programs provide a safe place to discuss parenting and share best practices for caring for children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or substance exposure with peers. Education programs provide expert speakers and training to industry health providers and social services to help guide the care of those affected. TTMAB is committed to forging one voice as advocates for children. 

In alignment with its mission, TTMAB provides advocacy and recommendations to local and state leaders on the unmet needs of the population and gaps in services for children born with exposure as well as their caregivers. The organization is committed to supporting legislation progress that aspires to ensure that children born substance-exposed have all the tools needed to thrive. Initially launched as a peer-to-peer group at the Plymouth Recovery Center in 2017, TTMAB has now expanded, serving more of the Eastern seaboard with a new chapter in West Virginia. For more information, or to donate please visit 2themoonandback.org, follow To The Moon and Back on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tothemoonma, and follow #BeyondNAS.


Gail Phaneuf

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The Night of the Iguana

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street, Provincetown
Thursday Sept 26, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday Sept 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday Sept 27, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday Sept 28, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday Sept 28, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday Sept 29, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tickets:  $45, $22.50 for students, groups of 6+ take 20% off with code GROUP19*

Abrahamse and Meyer Productions from Cape Town, South Africa stages Tennessee Williams’ drama The Night of the Iguana in a new production inspired by Japan’s traditional Noh theater. Directed by Fred Abrahamse, the production features South African stage star Marcel Meyer and Everett Quinton, a longtime member of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

In Williams’ vision of madness, endurance, and grace, considered amongst the finest of plays he’s written, the earthy widow Maxine Faulk runs a hotel at the edge of a Mexican cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On a rainy and turbulent night, the hotel becomes a sanctuary for the defrocked Reverend Shannon, terrorized by his loss of faith.  Shannon has rerouted and held hostage a tour group from a West Texas women’s college. They’re joined on the jungle cliff by a family of grotesque Nazi vacationers, an iguana tied by its throat under the veranda, and a self-described New England spinster whose 97-year-old grandfather is “the world’s oldest living and practicing poet.”

Gail Phaneuf, performing artist, playwright, composer, producer and director
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Boston-based performing artist Gail Phaneuf performs in the role of Maxine. Festival audiences will remember Phaneuf as Leona in the Festival’s 2016 production of Williams’ Small Craft Warnings – a performance which New York Times critic Charles Isherwood described as “supremely funny… a whirlwind of comic energy tinged with pathos: a bit Blanche DuBois [and] a dash of the blowzy Maxine from The Night of the Iguana.”

Abrahamse and Meyer Productions previously produced Hamlet and Sweet Bird of Youth at the Festival in 2017, as well as Desire Under the Elms in 2016, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore and The Day on Which a Man Dies in 2015, The Lady Aoi in 2014, and Kingdom of Earth in 2013.

Founded in 2006, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival honors playwright Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide. The Festival contributes to the cultural wealth of Provincetown by celebrating Williams’ connection to Cape Cod, his evolving international importance and his avant-garde spirit.

For more information or tickets to The Night of the Iguana, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, or The Provincetown Theater, visit twptown.org.


The James Library & Center for the Arts

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The James Library is home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits.  Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

Fall Juried Art Exhibition:  Continuum

Artist submissions accepted from September 6 through 8

Opening reception: Friday, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm

On view September 13 through October 19

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

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

The James Library’s Fall Juried Art Exhibition, themed “Continuum,” seeks submissions which visually define, interpret or explore the constant yet everchanging. Works selected for the exhibit explore the vast conditions along a continuum in its unlimited interpretations in art, history, color, light, nature and the human condition.  Artists wishing to submit pieces should visit jameslibrary.org for complete eligibility and details. Jury selection by Christina Godfrey of Sunne Savage Gallery takes place on Monday, September 9.  Honors of Best in Show, second place, third place and four honorable mentions will be awarded with cash prizes for the top selections.

Sponsored by Image Resolutions of Norwell.

Mama Steph: Music, Movement, and More!

Saturday, October 12, 10:30 am
First Parish Church of Norwell Parish Hall, 24 River Street (adjacent to the James Library)

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door
Space is limited. Reservations required.

Bring your little ones and join Stephanie Chase for traditional music, puppets, sing-a-longs, smiles and lots of laughs. This show is best for children up to seven years of age. Space is limited; please register in advance by email at jameslibrary@verizon.net or phone at (781) 659-7100.

Stephanie “Mama” Chase is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, entertainer and craftsperson. As Mama Steph she has a vast and loyal audience throughout the South Shore, with well attended and appreciated performances. She has published three albums of her original music, with thousands of copies sold.  Sponsored by First Parish Preschool of Norwell and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

Art Gallery:  Elizabeth Noble – In Noticing

The Walk Home, a painting by Elizabeth Noble, image courtesy of the artist

Opening reception: Saturday, October 26, from 6 to 8 pm

On view October 26 through December 7

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

Free and open to the public

Elizabeth Noble’s exhibit In Noticing explores the significance in the simplest aspects of the everyday.  What are we overlooking as we scurry through our days?  Beauty, dirtiness and everything else joins in noticing.

A dead fly on the windowsill, a small bruise on her forearm, trash catalogs in the mail and the last direct sunlight of the day that leaves a gold mark on the corner of the dining room wall. Art making is a perfect method for sorting through these artifacts and snippets in time.  It is her means for conveying the weight of memory, the profound impact of environment and the inexplicable encounter with the holy and the mysterious. Noble collects scraps of these details, scribbles down the ideas they stir up and applies layer upon layer of paint in search of understanding the real weight and intricacies of each moment in time.

Borromeo String Quartet.
image by Richard Bowditch

Weekend Classics Encore: The Borromeo String Quartet

Sunday, October 27, 3 pm, followed by a reception

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

Tickets:  $35, $20 for students

Each visionary performance of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet strengthens and deepens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of our time. Admired and sought after for both its fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and championing of works by 20th and 21st century composers, the ensemble has been hailed for its “edge-of-the-seat performances,” by The Boston Globe, which labeled the quartet “simply the best there is.” Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Borromeo String Quartet will delight music lovers and help celebrate 25 years of world-class music programming at the James Library & Center for the Arts. Guests are invited to join the Quartet after the performance for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Sponsored by The Chilman Fund, Eileen Gay and Reed McCarty, Jennifer and Mark McGreenery, and Kathleen and Michael Vitale.  

Author Anthony Sammarco: Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store

Thursday, November 21, 7 pm

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

Tickets:  $20, $10 for students

Anthony Sammarco, noted historian and author of more than 60 books, delves into the heritage and history of Boston’s first department store Jordan Marsh.  Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh, the first store opened selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved several times where in its new five story building, designed by Bradlee, Winslow & Wetherell, they unveiled the novel concept of “department shopping” under one roof.  From the late 19th century onward, Jordan Marsh offered a selection of goods including clothing, furniture, children’s toys and a plethora of others. Hallmarks of personal service, easy credit, art exhibitions, musical performances and The Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas during the holiday season made the store a treasured part of life for shoppers.  By the 1970’s it was the largest chain in New England.  Many people mourned when Jordan Marsh was sold, and Macy’s occupied its stores in 1995.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm, and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX

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ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX in concert,
image courtesy of the ensemble

ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX Fall Concert Tour

Thursday, September 26, 8 pm

Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mt Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI, ric.edu/nazarian-center

Admission: $20, $10 students and seniors

Friday, September 27, 8 pm

The Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, artsatthearmory.org

Admission: $20, $10 students and seniors

Sunday, September 29, 3 pm

Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel, West Zone, Crouse Drive, Syracuse, NY

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Admission: Free

Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm

National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY, nationalsawdust.org

Admission: $25

ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX’s fall concert series features soprano Kathleen Roland-Silverstein performing Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Infinito Nero” (Black Infinity), noted for its delicate passages linked to the dark visions and utterances of 16th century Italian mystic nun St. Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi.  Roland-Silverstein is also featured in Sciarrino’s “Le voci sottovetro” (The Voices Under Glass), re-settings of 16th century madrigals by composer Gesualdo da Venosa.  The exploration of the themes of night and darkness continue with E/P’s performance of Patricia Alessandrini’s gripping “Nachtgewächse.” All three pieces are accompanied by premiere presentations of Lehmann’s video art commissions.

Awarded “Ensemble of the Year” in Rhode Island during its 2015 inaugural season, ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX is a premiere new music and multimedia group led by Artistic Director and Conductor Peyman Farzinpour, based in New England. The ensemble performs 20th century masterworks alongside 21st century avant-garde music from composers such as Schoenberg and Boulez to Hosokawa, Haas, Francesconi, Nono, Sciarrino, Grisey, Alessandrini, Xenakis and Farzinpour.  Multimedia video art is presented in tandem through collaborations with award-winning artists from around the world.  In its first four seasons, E/P commissioned and premiered over two-dozen compositions and multimedia works, as well as numerous U.S. and regional premieres of new compositions. The group is considered a champion of original composition and video art premieres on the regional and national stage.


Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

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Haydn the Pirate

Sunday, October 20, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Main Street, Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Tickets:  $30 general admission, $35 at the door, $15 for students, children under 12 are free

Join the CCCO in a program featuring the life and story of “Black Sam” Bellamy, who after becoming one of the richest pirates in history, goes down with his crew in 1717 aboard the Whydah during a violent storm off the coast of Wellfleet. Composer-in-Residence Cody Forrest presents his first commission of the season depicting this harrowing story.  The famous fugitive is musically illustrated by the Military Symphony of Haydn, a work complete with a handful of percussion, trumpet calls, and absolute joy.  CCCO also performs Sibelius’ reaction to Belshazzar’s Feast, and a selection of music from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s ballet and opera works.  Tickets are available at www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, by calling 508-432-1668, or at the door by cash or credit card.

About Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Committed to artistic integrity and excellence, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to connect the diverse arts communities and individuals of Cape Cod inclusively. By collaborating with other disciplines of art and culture, the Orchestra aims to create unique concert experiences while providing exciting, enriching and memorable orchestral music.  Featuring living composers is at the forefront of the orchestra’s mission; bringing audiences closer to the music of modern time, positioned as an essential and educational element to each performance program.  Other repertoire champions the works of living composers, as well as the music of the classical canon.  For more information visit www.capecodchamberorchestra.org, email info@capecodchamberorchestra.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram.


Americana Theatre Company’s

Studio Americana

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Studio Americana’s production of Into the Woods, courtesy image

Americana Theatre Company’s (ATC) Studio Americana youth performing arts classes are now open for Winter 2018 registration.  Classes begin the week of September 9, programs are held at The Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth. 

Studio Americana’s mission is to develop talent, inspire creativity, and prepare students to activate their dreams. Studio Americana offers premiere training in theatre and musical theatre for students at affordable rates.

Rumplestiltskin is offered for aspiring elementary school age actors.  This class gives young students an opportunity to discover the magic of the stage, learn stage presence, confidence, and basic vocal technique as they rehearse and perform a show!  Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 27.  A performance will be held at the end of the program, date to be announced.

Elementary, middle and high school students are offered our training in the leveled program Acting, with age appropriate curriculum to develop this craft of the stage.  Elementary classes are offered on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm, and Middle/High School classes are held on Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm.

For complete Studio Americana program descriptions, schedules and tuition information, visit americanatheatre.org/studio, call 508-591-0282, or follow Studio Americana and Americana Theatre Company on Facebook or Twitter. 

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region since 2011.  ATC is also home to Studio Americana, educational arts programs for budding performing artists. Managing Director David Friday, Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan, and Director of Education Erin Friday work together to fulfill the vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown, with a commitment to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber.   ATC’s audiences discover that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us – inspiring the betterment of mankind and aid in revealing the hidden mysteries of life. ATC’s mission is to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining performances and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, call 508-591-0282, or follow Studio Americana and Americana Theatre Company on Facebook or Twitter.


Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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Welcome Night Open Auditions

Monday, September 9 and Monday, September 16

Faith Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 29 Carver Road, Plymouth

Welcome night admission is free, membership information is available on site

Members of Pilgrim Festival Chorus performing its 20th Anniversary concert in collaboration with the Scituate High School Select Choir, image by Adam Clear, © Matt McKee Photography

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s not-for-profit community choral ensemble, invites singers throughout the region to join them for open auditions at two Welcome Nights.  Co-Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn about PFC and audition for vocal placement, if they wish.  Rehearsals for the winter season begin at 7 pm immediately following. This year’s winter concert, Wintersong, highlights contemporary British choral composers in two concerts of both traditional carols and original compositions.

Founded in 1999, PFC is an auditioned volunteer choral ensemble with about 80 active members representing all skill levels, dedicated to the performance of diverse genres of choral music.  The group typically performs major concerts each winter and spring annually.  Pilgrim Festival Singers, a PFC offshoot ensemble, performs an annual summer concert of lighter music, and occasionally sings at local community events.  

Rehearsals throughout the season are held on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm.  Performances of Wintersong will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth.

For more information about membership and auditions, contact William Richter at 781-789-3343 or email director@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.  For more information about this season’s schedule and repertoire, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit singing group dedicated to performing choral music in public and private concerts; to providing music education to its members and the public; and to encouraging and promoting the performance of quality choral music.  The PFC is funded in part by grants from many of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.


Upstage Lung Cancer

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A Musical Tribute To Walt Disney: When you Wish Upon A Star

Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm; pre-concert silent auction at 6 pm

Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Tickets:  $45 and $100 for reserved seating, with VIP tickets available from $250 to $500

Discounts available, complimentary tickets for lung cancer survivors

Presented in partnership with the LUNGevity Foundation

A high-spirited evening of music making and storytelling, A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney honors the imaginative genius who brought all of the joys and fantasies of childhood to life. In 1966, at the age of 65, Walt Disney died of lung cancer. In that year, millions watched a Disney movie, the Disney television show, visited Disneyland, and bought Disney merchandise. Few creative individuals have made such a long-lasting and indelible mark on American life and culture.

In our show that honors Disney’s life and works, Emmy® Award-winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik returns for her 11th year as emcee, along with a celebrated lineup of renowned, award-winning New England performing artists, including Brian De Lorenzo, James Fernandes, Hildy Grossman, Michael Hammond and Paula Markowicz.  Special guest Candy O’Terry, radio and television celebrity, and founder and former co-host of WMJX Magic 106.7 Boston’s Exceptional Womenradio show, adds her vocal talents and personal anecdotes. Shinichi Otsu takes the baton as music director alongside Michael Hammond, director. This inspiring concert offers a treasure trove of unforgettable stories and songs, including, “Hakuna Matata” (The Lion King), “When you Wish upon a Star” (Pinocchio), “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” (Aristocats), “A Whole New World” (Aladdin), “He’s a Tramp” (Lady and The Tramp),  “Let It Go” (Frozen) and more. All proceeds from the performance support the critically important cause of early lung cancer detection research. 

For tickets, and more information about the Mosesian Center for the Arts, visit www.mosesianarts.org, call 617-923-8487, or stop by the box office, free parking is available on site.  For more information about Upstage Lung Cancer, visit UpstageLungCancer.org.


Old Colony Montessori School

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Old Colony Montessori School’s Fall Festival 2018, image by Michelle McGrath PR

Fall Fair and Open House

Saturday, October 12, 10 am to 12 noon

Old Colony Montessori School, 247 Gardner St., Hingham

Admission:  Suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family

A fall celebration for families!  Classrooms are open for tours and teachers are available to meet and greet, serving young students age 2.9 to 6. The playground and a fall fair provide attractive entertainment to the littles ones, including Joe Armstrong performing family-friendly songs on guitar, pony rides, arts and crafts, touch a truck, games and a costume parade. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and a cider donut tree is generously provided by Jac’s Cafe of Rockland.

Founded in 1963, Old Colony Montessori School is one of the oldest Montessori schools in the country, and the oldest Montessori institution south of Boston, offering 2, 3 and 5 day pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary school programs for children ages 2.9 to 9 years old.  To learn more, visit oldcolonymontessori.org.


South Shore Story Slam

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FunnyBones Comedian and Storytelling Showcase

Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)

South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset

Want a whole night to just laugh out loud?  Here’s your chance.  A gathering of the South Shore’s funniest comedians and the region’s noted storytellers inspire a performance to remember in FunnyBones, produced by South Shore Story Slams and Laughs and Company.

FunnyBones will tickle your fancy with a hysterical night of comedy and comedic storytelling showcasing some of the area’s funniest people!  South Shore Story Slam winners join in on the fun, sharing their funniest five-minute stories.  Milton’s Mindy Mazur from Laughs and Company is joined by local favorite comedians Erin Lynch, Jill Shastany and Ed Hayward along with local storytellers Colleen Blanchard of Scituate, Mat Brown of Scituate, Meghann Perry of Bridgewater, Valleen Patino of Plymouth and Maria DeRosa, the 2018 second place Grand Story Slam winner from Boston. 

“I like to see the humor in everyday life,” shares Comedian Erin Lynch, “Somedays, it’s just too easy!”  Listen in to locally grown stories from these celebrities. Who knows, one may even be your own neighbor!  A cash wine bar complements the entertainment, free parking is available on site.

South Shore Story Slams founder and renowned storyteller Andrea Lovett appears as host and emcee.  Lovett has performed and taught storytelling professionally since 1992. She has appeared widely at worldwide locations including First Night Boston, Disney World, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and Royal Crescent Park in Bath, England. Lovett has also taught storytelling workshops/residencies at Tufts University, Lesley College, and at schools and festivals across the country.

Laughs and Company, co-produced by Mindy Mazur, is a South Shore-based comedy show on the South Shore at Maggie’s Lounge in Quincy.

Tickets to FunnyBones are $20 general admission in advance at EventBrite at tinyurl.com/y4copc7h, or $25 at the door, limited to capacity.  For more information about the venue at South Shore Art Center, visit ssac.org.


Pilgrim Congregational Church

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1st Annual Pilgrim Pumpkin Patch

Sunday, September 29 through Thursday, October 31

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 12:30 to 5 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church front lawn, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port

An outdoor opportunity to welcome autumn with the tradition of selecting pumpkins of all sizes and gourds of all colors. Bake sales and photo activities are held daily.  Pumpkins and gourds are sold according to size, cash and credit payment are accepted.  Proceeds support the PCC’s programs and the Friends of Harwich Youth/Children’s Fund.


2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Party

Sunday, October 27, 4 to 6 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port

Admission is free

Trunk or Treat events have grown in popularity in recent years, as families seek fun and safe alternatives to trick-or-treating door-to-door. At PCC’s Trunk or Treat, costumed children are welcome to walk through a community of seasonally decorated vehicles, stopping to receive candy and celebrate the season with members of the community.  Parents can allow their children the joy of trick or treating fun without crossing streets or worrying about traffic. Fun games, food, a costume parade and Halloween party are offered in PCC’s Monbleau Hall.

Adult drivers interested in participating in Trunk or Treat are welcome register with their vehicle to hand out candy by contacting the church office at 508-432-1668 or emailing office@pcchp.org.


Pilgrim Congregational Church Harwich Port, courtesy image

Pilgrim Church is a beloved landmark in the seaside town of Harwich Port. To this day, its steeple remains a beacon for Nantucket Sound mariners.  Pilgrim Church has a full program of worship for families and adults, education for all ages and a strong commitment to outreach. The Church serves the Harwich region and the wider Cape Cod community.

To learn more about Pilgrim Congregational Church’s education programs, services, events or missions, visit pcchp.org, email office@pcchp.org, or call 508-432-1668, or follow Pilgrim Congregational Church on Facebook and Twitter.

About Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC

Pilgrim Congregational Church (PCC), United Church of Christ (UCC), has a full program of worship for families and adults, education for all ages and a strong commitment to outreach. The Church serves the Harwich region and the wider Cape Cod community.  The mission of this Church is to provide a warm, safe, non-judgmental and welcoming environment for all who wish to worship God; to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to celebrate the sacraments; to experience Christian fellowship and unity with all members of this Church family and the greater community.  To render loving service toward all humankind; and to strive for righteousness, peace and justice in the world.  Pilgrim Congregational Church is located at 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port.  To learn more about its education programs, services, events or missions, visit pcchp.org, email office@pcchp.org, or call 508-432-1668, or follow Pilgrim Congregational Church on Facebook and Twitter.


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