A R T S • P R E V I E W  : :  Spring Cultural Events 2022

South Shore Ballet Theatre dancers in recital, image by Abbey Knoll Photography

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Spring 2022 Events and Entertainment

The James Library & Center for the Arts

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Untitaled, by Dory Amon, multimedia collage, Norwell High School, courtesy image

Norwell High School AP Art Show

Open House Art Gallery Opening: Friday, February 11, 1 to 7 pm

*Subject to change due to Covid-19

Exhibition Dates:  On view from February 11 through March 19

Admission:  Free and open to the public during business hours

Generously sponsored by the Church Hillers of Norwell

Visit the James to enjoy the best of Norwell High School AP student art. Norwell High School AP art students have been working hard all year developing sustained investigations for their portfolio submissions. Students must research, revise and find synthesis between their materials and ideas as they collect both written and visual evidence. Portfolio submissions are often very personal and showcase the student’s budding style. Enjoy the finished pieces by 19 of Norwell High School’s finest artists on display!

Author Talk: Anthony Sammarco on the History of Howard Johnson’s

Saturday, February 12, 11:30 am

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 Students

A limited number of free tickets are available to senior citizens,

courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation.

Generously sponsored by Lynch Marini & Associates Inc.

Author and historian Anthony Mitchell Sammarco returns to the James to explore how Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and restaurants that stretched from Maine to Florida and all the way to the West Coast. Popularly known as the “Father of the Franchise Industry,” Johnson delivered good food and prices that brought appreciative customers back for more. Learn about how Howard Johnson introduced twenty-eight flavors of ice cream, the “Tendersweet” clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.  This program is supported in part by grants from the Scituate and Norwell Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Actor J.T. Turner, courtesy image

Will’s World: All About the Bard with Actor J.T. Turner

Saturday, March 12, 11:30 am

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 Students

A limited number of free tickets are available to senior citizens,

courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation.

Generously sponsored by Coastal Heritage Bank

How does a glovemaker’s son, with just a few years of formal schooling, become the most famous writer and poet in the world? In this one-man performance, William Shakespeare shares his life story, while providing insight into his greatest works and the world of Theater during the time of Queen Elizabeth. This engaging, interactive show features excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, and As You Like It, as well as Shakespeare’s sonnets. Professional actor and Shakespeare expert J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life and makes his works accessible for all.  This program is supported in part by grants from the Scituate and Norwell Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

J.T. Turner is an award-winning professional actor, director and writer, with credits on stage, screen and audio. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity, Turner is also a historical re-enactor, touring theaters, museums, schools, libraries and churches in original shows. He is the founder and director of Moonlight Productions, a theater company dedicated to using theater as an outreach tool for children and teens, and Artistic Director of The Actors Company, a performing group that works with non-profits. Turner is also a professional lecturer, fight choreographer, circus ringmaster, and acting and public speaking coach.

Third Annual Spring Juried Art Show

Open House Art Gallery Opening:  Friday, March 25, 1 to 7 pm

*Subject to change due to Covid-19

Exhibition Dates:  On view from March 25 through May 7

Admission:  Free and open to the public during business hours

Generously Sponsored by The Frame Center of Hanover

Exhibition prospectus TBA. This program is supported in part by grants from the Scituate and Hingham Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Loretta LaRoche, courtesy image

An Evening with Loretta LaRoche, Stress Expert, Humorist, Author, Speaker and TV Personality

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students

A limited number of free tickets are available to senior citizens,

courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation.

Generously sponsored by Realtor Patty Jackson of Robert Paul Properties

The interior of The James Library, 2020, courtesy image

Laugh out loud with us as internationally acclaimed stress expert, humorist, author, speaker and television personality Loretta Laroche performs at the James. Loretta has sold out venues across the country with her outrageous one woman show and has toured with The Power Within sharing the stage with Arianna Huffington, Former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Robbins and many other great leaders.  A well-recognized TV personality on PBS with seven one-woman television specials, Loretta has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards.  Loretta improves health by alleviating stress through humor, leaving audiences happy and optimistic. Loretta is an Internationally recognized stress-management consultant who advocates fun, optimism, and resiliency. She uses her wit to help people learn how to take stress and turn it into strength.

Norwell’s Historic House Tour to Benefit the James

Saturday, April 30, 10 am to 3 pm

Tickets: $40 General Admission, $50 Day of Event

A limited number of free tickets are available to senior citizens,

“Hot Seat”, a multimedia work by Artist Laura Harvey, courtesy image

courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation.

Tour begins at Cushing Memorial Hall, 673 Main St, Norwell

Artist Laura Harvey: Ab/Fab—A Fusion of Abstract and Fabulous

Open House Art Gallery Opening Friday, May 13, 1 to 7 pm

*Subject to change due to Covid-19

Exhibition Dates:  On view from May 13 through June 18

Admission:  Free and open to the public during business hours

An exhibition of new works, Ab/Fab—A Fusion of Abstract & Fabulous—is the creation of Laura Harvey, and features abstract paintings and collages (Ab) as well as Harvey’s signature mixed media collages and photo transfers of family and fabulous (Fab) familiar figures.

Mile Twelve Bluegrass Concert

Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $35 General Admission, $30 Seniors, $20 Students

A limited number of free tickets are available to senior citizens,

courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation.

Generously sponsored by Anthony Napolitano of US Wealth Management and Lauren and Bob Monahan

Mile Twelve ensemble, courtesy image

Winners of the 2020 IBMA New Artist of the Year award, progressive string band Mile Twelve of Boston will thrill with their seamless blend of expertly crafted songs, creative arrangements, and virtuosic execution. The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on Route 93, a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. They’ve found receptive audiences across the globe, touring throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.  This program is supported in part by grants from the Hingham, Scituate and Norwell Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Due to the evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, The James reserves the right to change in person, ticketed events to private ZOOM events as needed. If this circumstance arises, The James will notify guests the Tuesday before the event. For all in-person, ticketed events, masks are required for all staff and guests, and proof of vaccination is required or negative covid test at the door. Currently, performing artists are not required to mask while performing.  For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund

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Art Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, May 21, 4 to 8 pm

Sunset Point Camp, 2 10th Street, Hull

Tickets:  $35, includes catered buffet, cash bar available

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund (KJWF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity and supporting those affected by poverty, presents its annual benefit evening Art Auction, this year featuring works by Artist Sharon Whitham.  All proceed support the fund’s mission, including mission service trips for teens supporting sustainable programs to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need. 

Mikey Walker (center) during a recent fundraising event, courtesy image

An evening of delights awaits where art and handmade crafts from local and international fine artists are on display in a festive market atmosphere. Live entertainment by Kalifa & Koliba, catered light bites and a cash bar are highlights.  Purchases make wonderful gifts, support a great 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.  KJWF provides student service trips to Rwanda, where they have assisted 500 orphaned teens at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. While providing service to this community abroad, the Boston teens, most never having never traveled out of the country, gain a new understanding of the developing world.

Admission and auction purchases may be paid for by cash, check and credit card on site.  To learn more or support the Kerry Jon Walker Fund, visit thekerryfund.org.  

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

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CCCO Concertmaster Jean Huang, courtesy image

The Lark Ascending

Sunday, April 10, 3:00 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 5 Rte. 28, Harwich Port

Tickets:  $34 general admission, students and children are admitted for free

CCCO’s Season Four concludes with a collaborative concert with Wild Care Cape Cod, whose mission is to treat injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife for release, and to engage the community in conservation through volunteerism.

Concertmaster Jean Huang is featured in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, as we look towards the sky. A quintet of CCCO winds takes us on a flight with Peteris Vasks’ “Music for Fleeting Birds”, ending our concert with Mozart’s stormy Symphony No. 40. Join us for our season finale and learn about our incredible avian friends

Program:

V. WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending

VASKS Music for Fleeting Birds

HOLST Green Brook Suite

MOZART Symphony No. 40 

Pilgrim Festival Chorus

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Women singers performing at Pilgrim Festival Chorus 20th Anniversary concert at Scituate Center for Performing Arts, image by Adam Clear for Matt McKee Photography

A Woman’s Voice

Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 8, 4 pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

Tickets:  $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free 

Conducted by Co-Director William B. Richter, accompanied by Co-Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, organ and piano, with guest instrumentalist Adam Grüschow, bassoon

Originally scheduled for spring 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment (guaranteeing and protecting a woman’s constitutional right to vote), A Woman’s Voice seeks to honor the lives and voices of women.

For much of human history, the record of how women lived, what they thought, and how they acted is sparse. A Woman’s Voice uses music built on themes of girlhood, love, motherhood, faith, pain, rebellion, loss, and hope to describe some of the experiences common to women. Selections in the program range from spirituals and gospel songs to folksongs and sensitive settings of poetry. Some of the texts are by writers as well-known as Abigail Adams, Helen Keller, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, while many of the choral settings are by some of the best contemporary women composers. Whether expressing the joy of youth, the intensity of love, the pain of loss, or the sacrifices made as a patriot or a pioneer, this concert will reflect the many and varied voices of women.

South Shore Children’s Chorus

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Students performing in SSCC’s winter concert, 2020, courtesy image

A Winter Concert

Sunday, February 13, 2 pm

St. Clare’s Parish, 1244 Liberty Street, Braintree

Tickets:  Advance Tickets Online: $17 for adults, $12 for students/children

At the Door: $23 for adults, $18 for students/children

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free 

Conducted by SSCC Founding Artistic Director Kirsten Oberoi, and SSCC Teaching Staff

Feel the joy the second you walk through the door! South Shore Children’s Chorus concerts emit the palpable energy of young families engaging in music performance. More than 100 student singers in grades K-12 representing over 20 communities across the greater South Shore come together in song. Fun and exciting repertoire entertains audiences and educates students in a healthy, appropriate environment for all age levels. By attending a concert, audiences are investing  in the future of music performance and supporting inspired students.

SSCC’s Founding Artistic Director Kirsten Oberoi directing a summer ensemble, 2021, image by Brad Dumont

A Spring Concert

Sunday, May 15, 3 pm

St. Clare’s Parish, 1244 Liberty Street, Braintree

Tickets:  Advance Tickets Online: $17 for adults, $12 for students/children

At the Door: $23 for adults, $18 for students/children

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free 

Conducted by SSCC Founding Artistic Director Kirsten Oberoi, and SSCC Teaching Staff

Feel the joy the second you walk through the door! South Shore Children’s Chorus concerts emit the palpable energy of young families engaging in music performance. More than 100 student singers in grades K-12 representing over 20 communities across the greater South Shore come together in song. Fun and exciting repertoire entertains audiences and educates students in a healthy, appropriate environment for all age levels. By attending a concert, audiences are investing  in the future of music performance and supporting inspired students.

South Shore Ballet Theatre

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A solo performance during a recent recital, image by Abbey Knoll Photography

Young Dancers Graduation Performance

Saturday, April 9, 11:00 am

South Shore Ballet Theatre, 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham

Tickets:  $5 general admission, available at the door, cash only

South Shore Ballet Theatre Gala

Saturday, May 14, 2 pm (with option to repeat on 5/15)

Thayer Academy’s Center for the Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree

Tickets:  $20, available 4/1 online through Dance Recital Ticketing at 29965.danceticketing.com

SSBT’s Gala features a performance of Peter and the Wolf along a showcase of solo and ensemble performances by the competition dancers from the Youth America Grand Prix in Toronto

Saint Paul’s Choir School students, courtesy image

Saint Paul’s Choir School

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Songs of Springtime

Sunday, May 15, 3 pm

St. Paul’s Church, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

Tickets: https://www.saintpaulschoirschool.us/songsofspringtime

The Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys and Melius Ensemble lift their voices in song for spring inspiration and the Marian month of May. Directed by James Kennerley.

Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Missa brevis in C, K. 220 “Sparrow Mass”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers for a Confessor, K. 339

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741): Gloria, RVW 589

Encore (not listed): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618


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